Millennials Spurning Silicon Valley for Dallas Oil Patch
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Mark Hiduke just raised $100 million to build his three-week-old company. This 27-year-old isn’t a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur. He’s a Texas oilman.

The oil and gas industry is suddenly brimming with upstart millennials like Hiduke after decades of failing to attract and retain new entrants. Now that a breakthrough in drilling technology has U.S. oil and gas production surging, an aging workforce is welcoming a new generation of wildcatters, landmen, engineers, investors, entrepreneurs and aspiring oil barons.

Hiduke’s company, Dallas-based PetroCore LLC, received the $100 million commitment from a local private-equity firm in May. He and his three partners plan to buy underdeveloped land and drill shale wells, he said. They’ll draw on the expertise of their engineer, who, at 57, is old enough to be his father.

The shale boom has “created a lot of opportunity for young professionals to jump in and be given enormous responsibility,” Hiduke said by telephone May 6. “It’s pretty much tech and then energy.” As oil and gas producers change their focus from grabbing land to drilling, young entrepreneurs are forming companies to trade everything from minerals to leases and wells to equities. They’re competing against, and sometimes collaborating with, industry veterans twice their age.

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Au Québec, nos politiciens sciences humaines sans math, ont fait croire aux Québécois que l’ère du pétrole tirait à sa fin et qu’il ne fallait pas exploiter le gaz de schiste… Ce n’est pas un hasard si le Québec est devenu si pauvre… En cédant si facilement devant lobby écolo, voué à la destruction de l’économie, nous avons été les artisans de nos malheurs.