SURGE  Ventures invests seed capital and supports entrepreneurs  at  three  critical  stages: 

 
SURGE  surrounds  itself  with  the  leading  oil and gas, utilities, and alternative energy  companies  in  the  world  that  serve  on  our  corporate  advisory board,  as  mentors,  investors,  and  your  potential  customers.

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Dear John Letter to SURGE Community

I want to officially and publicly inform you that SURGE is officially closing for business. I received an email from a senior executive at one of the largest oil & gas companies a few months ago...Read more

The Age of the Electron Entrepreneur

"He who controls the spice, controls the universe." Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Dune, 1984) “There is no doubt about our absolute and complete dependence upon oil. We have passed from the stone age, to...Read more

A PetroCity's Battle Cry

It is Victory or Death! My family moved to Texas in 1821 to settle the promised land granted to them by the Mexican government. They were ranchers that knew the land would be filled with promise and...Read more

SURGE 3 Company, AMS, Raises $3.5M

Autonomous Marine Systems Secures $3.5M to Fund Autonomous Ocean Monitoring Ocean observation networks using low-cost, autonomous, wind-and-solar-powered catamarans. Autonomous Marine Systems Inc....Read more

Dear John Letter to SURGE Community

I want to officially and publicly inform you that SURGE is officially closing for business. I received an email from a senior executive at one of the largest oil & gas companies a few months ago...Read more

The Age of the Electron Entrepreneur

"He who controls the spice, controls the universe." Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Dune, 1984) “There is no doubt about our absolute and complete dependence upon oil. We have passed from the stone age, to...Read more

A PetroCity's Battle Cry

It is Victory or Death! My family moved to Texas in 1821 to settle the promised land granted to them by the Mexican government. They were ranchers that knew the land would be filled with promise and...Read more

SURGE 3 Company, AMS, Raises $3.5M

Autonomous Marine Systems Secures $3.5M to Fund Autonomous Ocean Monitoring Ocean observation networks using low-cost, autonomous, wind-and-solar-powered catamarans. Autonomous Marine Systems Inc....Read more

I am Station Houston

Why does the Station Matter?  John is the Station. I am the Station. SURGE is the Station. Station is not a place but rather a movement of people that believe in the future of this city. And I...Read more

My Journey to Raise a Venture Capital Fund in Houston

In 2014, SURGE was faced with a fundamental business model constraint. I chose to raise a $30M seed and series A fund. We basically were successful until I shut it down and decided to pivot. If you...Read more

The Je Ne Sais Quoi of the Entrepreneur is the Sine Qua Non

What made Houston go from the #7 most dense and thriving high-tech startup ecosystem in 1990 to completely falling off the list by 2010? Houston was the ONLY ONE! As a Houstonian, I am rather...Read more

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