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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 . ...

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.

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  • 1. by Damon Clinkscales Intro to the Austin Startup Scene
  • 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. 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. Austin where we’ll begin Community Resources Intro to ATX Startup Scene 4 • Kudos" • Upcoming" • Map It" • Companies" • Unicorns" • Vibe
  • 5. KUDOS
  • 6. 6
  • 7. 7
  • 8. Austin’s Changing Skyline
  • 9. YOU’LL NEED A MAP http://austintechmap.com/company/map
  • 10. http://bit.ly/austinscene
  • 11. COMPANIES
  • 12. Up and Coming • WP Engine" • Umbel" • Filament Labs" • Pristine" • Shelfbucks" • YouEarnedIt • Compare Metrics" • Spredfast" • Sparefoot" • Spiceworks" • Tabbed Out" • uShip
  • 13. • IPO’d 2011" • Symbol: AWAY! • Value: $3.3B
  • 14. • IPO’d 2012" • Symbol: BV! • Value: $560M
  • 15. • Acquired 2012" • private sale! • Value: $1B?
  • 16. • IPO’d 2013" • Symbol: SALE! • Value: $1.35B
  • 17. Austin represent.
  • 18. Austin 
 represent. Offices in Austin
  • 19. AUSTIN
  • 20. our beloved home
  • 21. BOOTSTRAP ! FIRST
  • 22. REVENUE FOCUSED
  • 23. QUALITY ! OF LIFE
  • 24. SOCIAL CAPITAL
  • 25. RISING TIDE
  • 26. BE YOURSELF
  • 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. Brad Feld’s Boulder Thesis
  • 29. JOSHUA BAER @JOSHUABAER
  • 30. http://bit.ly/baer-consumer-internet
  • 31. Austin is awesome. No kidding.
  • 32. KEVIN KOYM @KKOYM
  • 33. JACQUELINE HUGHES @JACQUELINESLIFE
  • 34. JOSH JONES-DILWORTH @JOSHDILWORTH
  • 35. ASH MAURYA @ASHMAURYA Austin Lean 
 Startup Circle
  • 36. JASON SEATS @SEATS
  • 37. KERRY RUPP @KERRY_RUPP STEVE WELCH @WELCHSTEVEN
  • 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. 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. WHERE TO ! SIGN UP
  • 41. http://startupdigest.com/austin
  • 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. WHERE TO HANG OUT
  • 44. Happy Hours •Austin Tech Happy Hour (ATHH)" •Big Ass Social Happy Hour (BASHH)" •Capital Factory Happy Hours
  • 45. Coworking Spaces 62 •Capital Factory" •Conjunctured" •GoLab" •Link" •Perch •Opportunity Space" •Tech Ranch" •Vuka Co-op" •HubAustin" •Chicon Collective
  • 46. Coffee Shops " • Dominican Joe" • Cenote" • Epoch (24 hr)" • Bennu (24 hr)" • Radio • Houndstooth" • Caffe Medici" • Halcyon" • Jo’s (on 2nd)" • Hideout
  • 47. Bars • The Gingerman" • Handlebar" • Easy Tiger" • CU29 Cocktail Bar"
  • 48. WHERE TO MEET UP
  • 49. Hacking • Cafe Bedouins" • HackTX" • OpenHack ATX" • Open Austin • 3 Day Startup" • Startup Weekend" • AngelHack" • MakerSquare
  • 50. Entrepreneur Meetups • ATX Co-Founders" • Austin Lean Startup Circle" • Austin Open Coffee Club" • Austin TechBreakfast" • TeXchange
  • 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. Finding a Co-Founder • ATX Co-Founders" • FounderDating" • Startup Weekend" • Lean Startup Machine" • 3 Day Startup" • Coworking Spaces" • Meetups" • Hackathons
  • 53. Incubators / Accelerators • Austin Technology Incubator" • Techstars" • Capital Factory" • Dreamit Ventures" • Incubation Station" • Longhorn Startup" • Tech Ranch Austin" • Thinktiv
  • 54. Tech/Biz Groups for Women • SheHacksATX" • SheDesignsATX" • PyLadies " • Women@Austin • Girl Develop It" • All Girl Hack Night" • Women Who Code" • RailsGirlsATX
  • 55. KEEPING TABS
  • 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. 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. Go to Twitter! " search for “Austin startup”
  • 59. Go to Twitter! " search for “Austin startup” BO O M !
  • 60. FUNDING
  • 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. • CopperEgg > Idera" • HeyRide > Sidecar" • MapMyFitness > UnderArmour" • Infochimps > CSC • ObjectRocket > Rackspace" • Mass Relevance > Spredfast" • Dachis Group > Sprinklr" • Gazzang > Cloudera Recent M&A Activity
  • 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. 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. 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. THINK BIGGER
  • 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. Thank You Welcome to Austin!
  • 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. • 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