Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin Launch Relief Fund to Alleviate Negative Impacts of COVID-19

The Austin Technology Council is one of dozens of local organizations partnering with Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin to support All Together ATX. The Austin Tech Community is resilient and continues to be supportive of each other and the wider Austin business community in these uncertain times. ATC’s role in this program is simply to inform our audience of the relief fund and encourage your participation.

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According to the March 27 press release from Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin, the fund will accept donations large and small from individuals, foundations and companies. The power of this collective impact will lead to increased resources for the most affected populations in the Austin community and decreased burden for nonprofits already working at capacity.

To donate and learn more about the fund visit All Together ATX and listen in the the podcast below.

CEO Summit 2019 – Scaling Companies and the Austin Ecosystem

On Monday, ATC hosted over 150 tech executives at the annual CEO Summit, held at the J.W. Marriott. CEO Summit is the premier event for Austin C-Level executives in the Austin technology community.

Our two panels discussed AI implementation for growing companies as well as scaling employee benefits along with scaling businesses.

RSM LLP facilitated a panel discussion on “Using AI to Achieve Operational Efficiencies in a Global Environment.” Panelist Prabhakar Thanikasalam had this to say about where the focus of scaling companies should lie in the world of AI, “AI/ML capability is a key competitive advantage for organizations today and will increasingly be more so in the future. This capability cannot just be bought ‘off the shelf’. Leaders will need to alter their processes and strategy to take maximum advantage of this game-changing technology.”

Another sponsor—Humana—facilitated a panel discussion on “Healthcare Insights for Scaling Companies.” Both offered great insights that our C-Level attendees can use to help aid the growth of their scaling companies.

Robert Alvarez, CFO and COO of BigCommerce, joined our keynote speaker Brian Sharples, Repeat Entrepreneur, in a Fireside Chat. In their discussion, Sharples and Alvarez touched on everything from building a team and maintaining a great culture, to navigating competition and opening the doors to the next chapter of growth. In one instance, Sharples exemplified how he created a culture of inviting and navigating  healthy competition in the market with recurring “Table Talks” that took place on a 1950’s era kitchen table where innovation and dedication were celebrated, and healthy competition was invited. Sharples is a successful serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and executive with extensive experience in startup and well-established technology and e-commerce companies, both as a board member and in leading operations and executive roles. He has founded and scaled several high-growth startups and overseen their strategic exits. 

“Amber Gunst and the ATC team continue to up their game providing the best networking and knowledge events for tech leaders in town. This year’s CEO Summit delivered great value for everyone who attended, with content specifically directed at helping our Austin technology companies grow to hit those $100 Million and $1 Billion revenue goals in ATC’s ecosystem BHAG,” said Barbary Brunner, Executive Vice President of Denary. Through this value-based summit, ATC is committed to helping Austin companies scale along with the entire Austin ecosystem. 

Thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, and guests for supporting ATC’s work.

New Member Highlight: Movability – National Recognition For Employers That Help Employees Connect with Commute Options

Austin tech companies are known for entrepreneurial innovation. That might be why more and more tech companies in Central Texas are offering their employees robust commute benefits that help both employers and employees take back their time from traffic. 

And for employers that help employees connect with commute options – from flex hours and teleworking to transit subsidies and bike facilities – there’s a national recognition that establishes workplaces as healthy work environments and community stewards.

Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commute benefits. Employers and developments that meet the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits can get on the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters. 

Whether your company is concerned with recruitment and retention, company finances, or improving the quality of life in Central Texas, there are myriad reasons to adopt commute benefits – and to tout them. 

Transportation Demand Management (TDM), which means using travel modes beyond driving alone during rush hour, is linked to greater productivity and job satisfaction, better health outcomes, and cost savings for businesses. In short, it’s an effective and affordable way to make our transportation system more efficient without waiting for new or expanded infrastructure. By joining BWC, you’re letting Central Texas and the nation know that your company is actively working to make a better workplace for your employees and better region for everyone. 

If you’re an Austin tech company interested in promoting your workplace’s great commute benefits, Movability can help you apply for the 2020 BWC list! Recognized companies get a spot on a national list, and will also be honored by Mayor Adler at our Feb. 5 Mayor’s Mobility Breakfast and Award Ceremony.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2019. Learn more here about becoming a BWC company. Watch a recording here of a webinar outlining how how Movability can help you, and hear from two local companies who were recognized this year. Get more information on the Mayor’s Mobility Breakfast and Award Ceremony here.

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