Friday, September 07, 2007

Bootstrap Austin Launches Online Social Network

The Bootstrap Austin community is generated through contributions made by its members. We encourage our members to become Contributors, using the community as a platform to develop their products and services while serving their fellow-bootstrappers. This has resulted in many outstanding initiatives within the community and also aided in the development of unique offerings by bootstrappers for their customers.

Once such contribution is our social network, BootstrapOnline, powered by Small World Labs. SWL provides technology and expertise to develop private-label social networks akin to mySpace and Facebook.

Bootstrap has recently opened BootstrapOnline to the general public in order to increase the connectivity between the bootstrap community and those interested in working with bootstrappers. Anyone interested in bootstrapping or connecting with bootstrappers can join the network and is encouraged to do so.

Organizations engaged in supporting entrepreneurs are also represented with their own groups on the network. Organizations already signed up include: ATC, SBDP, Rice Alliance, TiE Austin, Texchange, FLOW, EO, DCI, HBMG, ATI, Acton MBA, AIBA, SCORE, ACA, AWTA, AIEA, Business District, EFF, CTAN, PeopleFund, BSC, WFS, LES, ICF, Technology groups include JOOMLA, Drupal, Webmopac, Agile, and Ruby on Rails. Economic Development organizations around the region include Seguin, San Marcos and Matagorada, with more to come.

In a recent article in Business District Magazine, I encouraged the Austin community to "come together right now! (over us)." We are excited to offer BootstrapOnline as our way to help weave together the fabric of the entrepreneurial community. It is our hope that this will foster Austin and the Central Texas region toward the cause of creating more successful home-grown innovative companies.

If you are interested in participating, please join BootstrapOnline now and get involved! And, of course, invite your friends.

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