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.

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do Podcast Episode 8: “ATC 2019 Scaling Series”

ATC & Thom Singer present the eighth installment of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do Podcast: “ATC 2019 Scaling Series”

Thom Singer, podcast host, interviews thought-leaders from  ATC Member Companies regarding their unique advice for startups, thoughts on Austin’s tech ecosystem, and personal heroes every first Thursday of the month. The September 2019 through November 2019 dates mentioned in this podcast have been updated to reflect the new dates for the 2020 Scaling Series which are January 2020 through March 2020.

2020 Scaling Series

ATC is proud to partner with Rice Alliance, St. Edward’s University, and Baker Botts L.L.P. to present the 2020 Scaling Series. The Scaling Series is designed to propel companies currently within $1M-$5M in revenue to $10M-$100M in revenue.

To apply, please send an email of interest to Amber Gunst.

Series Overview with Thom Singer – Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do Podcast!

The 2020 Scaling Series is designed to equip your executives with the MBA-Level skills necessary to transform your company into a $10M-$100M in revenue enterprise. During this 10-week curriculum-based seminar series, you will learn from MBA professors and expert practitioners who provide thought leadership around critical growth, operations, and governance issues to executives who are growing and scaling their business.

Classes will comprise of:

  • Lectures from academics, practitioners
  • Q&A session with experts
  • Group project-based learning opportunities

The Scaling Series will cover six major subject areas:  Finance & Accounting, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Human Resources, and Global Expansion. The types of topics will include How to Read Financial Statements, Understanding the Marketing Funnel, Sales Organization Structures, Development Processes, Hiring the Right People, and Overseas Business Structures.

When & Where

The Series is every Tuesday from January 7 through March 10
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Calavista Software – 3700 N Capital of Texas Hwy #450, Austin, TX 78746


  • The CEOs of participating companies are encouraged to attend all sessions. An executive from your company MUST attend the session that covers the function for which the executive has responsibility (e.g., The CFO would attend the accounting and finance sessions)
  • Executive team must be located in Central Texas as this is primarily an in-person seminar.
  • Executive will review reading materials and short exercises before their assigned seminar to be prepared with questions and for the group project.

EMAIL Amber Gunst for more information and to apply.

Special thanks to our sponsor Baker Botts L.L.P.

What is Cool ThingsEntrepreneurs Do?

Thom Singer has interviewed over 400 CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, solopreneurs, and others on his popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast (named on as one of 8 business podcasts to listen to in 2018). Through these in-depth conversations he learned there is no single thing that holds people back from achieving more, nor is there one solution to reaching the top levels of success.  It is unique for each person.

Interested in how ATC can bring opportunities like this to your company?

Austin Technology Council is our member companies’ biggest cheerleader. Our organization is frequently contacted to source thought-leaders for high-visibility media opportunities like:

  • live interviews with local & national new outlets
  • guest appearances on radio & video podcasts
  • community highlights in printed publications
  • expert speaker/panelist invites to distinguished community events
  • and many more

Members: email Jessica to tell us about your expertise so we can connect you to the right opportunity

Future Members: email Brandon to discuss this and more member benefits like it and how ATC can help your company reach its goals.

The September 2019 through November 2019 dates mentioned in this podcast have been updated to reflect the new dates for the 2020 Scaling Series which are January 2020 through March 2020.

Tips on Scaling Your Business – April Leadership Dinner Recap

ATC’s April Leadership dinner focused on “What it takes to scale your business”. We welcomed professionals who were seeking guidance in anticipation of scaling or advice on their current scaling journey. Indeed, making the decision to proactively grow your business is a momentous decision that requires forethought and guts.

These are a few tips from our panelists that will help you when you’re ready to make the leap! Get more details about the 2019 Scaling Series, a curriculum-based course to equip executives with the skills necessary to transform your company, HERE.

Invest time into identifying your client profile.

You have to be willing to walk away from business that isn’t in your client profile. It’s so difficult, but so healthy for your business strategy.

Understand your funding.

What is absolutely critical to the success of your business vs what is important to the success of your business? You may need to look at important needs and make some tough decisions about which funding will go (or not go) towards funding .

Survey your market.

It seems like a no-brainer, but surveying your market in preparation to scale can strengthen your strategy. For example, product #1 from The ABC Company – creative, I know – is not making the revenue impact originally projected.
The company could decide to cut the product and put $3million into developing a new line
They can learn that customers are unimpressed with the lack of durability in the product design and make the decision to put $200,000 into changing the design to a longer-lasting color palette

Finding the right feedback mechanism for your market is critical.

Have you built a culture of accountability?

Scaling companies cannot live without a culture of accountability. Build your values into the hiring process from the beginning to get the core employees who are positive, effective, and phenomenal. They will be the ones to uplift your employees when the company experiences growing pains.

Each of our Leadership Dinners provide an environment to foster relationship-building with the right people and valuable discussions to make sure you are implementing the most impactful and cutting-edge business strategies to reach your goals.

We hope to see you at the next event! Check out our event calendar HERE for details and tickets.

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