Technology 2009 Community Year In Review

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  • 2. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW A LETTER fROm ThE fOuNDER 2009 turned out to be a rocky road from an economic and employment perspective. Although many argue that Austin and Central Texas were not hit as hard as other areas, indeed local technology professionals, entrepreneurs, and established businesses all experienced the downturn with some degree of severity. However, during this time networking has proven to be necessary as ever to navigate one’s own career path, and even seed new business ventures. During such downturns, existing busi- nesses and new opportunities often germinate to eventually drive eco- nomic growth. At all costs, we must continue to innovate, despite what the surrounding business climate hands to us. In that light, 2010 holds great potential. In terms of door64, I will con- tinue to grow and engage our community, and create meaningful experi- ences and events that will truly impact each of you individually, as well as the local technology businesses who continue pushing forward. By pull- ing together as a community and collaborating on new ideas, there is no telling what can be accomplished this year. All the necessary ingredients exist right here. - MG Matt Genovese Founder, We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney PAGE 1
  • 3. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW COmmuNITY OVERVIEW The goal of the community is to promote peer network growth in Texas technology professionals, enable both start-ups and established companies to amplify their local presence, and help all members to plug in and strengthen our local high-tech scene. History “door64 is where it all happens. When I first is a free grass-roots community of technol- stumbled across this site, I knew it was a great ogy professionals in Central Texas. Launched in 2007 community. The idea in itself was great, but to by Matt Genovese, this community has grown almost pull it off with the kind of success took dedication entirely through word-of-mouth while receiving excel- and a drive! When I first came onto the site, I was lent testimonials from both professionals and businesses more interested in networking with local techies, who experience the benefits of involvement. During the and what I found was a new career! Thanks final year of his graduate degree at the University of Texas to door64 I now have a great new career and I at Austin, Matt realized that his professional network of truly believe that I would have never had this colleagues grew significantly by returning to school, and particular opportunity if it this was extremely beneficial from a career perspective. was not for this community! As an engineer in the semiconductor industry, he also Now it is my turn to give back recognized that networking didn’t always come naturally what I can!” to technology professionals, and few avenues were avail- C. Eschberger able for them to meet regularly. Insisting that there must Sales Engineer be a better way to meet his local industry colleagues, Matt Austin, Texas started to help other technologists build their local peer networks, and discover the activities al- ready happening in the local technology scene. “As a co-sponsor of a door64 Happy Hour event, Today, boasts a membership of over 7,000 I want to say thank you for a great opportunity to technology professionals, along with many thousands get to know our own Austin tech community and more who follow door64 throughout a variety of popular grow our business. Even if we hadn’t met people social media channels. Beyond online interactions, mem- who want our services, it still would have been bers meet face-to-face through periodic corporate-spon- fun. We had a great time, and some of the leads sored door64 networking events, meet-ups, and specialty materialized into new business for us. Meeting events like the 2008 door64 High-Tech Career Fair, and people in a casual business atmosphere is a great the 2009 door64 Tech Fair. idea; we are ready for the next one.” H. Thornton, CEO Matt strives to find new ways to help local technologists Expanding Security and tech companies succeed through online and face-to- Austin, Texas face interactions, and together positively impact our own Texas technology economy. PAGE 2
  • 4. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW 2009 mEmBERshIP In 2009, doubled in membership to over 7300 members. Members continue to connect with door64 on other social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and our Austin High-Tech LinkedIn group. Total membership Increase for door64 + LinkedIn group: 7000+ 11,000 members 300+ fans 7,300 members 1,100 followers The social universe of PAGE 3
