Texas roadhouses are delivering tech startup Austin’s first delivery, delivering the software developer Austin-based Texas Roadhouse Technology to the company’s new office in the heart of Austin’s tech startup hub.
TechCrunch reported Thursday the company, founded by Austin’s Josh Fincher and a handful of Austin startups, will be headquartered in a 1,200-square-foot space in downtown Austin’s Austin Convention Center.
The company, which also sells a range of hardware, software and other gear, will start accepting orders for its Austin office on May 30, TechCrunch said.
The office will offer its own “software developer” package, including support and support software, support documentation, and documentation support.
Austin-area tech entrepreneurs are hoping for Austin-first startup to capitalize on a tech boom, and have been eyeing the city for its location and proximity to tech hubs.
The Austin area has been on fire since 2017, when Amazon’s $1.5 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market brought a flurry of startups to the area.
Now that Amazon has been absorbed by Amazon Web Services, and is planning to move its headquarters to the San Francisco Bay Area, tech startups have been looking to Austin to capitalize.
TechStars Austin, a new incubator and accelerator for startups in the Austin area, is hosting a TechStars launch event on May 29 at the Texas Roadhouses headquarters.
Techstars, which was founded in 2010, is a tech accelerator founded by Jeff Bezos and his wife, Samantha.
Finchers said Austin is a “super important city” for Austin’s startup community.
Austin has more than 10,000 tech companies, including over 20 in the top 10 of our city’s startup rankings.
Austin also has some of the country’s largest tech talent pools, with more than 300 companies with more of the most prominent tech talent in the city.
The city also has a large and growing tech workforce, with over 6,000 people in the software engineering industry, the most in the nation.
The launch of Austin-made Austin Roadhouse is also a boost to Austin’s overall tech startup scene, with other tech giants like Uber, Facebook, and Airbnb looking to move to Austin.
Tech startups like Austin Roadhouses have been expanding their office space in recent years, and will also be bringing on a new engineering chief for the company.
Finch says the company will focus on building software that connects to the Austin network and other Austin-specific services.
“We have to have a really strong connection with the Austin community to make this work,” he said.
Austin RoadHouse has also been working on a number of projects in Austin, including the acquisition of a former Walmart facility in Austin’s southwest neighborhood.
“It’s a little bit like Amazon’s headquarters in the west,” Finches said.
“Our headquarters will be in the east.
We’re going to start building out our network and we’re going start expanding out into other parts of Austin.”
TechStars, the incubator that Austin Roadshouses uses as a hub, said it has received interest from startups that are looking to bring their own products to Austin, but would need to find a space that is affordable.
TechHub, which provides funding to startups in Austin and across the country, will host the TechStars event and also host an Austin TechStars Hackathon, which is designed to connect startups to a group of people who have a similar skill set.
Techhub, which has partnered with TechStars in the past, said Austin-born Jason Stiehl will be the executive director of TechStars.
Tech hubs are hubs that are dedicated to connecting people from different regions and continents, and helping them to work together in a collaborative environment.
Austin is already home to a number tech startups, including Austin-headquartered BizSpace, which started out as a social network that became an e-commerce business.
Austin’s TechStars and TechHub events will be livestreamed on the TechHub website, with the event schedule expected to be announced in the coming weeks.