Joe Aragona is a Co-Founder of Austin Ventures and has served as a General Partner since 1982. He has a successful track record of investing in a broad range of industries, including software, services, and special situations. Joe joined Austin Ventures from the Merchant Banking division of the Bank of Boston.
Joe received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his AB from Harvard University. Joe served on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from 1999-2006, chaired its Research Committee and is past Chairman. Joe is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Livestrong Foundation, which empowers people affected by cancer, and Casa Montessori, an early-childhood development center.
BenefitMall, the leader of integrated employee benefit solutions, provides industry leading technology and a national network of local offices that support the Broker distribution channel. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas and in business for more than 30 years, BenefitMall is the nation's largest general agency.
Software infrastructure for intelligent broadband networks
Electronic payment and risk management software
Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc. is one of the largest US providers for both sales and rental of rigging and lifting products, tools, and services. Delta offers a complete portfolio of lifting solutions, including hoists, winches, wire rope, wire and synthetic slings, accessory parts, and hardware as well as testing, inspection, and field service, and rental of lifting equipment and tools.
ENTACT was established in 1991 in Dallas, Texas and founded on the belief that regulatory compliance, technical excellence, safe field performance, and sound business practices are all necessary to deliver outstanding projects. ENTACT is the largest national provider of environmental remediation services to the private industry and our twenty year growth has been achieved through quality performance and organic expansion. Our goal is to be the leading global provider of innovative, cost-effective, safe and sustainable environmental solutions.
Entorian Technologies Inc. is a market-leading provider of advanced electronic technologies and solutions for enterprise, consumer and other high-growth markets. With an IP portfolio of more than 230 patents and pending patent applications, the company offers high-speed, high-capacity solutions, and technology licensing. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Entorian operates two ISO-certified manufacturing facilities in Irvine, California and Reynosa, Mexico.
eMarket management - powering new market networks
Media and broadband development services
Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 3,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 115,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products.
Orion Marion Group offers a comprehensive range of marine services from a single source. Orion Construction, King Fisher Marine Service, and Misener Marine Construction are integrated into one organization to meet a broad range of design, construction, repair, maintenance, and environmental needs on, over, and under the water; including marine transportation facilities, bridges, industrial facilities, waterway systems, and pipelines.
Database and web application software
High-performance local area networking products
Founded in 1994 in Austin, Texas, Surveying And Mapping, Inc. is a leading independent full-service provider of land surveying and mapping capabilities for clients in the domestic infrastructure industry. Supported by state-of-the-art technology, the company offers end-to-end geospatial solutions through an extensive suite of services, including professional land surveying, hydrographic surveying, aerial mapping and photogrammetry, airborne, mobile, and terrestrial HDS LiDAR, subsurface utility engineering, utility coordination, geographic information system (GIS) asset inventory and management, as well as construction phase services through SAM-Construction Services, Inc. The company delivers its services to clients across a wide range of attractive, growth-oriented end markets, including oil and gas, electric energy, state and federal, transportation, railway, water/wastewater, and other infrastructure-related industries. Competing in a diverse market traditionally served by regional and many small niche service providers, SAM, Inc. has evolved into one of the few national land surveying and mapping service providers with the breadth of service offerings, depth of staff, strategic locations, and financial capacity to effectively support all surveying and mapping-related activities for large-scale capital projects and ongoing maintenance requirements.
Southern Star Concrete, Inc is a focused concrete supplier serving the major metropolitan markets of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Little Rock. Southern Star is the largest ready-mixed concrete supplier in Texas and Arkansas, and also the largest independent ready-mix company in the United States.
Sterling, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a leading supplier of baked goods, as well as a provider of gourmet bakery items to the food service and retail industries. Sterling's products include a wide variety of specialty and gourmet baked products such as brownies, cakes, cookies, snack breads, soft pretzels, muffins, scones, pizza crusts and biscuits. Sterling is the largest supplier of shelf stable bakery products to the military, and also provides products to the K - 12 educational market, weight management industry and other specialty commercial markets.
Secure mobile transactions
Sales effectiveness software