Monthly Archives August 2011

Join us at Austin Startup Week!


header Join us at Austin Startup Week!

Five days of events showcasing Austin Startups and the people that make them happen.

September 6-10, 2011 marks the first Austin Startup Week.  The startup community in Austin is banding together to create five days of events to encourage developers, marketers, UI/UXers, college students, recent graduates, investors and tech enthusiasts to check out Austin, meet new people, and learn about the exciting new things happening in our community.

Check out the full schedule of events here.  We’re sponsoring Startup Crawl (not yet on the schedule), Big Data Love (Friday happy hour) and API Hackday (Saturday daytime hackathon).  We’d love to meet you, so come to our events and be sure to say hi!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending SXSW, you know that Austin is a weird and wonderful big-little city.  Our spirit of collaboration and disruption has lead Austin to become an increasingly strong entrepreneurial hub (look out, SF!) that back in the 90s was lovingly nicknamed Silicon Hills.

Recently, Austin has been recognized as the best US city for young adults (Forbes) and the number one best city for the next decade (Kiplinger).  We also boast the best BBQ in America, 300 days of sunshine a year and tons of startups looking to hire, including us.

Uh, so… why don’t you live here yet?

The Importance of Office Joy

You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” – Anonymous (although often attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

Happy Monkey Loves Camera  The Importance of Office JoyAs Minister of Office Joy, the OM (Office Manager) of Infochimps, I am well aware of the truth of this statement. However, my career goal is to prove it wrong (at least occasionally), and the chimps have given me a chance to attain this seemingly impossible dream.

My job is pretty simple: remove obstacles to my team, help provide them with the tools they need to shine, and increase team joy.  The thought is that happy teammates are productive teammates and productive teammates are happy teammates.  A few months ago, we started the Office Joy fund. Responsibility for this fund was put in my hands (insert evil laughter) and I thought, “There has to be a way to get everyone involved and please the majority of the team most of the time, (and maybe even all of them at once every now and then).”

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