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Last night was our big MeetUp in Austin, and it was a blast. The guys from DadLabs made the video above, which somehow manages to both mock and honor the event at the same time. (They also helped us livestream our Web Grassroots panel, which at one point drew an online audience of 2,600 people). As you can see in the video above, the place was packed with folks from startups and stranger places. People came all the way from Dallas and LA to mingle in the startup crowd.

I hitched a ride from the roundtable to the party from the Ice Cream Man in his truck, despite the fact that security asked him to leave the conference center we had been at for passing out free ice cream. In the end, everything was cool, though.

Austin startups are a hardy breed. Since there are only a few venture capital firms in town, including Austin Ventures , which helped us put on the events, many startups tend to go without VC money longer than they would in Silicon Valley. Those who don’t starve tend to figure out their business models faster. That said, some investors are already thinking about creative ways to infuse more capital into Texas startups. One angel investor I spoke with, Joshua Shipsey of the Central Texas Angel Network, told me that he is exploring starting an angel seed fund along the lines of Y Combinator and TechStars.

Both the Roundtable and the MeetUp made me realize that TechCrunch, in its own way, is a grassroots phenomenon. We try to bring together people who are building startups or want to build them, and connect those startup communities across the country and around the world. These are our people.

Here is an Animoto montage of more pictures from the event. And thank you to all our sponsors, who made it happen.

    Product Launch Partners

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Spiceworks has been called the “iTunes of IT” – a simple, easy and free collaborative IT management application and community used by technology managers in nearly 500,000 small businesses around the world to simplify everything IT. Spiceworks makes it easy for IT pros to manage their networks, crowdsource their IT expertise, and find the best practices, products and services they need for their networks. Companies that sell hardware, software or IT services to SMB IT pros can now easily target and reach them with relevant ads and
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FiveRuns provides simple and affordable products for monitoring Rails applications and their supporting infrastructure. Our products are written in Ruby and Ruby on Rails and delivered to market by an experienced management team and expert Ruby developers. Our goal is to further the adoption of Ruby on Rails by offering a suite of products that delight and add compelling value to both Rails developers and systems administrators alike.

HomeAway connect homeowners and property managers with travelers who seek the space, value and amenities of vacation rental homes as an alternative to hotels. With more than 309,000 global listings across the sites, travelers may easily search for budget to luxury-priced vacation rentals on HomeAway.com, VRBO.com, VacationRentals.com, Holiday-Rentals.co.uk, OwnersDirect.co.uk, FeWo-direkt.de and Abritel.fr. The sites also feature Reviews and the HomeAway Rental Guarantee, which help ensure a memorable experience. HomeAway is headquartered in Austin, Texas and funded by Austin Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, American Capital, Institutional Venture Partners and Trident Capital.

iKnowWare’s web-based application empowers companies to manage processes via secure mobile SaaS delivery of real time information for visibility anytime, anywhere into operations, logistics, and business process.
* Connects people regardless of hardware (PC/PDA, Mobile, VoIP Phone)
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JamsBio is a social community to share your life through music. JamsBio offers a rich platform on top of a database of over 4 million songs for users to share music memories; review albums, songs and concerts; dedicate music to that special someone; create and debate Top-5 music lists; play games to test your knowledge of music; and keep a pulse on the world of music through original columns, podcasts, and news articles. JamsBio is wholly owned and operated by Mouth Watering Media LLC, a media company based in Houston, Texas.

Founded in 1986, Montgomery & Co. is a leading investment bank focused on the media, technology and healthcare industries. Montgomery & Co. provides in-depth industry knowledge, senior level investment banking expertise, access to key relationships and a high degree of customer service to growth companies worldwide. Services include merger and acquisition advisory, private placements and fairness opinions. For more information, please visit www.monty.com.

Porter Novelli is one of the world’s leading public relations agencies and is represented in all major markets. With a focus on effective stakeholder communications and adopting a holistic, media-neutral approach, Porter Novelli develops public relations programs that deliver value and impact to its clients’ business. Porter Novelli was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1972 and is a part of Omnicom Group. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.porternovelli.com.

SnapPages is an online website creation tool that provides a simple solution for creating great looking web sites. SnapPages makes it easy for anyone to build and maintain high-quality websites without the need for a programmer or a designer, and you can do it all online.

Vertive is a leading performance marketing company. The company publishes more than 25 Websites with useful and unique editorial content to promote a variety of products and services. Vertive’s sites let consumers research, review, compare and get the products and services they want. The company’s websites promote products and services of partners and it is paid when a transaction (lead, referral, or sale) occurs. Vertive works directly with merchants and through the leading affiliate networks like Commission Junction and LinkShare. Austin-based Vertive has been profitable since its inception in 2003. Career opportunities at Vertive abound for savvy developers and marketers.

YELLOWPAGES.COM is a trusted online and now mobile source for comprehensive national and local business information, offering uniquely searchable directory listings. The YELLOWPAGES.COM distribution network provides exposure to more than 100 million monthly consumer business searches. Consumers can locate merchants, search White Pages directories, research products and services, obtain maps and directions, and plan entertainment, leisure and travel activities. New wireless search features allow users to search directory listings while “on the go.”

Event Sponsors:

BazaarVoice enables the world’s largest brands to capture and amplify the voices of their customers to build sales. We bring word of mouth to ecommerce. Bazaarvoice products and services enable consumers to share ratings, reviews, questions, answers, and stories about products and brands on client websites. Bazaarvoice helps clients maximize the strategic impact of user-generated review content through community management, advanced analytics, search engine optimization, and syndication across the Web and to offline channels.

DadLabs is an edgy, fun and Informative show for dads and the women who tolerate and/or love them. Humorous tips and advice from dads on parenting, fatherhood, children, and coping with wives and mothers.

Eventbrite is the world’s largest online event management and self-service ticketing site. Distinguished by its ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness, EventBrite has helped tens of thousands of companies, organizations and non-profits take advantage of the Internet to promote and sell-out their events.

Heidrick & Struggles is recognized as one of the world’s leading executive search firms. For over fifty years we have been building deep relationships with the world’s most talented individuals on behalf of the world’s most successful companies. Through the strategic acquisition, development and retention of talent we help our clients – from the most established market giants to the newest market disruptors- build winning leadership teams.

Keyvault is a method for securely sharing your sensitive information such as website logins, bank details or credit card numbers. Currently, users often send this information via plain text e-mails or instant messages because conventional methods for securing it are too complicated for the average user. This leaves the information vulnerable to interception, resulting in server compromises, identity thefts, credit card fraud, etc. Keyvault provides an easy to use solution, limiting your exposure when you need to electronically share private information with others.

Lois Paul & Partners is a leading, national strategic communications agency that provides a wide range of public relations services to emerging and established high technology, life sciences and clean energy companies. The agency is headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, with an office in Austin, Texas.

MediaTemple is an industry leading, privately held, profitable web hosting and software application service provider in California. Since 1998, (mt) has provided businesses worldwide with professional-class network environments for web, email, applications, and rich media content.

TicketCity owns one of the largest ticket inventories in the world. In business for 18 years and as the first online ticket broker, TicketCity sells tickets to all events but specializes in college sports and championship events. Having attended many events, the TicketCity team provides expert recommendations and unparalleled service.

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