by Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the
Austin
Startup Scene
Austin 

Open Coffee Club 

(Instigator)
Austin on Rails 

(Co-Founder / Leader)
Cafe Bedouins 

(Founder)
Austin API

(Co...
Austin
where we’ll begin
Community Resources
Intro to ATX Startup Scene
3
• Kudos"
• Upcoming"
• Map It"
• Companies"
• Un...
Austin
where we’ll begin
Community Resources
Intro to ATX Startup Scene
4
• Kudos"
• Upcoming"
• Map It"
• Companies"
• Un...
KUDOS
6
7
Austin’s Changing Skyline
YOU’LL NEED A MAP
http://austintechmap.com/company/map
http://bit.ly/austinscene
COMPANIES
Up and Coming
• WP Engine"
• Umbel"
• Filament Labs"
• Pristine"
• Shelfbucks"
• YouEarnedIt
• Compare Metrics"
• Spredfas...
• IPO’d 2011"
• Symbol: AWAY!
• Value: $3.3B
• IPO’d 2012"
• Symbol: BV!
• Value: $560M
• Acquired 2012"
• private sale!
• Value: $1B?
• IPO’d 2013"
• Symbol: SALE!
• Value: $1.35B
Austin represent.
Austin 

represent.
Offices in Austin
AUSTIN
our beloved home
BOOTSTRAP !
FIRST
REVENUE
FOCUSED
QUALITY !
OF LIFE
SOCIAL
CAPITAL
RISING TIDE
BE YOURSELF
Austin
where we are
Community Resources
Intro to ATX Startup Scene
39
• Kudos"
• Upcoming"
• Map It"
• Companies"
• Unicor...
Brad Feld’s Boulder Thesis
JOSHUA BAER
@JOSHUABAER
http://bit.ly/baer-consumer-internet
Austin is
awesome.
No kidding.
KEVIN KOYM
@KKOYM
JACQUELINE HUGHES
@JACQUELINESLIFE
JOSH JONES-DILWORTH
@JOSHDILWORTH
ASH MAURYA
@ASHMAURYA
Austin
Lean 

Startup
Circle
JASON SEATS
@SEATS
KERRY RUPP
@KERRY_RUPP
STEVE WELCH
@WELCHSTEVEN
they run multiple"
10-week web
development intensive
bootcamps per year in
downtown Austin & SF
they’re also offering
part...
Austin
where we will end
Community Resources
Intro to ATX Startup Scene
56
• Kudos"
• Upcoming"
• Map It"
• Companies"
• U...
WHERE TO !
SIGN UP
http://startupdigest.com/austin
Facebook Groups
Austin Startups
Austin Digital Jobs
Capital Factory Jobs
Capital Factory News
Austin Freelance Gigs
https:...
WHERE TO
HANG OUT
Happy Hours
•Austin Tech Happy Hour (ATHH)"
•Big Ass Social Happy Hour (BASHH)"
•Capital Factory Happy Hours
Coworking Spaces
62
•Capital Factory"
•Conjunctured"
•GoLab"
•Link"
•Perch
•Opportunity Space"
•Tech Ranch"
•Vuka Co-op"
•...
Coffee Shops
"
• Dominican Joe"
• Cenote"
• Epoch (24 hr)"
• Bennu (24 hr)"
• Radio
• Houndstooth"
• Caffe Medici"
• Halcy...
Bars
• The Gingerman"
• Handlebar"
• Easy Tiger"
• CU29 Cocktail Bar"
WHERE TO
MEET UP
Hacking
• Cafe Bedouins"
• HackTX"
• OpenHack ATX"
• Open Austin
• 3 Day Startup"
• Startup Weekend"
• AngelHack"
• MakerS...
Entrepreneur Meetups
• ATX Co-Founders"
• Austin Lean Startup Circle"
• Austin Open Coffee Club"
• Austin TechBreakfast"
•...
Tech Meetups
• Austin on Rails"
• Austin.rb"
• Refresh Austin"
• ATX Hardware "
• Austin JavaScript"
• Austin Wordpress"
"...
Finding a Co-Founder
• ATX Co-Founders"
• FounderDating"
• Startup Weekend"
• Lean Startup Machine"
• 3 Day Startup"
• Cow...
Incubators / Accelerators
• Austin Technology
Incubator"
• Techstars"
• Capital Factory"
• Dreamit Ventures"
• Incubation ...
Tech/Biz Groups for Women
• SheHacksATX"
• SheDesignsATX"
• PyLadies "
• Women@Austin
• Girl Develop It"
• All Girl Hack N...
KEEPING TABS
Austin Startup Press
• Lori Hawkins (Austin American-Statesman)"
• Christopher Calnan (Austin Business
Journal)"
• Laura L...
Austin Startup Blogs
• Bryan Menell‘s AustinStartup"
• Brett Hurt’s lucky7"
• Joshua Baer‘s austinpreneur"
• Capital Facto...
Go to Twitter!
"
search for “Austin startup”
Go to Twitter!
"
search for “Austin startup”
BO
O
M
!
FUNDING
Demo Days / Pitch Events
• Capital Factory"
• Incubation Station
Showcase"
• Dreamit Ventures"
• Techstars"
• Longhorn Sta...
• CopperEgg > Idera"
• HeyRide > Sidecar"
• MapMyFitness > UnderArmour"
• Infochimps > CSC
• ObjectRocket > Rackspace"
• M...
Investors
• Austin Ventures"
• Silverton Partners"
• G-51 Capital"
• Live Oak Ventures 

