10. Austin’s strong economic climate – Austin Business Journal article
9. Everything in Austin is relatively close and easy to get to
8. Supportive Start-up scene – Capital Factory is just the tip of the iceberg
7. Cost of living is still manageable
6. Our bad traffic is still so much better than most
5. The guy sitting next to you wearing a t-shirt and vans at dinner might be a millionaire
4. Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail (sorry Lady Bird, I stay old school with my namings)
3. You can make it what you want – A metropolis or a small town
2. I’ve been here for ~20 years – That makes me a local, right?
1. No out of state transplants whining about why they hate Austin.**
Honorable mention goes to Austin Beer Works
** Let’s not let #1 happen to Austin – Backlash to Baby Tech Riches
Sticker Giant makes high quality stickers. They make them quick and the process from initial idea to sticker is really fluid due to their website and great customer service. Those reasons alone are enough for me to give them my business, but there is an extra bonus in the form of their shipping confirmation email. Sure, it’s just like any other SCE. It is sent to you when your order ships out. It contains a tracking number. Their emails go a step further by also including a link to a picture of your order right before they tape it all up and hand it off to the carrier.
Here is the contraption that John and his gang use to capture the shipping photos.
Awesome idea – man I love folks who do things a bit differently in the ecom space!
Side note – Tonight, I got my SCE email – I nearly instantly posted about it on Twitter – At, I guess, about the same time, John posts a picture of the contraption on Facebook asking people to guess what it was. I guess I had the best answer. https://www.facebook.com/stickergiant
Update – then this happened -> Sticker Story Robert Gilbreath, ShipStation.com
15 August, 2013 – directly from WPP’s website
WPP Digital, the digital investment arm of WPP, has acquired a minority interest in Mutual Mobile, Inc. (“Mutual Mobile”), a mobile product development agency. Mutual Mobile builds technology products for its clients that allow for better communication and transacting across any mobile devices and all operating systems, wherever the consumer may be.
Mutual Mobile’s unaudited revenue as of 31 December 2012 was US $25.7 million with total net assets of approximately US $4 million. Clients include Google, Pearson, Cisco and Xerox. Based in Austin, the company employs 320 people.
This investment continues WPP’s strategy of strengthening the Group’s capabilities in digital media and in mobile advertising. WPP’s digital revenues were well over US $5 billion in 2012 and represented 33% of total Group revenues of US $16.5 billion. The Group is targeting at least 40-45% of revenues to come from each of fast-growth markets and new media over the next five years.
Within WPP, its operating company WPP Digital develops new digital services, provides common data and technology platforms for WPP clients and agencies and coordinates relationships with leading digital media and technology companies. WPP Digital comprises the agencies Blue State Digital, POSSIBLE, Rockfish, and F.biz in Brazil; the technology companies 24/7 Media, Acceleration, Hogarth and Salmon; as well as investments in technology companies such as eCommera, mySupermarket and Fullscreen.
Source = http://www.wpp.com/wpp/investor/financialnews/2013/aug/15/wpp-digital-acquires-minority-stake-in-mutual-mobile-in-the-united-states/