Innovation solves problems, creates jobs,
generates economic growth, and gives purpose.
Our mission is to make the world better by fostering innovation.
A Venture Development Firm
Opus Faveo is a venture development firm that identifies opportunities to create scalable, world-class companies, often working in conjunction with large organizations such as universities, corporates and governments. We assemble components for a successful venture and nurture startups from the earliest stages to maturity and exit.
- Startup Formation, Acceleration and Turnarounds
- Innovation Commercialization by Universities and Research Institutions
- Public Policy on Innovation Development and Commercialization
- Corporate Innovation, Spin-Outs and Strategic Alliances
- International and Multinational Startups
Our name reflects the view that assembling and building a new venture is difficult - extremely so. The founders, the sponsors, the management team, the early employees, the myriad supporters are all facing an immense challenge in bringing a vision to life. Tearing apart their dreams is easy. Solving challenges is the hard part, and the most interesting.
Our name comes from Latin, an early lingua franca, and for centuries, the global language of science, learning and innovation.
opus = a creative endeavor
faveo = to support and befriend
Innovation is about dreams and the passion to make things better.
A new venture is the opus of its founders.
Innovation, like any true opus, is exceedingly difficult. And while it is an adventure, it is usually a lonely one.
Friends encourage us
and make us better.
Opus Faveo is a friend
to the creative endeavor.
And to the dreamers
crazy enough to think big.
The backgrounds of our leaders directly inform our mission as a firm. Start-up culture is great. But how do large organizations and experienced managers do innovation? A t-shirt and a pair of jeans?
We believe that creating scalable, world-class ventures is serious business. Serious business requires serious leaders.
Christian T. Blackwell
Prior to Opus Faveo, Christian was a founder and investor in several start-up companies, an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in New York and London, and treasurer for the international operations of GTE/Verizon. His industry experience includes energy, telecommunications, technology, financial services, natural resources, education and infrastructure. Christian has led transactions of well over US$ 1 billion in size, mostly cross-border in nature, and he has a large amount of experience in emerging markets. He has conducted business in over 40 countries, and he speaks 4 languages.
Christian has a BA in political science and international affairs from Rice University and an MBA in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was accepted to Rice at age 15, and he earned both degrees by age 21. In addition to innovation, he is interested in international political economy and the performing arts. He currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, the American Council on Germany (New York), the Atlantik-Brücke (Berlin), the George W. Bush Institute Working Group on North American Competitiveness, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth, the John Tower Center for Political Studies, and the SMU Cox School Associate Board.
David has served on several boards, and he currently serves on the board of Mercy Ships, a leading international NGO focused on health and human development. David holds a degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University and a Masters of Management degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Prior to his involvement with Opus Faveo, Jim was the Founder and CEO of Executive Smarts, a leader in providing interim executives to large and middle market companies in the U.S. and worldwide. Jim previously served as CEO of several private-equity-owned companies, where he focused on turnarounds, including a custom plastic injection molding and fabrication company serving automotive and appliance OEMs and a manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced polyethylene and thermoformed acrylic plastic products for the building products and recreational vehicle industries. Prior to these assignments Jim served for 20 years in general management roles in the construction products industry with Acme Brick Company, Southern Brick Company, and Monier Roof Tile.
A fifth generation Texan, Jim received a Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University and he completed the Executive Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
John C. Dupree
John is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He speaks and writes frequently on business topics and is the author of The Stubborn Glebe blog.
At Sand Cherry Associates, a boutique management consulting firm serving the cable and telecommunications industries, Steve managed strategy and operations engagements for Fortune 500 clients.
With AT&T Broadband and MediaOne Group, Steve held positions in strategic planning, product development, business analysis and finance. He chaired the task force that built the financial model and business case presentation for AT&T Broadband's rollout of residential internet phone service
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Steve received bachelors’ degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Rice University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Level II Candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.