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Nice Coverage in the ABJ for Austin Startups with Great Culture

The Austin Business Journal covered the recent recognition of 3 Austin Technology companies by Fortune Magazine:AcademicWorks, Square Root and BP3 Global Inc. share a spot on Austin’s tech scene as small, nimble companies developing software to solve clients’ management and

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Press Releases

Alexander Muse says your startup should never issue press releases.  He gives some great reasons why you shouldn’t.Press releases rarely get written about by journalists.  Because they are rarely even *read* by journalists. Massively successful startups apparently never issued a press

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Austin and Startup Funding in the News

Two articles recently covered Austin startup funding.First there’s a report on venture funding from the Austin American-Statesman, which claims a 20% increase in 2015:“A total of 99 Austin-area deals received $740 million last year, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Thoughts on the Tech Bust

Sam Altman wrote something two months ago that is even more interesting to revisit now that markets have corrected significantly.  He posited that perhaps instead of being in a bubble, we were actually in a bust.  His words would probably

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Raising Money in Austin

There are two common themes regarding Austin and startups over the last 5+ years:Austin is a great place to start a companyYou can’t raise money in AustinIt seems like these two themes would be mutually exclusive, but they’re not.  They

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2015: Year in Review

It’s feels like a bit of a broken record to say that 2015 was a good year for BPM and BP3 – but a good year it was.  BPM continues to penetrate the corporate landscape, and continues to generate ROI

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Shrink to Grow, or Focus on Cost of Sales?

Interesting article from John Gannon, covering a talk by Joe Liemandt, CEO of Trilogy. The conference was dedicated to low-touch sales models, and featured Joe as someone who could share his experiences in converting companies to this approach.First John catches

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Small Businesses vs. Startups

Love this article. Key passage:“If you do want to grow, you’ll have a much better chance of doing it from a position of power with a successful, profitable smaller company. When you already have an established product and cash-flow, you’re

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Thank you to Julie Huls and ATC

In the last six years Austin has been through an evolution – some might say a transformation.  All through that time, our unemployment rate has tracked a full point less than Texas, and two points less than the US average. 

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ABJ: Fast-growing software maker expands Austin HQ again

The Austin Business Journal just ran another article covering BP3:BP3 Global Inc., a maker of business process management software, is increasing the size of its headquarters by 50 percent.The Austin company is expanding it’s Plaza 7000 office on North MoPac

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Operating Businesses and ISO 9000

Interesting post on Medium with a provocative title: “I sat down with a millionaire who operates 10 businesses while sailing around the world with his family“.  It’s a good read with some good advice.Each of the 10 businesses on its

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Sometimes Startup Advice is Really Good

Sometimes the advice offered to startups is really good, as in this piece by Fred Wilson on Growth vs. Retention (emphasis added).Entrepreneurs always ask what the one number they should focus on for raising money. I always say “90 day

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Take Aways from ABJ Tech Titans

One more post from the Tech Titans event write-up in the ABJ, just on my personal takeaways.First, there’s a great bench of talent in Austin.  There are many great technologists who weren’t nominated and are deserving of recognition, more so

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Revisiting the Effect of the Dot-Com Bust on Austin

What a great retrospective the Austin Business Journal has published on the dot-com bust in Austin, back in 2000-2001. The after-affects were felt through 2004. For those who doubt how hot it was: Unemployment was 2.1% in Austin – it is currently

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Tech Flash Titans: Full Profiles Posted

In the latest issue of the Austin Business Journal, the full profiles for the Tech Flash Titans recently awarded were published. You can see our press release here.  I love the title and subtitle:  “A New Kind of Process Server:

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So this happened… at the ABJ TechFlash Titans

I have to say, I’m very honored to receive the award for 2015 Best CIO/CTO from the Austin Business Journal and its judges.  The ceremony and reception were held at what was once the renowned music venue, La Zona Rosa,

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BP3 Named #16 in Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50

