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A short time ago, I started exploring the significance of industry on an economy; the role that it plays in creating awareness of, drawing talent to, engaging capital on behalf of, and focusing a community around, innovation and entrepreneurship. If you’ve read here before, you know I’m something of a Druckerist, a student of Peter

Austin is eCommerce

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 by

Leave it to me to spend 14 hours in Dallas on the very day that 3 of my favorite industries crush capital… * Social marketing, with $14M through Bessemer Venture Partners and Harrison Metal Capital to Main Street Hub * WordPress, by way of $15M via North Bridge Growth Equity in WPEngine * eCommerce, as Volusion wraps up $35M with Silicon Valley Bank Though, I’m glad

The Plea for the Press to Evolve

Monday, 25 February 2013 by

With a couple years in Austin, TX, and a former 12 in Silicon Valley, I’ve had an exceptional experience working with distinctly different entrepreneurial communities. Each has a little bit of a grass is greener complex going on – Silicon Valley sees Austin as hip, less expensive, up and coming, entrepreneurial more than “startup,” but

Simply, a tweetup is an event where people who Twitter come together to meet in person… to twitter (okay, so I added that last part but its true! Bring your iPhone and TweetDeck!). Take a few hours off and come connect with online friends; put a face to the name (er… Twitter profile) over more

Though only in beta, FIDDYP’s word press plugin WP-Twitip-ID is a brilliantly simple innovation enabling blogs to add Twitter profiles to users’ comments. The commenting systems on blog platforms are entirely limited, at this point, to the promotion of a reader’s website, limiting engagement by way of this dynamic communication platform. Twitip adds a Twitter

Connect with Facebook

Thursday, 08 January 2009 by

Well I have spent the better part of the holiday designing and wrapping up a new site. Interpreting my blog’s title, you might imagine my last name to be O’Brien, that is unless you make the mistake of interpreting my name as Brian with the SEO… you get the idea. To be sure, I am

…. If you are anything like me, you have dozens or hundreds of active bloggers that you like to follow. Combined with friends and family, coworkers, and witty peers, you can quickly find yourself under a mountain of updates, pokes, and tweets. Worse case, you become overwhelmed and abandon the platforms entirely. Dozens of twitter

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