This past week, Mass Relevance hosted its very first Hack Week. Daily tasks and ongoing projects were put on the back burner in favor of innovative new ideas and creative concepts. Here’s why we did it, and how it was done.
I recently was introduced to Brandon Ramirez, co-founder of TapSavvy. I read his very first blog post, and asked him for permission to post it here on AustinStartup. I’m always interested in the perspectives of people who are choosing to start their companies in Austin.
Lead development is an art wrapped in science, wrapped in modern art, wrapped in prosciutto. It can help a company grow significantly, only if you put in place the workflow, conventions, methodology, and discipline that must happen in order for it to succeed. These for founding principles of lead development will be looked at over the next few days, and it is important for us to start at the very beginning, lead workflow.
In conjunction with Capital Factory’s Demo Day at SXSWi 2013, one company will receive a relocation package worth over $50,000 to move their startup to Austin. If you think you might be a fit, check out Capital Factory’s investment thesis, find out more about how to be one of 10 companies to pitch on demo day, and apply on AngelList.
Larry Warnock is the President and CEO of Gazzang, responsible for the company’s leadership, operations, and strategic direction. He brings more than 27 years of operational expertise working with both startups and established technology companies, particularly in the enterprise software and data center tools markets, to his role at Gazzang.
I have a simple test that I occasionally use to figure out if an executive is a reasonable leader. It’s one that is useful sometimes (organizational situations may make this a difficult test to pass). That test is; do any former employees follow the executive to his/her new company. Now this test is really a single attribute test – it highlights whether employees will follow someone to a different company (hence the ‘leader’ title). It DOESN’T test for the reasons behind the employee moves, quality of the leadership, or the direction of the migration (did the employee follow the leader or did the leader pay the employee to follow).
The passing of the Jobs Act is already having an impact on entrepreneurs, investors, and startups. Join in at CrowdFund Texas on January 8th at the Omni downtown. If you’re raising money, or if you think you’re going to raise money, you need to understand the changes that are happening in the investing landscape right now.
Today on WAAT we spoke with Gary Hoover. Gary founded Bookstop which sold to Barnes & Noble along with Hoovers, a leading business information website. His experience with these and other startups has made him the perfect person to share some hard won advice with entrepreneurs everywhere. Gary believes that the most succesful businesses are those that are customer centric.
The DreamIt program in Austin is getting ready to start soon. There is a kickoff reception coming, and the program is also looking for important people to add to their ecosystem.