Next Gen Austin: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

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Next Gen Austin: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

Written and Curated by Quin Weidner

Austin is the single best city to build new business. We have the excitement and venture funding of Silicon Valley, but the business climate, lack of income tax, and more reasonable cost of living of Texas. Austin is a magnet for people all over the country, and brings in a massive talent pool of excited young people and diverse cultures.

I’m not exaggerating. Austin was named #1 in  CNBC’s “America’s Best Places to Start a Business”, #1 on American City Business Journal’s “Small Business Vitality Rankings”, and #1 on Forbe’s “Next Biggest Boomtown”. If you’re still not convinced, check out this list.

Fortune believes our spirit of cooperation and mutual benefit among small businesses is what sets us apart. You’ll see this in huge community movements, world-renowned festivals (ACL, SXSW), and a general optimistic, helpful attitude. Others think its our 1% unemployment rate, exploding growth, and host to both large tech companies and venture capital.

Resources

Beginning resources- idea

  1. In the Media:

    1. 512Tech

    2. Austin Fire Show

    3. AustinInno

    4. Austin Startups

    5. Austin Startups List

    6. Built In Austin

    7. foundingAUSTIN Magazine

    8. SEO'Brien

    9. SiliconHills

    10. Startup Digest Austin

    11. Tech.co Austin

    12. T Squared newsletter

    13. Xconomy

  2. Events

    1. ATX NoPay Startup

    2. Austin Diversity in Tech Meetup

    3. Austin Forum on Technology & Society

    4. Austin Hardware Startup Meetup

    5. Austin Internet of Things

    6. Austin Inventors and Entrepreneurs

    7. Austin Music Tech Meetup

    8. Austin Startup Meetup

    9. Austin Startup Week

    10. Built In Austin Meetups

    11. EdTech Austin Meetups

    12. Female Founders ATX

    13. Female Founders Austin

    14. Feminist Hack ATX

    15. Girls in Tech Austin

    16. HackerNest

    17. Intro to the Austin Tech Startup Scene

    18. Startup Weekend Austin

    19. Startup Weekend HackOut

  3. Knowledge Sharing Events

    1. 1 Million Cups Austin

    2. Austin eCommerce Meetup

    3. Austin MediaTech

    4. Austin Mobile Developers and Entrepreneurs

    5. Austin Startup Entrepreneurs

    6. Bleeding Edge Meetup Group

    7. FinTech Austin

    8. From Napkin to Revenue

    9. Health Technology Forum: Austin

    10. Mobile Growth Austin

    11. ProductTank Austin

    12. Social Innovators

    13. Startup Founder 101 Austin

    14. Startup Fuse Austin

    15. Startup Grind Austin

    16. Startup Law Austin

    17. Talkabot ATX

    18. TechShop Startup ATX

    19. Women Who Code Austin

  4. Training and Feedback

    1. 3 Day Startup Austin

    2. Access Silicon Valley Austin

    3. Ada Ryland Consulting

    4. Austin Blockchain Technology

    5. Austin Coding Academy

    6. Austin Lean Startup Circle

    7. Austin Startup: Idea to IPO

    8. Data Science Dojo

    9. Dev Bootcamp

    10. Digital Creative Institute

    11. Early-Stage Entrepreneur Essentials

    12. Founder Institute

    13. Founders Bootcamp

    14. Galvanize

    15. General Assembly

    16. Hack Reactor

    17. Lean Startup Machine Austin

    18. Longhorn Startup

    19. Lumenbrite

    20. Patriot Boot Camp

    21. Startupbootcamp FinTech & CyberSecurity FastTrack

    22. Startup Pitch Bootcamp

    23. The Iron Yard

    24. UT Austin Boot Camps

    25. Venture Forth

  5. Idea Validation

    1. Austin Crowdfunding

    2. Austin Early Stage Product Startup Founders

