Daily Archives: 04/05/2009

Highland Mall/Six Street

(Community Matters) Headed to services at St. James Episopal. I’ve organized a short discussion session about the Texas Relays incidents after services. I’m especially interested in the feelings & conversations of our African American members. My goal is to listen and learn.

Floodlines happening at 2pm. Steven returning home noonish. Can’t wait to see Jaclyn Pryor’s piece this year.

The Austin Cup

(Community Matters) On Saturday, we celebrated the ninth Austin Cup, organized annually by Lynne Skinner & Jeff Browning – sponsored by Austin Ventures, Ernst & Young, Vinson & Elkins & the Entrepreneurs Foundation, and most importantly, benefitting the Center for Child Protection. I suspect we busted the $500,000 mark in funds raised yesterday, though monies were still being counted when I left. Thirty six high-tech & sponsoring companies participated in yesterday’s event.

Austin Cup founder, Lynne Skinner & Sailpoint CEO Mark McClain (also an EF advisory board member)
Lynne was one of EF’s founders

360 Training’s team – the Nerds

Austin Ventures

What’s a party without a balloon guy – especially when participants are encouraged to bring their families. Ernst & Young sponsors the kids bowling lanes. You see kids 2 to 15 bowling and having fun, though admittedly the older kids mostly played pool, had their cards read, face painted and hung out.

BazaarVoice went all out


GrandecomThe Broadbandits

Epiphany read cards. I had two readings, one from a Cosmic Tribe tarot cards, another from the Goddess deck.

My first question – if I was going to implement a focus for my work, what should it be? Challenge card: Art. I should find the art thread underneath my work. My focus shouldn’t be on a cause, organization or topic but on what I bring to the activities/initiatives. Action card: Strength. clarity of vision. art & creativity at my core. need to start saying no. Overview card: 10 of Swords. sometimes stuck and don’t know how to exit. Need to build team that can leave in charge and move on.

My second question – how should I further engage young people. Challenge card: Six of Stave. create excitement or buzz. figure out how to excite. Action card: Eight of Pintacles about growing things. Plant seed & lay foundation. empower. Overview card: Wisdom card toot own horn a bit so kids can find me. Define what want to pass along & hang out my shingle.

Lifesize – Hi Def Rollers

Other companies which participated include: NewComLink, Zilliant, CSIdentity, FameCast, SiteStuff, Newgistics, Pervassive Softward, Surgient, HyPerformix, HomeAway, ReachForce, Pluck, Affiniscape, Dresser Wayne, Troux Technologies, Net Qos, Cisco, Augmentix, Tipping Point, Lombardi, Zarlink, AT&T, QuickArrow, 21st Century Technologies, Convio, LibreDigital and Open Labs.

Way fun and wayyyy great cause.

My Horoscope

(Community Matters)

People enjoy you because you are real, so don’t worry about trying to hide your flaws.

some may take exception with my not trying a tad harder

Be Still My Heart

(Community Matters) NOTHING beats the rubbed pork ribs from Kreuz’s. The German potato salad is to die for too. Brisket, sausage, pork tenderloin and pork chops good. No forks!

photo: Wyatt McSpadden

AAS story on McSpadden’s new photography book and Kreuz’s.

On Tuesday, someone served me beans supposedly from Kreuz’s. They must have run out and opened a can, swipped a bottle of bbq sauce from Smitty’s, poured it in and sold these to unsuspecting novices. Capital offense; never again!