  • 5. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW f E AT u R E s AT- A - g L A N C E ONLINE OffLINE Member Blogs Networking Events Online community discussion and Corporate-sponsored evening happy hour-style Q&A between members. events that attract hundreds of technology professionals for networking in a fun, Forums social atmosphere. Corporate-sponsored and branded areas of online conversation. Door64 Meet-ups Biweekly daytime networking meet-ups Calendar that provide a smaller and more frequent Community-managed calendar of technology venue for networking. and networking events in Texas Special Events TechMap Events uniquely designed to meet Geographic map and database of Texas community needs. high-tech companies, from start-ups to established businesses. Job Board Local technology employment opportunities and database of members’ skills. ThERE Is NO COsT TO JOIN. PAGE 4
  • 6. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW COmmuNITY DEmOgRAPhICs With over 7000 door64 members from analysts, developers, and engineers to directors, CEO’s, and entrepreneurs, the following graphs depict various segments of our community. Human Resources & Recruiting 7% Education 2% Technical: Semiconductor & Hardware 19% Female 24% Bus. Managers, Technical: Sales, Software & IT Male 76% Marketing 28% 44% Elsewhere in Elsewhere in gENDER ROLE Ph.D. No degree Two-year the U.S. 4% the world 1% 3% 4% degree Elsewhere in 5% Texas 6% Masters 34% AgE Undergraduate Austin 40% 54% 89% Average age: 42 years 35% 35% % of Members Reporting 32% 30% LOCATION 25% hIghEsT 20% 19% EDuCATION 15% 11% 10% 5% 3% 0.1% 0% < 20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 PAGE 5
  • 7. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW O N L I N E s TAT s f O R 2 0 0 9 52 newsletters written, sent to over 6500 people each week by the end of 2009. 872 online discussions started and 4417 reply comments (average of 5 comments per post). 36 local technology companies listed on the new TechMap. 739 calendar events posted (average of 61 events per month) PAGE 6
  • 8. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW C O N V E R s AT I O N h I g h L I g h T s Most discussed article (74 comments) Community members helping out other job seekers. Welcome to Austin, all the way from Australia! Locally unemployed tech folks venturing out to try something new… Job search-related Q&A discussions are popular on door64. Discussing the local job market is also a popular topic of conversation. PAGE 7
  • 9. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW 2 0 0 9 E V E N T PA R T N E R s h I P s Door64 partners with key Central Texas technology conferences and events, often offering discounts to our members. InnoTech Austin Conference Global Game Jam InnoTech San Antonio Conference Interactive Austin 2009 Conference PubCon South Conference RISE Austin SATAI STARs Conference Tech & Jobs Expo SXSW Interactive Conference PAGE 9
  • 10. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW DOOR64 NETWORkINg EVENTs Door64 networking events were popular, and our new biweekly meet-ups quickly became well-attended. DOOR64 MAGMA HAPPy HOUR Premier Sponsor: Magma Design Automation Held at Dave & Busters in Austin Attendance: 250+ DOOR64 TECH FAIR Held at the Goodwill Center in Austin Attendance: 1000+ 37 technology companies - 3 talks DOOR64 HAPPy HOUR Shared sponsorship Held at the 360 Condominiums in Austin Attendance: 250 DOOR64 CHRISTMAS PARTy Premier Sponsor: Held at the SIX Lounge in Austin Attendance: 200 BIWEEkLy DOOR64 MEET-UPS Both new and existing door64 members come out to network. Held at Triumph Café in Austin Attendance: 50+ Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make these events successful! PAGE 10
  • 11. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW E V E N T h I g h L I g h T: D O O R 6 4 T E C h f A I R Goal: Drive exposure for local high-tech companies and their products/ services while educating our local community of technology professionals. Participation: At Dillotronics we consider ourselves lucky to have door64 working for us. Since we’re growing our busi- • 37 Texas technology companies ness organically, we’re very concerned about bang for the buck; and there aren’t many • 3 informational talks places you can get so much expo- sure for so little invested. • 1000 attendees in a one-day event. E. Overton CEO, Dillotronics Austin, Texas Thanks a lot for a great door64 Tech Fair. I enjoyed all the presentations and met some interesting and potentially valuable contacts. I was impressed with the smooth administration, and I especially appreciated your per- sonal touch at making everyone feel welcome. C. Vanston Technology Futures, Inc. Austin, Texas “Bravo! Job well done! The door64 Tech Fair was im- pressive and very well organized. Thank you for your service to the community. It was great exposure for high-tech and for Goodwill.” C. Chadwell Round Rock, Texas PAGE 11
  • 12. 2009: YEAR IN REVIEW C O N TA C T For inquiries about advertising, event sponsorship, research, or other potential engagements with the door64 community, please contact us. Website: E-mail: Phone: 607-699-1625 (google Voice) PAGE 12
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