7 Independent Texans Breaking Boundaries

Illustration by Israel Vargas

Samsung has long been a steadfast force for innovation, in Texas and around the world. For the past 23 years, Samsung has planted roots in Texas, embracing the state’s independent spirit to advance the digital frontier. In this series, we highlight Texans who embody that spirit.

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Steve Wanta is Empowering Texans Through Localized Microfinance

Mar 18, 2020 By TM Studio

Amidst rising rapidly through the ranks of the business world after college, Steve Wanta “hit his quarter-life crisis, hard.” Wanta left his well-paying job, joined the Peace Corps, and set off across the globe on what would become a multi-decade endeavor to tackle world poverty head on.

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GONZO247 is Painting Walls to Break Down Barriers

Mar 20, 2020 By TM Studio

As a child, Houston graffiti artist and street art pioneer Mario E. Figueroa, Jr., known to the public as GONZO247, always found himself listening to the music of others, never to anything he could call his own.

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April Wilkerson is Building a New Career from Scratch

Mar 20, 2020 By TM Studio

“Something to make measurements, something to cut with, and something to join.” Three basic tools, plus motivation, is all anyone needs to become a maker according to woodworking Do-It-Yourself Youtube star, April Wilkerson.

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Mike Rufail is Forging a New Path for Esports

Mar 20, 2020 By TM Studio

When Lufkin-born east Texas native Mike Rufail quit his commercial television job and decided to dive headfirst into professional competitive video gaming, his parents were a little concerned. We didn’t yet have mega-rich teen Youtube stars and online streaming platforms back then; the path to pro gaming success was much narrower and steeper than it is today.