Looking for a Co-Founder in Austin? We have a Meetup for you!

The second Co-Founders Meetup happened this past Thursday, February, 17 and it was a good turn over; 65 people showed up forming a good crowd of entrepreneurs and techies. We had 9 people pitch their startups, and looking for everything from developers, designers, marketing and sales people.

The goal of this meetup is to get the techies and the business types in one room and let them talk to each other. Yes, when we all get along and hang out together, great things happen! Sigue leyendo

The co-founders meetup is landing in Austin, TX on Dec 6th

The Austin Co-founders Meetup is all about helping business people find a technical co-founder and vice versa.

This meetup was first created in Mountain View by Alain Raynaud which is the co-founder of an awesome web app that helps recruit great founders (yes there is an app for that!).

Austin Tech Geeks is helping to create the Austin version of this meetup which is scheduled to have its first meetup on December 6, 2010.

Austin’s startup scene has grown with the help of many great local organizations such as RISE Austin, Tech Ranch, Austin Ventures, Capital Factory and many others. Proof of this growth is the number of organizations, events and meetups related to startups, and now Austin Tech Geeks is contributing by helping organize the Austin Co-Founder Meetup which is having its first meetup on December 6th 2010. Sigue leyendo

Conjunctured 2yr Anniversary Party!

Are you in Austin, TX this Saturday August 21st? Come and join the awesome tech, entrepreneur and social media community from Austin at Conjunctured’s 2yr anniversary party, which the guys at Conjunctured have promised to make this party the best one yet.

Interested? Register here.

This party is FREE, however you can add a donation to your RSVP and Conjunctured will donate the proceeds to East Austin schools via DonorsChoose.org, how cool is that! Also, if you feel charitable, you can visit DonorsChoose.org and donate what you can to other schools. Sigue leyendo

RISE – Austin’s free conference for Entrepreneurs

RISE logo
Today I attended an event put together by the Austin Biz Journal, the Entrepreneur Xtravaganza. It was a great event, I learned from various successful entrepreneurs such as Randy Cohen (TicketCity.com), Jack Daly (jackdaly.net), Neal Petersen (nealpetersen.com), Rick Sapio (gatheringoftitans.com), Bertrand Sosa (mpowerlabs.com / riseaustin.org) and Kyle McDonald (oneredpaperclip.com).

One of the most interesting talks was that of Bertrand Sosa, I guess I related to him since he is from Mexico and came to the US some years ago, just like I did.

I was amazed with his story, Bertrand co-founded Netspend with his brother Roy Sosa with only $750 and sold it for $750 million in cash back in 2007.

The Sosa brothers are now helping other entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality, they founded a new organization that offers free events for entrepreneurs called Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs (RISE).

RISE is a free conference for entrepreneurs of all types, providing a forum where you can connect and exchange ideas that inspire the entrepreneurial spirit.

RISE is not your ordinary conference. Because RISE is designed for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, the format is hands on, high energy and free-flowing. RISE sessions are independently organized by hosts, each of whom chooses his/her own topic and session location. These peer-led forums are limited to 25 participants and take place all over Austin.

During RISE, you may find yourself headed to conference rooms, coffee shops, classrooms or cultural centers. You’ll connect with entrepreneurs from multiple industries and backgrounds, along with leaders from universities, non-profits, neighborhoods and government. It’s a fun and highly educational ride, much like entrepreneurship itself.

I highly recommend you check out RISE’s website and plan to attend their next event, you can learn more about this great organization here:

http://www.riseaustin.org

The city of Austin offers help to entrepreneurs / small businesses

The Small Business Development Program (SBDP) offers no-cost services for those who want to open a business and for those who already own a small business and need some counseling and assistance.

The SBDP also offers business classes taught by University of Texas faculty on subjects such as social media, business basics, finances, etc. Classes last about three hours and a lot of them are free while other classes typically cost $35 to $85.

There are also multiple events every month where the small business owners have a chance to meet, network, and learn from area lenders about the loan process for your small business. Whether starting out or looking to expand your existing business.

The SBDP program has about 15 employees and they all contribute greatly to the success of small businesses interested in the program. The SBDP makes its own resources available to small business owners. as well as provide points of contact to outside resources beyond the scope of what they do at SBDP.

The center has a $2 million budget, which is expected to remain flat through the upcoming budget cycle, said Elizabeth Gross, a program business information specialist.

The program does not offer grants, but it is able to help put budding business owners in touch with lenders, Gross said.

Another objective is helping people navigate city processes for opening a business or greasing the skids when business owners encounter bureaucratic snags and other obstacles, she said.

To learn more about this great program for Austin entrepreneurs, please visit their website at:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sbdp/