ATI Leadership

Our core team has decades of experience in new venture creation with industry-specific expertise and networks to position your company for success.

Isaac Barchas

  • Heading up ATI since 2006
  • 8 years with McKinsey & Company, focused on business building (start-up and spin-out support) in industries such as biotechnology, software, wireless telecoms, Internet retail
  • On leadership teams of McKinsey’s North American Healthcare Practice and Global Organization Practice
  • Regularly published and interviewed in media including Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News, Austin American-Statesman, Austin Business Journal and others
  • Active board member in Central Texas tech support organizations, including Pecan Street Project, 3 Day Startup, and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund
  • Listed as one of the “20 Austinites to Know in Business” by the Houston Business Journal
  • Stanford undergrad, University of Chicago master’s and law degrees
  • Once rode a damaged parachute all the way down….which has shaped his approach to startups

Kathleen Baireuther

ATI Clean Energy Portfolio
  • Advisor to ATI Clean Energy Companies since 2014
  • Manages a 3-year grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE) designed to identify and share best practices in clean energy incubation both regionally and nationally
  • 13 years combined experience in economic development, strategy consulting, and technology commercialization
  • One of twelve students selected nationally for the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (New York)
  • Volunteers on boards and executive committees in the Austin community, including: CleanTX, Impact Austin, the U.Va. Club of Austin, and EngageATX
  • BA in Political and Social Thought (distinguished majors program), Spanish (major), and Latin American Studies (minor) from the University of Virginia and MPhil in International Development Economics from the University of Cambridge
  • Has embraced the urban farming trend and currently has two hens, Benedict and Migas
Bart Bohn

Bart Bohn

Water and IT/Wireless Portfolio
  • Lead advisor to all ATI’s Water and IT & Wireless companies
  • Co-founder of Ravel (acquired by W2O Group in 2012) and Embrace (Techstars Austin 2013), both big data analytics startups
  • Co-founder, Board Member, facilitator and mentor of 3 Day Startup
  • Founder of ATI SEAL and several entrepreneurship courses at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Original pitch coach for SXSW Accelerator and on-going member of Qualifying Committee
  • Co-founder and host of the Entrepreneur Lounge at SXSW
  • Former management consultant with Arthur Andersen and BearingPoint, founding Engagement Manager of BearingPoint’s Energy Strategy Practice
  • Trinity University for Chemical Engineering and Finance undergrad, University of Texas at Austin for MBA

Mitch Jacobson

ATI Clean Energy Portfolio
  • Lead advisor to all ATI Clean Energy companies since 2009
  • 30 years in technology, including running European and Direct sales for Dell and a $17 billion P&L for Tech Data Corporation
  • Founder of Eyes of Texas Partners angel investment group in 1999
  • 15 years’ experience investing in and working with emerging technology companies as limited partner, board member and consultant
  • Board member of National CleanTech Open, board member of CleanTX Foundation, board member of TFIC, member of SXSW Eco Advisory Board
  • Active community service, including advisory board member of The Nature Conservancy, and The Austin Young Chamber
  • BA in Business and Marketing from University of Florida and MBA studies from the University of South Florida
  • Has a fraternal twin
  • Read our Q&A with Mitch Jacobson


Dr. Cindy WalkerPeach

ATI Bioscience Portfolio
  • Lead advisor to all ATI Bioscience companies since early 2010
  • 20 years’ biotech experience, including founding teams of Ambion Diagnostics and Asuragen
  • Special expertise in business development, partnerships, licensing, and regulatory and reimbursement strategy
  • Inventor on multiple issued and pending patents on clinical assay innovations
  • Author of numerous scientific publications
  • Board member of the Austin Technology Council and on the steering committee for the UTech Dorm Room
  • BS with focus on Chemistry, Creighton University, PhD in Molecular Biology and Chemistry, New Mexico State University, post doc fellowship at Monsanto Company
  • An avid traveler, visiting stromatolites is high on the list of favorite vacation spots

Dr. Michael Webber

ATI Clean Energy Portfolio
  • Leadership support for ATI Clean Energy companies
  • Assistant Director of the UT Energy Institute and Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences
  • Fellow of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Author of more than 75 scientific articles, columns, books, including a compendium of his commentary titled Changing the Way America Thinks About Energy, published May 2009
  • BA (Plan II Liberal Arts) and BS (Aerospace Engineering), both with High Honors, from UT-Austin, M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995-1998
  • Was the drum major of the Longhorn marching band