BP3 has once again made the Austin Fast 50 list published by the Austin Business Journal.  This year BP3 not only graduated to the “Over $10M” category, we also moved up to #16 on the list.  The numbers are based

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Corner Cases in Health Insurance Require ACA Tweaks

Most of the debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been with regard to wholesale passage or repeal of the act.  But here we are, five years later, and what we really need are tweaks to fix the problems

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Austin’s B2C Startups are Humming… They Just Aren’t Software Companies

A friend on twitter made the comment:Apparently, we ARE good at B2C startups in ATX. But the product needs to be in a bottle not on a phone. Keep it going, @BeatboxBevs.— Robert Reeves (@robertreeves) August 22, 2015He was referencing

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Boomerangs

I love China Gorman’s post on Boomerangs. “It used to be that being a “job hopper” was a bad thing. Employers wouldn’t touch someone who moved around a lot. And employees almost never wanted to go back to a former employer.”Interestingly

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Eight years

Eight is a lucky number in China.  When my wife’s company had its eighth anniversary she rented a cupcake food trailer and drove to 8 stops around town (customers’ addresses) and delivered custom cupcakes!  We’re not quite as hip at

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Austin’s 2015 Fast 50 Announced: the 50 fastest-growing companies in Austin

Every year the Austin Business Journal covers the Fast-50:  fifty of the fastest growing private companies in Austin.  Over the last 7-8 years, Austin has also been the strongest economy within which those fast companies are thriving. We’re proud to

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BP3 in the ABJ: Best Places to Work Profile

The Austin Business Journal has been running daily articles on the Best Places to Work in Austin, and last week it was BP3’s turn, most of the text below: Describe your company’s workplace: Our culture isn’t about the ping pong

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The Value of Being There

In a day and age full of the virtual, perhaps we place a little more value on the personal, and the real. Virtual is better than letters, or email, but it isn’t better than a handshake or a hug, and

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Clarity and Authority

Another article that leans toward founder-CEO as ideal: Product development requires vision. […] [then, quoting Dorsey:] “You should expect Twitter to be as easy as looking out your window to see what’s happening. […] But Twitter can’t just be the

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OTB 2015

 We recently threw our fourth OTB conference for Trilogy Alumni right here in Austin, Texas.  It was another fantastic event, leveraging the value of a great entrepreneurial network. I’ve become a big believer in the value a conference can add

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Wie geht’s, Frankfurt!

A new direct flight from Austin to Frankfurt is launching in 2016.  It looks like a seasonal route to begin with, just making two round trips per week, but it is a start. I’ll be curious to see how well

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Congrats to MWD: 10 years!

I just saw this post from Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors. It’s 10 years since we started MWD Advisors… a time before the launch of the iPhone, Twitter and Amazon Web Services, and when Facebook was still a hobby site.

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Unfair Advantages and Recruiting

Back in March, on the SXSW-interactive panel that I participated in, one of the things we talked about was how we recruited top college graduates to Austin back in the ’90’s. It would be easy now to assume that Austin

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Austin’s Best Places to Work 2015: BP3 in the Top 8

Well, BP3 did all right in the Austin awards for Best Places to Work in 2015.  95% of the local work force has to respond to the survey to even be considered, and 70 companies were recognized across four categories.

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Advice from Jean-Louis Gassée

Jean-Louis Gassée has offered advice on the HR-less performance review, and now also has a post on Firing well.  In both cases while I, and BP3, don’t do it the way Jean-Louis advises, our approach is closer to his than

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Founders Grid: Austin Startups You Must Know About

Nice post from Founders Grid giving a shout out to 50 (Fifty!) startups in Austin that you should know about. Austin is rising as a magnificent hub for tech startups. Not only is Austin host of SXSW Interactive Festival, but

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Is There a Process for the Pitch?

