Bill Blackstone joined Galvanize in February as their GM of Austin. Prior to Galvanize, Bill spent 11 years at Rackspace beginning as a front line Racker in customer account management. He held a variety of leadership positions at the company including leading global IT operations, customer support and, most recently, leading the 600+ person Rackspace Austin office. With a background in the arts and degree in music, Bill is known to be a creative problem solver and approach business through the lens of the arts. Having completed his Executive MBA from University of Texas McCombs School of Business in 2014, Bill has immersed himself in community impact efforts as a mentor with Austin Technology Incubator, adviser to Austin Community College, and an executive board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Bill enjoys boating with his daredevil, wakeboarding wife and spending time with their two dogs and bunny.