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Want to Join the Startup Crowd? Be Sure to Attend these events

Austin is known as one of the best cities to start up a company in. This is because of the large talent pool of young people, immense focus on technology, and a huge startup community. If I was to tell you about all the places you could go to learn a skill for free you would think I was making all of this up. There are places you can go to learn programming for free, places where they will teach you how to use a 3-D printer and build your own stuff, and places where people can networking and build their connections for free.

If you are someone that wants to meet entrepreneurs, learn about what companies are about to launch, what companies recently started, or just want to be in the know, then you will want to attend all the events I have listed down below. People need people to connect and build their ideas so staying home doesn’t help any. Maybe you are stuck on building an app and you don’t know how to fix your problem, there is a meetup group that can help you with that and its free to attend. I won’t list it here but this just goes to show that you need to get out more and learn why Austin is a great city to explore because once you find out the kind of resources this city has to offer there is no reason to be at home during the week when there are so many programs happening everyday. If you haven’t already, be sure to set up a meetup account as you will need that in order to RSVP for the events listed below.

Startup Weekend – Feb 6 – 8, 2015
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701
This is a program where you get to take your idea and turn it into something within 54 hours. You will be put with a team of highly motivated developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on new projects and to bring that idea to life. Afterwards you will present to a panel of judges and possible investors. Be sure to check out the website for all the details and buy your tickets ahead of time.

This program is great for anyone needing that extra push to make your idea a reality with the support from mentors and your team.

Buy Tickets Here

Co-Founders Wanted Meetup – Every Second Monday – 6-30 – 8:30
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701
This program is designed to help you find your co-founder for a startup idea you have. You can meet developers, engineers, and business people. Come watch other startups pitch their idea to potential co-founders. The idea is for people to come pitch and hopefully find someone in the audience who wants to work with you. Great networking event looking to get into the wonderful world of startups and business.

Fee to attend is $12 per person. For Developers (software, hardware), UI/UX designers get in for free. You can pay online or at the door for a fee of $15. Be sure to RSVP for any date you plan to attend.

If you wish to present your pitch you can apply at this link

Interactive Networking Party by TechMap – March 13, 2015 – 7- 9 pm
Location: Russian House NaZdorovye 307 East 5th St, Austin TX
This interactive networking program is open to anyone that wishes to meet entrepreneurs and startups in person and make connections. Make sure to get there early to find parking.

This event is free to anyone interested in attending. Be sure to RSVP with your meetup account.

Pre-SXSW Startup Crawl 2015 – March 12, 2015 – 5 – 10 pm
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

Grab a group of friends and take the shuttle from startup to startup for a free beverage, to drop off a resume, see office space or just kick back before SXSW starts on Friday.

Open to the public. No badge required. RSVP for more information and to receive your starting point by March 9, 2015


Startup Grind – Every First Tuesday – 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Capital Factory  701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

Are you looking to connect more with startup companies? Maybe meet more entrepreneurs in your community to see what kind of projects they are looking to start? This monthly meetup group, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is a great networking event. They offer interviews of current entrepreneurs, mixers, and conference news on other programs to attend.


So if you have been looking for hard-core networking events that won’t waste your time then these are ones you need to look into attending. Make sure you won’t waste poeple’s time either when networking. Follow the five minute rule and then meet someone else. Make sure to have your website, if you have one made, updated and ready to show people, or maybe your LinkedIn page. Be sure to bring plenty of cards to hand out to people but just remember only pass them out to people you think are worth the connection. This is a great site to help you get started creating your business cards.

Attend these events regularly and who knows you might meet someone who gets what your trying to do and you end up creating a company together. Capital Factory is a great launching pad for presenting your idea and getting it out there. Make sure to check all the events on the calendar of this website as I only highlighted just a few out of the many coming up this semester. If you are looking to work for a startup check out this website.

If you need help with your networking skills here are a few books to read before jumping right into the mix of things. Don’t read these books lightly, read them as if you were studying for a test.

Networking Books

The Fine Art of Small Talk – Debra Fine

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less – Nicholas Boothman

The Art of Mingling – Jeanne Martinet

How to Work a Room – Susan RoAne

Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi

Effortless Small Talk: Learn How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere… Even If You’re Painfully Shy – Andy Arnott

Networking Like A Pro –  Ivan Misner

Are you Getting Ready for next year?

Just one more day before the New Year starts so before you start putting away all the holiday fixtures around your house and putting up the New Year’s Banners and wearing the party hats, have you started to figure out some of the things you want to change and start doing more or less of next year?

Starting a new year is a very personal subjective feeling that is grounded first in emotion and then built up with reason. You first have to be aware of something before you can start doing something about it. Once you know what that something is you can then start doing something to “fix” it.

I will be writing more in the coming days about what all you need to know if you want the start of the new year to be great. But first I want to say that failure LOVES company, if it were a person, he’d be that neighbor from the movie Extract that you just can’t quite shake, even if you tell them how much you hate them, he still won’t understand what you mean and will think the best solution would be to get together and talk about it.

You need to know that half the things you will want to change and do have a high risk of failure so once you are ready for that you can slowly work on making sure that doesn’t happen, so starting small is a good way to begin the new year. For example, instead of saying, “I plan on climbing Mount Everest,” having never climbed a mountain before, is probably a bad goal to set, so start with, “I’m going to climb Mt. Bonnell,” and then see if you can accomplish that.

In the coming year you will need something to get your name out there more. People ask for them all the time and they are nice to have, if people, ever used them right, so if you enjoy carrying them around then make sure you have a stack of them, in a nice case, ready to hand out.

Right now Vistaprint has a deal where if you buy 500 cards, you pay ten dollars. There is also another deal for economy cards where if you buy 100 cards you pay 5 dollars. The nice thing about this site is that they provide all kinds of cards for you to select from. You can even upload your own logo (highly recommended) and put it on an existing template that they offer. In order to take advantage of the 500 cards you just have to enter promo code TV500. If you plan on getting that many cards just make sure that the design you pick up is good for all occasions.

Vista print also has cards for specific purposes as well, including, Networking Cards (starting at $16), Personal Business cards (starting at $8), and Parent Cards (starting at $8). Make sure to look around before you decide on what card you want printed. Vista Print provides a service on their website where you can browse the many templates they offer and then customize it with any design and information you want on the card. Just be sure to apply the promo code at the end or before.

Your card says a lot about you so make sure you design one that stands out. If you are having trouble coming up with business card ideas then click on this link for some ideas or this link for more cool ideas that other people have done.

The new year comes with all kinds of inspiration and there is plenty to be found in this amazing world so the next time you feel like your life is not going anywhere or you think that you have nothing to offer people, watch this video below to learn how a cat who is blind helps other cats and people learn to appreciate this wonderful world.

People need help in all kinds of ways and you never know where you will be inspired next. That inspiration might come in the form of a nature hike, but what about a hike with someone who can not see everything but can only experience it through smells, sensations, and touch. You begin to appreciate the gifts you do have and work to help one another. When one person is blind and the other is deaf then that pair can have a tremendous beneficial effect on each other, or as this movie showed us, a hilarious outcome.

I hope Honey Bee has inspired you a little to appreciate the gifts you have to share with those around you and that, no matter what handicap we have, or give ourselves, we still can help others. I will leave you with a quote from a famous person who was not only blind but handicapped in many ways but went on to achieve many things.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller