Its pretty undeniable–one of, if not the biggest factor on the culture of your startup company is location. And Austin, Texas, certainly provides a little dash of hot sauce on your average and boring work environment.
Here’s what Kiplinger had to say about Austin when it named it one of its Ten Best cities for the next Decade:
Austin is arguably the country’s best crucible for small business, offering a dozen community programs that form a neural network of business brainpower to help entrepreneurs. Now overlay that net with a dozen venture-capital funds and 20 or so business associations, plus incubators, educational opportunities and networking events. Mix all these elements in what many call a classless society, where hippie communalism coexists with no-nonsense capitalism, and you’ve got a breeding ground for start-ups.
But here’s the most important part:
Don’t discount the fun factor: In the self-proclaimed live-music capital of the world, music and business creativity riff off one another. The city’s famous South by Southwest festival, where concerts, independent film screenings and emerging technology overlap, is a prime example.
Sold yet? I know I want to work there. But where should you start looking?
We’ve got a great partner in the Austin area that might have the answer for you–Austin Ventures. They’ve been sort of our guinea pigs for various things, and always have been great sports about everything. If you check out their website, you can see a great list of jobs at their portfolio companies. And if you follow them on Twitter @AustinVentures, not only can you learn about some of the great tech stuff happening, but every time a new job is posted at a portfolio company of theirs, a tweet is sent out for them.