Partners"
• S3 Ventures"
• CTAN (...
Funding News
• CTAN is regularly a Top 5
Angel Investor group in U.S."
• Techstars incubated/invested
in another 11 compan...
Ways to “Plug In”
• Sign up for newsletters and
follow interesting folks/orgs
on Twitter"
• Attend community meetups
and h...
THINK BIGGER
“I don't think about us catching up … frankly, it is
impossible for us to do so. Rather, I think about us
embracing what i...
Thank You
Welcome to
Austin!
Creative Commons
• Austin Skyline

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreanna/3518652360 (by adreanna)"
• Pennybacker Bridge

h...
• The Metro Areas With The Most Economic Momentum Going Into 2014 (Forbes)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2013/12...
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales
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Get the lowdown of what's going on in the Austin startup scene. These slides are from the Intro to the Austin Startup Scene meetup at Capital Factory http://bit.ly/welcome2austin .

Josh Baer's version of this presentation can be seen at this link http://bit.ly/intro2austin.

delivered presentation again (and updated the slides) on July 29, 2014.

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Intro to the Austin Startup Scene - Damon Clinkscales

  1. 1. by Damon Clinkscales Intro to the Austin Startup Scene
  2. 2. Austin 
 Open Coffee Club 
 (Instigator) Austin on Rails 
 (Co-Founder / Leader) Cafe Bedouins 
 (Founder) Austin API
 (Co-Organizer) Techstars 
 (Mentor) @damon VitalSource
 (Early Engineer) DoesFollow 
 (Founder)
  3. 3. Austin where we’ll begin Community Resources Intro to ATX Startup Scene 3 • Kudos" • Upcoming" • Map It" • Companies" • Unicorns" • Vibe • Startup Communities" • People To Know • Where to Sign Up" • Where to Hang Out" • Where to Meet Up" • How to Keep Tabs" • Funding Options
  4. 4. Austin where we’ll begin Community Resources Intro to ATX Startup Scene 4 • Kudos" • Upcoming" • Map It" • Companies" • Unicorns" • Vibe
  5. 5. KUDOS
  6. 6. 6
  7. 7. 7
  8. 8. Austin’s Changing Skyline
  9. 9. YOU’LL NEED A MAP http://austintechmap.com/company/map
  10. 10. http://bit.ly/austinscene
  11. 11. COMPANIES
  12. 12. Up and Coming • WP Engine" • Umbel" • Filament Labs" • Pristine" • Shelfbucks" • YouEarnedIt • Compare Metrics" • Spredfast" • Sparefoot" • Spiceworks" • Tabbed Out" • uShip
  13. 13. • IPO’d 2011" • Symbol: AWAY! • Value: $3.3B
  14. 14. • IPO’d 2012" • Symbol: BV! • Value: $560M
  15. 15. • Acquired 2012" • private sale! • Value: $1B?
  16. 16. • IPO’d 2013" • Symbol: SALE! • Value: $1.35B
  17. 17. Austin represent.
  18. 18. Austin 
 represent. Offices in Austin
  19. 19. AUSTIN
  20. 20. our beloved home
  21. 21. BOOTSTRAP ! FIRST
  22. 22. REVENUE FOCUSED
  23. 23. QUALITY ! OF LIFE
  24. 24. SOCIAL CAPITAL
  25. 25. RISING TIDE
  26. 26. BE YOURSELF
  27. 27. Austin where we are Community Resources Intro to ATX Startup Scene 39 • Kudos" • Upcoming" • Map It" • Companies" • Unicorns" • Vibe • Startup Communities" • People To Know
  28. 28. Brad Feld’s Boulder Thesis
  29. 29. JOSHUA BAER @JOSHUABAER
  30. 30. http://bit.ly/baer-consumer-internet
  31. 31. Austin is awesome. No kidding.
  32. 32. KEVIN KOYM @KKOYM
  33. 33. JACQUELINE HUGHES @JACQUELINESLIFE
  34. 34. JOSH JONES-DILWORTH @JOSHDILWORTH
  35. 35. ASH MAURYA @ASHMAURYA Austin Lean 
 Startup Circle
  36. 36. JASON SEATS @SEATS
  37. 37. KERRY RUPP @KERRY_RUPP STEVE WELCH @WELCHSTEVEN
  38. 38. they run multiple" 10-week web development intensive bootcamps per year in downtown Austin & SF they’re also offering part-time courses across Texas to learn front-end programming Harsh ShehzanRavi Shaan MakerSquare
