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Austin Entrepreneur Video Series

Entrepreneurs are the engine making Austin run. The city's legendary creative energy extends our reputation for new ideas and expansive dreams realized. Austin entrepreneurs are risk-takers. They bet big,  often staking their life savings and a steady income on their ability to turn dreams to reality. CultureMap Austin wants to capture that entrepreneurial spirit, telling the stories of the men and women who succeed the hard way—through sweat, tears, and low cash flow. Our series will tell their stories of success and failure, sharing both best practices, and celebrating great success.

Austin Entrepreneur Video Series


Built from scratch: The 30-year legacy of Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods

By Arden Ward

Oct 24th, 2012 at 3:50 PM

It all started in a 400-square foot kitchen in a bad location, where “the Pac-Man machine grossed more in a day than the restaurant did,” recalls Michael Angelo Renna of ...


Celebrating screenwriters: Barbara Morgan's Austin Film Festival

By Kevin Benz

Oct 2nd, 2012 at 1:45 PM

The Austin Film Festival is different. When Barbara Morgan started the festival in 1994 with her friend Marsha Milam, they did so as entrepreneurs. In other words, they loved film ...


Bazaarvoice founder Brett Hurt on overcoming fears and initiating conversation

By Michael Graupmann

Sep 20th, 2012 at 10:26 AM

It all started with a baby stroller. A Peg Perego Pliko P3 Stroller, to be specific. Brett Hurt, a new father and burgeoning entrepreneur, was reading an online product review ...


Ingrid Vanderveldt: Empowering women and future entrepreneurs as Dell's first EIR

By Arden Ward

Sep 5th, 2012 at 3:18 PM

In her impressively diverse career, Ingrid Vanderveldt has established herself as a true entrepreneur — and a missionary for the human spirit. As the first ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Dell, Vanderveldt ...


From fine food to mad music, Michael Hsu leaves a balanced architectural imprint on Austin

By Caitlin M. Ryan

Aug 20th, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Michael Hsu's success as an architect doesn't come from an inkling for power; rather, it's born out of a simple predilection to do what he loves. In ...

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