What It Really Takes to Build a Start-Up City

By Phillip Bogdanovich Fortune called Austin “the Rockstar of Small-Business Cities.” CNBC called it “the top start-up mecca in America.” At one point in 2015, Forbes inexplicably named it one of America’s most affordable cities. I live in Austin. I have raised money in Austin. I can tell you unequivocally that Austin is not affordable, … More What It Really Takes to Build a Start-Up City

Amazing Leaders: Vision and the wizardry of innovation

By: Phillip Bogdanovich When great leaders make moves that catalyze the growth or hyper-growth of their companies, people write about it. I’ve read about acquisitions, deals with cities for tax-free zoning, implementation of better processes, and more. A willingness to take great (albeit calculated) risks, and more often than not get lucky, are certainly key … More Amazing Leaders: Vision and the wizardry of innovation

Starting a Company: Congratulations on Your New Baby!

By Phillip Bogdanovich I’m not a parent, which is part of the reason running a company hasn’t been an unmitigated disaster for my personal life. All I know about parenting is what I have read and what I have observed my parent-friends contend with. I suppose my limited experience “babysitting” for friends has also provided … More Starting a Company: Congratulations on Your New Baby!

The Ask

By Phillip Bogdanovich I needed a warehouse space and an office. The Hyperion management team and I had been discussing it for a while and I was feeling anxious. I felt like someone somewhere had started a countdown clock. I didn’t know how much time I had left, but it wasn’t much. Something terrible was … More The Ask