Lots of people have advice for the startup pitch.  Austin’s own Joshua Baer has given a presentation, several times, on the art of the pitch.  If I remember his three step process correctly it was: Make the case for change-

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Human Resources in the Era of Age Stereotypes

Last week I was honored to be invited to participate in a panel discussion at the AHRMA Workforce Readiness Day 2015 conference.  Especially honored because I am not, technically, an HR professional. Before our panel began, I listened to a

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Build + Grow

Whenever we reach an inflection point at BP3 and need to evaluate the right next steps, I’m always grateful for the ability to read about all those who have come before us and their experiences.  It is upon their examples

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Bob Metcalfe, Internet hero, on Austin Startups

Loved this SiliconHills article on Bob Metcalfe and his goals for Austin.   Right down to the picture of him holding forth in a UT classroom, presumably, where he is mentoring University of Texas undergrads and professors on the art of

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Congrats to WP Engine

Nice to see the local investment climate in Austin is going strong.  Spredfast raised more money, and so have several other companies, and today comes the announcement that WP Engine has raised $23M to invest in growth: We now serve

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Capital Factory, Austin, and Ireland at #SXSW

An interesting trend at SXSW interactive over the last few years has been the increasing presence of delegations from other countries.  It starts with their spaces on the Expo floor- increasingly large, welcoming, and showing off startups from home right

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The Trilogy Alumni Effect Recap: Slides and More #sxsw

Sunday morning I and three of my favorite Trilogy Alumni gave a panel discussion on the Killer Network – Trilogy Alumni and their affect on Austin and startups.  If you want to rate our session, use the SXSW Go application,

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The Trilogy Effect at #SXSWi

It’s been 3 years since Lori Hawkins wrote about the Trilogy Effect in the Austin American-Statesman.  She and anyone else with an SXSW interactive badge will have another opportunity to look behind the curtain of the Trilogy recruiting and networking

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Leveling Up

Start from the Premise: You want a Promotion I read everything Jocelyn Goldfein posts because her writing is so good, so clear.  After reading her post “How to ask for a Promotion” on Medium, I’ve been thinking about writing on

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Austin’s Good Year: 2014

Built in Austin has an annual report out on Austin startups. It has some great stats: $993M in funding, 123% increase. 1115 companies founded 31 exits $437M+ from exists! The article gives great props to Capital Factory, Bootstrap, Brett Hurt,

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The 30th Angelou Economics Forum

Since 2009 I’ve been attending the Angelou Economics Forum at the Austin Convention Center.  For 30 years, Angelou Economics has been providing the best insights into the Austin economy and its place in the overall economy of Texas and the

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Smoke Signals

I’m not a big believer in managing by smoke signals.  When you read about Fortune 500 companies in magazines, the authors often write about CEOs and leaders in those organizations, and key moments in their tenure. They almost always discuss

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2014: Year in Review

2014 was another great year for BPM, and for BP3.  2014 Lacked the fireworks of some previous years – fewer acquisitions and fewer existential arguments between ACM, BPM, and ECM proponents.  What we did see was BPM vendors acquiring capabilities

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Open Source and Making Money

“It’s hard to make money when you give the shit away” – Dave Kellogg Dave Kellogg wrote a great blog post on the subject of making money in open source, and how challenging it is.  He chose the Hortonworks S-1

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A Year in BPM Blogging, 2014

Again our Blog had a good year.  Page Views per month were sitting at around 9,000 at the end of 2013… But by the end of 2014, page views were in the 13,000 to 14,000 range. Interest in Brazos and

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14 Best New Coffee Shops

Thrillist is out with a list of the 14 best new coffee shops.  Well, they did themselves a favor by saying “New” because otherwise they’d have a monumental task to sort out the “best” in the US. I haven’t been

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FounderDating: Trilogy the #2 Most Entrepreneurial Network

No, not talking about alumni of universities.  We’re once again talking about the alumni of companies, and FounderDating’s take on who is most entrepreneurial (last published 13 months ago).  Last year, Trilogy’s alumni network ranked 3rd.  This year, second. And

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Austin Startup Scene and the Trilogy Effect

This is such a cool resource about Austin startups that I had to share.  Openview Partners has published a quick guide to the Austin startup scene.  And it is just a great way to get a quick grasp of what’s

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