Tory Gattis

Tory Gattis

Founder at Coached Schooling

Houston, Texas Area
Computer Software

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Tory Gattis's Overview

  • Founder and CEO at Coached Schooling
  • Founder at National Innovation and Technology Museum
  • Founder, President, and Social Systems Architect at OpenTeams LLC
  • Co-Founder and Vice President at Stewart Automotive Research, LLC
  • Electronic Commerce Technical Manager at AMVESCAP
  • Consulting Associate specializing in Business Technology at McKinsey & Company

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Tory Gattis' Summary

May 2012 Rice business school alumni spotlight bio:
A native Houstonian, 6th-generation Texan, he attended Rice University for his BSEE and MBA. He has had a long career in information technology, is currently the founder and president of OpenTeams, a web-based collaborative software company that emphasizes openness and transparency inside large organizations. He is a passionate entrepreneur and evangelist dedicated to enabling the next generation of adaptive, innovative, open, entrepreneurial and engaging organizations based on Management 2.0, and won the Gary Hamel Management Innovation eXchange M-Prize for his Bossless Organization concept. He is a McKinsey Consulting alum, and a recent Owl Tank winner for entrepreneurship with his Coached Schooling startup. Tory is an ardent advocate for his hometown of Houston, writing the popular Houston Strategies blog and its twin City Brights blog at the Houston Chronicle, Opportunity Urbanist, where he discusses strategies for making Houston a better city. He has published numerous Houston Chronicle op-eds on these topics, presented at TEDx Houston, and co-authored the Opportunity Urbanism study with noted urbanist Joel Kotkin about creating a city philosophy focused on upward social mobility for all citizens as an alternative to the popular smart growth, new urbanism, and creative class movements. He currently leads a team looking to re-purpose the Astrodome as the Smithsonian-affiliated National Innovation and Technology Museum to inspire students into STEM-related fields.

Contact me at tgattis (at)

Specialties: Organization 2.0, Management 2.0, The Bossless Organization, Self-Managed Organizations, Social Software, Open Source Government, Social Systems Architecture, Education 2.0, Coached Schooling, Blended Learning, eLearning

Tory Gattis' Experience

Founder and CEO

Coached Schooling

April 2012Present (2 years 6 months) Houston, Texas Area

Developing a high-tech network of high-performance, personalized private schools affordable to the middle class. Combines the best elements of eLearning, home schooling, and traditional schooling for a 21st-century education with an emphasis on project-based learning, Socratic dialogues, and eLearning by students with a high degree of autonomy and self-management. Accepted into the inaugural class of Rice University's Owlspark accelerator program and sponsored by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Won second place at a Rice University business school "owl tank/shark tank" startup pitch competition with a $2,250 prize of cash and services.


National Innovation and Technology Museum

November 2011Present (2 years 11 months) Houston, Texas Area

Team looking to re-purpose the Astrodome as the world's largest technology museum - including Smithsonian-affiliation - to inspire students into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields to address the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering for the next century. Part of a larger economic and talent development and tourism strategy for Houston to become the "Washington DC of applied STEM", with a complex of STEM-based museums and tourist experiences similar to the Smithsonian Mall.

Founder, President, and Social Systems Architect

OpenTeams LLC

January 2005Present (9 years 9 months)

OpenTeams is web-hosted collaborative software to enable Organization 2.0: less bureaucratic, more innovative, more adaptive, and more engaging - operating more like the Silicon Valley ecosystem internally, with more transparency to get the right talent to the right opportunities at the right time.

On a technical level, OpenTeams reinvents the wiki in an easy-to-use 3-pane interface like Outlook email and newsfeed readers that people are familiar with, making it far easier for non-techies to learn and use. On a functional level, OpenTeams has the flexibility to be used for project collaboration, blogging, social networking, community building, and knowledge management, but its main use is as an innovative initiative development environment, where people can post an idea and collaboratively develop it with a self-organizing team, eventually finding executive sponsorship and execution.

Managed both onshore and offshore development teams. Developed all marketing materials, including a booth at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston. Ongoing small enterprise management.

“Five Enterprise 2.0 Startups to Watch” –Information Week
“Takes the icky out of wiki.” –ZDNet

Lecturer, School of Engineering

Rice University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

May 2011August 2011 (4 months)

Mentored a team of Rice engineering summer interns at the City of Houston through the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. Run like a McKinsey team with a focus on "open source government" and coming up with innovative solutions to the City's technology challenges. Co-author of the paper "Considering a New Information Architecture for the City of Houston".

Adjunct Faculty in Strategy, Graduate School of Business

Houston Baptist University

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2010August 2010 (3 months)

Taught business strategy to a summer class of MBA students.


July 2002December 2004 (2 years 6 months)

Web site where people could pose questions/challenges and give 'gratitude tokens' to the best answers/solutions. Similar business model later succeeded as Yahoo Answers.

