Self Starter – Bart Knaggs, Founder of Capital Sports and Entertainment
Aug 17 2008

I co-write articles for university alumni magazines with my fabulous writing partner Pam Losefsky.  You can also see more of our write-ups on the article page of this blog.

Our most recent article for The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni magazine, The Alcalde, is on Bart Knaggs (gif).  Bart is the founder of Capital Sports and Entertainment which brings us the annual, highly popular Austin City Limits Festival.  Here is an interesting quote from his interview:

There are ways you want to manage opportunities, but mitigating risk, I think takes you down the wrong path.”  Instead of thinking that you might lose so you’d better prepare for the crash, Knaggs says you must believe you’re going to take off, so you’ll only prepare to fly.  “You have to commit 100 percent to powering the engines and getting up to speed.  You have to rally your people, you just have to know you’re going to fly.”

Bart has two kids.  After getting his undergraduate degree, he became a competitive cyclist – “a form of self-employment in which the sacrifice is monumental and the payoff only accrues to an elite few.”


























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2 Comments on “Self Starter – Bart Knaggs, Founder of Capital Sports and Entertainment”

  1. 1 Clay Nichols said at 7:29 AM on August 18th, 2008:

    Great piece. I’ve known Bart since we both worked for (former UT regent) Lowell Lebermann in the early 90s. Terrific story.

  2. 2 Aruni said at 7:19 PM on August 18th, 2008:

    @Clay – thanks! I met Bart while getting my MBA several years ago. His partner in his first start-up ended up being a board member in my first start-up. Austin can sometimes be a very small town!