Southwest Airlines to add a new Nerd Bird, Austin-San Jose

Southwest Airlines will add an Austin-San Jose nonstop flight on Nov. 7, joining Alaska Airlines and JetBlue as carriers on a route popular with Austin techies.

JetBlue does not have an Austin-San Jose route but its Austin-San Francisco flight is close enough for many to consider when visiting the valley.

Introductory fares are as low as $79 each way for flights purchased by Thursday for travel between Nov. 7 and Dec. 14, excluding a blackout period around Thanksgiving.

The weekday flights will depart Austin at 7:55 a.m. and 3:55 p.m. daily. The return flights leave San Jose at 10 a.m. and 6:20 p.m.

This is a great addition and is widely welcome by the startup community in Austin. The competition that this will create between these airlines will only help to everyone looking to fly from Silicon Hills to Silicon Valley.

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Tech Ranch Austin, an oasis for entrepreneurs and their startups – also called an incubator

Tech Ranch Austin is a technology incubator headquartered in Austin, TX.

Tech Ranch Austin focuses on accelerating pre-seed and seed stage technology companies that can change the world.

The Tech Ranch Austin offers various programs to help entrepreneurs and their startups succeed by offering various services that support every type of entrepreneur. Their services are as follow:

  • Venture Forth Program
  • Pioneer Program
  • Office Space
  • Barn Builders
  • Entrepreneur Office Hours

Venture Forth Program

This is a class for entrepreneurs to help you define your idea or to help you grow your startup. This program/class helps you discover the potential of your idea, and teaches you how to grow with it all the way until it becomes a successful business.

The Venture Forth program meets one day a week for 8 weeks. The topics covered in this program are as follow:

  • Taking the entrepreneurial plunge
  • Can I survive on a bootstrapper’s budget
  • Fail Forward Fast
  • How do I find the right team
  • Start up nuts and bolts
  • Proving the idea before pulling the trigger
  • Secret (and not so secret) funding avenues
  • Researching the market and the competition
  • 3, 2, 1 Launch! (or Abort)

When you sign-up for this program, Tech Ranch Austin also offers you 24×7 access to their offices, access to Tech Ranch Barn Builders and a ton of free services to support your startup.

The cost of this class is $495 per participant. See their website for an up to date schedule.

Pioneer Program

This is the program to follow-through of the practices and growth you learned in Venture Forth. This program allows you to connect to other entrepreneurs and get valuable feedback on your progress. It is a support group for entrepreneurs.

The group meets each Tuesday afternoon at noon, this is where you can ask for advice and/or offer advice to other entrepreneurs.

Tech Ranch provides office space, 24×7 access, shared services, conference room a collaborative environment and the Tech Ranch staff is available as you need them as well. Sounds good? well, it is.

The cost of this program is $150 per month, and $100 per month if you are a Venture Forth graduate.

If you are interested in this program you can enroll using this form.

Other benefits of this program include unlimited Wi-Fi, mail service, access to Tech Ranch sponsors, mentors and staff, use of work areas, conference rooms, lounge and kitchen.

Office Space

Tech Ranch also offers dedicated, closed-door offices for technology startups, without the burden of a long-term lease. They have small, medium and large offices with a fixed month-to-month lease. You can cancel your lease at any time with only a 30 days notice.

All offices include the following:

  • All utilities except phone
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access to the Tech Ranch network
  • Mailing address
  • Desks, chairs and whiteboards for each office
  • 24×7 secured access to Tech Ranch
  • Conference rooms and training facilities
  • Unlimited usage of Tech Ranch common areas such as desks, living room and kitchen
  • Support from the Tech Ranch staff as needed

If you are interested in leasing one of the spaces they offer, visit their FAQ page, attend a Tech Ranch Campfire event or contact them at

The cost of these offices is as follow:

  • Small offices (!150 sq ft): $400 per month
  • Medium offices (~200 sq ft): $500 per month
  • Large offices (~250 sq ft): $600 per month
  • Large Teaming Room (for up to 10 people company): $1250 per month

If you are interested in this program you can enroll using this form.

Barn Builders

This program helps match Austin area entrepreneurs with local people. If you are an entrepreneur and are looking for someone to design your site, develop an application, etc… you can then join the Barn Builder network to find the right people.

This program is open to everyone Tech Ranch promotes this program to unemployed or recently laid off people from Austin, and the cost of this program is zero, nada.

If you are interested in this program, take a moment ant introduce yourself to the Barnbuilder community.

