Operation bolster Austin startup/tech community via video+conversations

(these awesome g33k girls say “read this post!“)

Here’s what I wanna do. I want to talk to every tech/startup person in austin. and I want to take a video camera. I want to know what they are doing, what they want (from the community/city). And, if they don’t know about beautiful things like door64, Jelly, refresh & geek austin, coworking movements 1 and 2, txventures, etc. I want to share that with them.

I’m so pumped on Austin from Startup Drinks and the Barhunt, this would be like my dream right now. But, if I’m going to be spending a considerable amount of time doing this I would need to have either a trust fund (OH HAI!) or some kind of other little income. I think meeting all these people, videoing it, sharing teh good news, if you will, could be valuable to some people. I mean, I’ll post all the videos to a blog, I’ll wear a company’s t-shirt, you know, sponsorship. hmmm…. Sounds like I could put a little startup in this idea (looking to VC Wear‘s pitch document for clever inspiration).

Vision: Talk to every tech/startup person or person who cares about tech/startups in Austin (or until diminishing return).

Problem: SILOS!! No one knows what anyone else is doing/up to and thus overall innovation in Austin is, well, not as high as it could be.

Solution: CONVERSATION!!! Talk to all these people, document it, share it with y’all, share what I know/learn with the people I’m talking to. Swirl everything up on a blog like it was a fruit cocktail. Y’all could even tell me what to ask.

Market Size: it could be bigger than Hutto.

Team: Yours truly! (maybe a flipcam.)

Monetization: Hope so. All I need is enough to live. So about 20k a month will do (wah!). How am I gonna make it? that’s the next line.

Funding: Cool organizations/people/groups are going to sponsor me, because they like initiative, because they want me to tell everyone just how cool they are, because what I’m doing will benefit them indirectly.

Contact/paypal address: jmetcalf27(at)gmail.com

Potential Partners:

Look at that! every place I just listed has AUSTIN in their name. ha. I guess tomorrow I have to contact all these places. yikes.

if you copy my idea i’ll be sad.

20 thoughts on “Operation bolster Austin startup/tech community via video+conversations”

  1. I think its an awesome idea. The little bit I know about co-working and stuff like Jelly has come from you. It has helped spin the gears and also created a pool of contact’s.

    I’m wondering if there should be a convergence of the linux/top gun/2600 guy.

    There might be some grants available for monetization.

  2. I think its an awesome idea. The little bit I know about co-working and stuff like Jelly has come from you. It has helped spin the gears and also created a pool of contact's.

    I'm wondering if there should be a convergence of the linux/top gun/2600 guy.

    There might be some grants available for monetization.

  3. Sign me up. I do love to talk about all my non-profit projects. Also I will volunteer if I can buy gloria a drink. I have been admiring her ever since she showed up to a CC salon wearing a barcamp shirt. ; -)

    P.S. You are the next iJustine but actually funny. That could be your tagline.

    – Dave

  4. Sign me up. I do love to talk about all my non-profit projects. Also I will volunteer if I can buy gloria a drink. I have been admiring her ever since she showed up to a CC salon wearing a barcamp shirt. ; -)

    P.S. You are the next iJustine but actually funny. That could be your tagline.

    – Dave

  5. I’m interested to see what comes out of all these talks. If the problem is primarily isolation and silos, I think the most exciting thing about a potential solution is ensuring that these silos don’t reappear.

    Social networking, collaboration, so many fun ways to facilitate communication here.

  6. I'm interested to see what comes out of all these talks. If the problem is primarily isolation and silos, I think the most exciting thing about a potential solution is ensuring that these silos don't reappear.

    Social networking, collaboration, so many fun ways to facilitate communication here.

  7. We’ll be your publishing arm for all the interviews. Haven’t yet met people interested in financially sponsoring the blog, but people like video much better. So it might be easier for you.

  8. We'll be your publishing arm for all the interviews. Haven't yet met people interested in financially sponsoring the blog, but people like video much better. So it might be easier for you.

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