Austin has been at the top of several lists in the past decade. Most recent, the University of Texas System ranked 7th among Reuters’ 100 “World’s Most Innovative Universities” and our booming tech sector ranked first among cities for starting a business in June 2015. In spite of the positives, the threat of patent trolls looms ominously overhead for many innovators, especially in Texas where we — yet again — are in the lead as most “patent troll-friendly.” Having spent the last 25 years founding and growing tech companies and as a co-founder and mentor at Capital Factory, I’ve seen a wide range of technology companies at all stages of growth. I’ve witnessed hundreds of tech startups flocking to Austin with groundbreaking ideas and entrepreneurial inspiration.
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