Entrepreneurial Office Hours

The Tech Ranch partners advise startups on a variety of topics such as raising capital, market strategy, operational logistics, etc… The first 30 minutes of the consultation is free. Hourly rates and project-based rates are available. There are also special discounts available to startups participating in other Tech Ranch program.

To enroll in this program, go to one of the Campfire events or email Tech Ranch at

Tech Ranch Austin is another valuable resource available to entrepreneurs in the city of Austin, TX. It is a good way to connect to other entrepreneurs and see first hand what is working for them and learn from others. The resources such as office space, supportive environment and access to other services is great, especially if you are bootstrapping your startup and don’t have much money to spend on a lease, etc…

Tech Ranch Austin’s address and contact information:


2311 W. Rundberg Lane
Suite 200
Austin, TX 78758

Office: 512-339-3242

Until next time.

Oracle Storage Summit – Free event in San Antonio, TX on 8/19/2010

Oracle Storage SummitFind Out What Oracle Can Do for Your Information Management and Storage Needs.

If you’re looking for ways to bring your storage infrastructure under control, and you want to cut storage costs, increase efficiencies, and simplify what has become an extremely complicated component of your enterprise data center. Come to Oracle’s Storage Summit for answers.

Oracle is now the storage industry leader, with the most complete and trusted portfolio of storage infrastructure solutions available—from disk to tape to software.

Attend Oracle’s Storage Summit and learn how to:

  • Increase the performance of your Oracle Database while lowering the total cost of ownership with a tiered storage solution that leverages flash, disk, and tape
  • Tackle business continuity, disaster recovery, and compliance issues more effectively with Oracle’s storage portfolio
  • Get unsurpassed storage speed, simplicity, and savings from Oracle’s innovative unified storage platforms
  • Reduce your reliance on high-priced storage systems from other vendors

Register online now for this FREE event or call 1.800.820.5592 ext. 7798.

Event Details

Thursday, August 19, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Westin Riverwalk
420 W Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
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The Dell Streak Tablet missed the July 2010 release date

It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for the Dell Streak. In the past few days, information about the Dell Streak arriving in July, 2010 was removed from Dell’s website. A Dell spokesman confirmed last Wednesday that the device will not arrive in July, but it is still on schedule to be released “later” this summer.

Dell confirmed that the Dell Streak will be shipped soon and that it will in fact still launch with Android 1.6 as the operating system.

The Dell Streak is a tablet PC and has a five-inch touch screen and doubles an Android smart phone. Some reports have estimated the cost between $300 if you get it with an ATT plan and $550 without it.

Click here to see a Dell Streak Tablet video

Dell Streak Tablet

Conjunctured. Coworking Austin style, creative, friendly and affordable.

Conjunctured opened its doors back in July, 2008. After two years of operation, this coworking space in East Austin is thriving. The guys at Conjunctured keep it real with a great and inspirational space, great people and great coffee.

The place is inspirational and functional. There is a conference room, a kitchen, a nice lounge, a coworking space and something very cool, a “quiet” room. This is useful for times when you need to do some serious heads down coding, or whatever else it is that you do.

Conjunctured’s members are a unique and creative bunch. Members are usually solo-entrepreneurs and small teams. In this group you’ll find people with different skills such as web designers, software developers, marketing, social media, copywriting, search engine optimization, etc… This is one of the cool things about a coworking space, you can throw a question about your site’s design and chances are you’ll get almost immediate feedback, how can you beat that!

Coworking is very similar to working at a coffee shop, but better, way better. In a coworking space such as Conjunctured, you get all the things you get at a local coffee shop such as a table to work on, great coffee, tea and snacks but the advantage is that at Conjunctured you have a reliable WiFi, plenty of power outlets (Yes!) and it is safe. If you need to walk out for lunch or whatever, you can leave your laptop, it is OK. Your stuff will be there when you get back. If that is not enough, you have the option to store your stuff in a locker.

Another unique thing of this coworking space is the community, the members are a true community that shares ideas and help each other out. In fact, they just launched a new roundtable discussion called “Help a Coworker Out”. Every Friday for 45 minutes, one Conjunctured member’s company is put on the spotlight and all alumni and current members are invited to brainstorm and help that member succeed in their current endeavors.

If you are an entrepreneur and are tired of coffee shops or bored about working at home, check out Conjunctured. It is coworking Austin style, creative, friendly and affordable. Conjunctured has both daily and monthly rates, offering discounts for a multiple month contract. If you are interested, you can always stop by and they’ll give you the tour, you can also check out their website for more details.


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Company Contact Information

1309 E. 7th Street Austin, TX 78702

Space and Amenity Photos