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Founder’s Friday featuring Christian Gaona @ TexChange Unbrokered

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Please provide a brief description about your company.
TexChange Unbrokered is a B2B digital marketplace for private upstream firms to buy and sell raw materials, components, and services directly to other firms throughout the value chain. Our platform utilizes AI, blockchain, and supply chain mapping technology to increase efficiency, profits, and resiliency while decreasing logistics costs.

Two hashtags that best describe you 
#gamechanger #disruptor

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is my GED that I earned at Austin Community College in Austin TX. Their motto is: “Start Here, Get There”. My GED sits atop a column of degrees from ACC, St. Edward’s University, Colorado School of Mines, and soon the University of Chicago. I dropped out of high school due to the circumstances of The Great Recession, we lost our home, and I had to find my work and figure it out on my own. What started at ACC with my GED led to everything else thereafter. It is my greatest achievement, I started there, and I got here.

What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is dying without letting the world know who I am, by making a positive impact on society.

What are your top tips for balancing work and life?
Founding and leading a start-up can be an inconvenience to work life balance. One way I manage that are non-negotiables. My long-distance runs are non-neogtiable. It keeps me grounded, fit, and relieves stress.

What is something new that you learned about running a business this year?
I learned a lot about running a business this year. The most impactful takeaway was Andrew Chen’s “Cold Start Problem”. His book really accelerated my vision and provide a broad perspective looking out in a niche industry sector.

What is your most marked characteristic?

What is your motto?
Aspire not to have more, but to be more.

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Tricia Meyer is Founder + Managing Attorney of Meyer Law, one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States. Meyer helps entrepreneurs and technology companies from startups to large corporations with day-to-day matters and notable clients include companies that have appeared on Shark Tank to companies gracing the Inc. 500 to some of the largest companies in the world.

Tricia has been named on the Forbes Next 1000 list, is one of the Most Influential Female Lawyers in Chicago according to Crain’s Chicago Business and been recognized as a top 10 technology lawyer.

As an entrepreneur and a lawyer, Meyer has a unique perspective and has mentored thousands of startups and scaling companies at tech incubators and accelerators across the United States such as 1871, WeWork Labs and Techstars. Tricia has been featured in Inc., Crain’s, Chicago Tribune, NBC Chicago, American Express OPEN Forum, and more. Learn more at and follow Meyer Law’s story on Instagram @loveyourlawyer.