Can Healthcare Infrastructure Provide A Spark For Austin’s Startup Community?

There’s been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of a new hospital in Austin. I won’t dive too much into the civic implications, you can read Brian Kelsey’s comments for that. I want to highlight two things: 1.) recent opinion and data on “eds and meds” 2.) how more healthcare infrastructure might impact startups. And just a small disclaimer. I realize we’re talking about a hospital. But my assumption, right or wrong, is that a large medical center will bring a substantial ecosystem along with it.

Does Austin Have a Secret Society of Entrepreneurs?

We would be remiss if we didn’t check in with Larry Chiang, notorious party crasher, hacker of startup life, founder of the Austin Secret Society of Entrepreneurs, and author of What They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School. We asked him for an update on what he’ll be doing during SXSW 2012.

How Important Are Industry Clusters To Startups?

If I suggested a way for your clean energy startup to set-up shop near a bunch of companies involved in things like renewable technology and the smartgrid, what would you say? If I sweetened the deal and told you the list of companies included a few of the Fortune 500 and a slew of established [...]

“Another Website Isn’t Going To Solve The World’s Problems”

That’s not a catchy headline. That’s what Ethernet inventor and current UT innovation czar Bob Metcalfe told me at a recent Dell Entrepreneur event. And if you caught Metcalfe’s keynote at this year’s Clean Energy Venture Summit, you know he’d likely tell you to invest in a handful companies in the so-called “enertech” sector. “I’m [...]

Is It Possible To Crack The Code To Startup Success?

I’ve pulled back on the use of infographics lately, but I spotted one over the weekend that warranted a second look. It visualizes data from the Startup Genome, a project that takes a scientific approach to cracking the “innovation code.” Teaming up with educators from Berkeley and Stanford, they looked at more than 3000 companies, [...]

Internet Trend Watching With Mary Meeker

Technology trend watchers have some new data thanks to noted internet analyst Mary Meeker. Her latest presentation at the annual Web 2.0 Summit (below) in San Francisco covered everything from the rise of mobile and local ecommerce, to the the evolution of computing interfaces. A few things jumped out, particularly the stats on China’s internet [...]

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 [...]

4 Things For Austin Startups To Watch

It’s tough keeping up with the macro forces that can shape the strategy and execution of startups. Here’s a few things to keep an eye on as the talent wars continue and products and services are developed and refined. Software is still big. Software in the cloud is bigger.  It’s not realistic to think many [...]

Lessons Learned from Capital Factory Demo Day 2010: What Does It Really Mean To Be Lean?

At Wednesday’s Capital Factory Demo Day, one of the major takeaways for me was that many of us don’t really know what a lean startup is, or how one is successfully managed. This idea was brought to my attention during Ash Maurya’s presentation called “How to Identify a Lean Startup”.

Meet CEO's With Major Recent Exits

The February 17th meeting of the Austin chapter of Texchange will be a milestone in two ways. First, we will have three incredible CEO’s who have all recently had major financial events in their company. Secondly, this will be the first Texchange “crowdsourced” event agenda. If you are a Texchange member please register for the [...]