Importance of Diversity in Austin's Tech Community

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Saturday 9th March, 2013

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Austin is a town of contradiction and transition. The juxtaposition of a fiercely liberal town set on a conservative backdrop creates the friction that much of the town's creative fire sparks from, and much of its charm. The Silicon Hills are a secret no more--in Austin, growth and change is a constant.

The Capitol City sets itself apart from other startup hubs with a diversity of culture that mitigates groupthink and "me too" ventures. But how does the Austin Tech Community fare in its physical diversity makeup among women and under-represented minorities? Does it matter?

This panel will bring together Austin-based female and under-represented minority business executives, to discuss and debate the impact of diversity in the development of the Austin Technology community.

About the speakers

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Garann Means

Sr Front End Engineer

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Gerardo Treviño

Founder & CEO, Paybook

Gerardo Treviño is a passionate entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. Currently, he presides as Founder and CEO of Paybook, Inc., a cloud-based financial platform that eradicates the manual data input and time consuming operations of expense tracking and management. Paybook also provides total financial visibility to companies and individuals so they can spend smarter and focus on the things that matter most.

Gerardo touts a decorated leadership career in the IT realm. His previous roles include Chief Executive Officer at Venio Technologies, a custom software development company, and Chief Technology Officer at Dicex International, Inc., the largest international commerce company in Mexico. Dicex acquired Venio in 2006.

Gerardo, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, found his passion for computers at age 12 and sold his first lines of code when he was 16. He has amassed over 17 years of professional experience and holds a Bachelor degree in Information Technology from the Technological University of Coahuila in Mexico.

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Mark Phillip

CEO/Founder, Are You Watching This?!

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Natalie Cofield

President/CEO, Capital City African American Chamber

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6 attendees

  • Garann Means
  • Gerren Lamson
  • Gerardo Treviño
  • Faruk Ateş
  • Mark Phillip
  • Natalie Cofield

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  • Alan Botvinick
  • Ben Combee

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Sat 9th March 2013


Austin Chamber Offices, Hilton Austin Downtown

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