  39. 39. Austin where we will end Community Resources Intro to ATX Startup Scene 56 • Kudos" • Upcoming" • Map It" • Companies" • Unicorns" • The Vibe • Startup Communities" • People To Know • Where to Sign Up" • Where to Hang Out" • Where to Meet Up" • How to Keep Tabs" • Funding Options
  40. 40. WHERE TO ! SIGN UP
  41. 41. http://startupdigest.com/austin
  42. 42. Facebook Groups Austin Startups Austin Digital Jobs Capital Factory Jobs Capital Factory News Austin Freelance Gigs https://www.facebook.com/groups/austindigitaljobs/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/austinstartups/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/capitalfactoryjobs/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/freelanceatx/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/cfstartupnews/
  43. 43. WHERE TO HANG OUT
  44. 44. Happy Hours •Austin Tech Happy Hour (ATHH)" •Big Ass Social Happy Hour (BASHH)" •Capital Factory Happy Hours
  45. 45. Coworking Spaces 62 •Capital Factory" •Conjunctured" •GoLab" •Link" •Perch •Opportunity Space" •Tech Ranch" •Vuka Co-op" •HubAustin" •Chicon Collective
  46. 46. Coffee Shops " • Dominican Joe" • Cenote" • Epoch (24 hr)" • Bennu (24 hr)" • Radio • Houndstooth" • Caffe Medici" • Halcyon" • Jo’s (on 2nd)" • Hideout
  47. 47. Bars • The Gingerman" • Handlebar" • Easy Tiger" • CU29 Cocktail Bar"
  48. 48. WHERE TO MEET UP
  49. 49. Hacking • Cafe Bedouins" • HackTX" • OpenHack ATX" • Open Austin • 3 Day Startup" • Startup Weekend" • AngelHack" • MakerSquare
  50. 50. Entrepreneur Meetups • ATX Co-Founders" • Austin Lean Startup Circle" • Austin Open Coffee Club" • Austin TechBreakfast" • TeXchange
  51. 51. Tech Meetups • Austin on Rails" • Austin.rb" • Refresh Austin" • ATX Hardware " • Austin JavaScript" • Austin Wordpress" " • AustinJUG " • Austin Data Geeks" • Austin Node.js " • AWPUG" • Austin Python" • Austin PHP
  52. 52. Finding a Co-Founder • ATX Co-Founders" • FounderDating" • Startup Weekend" • Lean Startup Machine" • 3 Day Startup" • Coworking Spaces" • Meetups" • Hackathons
  53. 53. Incubators / Accelerators • Austin Technology Incubator" • Techstars" • Capital Factory" • Dreamit Ventures" • Incubation Station" • Longhorn Startup" • Tech Ranch Austin" • Thinktiv
  54. 54. Tech/Biz Groups for Women • SheHacksATX" • SheDesignsATX" • PyLadies " • Women@Austin • Girl Develop It" • All Girl Hack Night" • Women Who Code" • RailsGirlsATX
  55. 55. KEEPING TABS
  56. 56. Austin Startup Press • Lori Hawkins (Austin American-Statesman)" • Christopher Calnan (Austin Business Journal)" • Laura Lorek, Susan Lahey (Silicon Hills News)" • The Austin Phoenix (Austin Entrepreneurs / Small Businesses)" • Techzette (Austin Tech Journal)
  57. 57. Austin Startup Blogs • Bryan Menell‘s AustinStartup" • Brett Hurt’s lucky7" • Joshua Baer‘s austinpreneur" • Capital Factory blog" • Gordon Daugherty’s Shockwave Innovations blog" • BP3 Blog (“Austin” section) • Tech Ranch Austin’s blog" • Austin Technology Incubator blog" • Thinktiv’s blog" • Austin Technology Council" • Jason Cohen, A Smart Bear" • Sparefoot blog
  58. 58. Go to Twitter! " search for “Austin startup”
  59. 59. Go to Twitter! " search for “Austin startup” BO O M !
  60. 60. FUNDING
  61. 61. Demo Days / Pitch Events • Capital Factory" • Incubation Station Showcase" • Dreamit Ventures" • Techstars" • Longhorn Startup Lab" " • CTAN Pitches" • RISE Fast Pitch " • SXSW Accelerator" • Innotech Beta Summit
  62. 62. • CopperEgg > Idera" • HeyRide > Sidecar" • MapMyFitness > UnderArmour" • Infochimps > CSC • ObjectRocket > Rackspace" • Mass Relevance > Spredfast" • Dachis Group > Sprinklr" • Gazzang > Cloudera Recent M&A Activity