    3. Austin Entrepreneur Networking & Community Building

    4. Austin Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders Networking Meetup

    5. Austin Professional Networking Group

    6. Austin Tech Happy Hour

    7. CoFounder Austin

    8. CoFoundersLab

    9. FounderDating

    10. Global Women Entrepreneur Network

    11. Hardman Batchelor International

    12. Team Austin

    13. Texchange

  6. Hackathons and building

    1. Angelhack Global Hackathon Series Austin

    2. athenahealth MDP Hackathon

    3. ATX Hack for Change

    4. Austin Coders & Hackers

    5. CodeDay Austin

    6. DeveloperWeek Austin 2017 Hackathon

    7. DevOpsDays Austin

    8. Docker Docs Hackathon

    9. DreamHack Austin

    10. ExpeditionHacks Austin

    11. Girls in Tech Hackathon

    12. HackATX 2017

    13. HackerNest Austin Tech Socials

    14. Hack the Machine

    15. HackTX

    16. Startup Drive: Austin 2017

    17. SXSW Hackathon

Launch Stage

  1. Legal and Banking

    1. Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

    2. Bracewell LLP

    3. Broadway Bank

    4. Business Bank of Texas

    5. Capital One

    6. Carroll Counsel PLLC

    7. DLA Piper

    8. Frost Bank

    9. Hillcrest Bank

    10. Horizon Bank

    11. K&L Gates

    12. Kastner, Huggins, Reddien and Gravelle

    13. Lynch Law Firm

    14. Miller, Egan, Molter and Nelson LLP

    15. Silicon Valley Bank

    16. Square 1 Bank

    17. Stacy Cole Law

    18. Vela Wood

    19. Villhard Patent Group

    20. Vinson & Elkins LLP

    21. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

  2. Working spaces:

    1. Capital Factory

    2. Chicon Collective

    3. Createscape

    4. DwellStronger

    5. Fibercove

    6. Galvanize

    7. Impact Hub Austin

    8. IncubatorCTX

    9. Industrious Office

    10. Journey Coworking

    11. Link Coworking

    12. Orange Coworking

    13. Patchwork Austin

    14. Soma Vida

    15. TechSpace

    16. Vessel Coworking

    17. Vuka Collective

    18. WeWork

    19. Work Well Win

  3. Accounting, Development, HR

    1. AngelSpan

    2. Austin HR

    3. Calavista

    4. Command Group

    5. Corn and Corn LLP

    6. CSI Executive Search

    7. Enola Labs

    8. Gennovacap

    9. Growth Acceleration Partners

    10. Hardman Batchelor International

    11. Iflexion

    12. Insogna CPA

    13. Jackrabbit

    14. Libby King & Associates

    15. MagRabbit

    16. Marci Shafto CPA

    17. Praxent

    18. Richard A. Crow and Associates

    19. Roger E. Coyner, CPA

    20. Sitegoals

    21. Snyxius

    22. Tanya L. Stokes, CPA

    23. The BHW Group

    24. W. Hamilton & Co., PLLC

    25. White Lion

    26. Workhorse Marketing

  4. Incubators and Advanced Mentorship:

    1. ACC Bioscience Incubator

    2. Austin Technology Incubator

    3. Bunker Labs

    4. DivInc

    5. EdTech Action Incubator

    6. G51

    7. Longhorn Startup

    8. Nexus Incubator

    9. Startup Next Austin

    10. Tech Ranch Austin

    11. Texas Venture Labs

    12. Thinktiv

  5. Seed Accelerators

    1. Accelerate at Capital Factory

    2. International Accelerator

    3. MassChallenge Texas

    4. Medical Innovation Labs

    5. MobilityX Accelerator

    6. SKU

    7. Sputnik ATX

    8. Techstars

  6. Pitch and Demo

    1. [Re]verse Pitch Competition

    2. Apps4Change Demo

    3. Austin TechBreakfast

    4. Demo Day: Techstars Austin

    5. Digital Demo Day

    6. HATCH Pitch

    7. KiwiTech Demo Day

    8. Open Pitch Practice and Pizza

    9. Startup Pitch Night Austin

    10. SXSW Accelerator

    11. Texas Data Demo Day

    12. The Iron Yard Austin: Demo Day

