November 15, 2014
You may already know that Tech Cocktail hosts local mixers, speaker events, and showcase events to educate and highlight startups all over the country. But did you also know that Tech Cocktail aggregates content shown to the national audience at tech.co so that local stories are gathered into a collection on city pages too? Even if you currently don’t see your city in the drop-down on the front page, your closest major city probably still has its own page on Tech Cocktail.
We’re building these pages out to bring you a better experience when you visit us on the web, so as your editor, I would like to hear from you. When you visit tech.co/[your city here], what do you want to see there? We want to bring you the best resources to get connected with other people in your community who can help you grow and thrive as an entrepreneur and tech-minded member of your local ecosystem.
So tell me: Where is your town? And what are the startup and entrepreneur resources in your town? Who are the movers and shakers? You can comment here, on Facebook, or just email me at ann [at] tech.co. And for now, check out the stories that you’ll find on the Tech Cocktail Austin page:
A big part of the success these startups know is directly attributed to the ecosystem that Austin provides for them. First and foremost, the opportunities for funding are solid.
“It goes without saying that accessing early stage capital is key to getting a startup off the ground,” says WaterLens’ Keith Cole. “In my experience, the culture in Austin is not only more friendly to early stage deals than other parts of Texas – closer to the west coast VC model – but Austin also has the infrastructure to support startups at every turn.”
Lead by Matt Sanchez out of Austin, who was formerly the leader of IBM Watson Labs, Cognitive Scale also brought on team members from other big organizations like IBM, Dell, Oracle, Perot Systems, and MIT. Currently, they’re privately funded by The Entrepreneurs’ Fund, a fund for early stage cognitive computing companies started by Manoj Saxena, the former general manager of IBM Watson.
There’s lots more where that came from! Tell us what you would like to see more of on the Austin site – and on your city’s site, too!
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