  63. 63. Investors • Austin Ventures" • Silverton Partners" • G-51 Capital" • Live Oak Ventures 
 Partners" • S3 Ventures" • CTAN (Angels) • 500 Startups (SV/SF)" • Foundry Group (Boulder)" • Mercury Fund (Houston)" • Mohr Davidow Ventures (SF)" • Floodgate Fund (SF)" • First Round Capital (NYC)
  64. 64. Funding News • CTAN is regularly a Top 5 Angel Investor group in U.S." • Techstars incubated/invested in another 11 companies " • Capital Factory invested/ incubated another 28 companies" • Dreamit Ventures incubated/ invested in another 9 companies" " • Live Oak ($100M)" • Mercury ($125M)" • Silverton ($75M)" • S3 Ventures ($75M)" • Austin startup venture investment up 78% in Q2 2014.
  65. 65. Ways to “Plug In” • Sign up for newsletters and follow interesting folks/orgs on Twitter" • Attend community meetups and happy hours" • Go to hackathons, Startup Weekends, and Demo Days" • Invite interesting people you meet for a cup of coffee" " • Be helpful to others — make introductions, give feedback, be open to the possibilities" • Share your experiences as you go on a blog and social networks" • Interact with / be helpful to others on social media
  66. 66. THINK BIGGER
  67. 67. “I don't think about us catching up … frankly, it is impossible for us to do so. Rather, I think about us embracing what is unique in - and cool about - Austin. Austin is a city where people can be themselves - can be authentic, as Bijoy Goswami, founder of Bootstrap Austin, and I recently discussed over lunch. But I do think about providing the capital and the knowhow to those entrepreneurs that want to transition to a second-stage frame of mind. And, in my opinion after hundreds of meetings over the past five months, the future for Austin's tech entrepreneurship scene has never been brighter.” http://lucky7.io/post/the-state-of-tech-entrepreneurship-in-austin
  68. 68. Thank You Welcome to Austin!
  69. 69. Creative Commons • Austin Skyline
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreanna/3518652360 (by adreanna)" • Pennybacker Bridge
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/84077682@N00/3334079907/“ (by_tiffany)" • Austin City Limits Festival
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/choose_freewill/244298560/ (by choose_freewill)" • Circuit of the Americas, Formula One Racing (Austin)
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/guvnah/8195533480/ (by guvnah)" • Austin Skyline with planned projects (July 2014)
 http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showpost.php? s=97067aae7cb96d8642f92b8db83071df&p=6661157&postcount=753 (by Chiveman & Mopacs) Photo Credits
  70. 70. • The Metro Areas With The Most Economic Momentum Going Into 2014 (Forbes)
 http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2013/12/26/the-metro-areas-with-the-most-economic-momentum-going-into-2014/" • The Next Biggest Boom Towns (Forbes)
 http://www.forbes.com/pictures/edgl45fkm/no-1-austin-texas/" • Top 30 Best Cities For Young Entrepreneurs (Under 30 CEO)
 http://under30ceo.com/top-30-best-cities-for-young-entrepreneurs-2013/" • The 7 Hottest Startup Scenes in the U.S. (Entrepreneur)
 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227436" • Bijoy’s JOurneY (3 parts) on Steve Golab’s blog (fg2 blog)
 http://www.fg2.com/category/journey-2/" • Kauffman Sketchbook StartupVille
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXD5vt0xhyI" • Can the Tech Industry Follow Trilogy’s Example?
 http://www.statesman.com/news/technology/can-austin-tech-industry-follow-trilogys-example-t/nRk7M/ References
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