Amber Gunst

CEO - Austin Technology Council



Austin is the fastest-growing city in the United States for three years straight

As Featured In:

INNOVATE® Austin Volume 2

Austin is booming
Austin is the fastest-growing city in the United States for three years straight and is frequently listed as the best place to live. When asked why Austin has seen so much prosperity over the last 15 years, there is one answer: innovation.

Austin Innovation
The focus on innovation in Austin is the cornerstone of our growth. Innovation reaches every aspect of society increasing accessibility and connectivity for our residents. In 2017 we launched a big hairy audacious goal (BHAG) to help grow 10 Austin-based technology companies to $1B in valuation over the next 10 years, and another 100 companies to $100M in revenue. The goals are to elevate Austin as a Tier 2 city on a global scale and promote the increase of corporate and personal wealth and philanthropy that fosters a creative, diverse, and inclusive society.

Austin Connection through Innovation
Innovation shapes the way we live and do business. Technology allows us to travel, shop, work, interact with our healthcare providers, and connect with friends and business colleagues in ways previous generations never imagined. The ease of relationship building that comes with these advancements and our Texas neighborly charm allows innovators to facilitate connections and community partners to work collaboratively that is unique to Austin. People from all walks of life have the chance to join the tech ecosystem through unrivaled access to these premier resources.

Austin Social Innovation
Austinites’ focus on community has developed strong social innovation to solve the challenges faced by our most vulnerable residents. From alternative and affordable education to healthy living, Austin innovators are using tech to help our community members raise their quality of living.

Innovators Choose Austin
For all the reasons listed above and many more, we continue to see the number of Austin residents as well. ATC co-founder, Laura Kilcrease recently challenged the tech community to think globally and act locally. Austin is poised to become the magnet where thought-leaders and tech companies can rise to meet that challenge. We are thrilled to present Austin Innovators who are doing just that through this medium in partnership with Global Village World.

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