Mobile and the Austin Chamber

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich Tech start-ups, at least in my experience, have a notoriously conflicted relationship with traditional business networking groups, like our city’s Chamber of Commerce. The conflict comes because, on the surface, what each needs from the other is hard to come by. The Chamber needs financial support (membership fees, etc.) and […]

Foursquare Mayorships Are So Yesterday. Who’s The Mayor Of Cleantech?

Image by George Dearing via Flickr   With dwindling resources and tight budgets, local governments might not be the first place to look if you’re a startup pitching clean technology. The data tells a different story, however. An April survey of almost 400 mayors in all 50 states, showed 75% of cities plan to increase […]

MobileMonday Founder Discusses Mobi Programs at Innotech

Matt Scherer, a contributing blogger, had the opportunity to interview  C. Enrique Ortiz, the founder of MobileMonday Austin and a panelist for InnoTech Austin’s Mobile Application Marketplace session.  Here’s Ortiz’ take on what is happening within the “mobi” space not only in Austin but also in the U.S.  Details on Innotech can be found here. Q1:  What caused […]

How politicians are embracing social media in this 2010 campaign

With a spirited gubernatorial race just days after the Oct. 28 October Innotech, it seems only natural that a major focus on social media would be how Governor Rick Perry and Bill White are using this communication tool. Mike Chapman, a partner with Apogee Communications, is working with Bill Leake in programming the eMarketing summit […]

An Open Letter to the City of Austin

Some of the top cities in the world have opened government data to better serve their citizens and cities. Not only should the City of Austin get on board, but they should lead in the movement towards Semantic Web standards.

PeopleFund’s Economic Opportunity Conference (2 free tickets)

The purpose of the conference is to engage local community members and business leaders in talks regarding our region’s evolving economy. Including a broader local and regional economic overview, the program will also include breakout sessions to discuss community and business issues.

Is the Labor Market Recovering?

Our guest blogger today is Greg Garrison, the president of vrecruting – Recruiting solutions from vcfo. He has over 17 years experience in the recruiting and staffing industry, and is regularly quoted nationally as a thought-leader in employment trends. He can be reached at or 512-450-6569. The Labor Market and the Economic Recovery Last […]

It’s Not Your Daddy’s Chamber of Commerce!

Today’s guest blogger is Ellen Wood, the co-founder and CEO of Austin based vcfo, inc. The firm specializes in operational finance and accounting, HR Solutions and recruiting services for companies of all sizes. She can be reached at 512-345-9441. Yes – that’s right. The Austin Chamber of Commerce is making a big difference for […]

Piryx Founder Honored with Rising Star Award

Campaign & Elections’ Politics magazine today announced Tom Serres, Founder/CEO of Austin-based Piryx Inc, as one of the 2009 Rising Stars. One of the most prestigious honors in politics, the award goes to people 35 or under who have already made a significant mark in political consulting or advocacy. The magazine chose 10 Democrats, 10 […]

OpenAustin.Org [Why Didn't We Think Of This Sooner?]

If you came to Austin Tech Happy Hour last Thursday, you may have been able to catch a sneak peak of something pretty cool as part of Technology Spotlight. Whurley was showing the concept for in advance of its official launch today. You may remember some of the discussion surrounding the City of Austin […]