Saturday 9th March, 2013
9:30am to 10:30am
Four different views of the Austin Startup Ecosystem share their perspective of the Austin Startup Scene. Successful entrepreneurs, the City of Austin, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and Startup Accelerators will each have a chance to answer the question “Why is Austin a great place to found a Startup?” Come be inspired and educated on why you should found your Startup in Austin and learn how to find resources to help your startup grow. The chats will be followed by 20 minutes of Q&A. Startup Grind in a community of founders, entrepreneurs, and wantrapreneurs looking to be inspired, educated, and network with the smartest startup minds. While it started in Silicon Valley there are now more than 20 chapters world wide. Startup Grind has featured speakers like: David Cowan (Bessemer), Jason Calacanis (Mahalo), Naval Ravicant (AngelList), Anthony Soohoo (CBS), MG Siegler (TechCrunch), Tony Conrad (About.me), Ben Parr (Mashable), Ben Silbermann (Pinterest), and many others.
Founding Partner, Tech Ranch Austin
Founder of @techranch Entrepreneur. Helping early stage tech entrepreneurs accelerate their ventures to success.
Sr VP Global Technology Strategies, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Susan Davenport is the Senior Vice President of Global Technology Strategies for the Austin Chamber of Commerce in Austin, Texas. In her current role she manages the Greater Austin Technology Partnership (GATP) whose mission is to develop and implement the strategies designed to improve Austin's global competitive position for technology innovation. Encompassed in these duties is the development and execution of the region's overall existing industry program, Portfolio Austin, which serves business interests in the five county Austin-Round Rock MSA.
During her twelve years at the Chamber Susan has been actively involved with general economic development duties for the greater Austin region, as well as strategy development and implementation for emerging industry sectors. Prior to joining the Chamber Susan worked in both the medical and legal fields in the Houston and Austin area.
Susan was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, and holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She also graduated with a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin – Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
In addition to her current activities Susan has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Breast Cancer Resource Center, the Central Texas Chapter of the American Heart Association and the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. She is also a past member of the Seton Forum of the Seton Family of Hospitals. Susan is an avid runner and enjoys reading and writing in relation to current events.
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