Guest Columns

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Looking to change Austin through 'civic hacking'

Civic engagement isn’t a new concept.  To many, it might not seem like there is new ground to break, but there is something fresh brewing: civic hacking, fueled by the evolving role of technology in this space. So what is "civic hacking?" The concept...

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A dream realized

The announcement of the proposed new International Entrepreneur Rule from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes me, once again, proud to be an American. When I arrived in this country about 42 years ago, I knew that the road to the...

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What to avoid when planning panels at events like SXSW

It’s painful to sit through a bad panel at a conference.  If you attend these kinds of educational gatherings, you know that the quality of the speakers can make a panel.  In the past few years of South by Southwest, I’ve taken note of some of the...

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Open Source

Public policy needs to evolve with the sharing economy

On May 7. Austin voters sided with an Austin City Council ordinance that implements requirements and regulations that ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft strongly opposed and now have to follow. This resulted in Uber and Lyft suspending operations...

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Austin provides a welcome home for tech

Since the early 80’s when the Microelectronics & Computer Technology Corp., or MCC Consortium, chose to locate here, Austin has been a welcoming city for innovators and early adopters.  Our educated workforce, entrepreneurial spirit, infrastructure...

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