The Last Word: Dallas Serial Entrepreneur Ben Lamm Exits Another Company

Ben Lamm Hypergiant

“Ben Lamm sells companies like most of us go on diets.”

Trey Bowles
Managing Director
Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator

.…on the sale of Hypergiant Industries to Dallas private equity firm Trive Capital, via LinkedIn.

When it comes to starting and exiting companies, serial entrepreneur Ben Lamm is on a first-name basis with success. And now he’s done it again, Bowles says.

Lamm co-founded AI startup Hypergiant, which just sold to Dallas-based PE firm Trive Capital for an undisclosed sum. It’s the latest in a string of successful exits for the Dallas-based founder.

As Bowles notes on LinkedIn, Lamm seems to start, build, grow, and sell companies every few years “with a big bang.”

Bowles—himself a prolific innovator, as the co-founder of The DEC Network, Dallas Innovation Alliance, and more—described Lamm as “one of a kind,” repeatedly founding and exiting companies at a pace rarely seen.

“I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone do it as frequently and successfully as Ben does,” Bowles said.

Trey Bowles and Ben Lamm

Prolific innovators Ben Lamm (left) and Trey Bowles, pictured circa 2016 at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, founded by Bowles, in Dallas’ West End neighborhood.

Lamm has honed serial entrepreneurship to an art—thinking big, building bold, and selling smart. He’s founded companies across cutting-edge spaces like AI, synthetic biology, gaming, and more.

In 2018, he launched Hypergiant Industries, an Texas-based AI firm focused on the frontiers of space, defense, and infrastructure. Lamm handed the CEO reins to Mike Betzer in 2021 to focus on “the most pressing issues of our lifetime,” including AI for good, climate change, and the positive impact of tech. 

Today, as co-founder and CEO of genetic engineering startup Colossal Biosciences, Lamm looks to resurrect the woolly mammoth and rewrite the future of extinction. He also spun out synthetic biology software firm Form Bio from Colossal, proving a knack for creating two companies from one big idea.

Before diving into biotech, Lamm pioneered conversational AI, founding and selling Conversable to LivePerson in 2018.

Lamm also co-founded video game studio Team Chaos, leveling up with an acquisition by Zynga and founded Chaotic Moon Studios, a mobile app developer acquired by Accenture.

So, like Bowles says, while the rest of us go on diets now and then, repeat founder Ben Lamm just keeps starting and selling companies. The art and science of the startup is one he’s clearly mastered.

But, as Lamm said last year in a Dallas 500 interview, “Every time I start a new company [it] feels like the biggest risk I’ve ever taken.”

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