Growth Stage

  1. Investor Networking

    1. Austin Technology Council

    2. Central Texas Angel Network

    3. Ellevate

    4. Gathering of Angels

    5. Hill Country Angel Network

    6. J9 Partners

    7. NewChip

    8. Southwest Angel Network

    9. Texas Investment Network

    10. TiE Austin

  2. Local Business Press

    1. Austin American-Statesman

    2. Austin Business Journal

    3. Crain's Austin

    4. Texas Business Radio

    5. Texas CEO Magazine

  3. Angels/ Micro VCs

    1. Andrew Busey

    2. Arun Prakash

    3. Asad Zafar

    4. Bart Robertson

    5. Bill Boebel

    6. Brett Hurt

    7. Cameron Drummond

    8. Chris Shonk

    9. Dan Graham

    10. David Altounian

    11. David Cohen

    12. Edward Batchelor

    13. Jared Slosberg

    14. Jason Seats

    15. John Stockton

    16. Joshua Baer

    17. Mark Clayton Hand

    18. Mellie Price

    19. Michael Trafton

    20. Rick Wittenbraker

    21. Rob Taylor

    22. Rony Kahan

    23. Rudy Garza

    24. Russell Hinds

    25. Scott Kosch

    26. Shane Adams

  4. Venture Capital- A series and beyond

    1. Arch Venture Partners

    2. Arena Growth Partners

    3. ATX Seed Ventures

    4. Bandgap Ventures

    5. Blue Sage Capital

    6. Corsa Ventures

    7. Covera Ventures

    8. Escalate Capital Partners

    9. Limestone

    10. LiveOak Venture Partners

    11. Mercury Fund

    12. Moonshots Capital

    13. Murphree Venture Partners

    14. Next Coast Ventures

    15. Next Step Capital Partners

    16. Peak Rock Capital

    17. PTV Healthcare Capital

    18. Recurring Capital Partners

    19. S3 Ventures

    20. Silverton Partners

    21. Trellis Partners

    22. Tritium Partners

    23. True Wealth Ventures

    24. Vista Equity Partners

  5. Office Space, HR, Insurance, etc.

    1. 42Floors

    2. Anco Insurance

    3. Austin Office Solutions

    4. Austin Office Space

    5. BKCW Insurance

    6. Britton and Britton Insurance

    7. Central Insurance Agency

    8. Hardman Batchelor International

    9. Hiscox Insurance

    10. Instant Offices

    11. Premier HR Solutions

    12. Solid Business Solutions

    13. Southwest Commercial Insurance

    14. Strive Insurance Group

    15. ValentineHR

    16. Watkins Insurance Group

  6. Consultants

    1. Accenture

    2. Aon

    3. Austin Consulting Firm

    4. Bridgepoint Consulting

    5. Bunker Labs CEO Circle

    6. CGI

    7. Deloitte

    8. Denary

    9. Ernst and Young

    10. Grant Thornton

    11. Idea Labs Consulting

    12. KPMG

    13. Momentum Consulting

    14. PwC

    15. Towers Watson

    16. vcfo

  7. Local Success Stories

    1. Able Lending

    2. AppSumo

    3. Bazaarvoice

    4. BigCommerce

    5. BP3

    6. Bumble

    7. Chasm.io

    8. CM First Group

    9. CognitiveScale

    10. Consero Global

    11. Continuum

    12. Cratejoy

    13. CSID

    14. Data.World

    15. Double A

    16. EverlyWell

    17. Favor

    18. Granify

    19. HomeAway

    20. Icontrol

    21. Indeed

    22. LawnStarter

    23. MailLift

    24. MainStreet Hub

    25. Markerly

    26. Modernize

    27. OtherInbox

    28. OutBound Engine

    29. Outdoorsy

    30. OwnLoca

    31. Phunware

    32. Plum

    33. QuintilesIMS

    34. Reaction

    35. RetailMeNot

    36. Riskpulse

    37. SailPoint

    38. SiliconLabs

    39. SolarWinds

    40. SpareFoot

    41. Spiceworks

    42. Spredfast

    43. Tenfold

    44. Trendkite

    45. Twyla

    46. Umbel

    47. UnaliWear

    48. Unseen

    49. Whole Foods Market

    50. WP Engine

    51. YouEarnedIt

    52. Zenoss

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