Co-Founder and Vice President

Stewart Automotive Research, LLC

May 1999May 2004 (5 years 1 month)

Technology startup of Rice engineering alumni dedicated to improving the cost, quality, & cycle time of lightweight/high-strength aerospace composites and plastics to meet automotive industry requirements, resulting in better safety, fuel efficiency, and an order of magnitude cost reduction in tooling for new models. Handled all non-technical aspects of the business, including financial and business planning. Worked under three different $2M/3-year NIST ATP federal research grants.

Electronic Commerce Technical Manager


Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; IVZ; Investment Management industry

April 1998May 1999 (1 year 2 months)

Technical leader of electronic commerce activities for AMVESCAP and all of its subsidiaries globally, including the AIM and INVESCO mutual fund companies, with a combined total of 4000 employees and $250 billion in assets under management. Worked with the director from marketing to develop Internet, intranet, and extranet strategies. Managed a 20+ person department to implement those strategies. Hosted six web sites and a global intranet from our data center in Houston. Speaker on Extranets at the IDG Internet Commerce Expo in San Francisco (6/98). Series 7 financial industry training.

Consulting Associate specializing in Business Technology

McKinsey & Company

Partnership; 10,001+ employees; Management Consulting industry

June 1996April 1998 (1 year 11 months)

Strategic management consulting with a focus on information technology.
·Guided a large pharma client through a $100 million Year 2000 systems project to come in on schedule and under budget with minimal risk
·Conducted a comprehensive process and systems reengineering study for a retail energy marketer, including gas and risk management systems selection
·Designed an IT-related new business entry strategy for a major telecom client, including analysis and selection of a best-fit acquisition candidate
·Redesigned the trading process for a large energy marketer, with a focus on creating an architecture for an integrated multi-commodity trading system strategy along with a multi-year transition plan
·Conducted an applications architecture diagnostic for a large credit card bank, including the mapping of applications and processes, an assessment of functionality gaps and constraints, and recommendations of application portfolio enhancements to provide new strategic capabilities.

Tory Gattis' Skills & Expertise

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Social Software
  3. Start-ups
  4. Blended Learning
  5. E-Learning
  6. Strategy
  7. Social Networking
  8. Change Management
  9. Business Strategy
  10. Management Consulting
  11. Talent Management
  12. Organizational Development
  13. Leadership
  14. Consulting
  15. Business Planning
  16. Analysis
  17. E-commerce
  18. Mergers & Acquisitions

Tory Gattis' Projects

  • Coached Schooling

    • November 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Tory Gattis, Frank S. Zhang

    Coached Schooling is a flexible, personalized, self-paced home school…
    …but run by a professional learning coach/teacher in a supervised facility…
    …with a community of other students…
    …built on a foundation of eLearning and virtual/online schooling…
    …and supplemented with individual and team project-based and expeditionary learning

  • OpenTeams Web Application

    • June 2005 to May 2007
    Team Members: Tory Gattis, Tim Hamilton, David Salgado, Alex Tribble

    OpenTeams is an enterprise wiki for organizations that wish to break down organizational barriers and promote innovation. Users create spaces and collaboratively author content, shape ideas and develop thought-leadership.


    • January 2012 to Present

    ASTRODOME*TOMORROW is a master plan proposal for Reliant Park and the Reliant Astrodome that exceeds the needs of current Reliant Park anchor tenants while creating a new 90-acre, green rooftop park with numerous amenities, a new arena, a breathtaking space experience inside the dome, a new skybridge between reliant Center and the dome, and a monorail connecting it all. Our mission also includes creation of legacy programming for research and education, sited in the Astrodome and focused on the uses of science and engineering to create the great public spaces of the future.

Tory Gattis' Publications

Tory Gattis' Education

Rice University

BSEE, Computer Engineering, Managerial Studies

Concentration: Computer Science and Engineering.
Graduated Cum Laude
President’s Honor Roll, seven semesters
Shell Companies National Merit Scholarship
L. J. Walsh Scholarship in Engineering
GPA: 3.7 / 4.0 scale

Activities and Societies: Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society), Eta Kappa Nu (National Electrical Engineering Honor Society), Advocate and Parliamentarian - Will Rice College, Chairman - Will Rice Physical Improvements Committee, Chairman - Will Rice Renovation Committee, Representative - University Computer Planning Committee.

Rice University - Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management

MBA, Entrepreneurship, Operations Research

GPA: 3.85 / 4.0 scale.
GMAT: 770 / 800, 99 percentile.

Activities and Societies: Jones Scholar (Top 10%), Speros P. Martel Full Tuition Merit Scholarship

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Honors and Awards:

Winner of Gary Hamel's Management Innovation eXchange M-Prize for the Bossless Organization concept,

TEDx Houston speaker, 6/11/11

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