Icon Delivers A Business Card That’s As Digital As You Are

Personal brands have been around forever. It’s just that we used to call them something else. Like famous people, or celebrities. But in the era of Tweets, Likes and LinkedIn requests, the idea that everyone can build a brand has caught on. While some of the consumer-facing activity in the internet sector has lost some […]

Move Your Startup to Austin for Free at SXSW

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.

SXSW Accelerator Deadline on Sunday

One thing I noticed at SXSW last year was that Startup Village was absolutely packed — lines to get into every session. The legacy SXSW sessions, well, not so much. Perhaps next year all the startup activity will move to the convention center where there will be more room?

I Choose Austin

Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He’s currently the CEO of OtherInbox and Director of Capital Factory. Joshua has helped start a dozen companies, sold four of them, invested in more than fifty of them, and is a mentor to many others. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuabaer

Austin Looks Well Positioned For Future Job Growth

With the economy in a lukewarm recovery, it appears companies are starting to ramp up hiring efforts. If we look at the broader recovery, it’s easy to get excited about Austin’s momentum. Take a look at the map from Atlantic Cities (below) showing the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Austin ranked […]

Four For You, One For Me #SXSW

Now that Larry Chiang has been at SXSW for a few days, he has some mid-conference words of wisdom. A few people have told me that it’s hard to understand what Larry is saying. His thinking is about 3 steps ahead of the rest of us, and he’s always looking at everything with thoughts about how to hack it. For those of you with issues, I’ve decided to translate (in bold). I hope it helps.

Austin Tech Incubator Landscape at #SXSW

On the Tuesday of SXSW, I have the pleasure of being on a panel of the rockstars of the Austin technology incubator scene. Steve Guengerich (@sguengerich) has done an incredible job of bringing together a panel of people representing the best of what Austin has to offer young and upcoming startups. Here are the panel details.

Air Traffic Controlling SXSW

I view myself as a worker. While eating frozen yogurt at a Fraiche that was founded by an Austin-ite, I co-founded Asse9. Before my Callebaut chocolate was finished at 644 Emerson, I had text recruited 12 hot female humans to be managing directors. Me, my dog Baxter and the legendary VC would serve as their male secretari triumvirate.

Capture Audience Contact Info with PresentNow.Me, Launching for SXSW

We’ve all been on stage somewhere giving a talk on something. Your last slide typically is your contact information, right? Some people email you, other people follow you on Twitter, and others want to connect with you on LinkedIn. With PresentNow, you will have a structured way of getting audience contact information when you present at conferences.

Next One’s On Me Launches for SXSW

Good things come to those who wait and Austin has waited long enough. Sara Rodell and Jeffrey Schwartz introduced their new mobile application, Next One’s On Me, or NOOM, last night at a private launch party at Ranch 616. The event, with an invite list of 300 tech savvy individuals, debuted their mobile app that allows users to spontaneously treat their friends to drinks, eats, lattes and more, all through their phone.