5 Productive things geeks (or anyone) can do while commuting

A lot of people see a long commute as something negative, I think it is an opportunity to learn, to read, to write and why not, to write some code as well. It might not be ideal to have a long commute, but it doesn’t have to be bad either.

Most of the times I am the one driving during my commute to work. However, I find this time enjoyable because this is the time I use to think about solutions to a business or software problem I might be having or to listen to one of my favorite podcasts. Continue reading 5 Productive things geeks (or anyone) can do while commuting

Top Tech Events in Austin, October 2010

Austin Tech Geeks creates a list of the best tech events happening in this great city of Austin every month. I gather event information from various sources looking for those events that are related to the tech industry and those that are focused on tech startups. Here are the events for October 2010.

10/6 TechExecs Austin IT Leadership Forums
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (CT)
The purpose of the TechExecs Network is to focus on promoting regional Technology Community, featuring “Best of Breed” Resources available to key decision makers, Promote Networking and partnership among technology and industry executives both online and in-person, and ultimately serving as the dominant Connection for industry IT Executives and Solution Provider Executives.

10/7 TECH cocktail Austin Startup Mixer 2010 sponsored by Sprint
Thursday, October 07, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM (CT)
Join us for an evening of fun mingling with other technology enthusiasts, VCs, bloggers and entrepreneurs as we showcase local Austin-area technology companies and take a closer look at their latest achievements.

10/7 Austin (Central Texas Electronics Association – SMTA/IMAPS) Expo & Tech Forum
Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM (CT)

10/8 Developing a Content Marketing Strategy
Friday, October 08, 2010 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (CT)
Website marketing is transforming from the basic brochure website and developing a presence to full-blown content strategy. What does that mean?
It means that you’re now a publisher! And if you want to figure out how to provide relevant content to your prospects and customer, you need an editorial strategy.

10/11 Bootstrap Austin Monthly Meeting
Monday, October 11, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (CT)
Bootstrap Austin is a community in the Austin Entrepreneurship Scene. In addition to supporting bootstrap entrepreneurs, we are committed to stewarding this vibrant scene so entrepreneurs of all paths can find the resources and support they need to progress through all stages of the journey.

10/12 Exploring Austin’s Industry and Innovation in Biotechnology
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM (CT)
An interactive discussion involving current trends, patterns, the impact of new legislation, and the next generation technologies.

10/12 Lean Startup Meetup
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (CT)
The new entrepreneurship era is all about customers and their problems. Lean startup is a collection of techniques built around maximizing validated customer learning thought fast Build/Measure/Learn iteration loops. We’re a group of entrepreneurs taking lean startup and customer development techniques to practice in our startups. We’re ready to talk implementation and share data from our experiments.

10/14 Tech Ranch Austin Venture Pitch – Where Ventures Meet Customers
Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM (CT)
Come see what is happening at the Ranch as 10 of our incubator start-up ventures present their businesses in front of a three-person panel consisting of a Potenial Customer, a Proven Entrepreneur and a Seasoned Investor.
The reception begins at 4:30 PM followed by presentations, feedback, and an after-party nearby.
Come show your support of Austin’s vibrant Entrepreneurial community and meet a few of its most active members along with top business and civic leaders.

10/20 Ignite Austin 2
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (CT)
What is it?
Five minutes, 20 slides. What would you say? At Ignite Austin, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities will take the stage to answer this challenge.
The Goal
To spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines throughout the city of Austin with fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. It’s a great opportunity to meet smart, interesting people (if we do say so ourselves) and maybe even learn something.

10/28 Innotech – 7 Years of Technology Excitement in Austin
Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (CT)
If you’ve attended InnoTech in the past, then you already know the amazing educational, hands-on demonstration and networking opportunities that abound in one, focused day at InnoTech.  If you missed the 2009 event, don’t worry…the 2010 program is just around the corner!

10/30 Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh PresentsDelivering Happiness: The Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM (CT)
As the CEO of Zappos.com, the online shoe sales company, Tony Hsieh has achieved phenomenal company growth through revolutionary approaches to marketing, human resources and customer service. See Tony on Oct. 30 as he discusses the company’s unique culture and how to build sales from repeat customers. He’ll also be on-hand to sign copies of his book, “Delivering Happiness: The Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose.

Can you catch the Intel WiMAX Wanderer in Austin, TX?

WiMAX WandererWant to join a scavenger hunt to win some get great prizes, including Best Buy gift cards and WiMAX-enabled laptops!  Well this Saturday September 25th the Intel Wi-MAX Wander is hitting the streets of Austin giving out clues via his Facebook, Twitter & Foursquare on where to find him.

People that find the Wanderer will score some great prizes, including $25/$50/$100 Best Buy gift cards. Plus one lucky person will win their very own WiMAX-enabled Dell laptop.

Austin Tech Geeks will hand a Flip HD cam to one of our readers just for a recommendation on where the WiMAX Wanderer should stop.

What are you waiting for? use the comments area below or Tweet your tips to @austintechgeeks to tell us what cool spots in Austin the WiMAX Wanderer should stop by and win a Flip HD camera!

FTC Disclaimer: I was sent two Flip HD cams to give away on this blog, per my discretion, as part of the WiMAX Wanderer promotion.

20 Companies Win Chance to Present at Clean Energy Venture Summit

AUSTIN, TEXAS, September 21 – After an extensive evaluation of over 70 early stage clean energy companies from across the U.S., the fourth annual Clean Energy Venture Summit (CEVS), a partnership between The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) and Austin Energy, has narrowed down its list to 20 clean tech companies.

“Companies that present at our Summit have a strong track record of receiving investment as a result of their participation,” said Isaac Barchas, director, Austin Technology Incubator. “The Summit’s utility industry linkages create a unique environment for emerging technology companies, venture capitalists and angel investors.” Continue reading 20 Companies Win Chance to Present at Clean Energy Venture Summit

Austin-based Venture Capital MicroVentures Enables P2P Early Investing

Good things come in small packages. Not a theory often applied to venture capital, or funding small business ideas.

Enter Bill Clark, a capital-and-idea matchmaker of sorts, who breaks the venture capital mold by connecting well-vetted entrepreneurial concepts online with investors looking for the next great idea. His company, Microventures, facilitates the matchmaking process online through www.MicroVentures.com, making it easier for investors to connect with entrepreneurs, and for small businesses to access critical funding.

Co-Founders Bill Clark and Scott Rhode
Quote startMicroventures.com gives individual investors early access to seed-stage opportunities and start-ups access to capital in a new and innovative way.Quote end Continue reading Austin-based Venture Capital MicroVentures Enables P2P Early Investing