Austin’s economy may be growing slower than in recent years, but Austin is the best place to live in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Women still only account for a small percentage of CEOs and founders in HR tech companies. It is significant, though, that many women sitting at the top of these companies have built great products and services and have grown their respective startups into groundbreaking HR technology companies.
If you drive south from Dallas, or west from Houston, a subtle shift takes place. The monotonous, flat prairie that dominates much of Texas gives way to a landscape that rises and ebbs.
California’s tax and regulatory policies have made the cost of doing business more expensive than other states and prompted about 10,000 companies over the last eight years to leave the state or shift or curtail operations to reduce costs, according to a report from Spectrum Location Solutions.
Jason Ballard has found Austin, Texas, to be very hospitable to his retail store TreeHouse, a sustainable home-improvement store. The 25,000-square-foot facility stocks eco-friendly items such as bamboo flooring, and thermostats that allow users to turn down the heat when they are away. Since opening in south Austin in 2011, TreeHouse has grown to 50 employees and a reported $10 million in revenue.
When Nate and Vanessa Quigley were deciding where to build Chatbooks, the photobook startup the married couple founded together, they looked for a place deep with creative and technical talent — preferably, that they could have all to themselves. That ruled out the rocketship-heavy Bay Area, where Nate’s friends running tech companies told him that “if they hiccup even for a second all of their best talent bolts.”
Which cities have the best chance to prosper in the coming decade? The question is a complex one, and as the economy changes, so, too, will the best-positioned cities.
Oracle Corp. disclosed plans Tuesday to build a 560,000-square-foot campus along Lady Bird Lake in East Austin to focus on cloud computing technology — and has acquired a 295-unit apartment building nearby to house some of its workers.
Erik Huddleston joined PR analytics startup TrendKite as its new CEO back in the middle of 2014, and he told me the company’s been growing quickly since. There’s been triple-digit revenue growth “not just quarter-over-quarter, but almost month-over-month,” and headcount has gone from six employees to 35.
Small-to-medium-sized-businesses (SMBs) are a huge market, but they have two prerequisites for cloud-based tools. They can’t be expensive, and they can’t be too complex.