Austin is on the cusp of becoming a first-tier startup hub to rival Silicon Valley and New York. Our ecosystem for entrepreneurs is well known, but Austin lacks a few key ingredients—an endless supply of talent is one of them.
While it’s true that Austin seems to be swarming with tech talent perfect for the start-up track, most are already employed, and others are notoriously hard to get on board. Recruiting local entry-level talent can be even more difficult. According to the Austin Business Journal, Austin has added more tech jobs in the past few years than nearby universities can supply, at a rate of about 2.5 jobs for every one job candidate.
The HT Group asked several Austin startup veterans, venture capitalists, and technical recruiters what they think it will take for today’s Austin startups to fill their talent pipelines with the best of the best. Here’s what they had to say.