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Austin is Music Tech

Monday, 06 June 2016 by
Microphone Technology
“Music is the greatest form of communication. It possesses the information of language, the emotion of poetry, the creativity of art and the passion of love.” That’s a thought I shared almost two decades ago with a Yahoo! time capsule (yes, there was such a thing); a sentiment I put down for posterity, digitally. Music

Real Estate Tech is Texas

Thursday, 19 May 2016 by
Everything is bigger in Texas, under the Lone Star. Real estate is as Texan as Oil & Gas, with even ranches here that are larger than some states. What recently struck me was the discovery that, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis and National Association of Realtors, Texas Real Estate accounts for roughly 14%
A far too frequently overheard conversation in the startup community goes something like this: “Apparently neither Instagram nor Snapchat had paying customers while receiving both seed and series A funding?! I couldn’t believe it. Investors, advisors, and incubators these days are constantly trumpeting that a monetization model (or at least an anticipated revenue trajectory) is

The NW Austin Tech & Startup Corridor

Thursday, 07 January 2016 by
There is a frequently heard mantra in Austin that we’re not like Silicon Valley (that we don’t want to be like Silicon Valley) and though I’m of the mind that disagrees with that, considering Silicon Valley an industry of which we’re a part rather than a merely a specific location, what you can’t refute is
With another SXSW well behind us and the inevitable cries that the conference has lost something since it has failed again to discover the next Twitter or Facebook, I find myself considering bigger picture questions: Why are so many moving to Austin?  Why did I move to Austin?  Is it finding the next Unicorn that

The Internet of Everything

Thursday, 09 January 2014 by
Before the holiday and the end of 2013, I had the distinct honor of joining dozens of San Antonio CEOs and Texas CEO Magazine in spending an hour with Smart Grid Pioneer and author of The Advanced Smart Grid, Andres Carvallo. Why you might ask; if you know me professionally, you know that energy and

Is Education Simply Broken?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 by
Breaking Education
“Remember everything we learned last class? Well that’s actually not true and we are going to learn something radically different and (slightly) more correct this class,” said every teach you ever had. I’ve been on a tirade about education lately. With 3 kids in the house, working their way through elementary school, we’re dealing with