Austin has enough technical talent, no doubt about that

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About a month ago an Austin’s newspaper ran an article with the following title “Austin companies head to California to recruit talent“, after I read it I was in disagreement and as a software developer from Austin, TX I felt a little offended by it to tell you the truth. The article states that the main reason some Austin companies are looking for engineering talent in California is because local business leaders are “worried that an increasingly tight job market for tech workers with critical skills could slow the industry’s growth here”.

In the article, it is mentioned that 30 Austin high-tech CEOs were heading to California in search for talent. Here is what the article said about where the idea of the trip came from:

The idea for the trip came from a CEO Summit sponsored by the technology council in May. At the conference, business leaders worried that an increasingly tight job market for tech workers with critical skills could slow the industry’s growth here. Skilled engineers and experienced product marketers are hardest to find, they said.

Spredfast CEO Rod Favaron, who is taking part in the trip, said that Austin “has fallen into a trap of fighting over existing talent, especially in engineering, programming and software development roles. The zero-sum-game hurts the overall tech community, so we’ve decided to come together to seek out new additions to Austin to help us all grow.” Sigue leyendo

Practice your pitch and find a co-founder!

Networking before the pitchesThe title of this post says it all. The next Austin Co-founders Meetup is on Tuesday October 11th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.

This meetup has the goal to bring entrepreneurs and techies together so they can work with each other in awesome Austin startups. Is not all techies and entrepreneurs, there are also angel investors, and people with skills in sales, marketing and business in general.

The format: 10 speaking slots available (3 minutes each) for startups looking for co-founders.

Please read these rules and contact the organizer if you have a startup and are looking for a co-founder.

If you are a software developer interested in joining a cool startup, you can attend for FREE. Just e-mail me or leave a comment below with a link to your LinkedIn profile or other evidence of your technical skills.

If you are a consultant looking to sell some services to young startups, you are in the wrong place. Sigue leyendo

Startups: 5 things that you need to be doing!

If you are in Austin and you are an entrepreneur you are probably aware of the event that took place earlier this week, Capital Factory’s Demo Day. One of the event speakers was Bob Metcalfe and some of the points that he shared motivated me to write this blog post.

These are the 5 things that a startup needs to do to increase its chances of succeeding according to Bob Metcalfe, these are stay healthy, writing, speaking, sell and having a plan. The description under each one of them is my opinion about it, I hope you find it useful. Sigue leyendo