René finished one year of graduate school before dropping out to start the social app Hurricane Party which later morphed into Forecast. After being acquired by Hangtime, René spent a year designing their iPhone app. As a filmmaker, René produced the acclaimed comedy show Backpack Picnic, directed the feature documentary King of Texas and sold a TV pilot to MTV. While pursuing an MFA in Design René was awarded a $100K research grant to start The Smart Building Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. René is currently working on a new project called Storybox.