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

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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Mike Rufail is Forging a New Path for Esports

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…