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He began his career working as a corporate attorney for Winstead Sechrest & Minick, in Austin, Texas, before joining the venture capital firm of Enterprise Partners in La Jolla, California, in 1997. He then joined Crosspoint Venture Partners, in Woodside, California where he became a Partner in 1999. In 2000 he formed Impact Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm, in New York City. Dell is currently a Venture Partner at Austin Ventures.
During the course of his career, Dell has invested in numerous technology companies such as Hotjobs.com, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2002; Connectify, which was acquired by Kana Software in 2000; Ingenio, which was acquired by AT&T in 2007; and OpenTable. He has founded two companies, Buzzsaw.com, which was acquired by AutoDesk in 2002, and MessageOne, which was acquired by Dell, Inc. in 2008.
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