Been around the world. .

Ok, so not really. But, I have been traveling quite a bit – even if it’s just within the DFW area. For a quick summary, I had the pleasure of visiting a couple of great places – and as always – met some really cool folks along the way.

Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

Beautiful place with some of the friendliest people. I, finally, had the opportunity to completely disconnect for a week’s time. I don’t need to remind everyone how important that kind of recharge can be for the psyche. My daily routine consisted of a run on the beach, breakfast, layout, lunch, pool, nap, dinner, sunset walk then dancing.

This was definitely one of those “let’s re-evaluate” life trips.

Dallas/Ft. Worth

Since early July, I’ve been in Dallas working, relaxing and playing. I came to realize that despite the fact that I had lived in the city for over 18 years, I knew no one. As a result, I decided to really experience the DFW area.

  • Dallas Meet-Up: A co-idea with @michaelcummings, the Dallas meet-up called for all tech heads in the Big D to meet-up and get to know one another. From my perspective, this was definitely a success. I met quite a few intelligent, interesting and very funny people. Interesting how the pains of the DFW tech crowd parallel those of the Austin crowd- lots of dispersed talent in silo-ed areas. Unfortunately, they have a huge hurdle – distance – which is only amplified by rising gas costs.
  • Arlington: Yup, that’s right. I definitely spent time in Arlington, TX. Chuckle as you might, I give it two thumbs up. It’s a bit off the beaten path and plays as an excellent mediary to Ft. Worth and Dallas.
  • Denton: Another excellent area with great potential. Interested and excited to see what @stormy has up his sleeves. The city has an incredible town square and an excellent creative vibe. From graphic designers to musicians, there is plenty to be inspired by in this town.

As I mentioned, I had some great conversations with a ton of people, and I will try to expand on those a bit later. I’ll be heading back to Austin on Sunday then it’s off to San Fran.

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Austin’s newest hyperlocal project

Today, and by happenstance, two events converged, which seemed too coincidental not to notice.

Late this afternoon, Alexander Muse (@amuse) tweeted an interesting read about “hyperlocal”. To be honest, this was the first I had heard of it.

So, I checked out Fred Wilson’s blog post. According to Fred, hyperlocal “means we together will document what is going on in our streets, our schools, our churches, our parks, and our communities. No “newsroom centric” model is going to work. “ He continues to emphasize the importance of “peer produced” content.

After reading the post and the comments (of course!), thought no better time than the present to launch a project I’ve been involved in with Joey (@ludwigvan968) of ACTLab fame.

Just happens that – in a very small level – this project follows this hyper local theory.

Check out – AUSTIN 3.0

Check out www.austin30.org

We created the page for the following reason:

Need a place for the younger Austin geek scenesters to congregate

So check it out and tell us what you think!

 

 

 

Summer has officially started

Sometimes I feel like a broken record, especially when asked by non-Twitterers: “What is it and how is it used?”

My standard answer would include a lengthy explanation about microblogging and social media. About 30 seconds into the conversation, I’ve lost them.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just provide them with a real-life visual example? Well, you’re in luck. Check out the video below (find it on: YouTube and Vimeo too). Props to @michaelcummings for helping with the editing and music choice.


 
Obviously, the video showcases only one facet of Twitter. But, it worked! From the inception of the idea to its execution, and finally to everyone’s recap, followers are privy to the day’s festivities. In roughly 140 characters, you can share your entire story.

The past weekend is marked by complete spontaneous acts based on an “I do what I want – and – sure why not” attitude. From impromptu swims to torch bicycle races to cliff jumping, this weekend should be a reminder to always take the time to do something different.

P.S: I may not be in my own movie, but I do have my battle scars. That last cliff owned me and now it hurts to sit.   Want to see?

Girls in Tech – Texas style?

Last week while surfing Mashable, I stumbled upon the Girls in Tech (GIT) SF event which featured a great line-up of women in tech speakers. Coveting 1) the location 2) the stellar line-up, I decided to contact Adriana Gascoigne first hand. Really, I just wanted to know if she was planning on hosting these types of events outside of the Bay Area.

To my surprise, I received an email back from Adriana asking me if I wanted to head-up the GIT chapter for Texas. (SWEET) What an interesting proposition. I think it would be super beneficial and a great way to bring everyone together.

But, I have three reservations – and would appreciate your opinions on them:

  1. I’m embarking on a fairly ambitious project – meeting everyone on my Dream Big list. Which would you like to see really happen? I think I could swing both projects, but thought I’d gauge interest.
  2. Know my social calendar is filling up quickly (shocking!, I know) so yours must be too. Do we really need ANOTHER group?
  3. I would need help – a second in command. Plus, as large as Texas is, I’m going to need a network of ladies from all the major areas. ANY TAKERS?

Would love to make this happen, but also want to be cognizant of possible road blocks. Also, I’m toying with the idea of being non-affiliated. Thoughts?