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Austin Technology Council Dear Friends: 2012 was another banner year for ATC’s expanding community. As the Central Texas tech story continues to gain resonance, our outreach and advocacy efforts were greatly strengthened by ATC member accomplishments. Rising interest in tech’s role in our community and the regional economy continues to improve the position of Central Texas tech, ATC, and our member brands. We all overwhelmingly agree: our community is unique, our intentions united in making Austin a top-tier market for tech. If there is one area for improvement, it is to leverage a more cohesive approach to making Austin #1. ATC focused in 2012 on forging new partnerships to effectively expand the strategic reach of your leadership. Engine Advocacy and the City of Austin are just two examples but represent the important connectivity you have set as a priority. Over the course of the year, ATC members earned unique access to Austin’s most admired icons: SXSW Interactive and Trade Show, Gibson guitar, Formula One, and, FunFunFun Fest. And we introduced an Austin first: a membership campaign that centered on Hopdoddy’s Classic with Cheese. 2013 brings several new initiatives that will drive Austin tech’s continued leadership: • An aggressive data collection strategy to reframe and articulate perspectives on the profile and strength of our ecosystem. • The creation of task forces to leverage the influence and engagement of our tech leaders and create performance expectations to increase access to technical talent and capital. • Ample and inclusive discussion about the vision for tech in Central Texas. • Continued development of the ATC Community Foundation to lead regional STEM priorities. In preparation for 2013, I am pleased to share this ATC 2012 Highlights report. The following pages outline the accomplishments we’ve made toward growing the Central Texas tech sector and strengthening Austin’s tech – and your – brand. We encourage you, as always, to provide direct feedback about the direction and focus of the organization, appreciate your support of our efforts on your behalf, and look forward to a busy but focused 2013! Julie Huls President Austin Technology Council
Austin Technology CouncilATC VISION & MISSIONDrive Central Texas technology leadership by providing a united industry voicefocused on optimizing growth in the fastest-growing and most influential jobs sectorin Texas.Drive growth by executing on industry determined initiatives that increase access totechnical talent and capital, and more efficiently connect Central Texas resourcesresponsible for supporting our region’s vibrant entrepreneurial scene.DATA COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS ATC IT/ High Tech CEOs Say:Research and analysis are key to • 60% think talent issues havepositioning our market in an increasinglycompetitive environment. In 2012, our limited their organizationsexecutive members and partners productivity and efficiencyprovided input and analysis to develop a • 71% believe there is a talentshared understanding of the globalmarket and our path forward in it. shortage in Austin • 70.8% recruit local talentJobs and WagesATC introduced national baseline ATC Life Sciences CEOS Say:research on tech jobs and wages to theCentral Texas market. The research, • 61% of Life Sciences companiessponsored by ATC partner Engine Advocacy are generating revenueand prepared by the Bay Area Council • 72% Life Sciences companiesEconomic Institute, highlighted a strong national tech sector and an have fewer than 50 employees Austin/Central Texas growth corridor • 82% are privately held while indicating that there will be increasing competition among • 65% are currently pursuing regions moving forward. Government Loans/ Grants/ Incentives.Life Science Statewide SurveyIn an effort spearheaded by ATC, 11 organizationsfrom regions across Texas partnered to administer the 2012 Texas Life ScienceSurvey. Forging a collaborative ecosystem for life sciences is a shared vision fororganizational leaders responsible for promoting the survey in their individualregions. The project’s mission was to for the first time ever capture a real-timesnapshot of the state of the life sciences industry in Texas as a whole and to set thestage for a big-picture strategy for supporting the growth of the sector.
Austin Technology Council MEMBER DRIVEN VALUE “ATC means growth - for CEOs, for their ATC members set the priorities and tone for our companies, and for Central Texas." mission and Manoj Saxena, General Manager accomplishments. Member Priorities In direct response to ATC’s 2011 CEO poll, ATC launched a college recruiting service. Founded by college recruiting personnel from the high-tech startup community in Austin, the people behind the ATC College Recruiting Service have college recruiting experience that built multiple startups into industry leaders. Access “Austin has two key features that give In a first ever partnership for both groups, SXSW us a clear competitive advantage: We partnered with ATC to offer reduced, all access rates and free trade show passes for ATC have an exceptionally open and members. This significantly increased collaborative and supportive business the voice of Austin tech at this global climate. We also have an extensive congress, allowing ATC members to connect with over 25,000 tech visionaries and over 300 group of seasoned leaders who want businesses. to help grow and mentor the next generation of leaders.” Tech Community Leadership Julie Huls, President, ATC ATC moderated the at capacity SXSW Forbes.com panel, Investments in Austin Technology. Speakers from G51, Silverton Partners, Angel Network and Austin Ventures gave insight on who is investing, what they’re investing in, and why our region is attracting so much attention. National Visibility ATC was featured in Forbes in August and October, promoting industry assets and strengthening the Central Texas technology brand . Ecosystem Strengthening To showcase community commitment to innovation and startups, ATC hosted a series of panels at Austin City Hall during Austin Startup week. The ATC led panel, Startup Priorities: Policy vs. Pitch, introduced Austin startups to ATC partner Engine Advocacy and ATC founders and funders from MapMyFitness, SocialWare, DFJ Mercury, and theFunders & Founders Central Texas Angel Network.at Austin City Hall
