Austin Texas Recommendations

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East Side Showroom for drinks or a meal (delicious and serves old fashioned drinks that take like 5 minutes to make). If in North Austin, the tres leches cake at Chuy’s. “Frank” for brunch. Magnolia for breakfast. South Congress Cafe for any meal, cool spot that is delicious. Music: La Zona Rosa, Antones, The Parish.. Typically shows are at those places. I love Austin, simply the greatest city in the world. Oh yeah, Oasis requires a car but well worth it for the sunset view, go for dinner but have enough time as a wait occurs for tables (but there are hundreds of tables literally). Salt Lick needs a car but is some amazing BBQ, it’s in a dry county so you can’t buy beer/etc there but people pack their own cooler of beer and roll it up next to their table. ‘The purple’ at Baby Acapulco if you’re feeling rowdy (they’ll only serve you two, that’s how strong they are!).

Bats at dusk under the South Congress Bridge. Go on the bridge and see the stream of black pour out from underneath — 1.5 million bats! Largest population in USA.

SXSW in March for the greatest music festival in the world, nearly 2000 bands playing over 4 days.

Some Startup Writings by me on my blog & on TechCrunch

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If you’re looking for some reading on startups, here’s some of my last guest posts on TechCrunch and some other applicable posts on my own blog:
http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/25/what-startup-to-build/
http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/27/will-it-end-very-badly-probably-not/
http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/08/turntable-addiction/
http://www.stevepoland.com/the-little-startup-that-couldnt-a-postmortem-of-myfavorites/
http://www.stevepoland.com/startup-homeruns/
http://www.stevepoland.com/repeat-after-me-i-will-not-do-another-startup-as-a-non-technical-founder-unless/

I miss 1998. I miss 2006. Separated by 8 years means that 2014 could hold the next evolution of tech startups.

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Just read this article: The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future

It is an excellent article and he conveys what I have been feeling for a couple years now, since Arrington was on his last legs at TechCrunch.

I have been bored by the whole scene. I want to feel like 1998 again, when I was excited for my Red Herring and Business 2.0 magazines to come in the mail to see what future was being built by kids in some distant city. Or I want to feel like 2006 again, when I would hit refresh on TechCrunch.com awaiting the next of the mere 5 posts they would publish daily about some futuristic startup that was being built then and now.

 

I crave those feelings again.

Startup Idea #136: Directory of Tech People by city, school and employer

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Crunchbase for techies to specify city/state/country they from, and school, and employer(s). Thus the way ‘WeAreNYTech‘ is, but for all cities. Crunchbase isn’t complete. It also lacks those fields like school and employer. I want to connect with other Purdue grads in the tech/startup world. Or those people from Buffalo, NY that maybe don’t live here anymore.

There’s LinkedIn, but man I hate that site. I don’t use it.

Podcast Startup Idea #135: Daily App Discussion with VCs & Other Guests

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This is simply an idea of doing a daily podcast where an app or website is discussed for 45-60 minutes with some other experts in the field… VCs, UX guys, etc. The rights, the wrongs.