New Report: There’s Tech Jobs In Austin But Others Lead In New Tech Growth

A recent report shared by the Austin Technology Council and sponsored by Engine Advocacy, was part reinforcement and part surprise. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute prepared the report, “Technology Works: Patterns of High-Technology Employment and Wages in the United States,” and shows Austin and the Austin-San Antonio corridor is a favorable hub for high-tech employment. That’s not the surprise. “Given the size […]

Austin Flexes Its SmartGrid Muscle As Pecan Street Data Comes Online

You might call it big data meets the grid. Panelists from Austin Energy, Meridian Solar, ERCOT, and Pecan Street Inc., came together recently at the CleanTX Forum to pitch the value of cleaner and connected communities. With Austin’s Mueller community as the centerpiece, the discussions focused on the impact of electric vehicles and rooftop solar. […]

Capital Factory Aligns Schedule with SXSW

Historically, SXSW is the peak season for applications to Austin’s technology accelerator program Capital Factory. The program has run during the Summer for the past 3 years. Capital Factory is announcing that the program schedule going forward is going to align with the SXSW Interactive Festival and Conference. There are several reasons for the shift […]

Sparefoot Opens New Headquarters

Austin-based Sparefoot moved into new Headquarters last week, celebrating with an office party last week. Having been to their previous offices, which was substantially smaller and required storing massive amounts of snacks in the hallway, their new digs are downright luxurious. The space features 99% re-purposed materials, graffiti art by Austin artist Sloke, an 18 […]

Startup Olympics This Saturday

The Olympic Games have borne many legends – Jesse Owens, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Phelps, Eddie the Eagle, and the Jamaican Bobsled team, to name a few – all world-class athletic innovators in their respective sports. On Saturday, Jan. 21, a new league of innovative legends will emerge during the inaugural Austin Startup Olympics, a […]

I’m a little Dewey: Honoring the spirit of Dewey Winburne

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich Chances are, you may have never heard of Dewey Winburne, especially if you are somewhat new to Austin. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time to help change that possibility, in a small way. Because, regardless of whether you never met Dewey Winburne before he died […]

Where New Mobile Ventures Come From

mobileTechTuesday, by Steve Guengerich I just completed my second year of teaching the New Ventures class for the Digital MBA program at St. Edwards University. It will be my last time to teach the class, as I expect to be out of the country next year. (More on that later.) Serving as a professor for […]

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 […]

SXSW Accelerator Deadline Approaching

How would you like to launch your startup into the stratosphere at the hottest of all hot tech conferences, Southby? Who wouldn’t? Well, it won’t happen if you don’t get off your tail and apply this week. This is your chance to get seen by thousands of interested people, investors, bloggers, press, and media of […]

Start-up SpareFoot Modernizes $22B Self-Storage Industry

SpareFoot, the free online self-storage marketplace (like for finding storage), announced it is expanding to offer a suite of marketing tools for storage facilities. From humble beginnings as a person-to-person storage website slinging extra space in private residences, the Austin start-up has raised $4.5 million and is now a disruptive force in the notoriously […]