Austin Technology Council EDUCATIONAL FORUMS, GLOBAL EXPERTS Critical Mass • 21% attendance ATC gathered tech leaders and visionaries from our community and around the world to explore topics that impact our regional increase efforts. These events curate insight and shape ATC’s voice and • 52 Leadership Events objectives. • 49 CEO speakers (IT/ High Tech) CEO Summit The CEO Summit is ATC’s signature annual event. In May, ATC • 12 CEO panelists hosted over 150 C-level industry leaders to collaborate and (Life Sciences) strategize on “The Future of Tech in Central • 17 Investor panelists Texas.” The 2nd annual event allowed tech leaders to voice challenges and discuss solutions • 12 CIO/CTO speakers to strengthen the tech ecosystem in a closed • 1,155 Attendees environment. Attending CEOs, investors and • 0ver 200 member visionary leaders identified recruitment, outsourcing and capital as priorities. brandsBob Metcalfe ATC CEO Summit Startup Showdown To promote local innovation, the Startup Showdown launched at this year’s CEO Summit. Six participants, selected by ATC’s Board of Directors, were invited to pitch their businesses to Summit attendees. Pitched products were judged by attending VCs including Insight Venture Partners, NEA, DFJ Mercury and Silverton Partners. The Austin software startup, Toopher, won the Startup Showdown after an entertaining presentation on the company’s secure platform designed to stop online fraud and Identity theft. Toopher has since secured Series A funding. Gathering of regional CIOs C-level forums and Breakthrough Series These forums connect our executive community and explores best practice and shared issues in a confidential environment. 2012 speakers included John Arrow, Mutual Mobile; Cotter Cunningham, Whaleshark Media; Jeffrey Dachis, Dachis Group; Paul Lammers, Mirna Therapeutics; Manoj Saxena, IBM Watson Solutions and many, many more. “ATC is the most relevant network and community of senior technology professionals Austin has to offer. A great place to meet everyone you need in order to stay current and connected.” Rob Donnelly. Corrie Donnelly Investment Group
Austin Technology Council COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT “Austin’s tech community is Today’s competitive pursuit for determined to create a new, ideas, capital and talent requires distinct, and competitive tech an engaged, diverse community. ecosystem. Collaborating with ATC ATC strengthened key relationships and began to establish community on understanding and expectations over the past year. implementing key market differentials is a great example of ATC Life Science Group commitment, innovation, and To more effectively serve this dynamic sector of our industry, ATC leadership.” established a working group focused Kevin Callahan, Co-founder specifically on Life Science issues. MapMyFitness Austin Medical School ATC’s Life Science Group joined regional leaders in support of the Austin Medical School. Approved in November, ATC looks forward to supporting an internationally recognized and locally beneficial teaching hospital in Austin. Technology Education Labs To develop a key market differential, ATC partnered with the City of Austin to strengthen, integrate, and leverage Austin’s technology ecosystem. The Labs are a series of community development and education Initiatives developed with the City and executed by ATC members and other senior tech voices. Austin Startup Week ATC welcomed entrepreneurs from around the country by partnering with Engine Advocacy, Google, and ASW for a series of panels with ATC founders and funders followedFUEL atThe Ginger Man by a FUEL happy hour at the Ginger Man. These events provided ATC members a first glance at nascent brands interested in Austin. ATC Community Foundation The Foundation was created in direct response to member interest in providing a sustained impact on STEM programs. The Foundation will educate, inspire and lead the next generation of innovators toward the skills required by employers. Formula 1 and Circuit of the Americas As a member of the COTA Host Committee, ATC guided tech engagement and access during the inaugural 2012 Formula 1 US Grand Prix at Austin’s own Circuit of the Americas. COTA events will provide new vision and visibility for Austin tech.
Acknowledgements & Appreciation2012 Visionary Sponsors Board of Directors THANK• City of Austin • John Arrow, CEO, Mutual Mobile YOU!• CyrusOne • Lynn Atchison, CFO, Homeaway• Oracle • Adam Berman, CEO, TVA Medical• TriNet • Susanne Bowen, CEO, PeopleAdmin• UK Trade & Investment • Rod Favaron, CEO, Spredfast• Wortham Insurance & Risk • Manoj Saxena, GM, IBM Watson Solutions Management • Mark McClain, CEO, SailPoint Technologies• Vinson & Elkins LLP • Dennis McWilliams, CEO, Apollo Endosurgery • Gary Sabins, CEO, Spinal Restoration, Inc.2012 Industry Sponsors• AMD Executive Committee• Calavista Software • Chairman, Joel Trammell, CEO, Cache IQ• Google • Secretary, Milam Foster Newby• HomeAway Partner, Vinson & Elkins• Oury Clark • President, Julie Huls, President• Presidio Austin Technology Council• Resident Realty • Treasurer, Patti Soch, CFO, Gazzang, Inc.• Samsung • Michael Raiford, Senior Director, Samsung • Isaac Barchas, Managing Director, ATI2012 Program Sponsors• Baker Botts Advisory Board• Bridgepoint Consulting, LLC • Rob Bridges, Managing Director, Wortham• Ernst & Young • Steve Cohen, TriNet• FrankfurtRheinMain • Kevin Timmons, CyrusOne• Hilton• Magrabbit Team• Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP • Julie Huls, President• Northside Advisors • Grover Bynum, Senior Advisor• PMB Helin Donovan, LLP • Katy Dunlap, Data +Sales Manager• UBS • Valerie Cason, Marketing + Events Manager• UT Master of Science and • Amy Segal, Bookkeeping Technology Commercialization• Wells Fargo Bank, Inc. Special thanks to… Hugh ForrestCommunity Partners The Honorable Mike Martinez• Austin Startup Week Mike McGeary• ATI Bob Metcalfe• Boca Communications The Honorable Laura Morrison• Capital Factory• Circuit of the Americas• Cross Systems Consulting• Central Texas Angel Network• Engine Advocacy• Laura Beck• Startup Austin• SXSW Interactive