Technology leaders from Austin, Texas, will be heading to California later this month to convince some of the region's top tech talent to make the journey from the Golden State to the Lone Star State.
The Austin Technology Council will hold two Top Talent events in San Francisco and Sunnyvale on 13-14 September. More than 30 Austin area technology CEOs will represent their companies live, talk with candidates, and ideally fill some of the many technology jobs currently open.
The events will be held Tuesday, 13 September from 6-8 p.m. at The Mighty in San Francisco, http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1908395061 and Wednesday, 14 September from 6-8 p.m. at Plug & Play in Sunnyvale. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2025094111
“These events are about Austin making a pretty loud statement in the Bay Area,” said Julie Huls, president of the Austin Technology Council. “Texas is a New Economy State, and we have a killer combination to support it: high-paying tech jobs, fast-growing companies, a low cost of living, and a relaxed way of life.”
Austin’s technology industry particularly has many job opportunities for programmers, developers, coders, and engineers. The community has many new startups and growing businesses. According to Audtin, the city attracts entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to start and grow their businesses. But there are not enough technical resources to build out the solutions these companies envision, and commercialize products.
In a recent survey of Austin area technology CEOs, 71 percent of respondents stated there is a shortage of technically skilled talent at the present time in Austin. And more than 50 percent believe these talent issues have limited their organization’s productivity and efficiency. Of respondent’s plans for 2011 and 2012, the number one ranked activity was adding jobs.
Austin currently has several dozen technology companies hiring 40 or more new programmers each. Of over 30 CEOs representing their companies at the Top Talent Roadshow, current job openings include roles like: Data Engineer, Front End Software Engineer, Information Architect, UX Designer.
At present, companies confirmed for the events include: Affinegy, Bancvue, Bazaarvoice, CacheIQ, Catapult, Calxeda, Collider Media, Creditcards.com, Gazzang, Gowalla, Homeaway, Ihiji, Less Networks, Mutual Mobile, Phunware, Ravel, SailPoint, Spredfast, Vast, and Whaleshark.
“In Austin, we’ve fallen into a trap of fighting over existing talent, especially in engineering, programming, and software development roles,” said Rod Favaron, CEO of social CRM company Spredfast.