It’s crazy to think I have just had my first week in Austin, TX – here is a summary of what I have been up to, and why I am here.
I have been involved with Bundle for 18 months. Back in 2014, I was still in university and coming close to the end of my studies. I jumped at the chance to get involved in a very early stage startup. We were bootstrapping at first, it was difficult. I certainly doubted myself – it was problematic designing a product without the technical support.
That’s when Bernardo and Milos came along.
Bernardo is our iOS Developer and Milos is our Software Engineer. It blows my mind to see what they have achieved in 6 months. They are the smartest guys, and I am proud to work alongside them.
After running a successful campaign on Seedrs, I was given the opportunity to leave agency life. Right now, I am giving my all to a startup life.
WEEK ONE HIGHLIGHTS
Sat 17 Oct – Touch down! I flew via Toronto, and only had to wait a couple hours for a connecting flight. I’ll be stopping over for the night on my way back. I can’t fly via Canada without saying hello.
We are staying on 6th East Side, in a lovely new condo. It’s the perfect size and location.
The kitchen is to die for.
Sun 18 Oct – I went for my first run, and nearly died. Turns out running in the heat is not my thing.
The Colorado River is stunning, apparently it’s popular for paddle boarding and kayaking. Added those to the list!
The team took a trip to the famous Juan in a Million, and wow. I don’t know what Juan is more famous for, his incredible food or his epic handshakes – it’s an excellent combination. I had the Don Juan and it was 10/10 brunch.
Mon 19 Oct – I popped around to the store just around the corner from our apartment. They have an incredible selection of craft ales. I was drawn to the gorgeous labels, obviously.
Tues 20 Oct – Kelvin and I attended the Hacks Hackers meet up. Held in an amazing office space, just behind City of Austin Power Plant – Which has a rather fantastic sign.
It was the 5th birthday of the international event – and so we were joined by founder of Hacks Hackers and Storify, Burt Herman and Trei Brundrett, from Vox Media. It was an excellent evening, and I look forward to Hacks Hackers Connects in London in the new year.
Wed 21 Oct – We spent the morning working from Cuvée Coffee.
I have a feeling they will be seeing a lot of me.
Thur 22 Oct – We started to feel the effects of Hurricane Patricia. We were lucky not to feel its full force. My thoughts went out to those in Mexico.
Fri 23 Oct – Kelvin and I made our way to Tech Ranch for their “Camp Fire” networking event. I really enjoy the ‘pay it forward’ attitude that a lot of people seem to have around here, everyone is so willing to help out and are eager to share knowledge and experience. I know I will be taking a lot of good advice home with me, and make loads of friends on the way.
We headed up the road to Whistlers to celebrate our first week.
The artwork dotted around Austin is mind blowing, so much talent. It’s definitely an inspiring city.
This one really spoke to me 😏
Sat 24 Oct – I cooked for the team. Empty plates all round.
It’s embarrassing how much time I spent deciding on what type of rice to buy at Whole Foods.
Sun 25 Oct – Caught up with The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. I also listened to a podcast by Funsize, while sketching out some ideas and playing around with hand lettering. I will be heading to the Dribbble meetup in November, hosted by Funsize. I look forward to meeting them all.
We found an amazing food truck in the Stay Gold beer garden.