Startup mentors in Austin

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Claire Schmitt

Growth Manager
Hi! I'm Claire. I'm a growth marketer with an extensive analytical background. I love A/B tests, and I have a broad range of experience, from Conversion Rate Optimization, to Email Automation, to Reporting, and lots in between.

Blair Morrison

CFO turned SAAS Entrepreneur. I built a company to automate an antiquated and time-intensive industry (fractional CFO services) and make those services accessible to all business owners. I am obsessed with automation and efficiency and love all things AI and cloud-based.

Melissa Unsell-Smith

Founder at Rectify
Over my entrepreneurial journey, I have started and led three companies. One retail business and two technology startups (both B2B SaaS). My first tech business was bootstrapped and my second one has seed funding.
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Justin Strackany

Chief Customer Officer
Startup & scaling expert through two successful exits. Revenue-focused customer success executive. Executive coach.

Chris Piper

I Help Founders Create Holistic Marketing Strategies | $150m+ Revenue Created | CMO at Scribe Media
I help founders and marketing leaders with category creation, positioning, messaging, brand building, and creating a holistic marketing strategy.

Hudson Gaines-Ross

CEO | CPG, DTC & Wholesale Specialist
Hudson is an expert in consumer product goods (CPG), food & beverage, ecommerce (DTC), wholesale, sales, branding, packaging, hiring, team-building, brand-building, supply chain, Shopify and everything related.

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Austin Startup Ecosystem

Austin is one of the USA’s leading startup hubs, often listed as the best place to do business in the country. Not only do big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Adobe, and Tesla have bases in the city, but it’s also attractive to small and medium-sized businesses. 

Startups in Austin attract more than the national average in funding, with a record number of deals in 2021. According to PitchBook, funding in the city grew by 211%, with $4.9 billion raised by brand new and established companies. Austin’s rapid growth is attracting more VCs to the city, as well as an increase in the number of exits. However, on a national level, Austin only counted for 2.5% of deals in 2021.  

Other attractive elements drawing an increasing number of startups to the city include low taxation; Texas has zero corporate tax rate. 

A lower cost of living than the Bay Area, Boston, and New York attracts talent to Austin. The city was one of the top beneficiaries of the redistribution of tech workers during the pandemic. 

Successful Austin startups range from robotics to cybersecurity to health tech and clean tech.  Top businesses to watch in 2022 include Season Health, Wander, and Diligent Robotics. 

Austin is also renowned for the internationally recognized annual SXSW Conference and Festival. It brings together film, media, music, live panels, and conferences and is well attended by the global tech community.

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