March 2022

March 2022 Recap

If you're new here, welcome to the community! Learn more about us and connect to the ATX Tech community at

We Aim To:

  • Connect you with peers and community builders serving the startup ecosystem (event organizers, helpful networking opportunities, accelerators, service providers, etc.)
  • Welcome you with warm southern hospitality.
  • Share helpful and invaluable resources.
  • Support and encourage you on your journey.
  • Mark your calendars, we hope to see you at our April 19th event!

Mark your calendars, we hope to see you at our April 19th event!


Networking before the event starts

It’s been over 8 months since we started, and we've grown so much!

  • Meetup has grown by 1,680 new members in 8 months
  • Our Slack group has grown by 461 members since October
  • Our events in 2022 have monthly increase 47-50 %
  • Our 2022 monthly event has increased 50%

Our growth is because your investment in attending and helping. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out this past FIESTA gathering! We had 13 people from the community step up and help with this special event. We couldn't do it without you!

If you're interested in helping volunteer and seeing FIESTA continue to grow, please reply with your name, number, and email to

Special Guest: David Siegel

It was an honor having David Siegel, founder of Meetup, extended his Austin visit to experience FIESTA and share his wisdom and hear what Meetup is planning to mark its 20-year anniversary.

After having Cherie on the "Keep Connected Podcast", David was intrigued by the growth and engagement of our community.

David briefly shared his top ten decisions principals to encourage us a leaders.

  1. Optionality
  2. Be kind
  3. Disagree
  4. Be bold
  5. Be speedy
  6. Balance short & long term
  7. Be honest
  8. Do what is right for business
  9. No decision surprises
  10. Understand your biases

Which one did you find most helpful?

Learn more by purchasing his, "Decide and Conquer: 44 Decisions that Make or Break all Leaders."

Community Member Highlight: Jake Le

We're honored to have him share from his experience and hear what Meetup is planning to mark for its 20-year anniversary!

"Last week, I asked for help on LinkedIn to take in a Ukrainian family in Poland.

I didn't have luck, so this week I went to the border of Ukraine.

I found Irina, Lina, and two-year-old Artem at a camp in Hrubieszow.

Looking at them, you wouldn't be able to tell that just completed a trek to the Polish border that included a multi-day walk in -1 Celsius.

They lost everything except for their smile, some of the sweetest and kindest people I've met. Inspirational in every way.

Last night, after getting supplies for everyone and toys for Artem, we visited a home of a polish family for pizza and wine. A group of total strangers who welcomed us in like old friends.

In the depth of hell, and that's precisely what this situation is, it is moving to find tenderness and compassion among people still.

Thank you to the people of Poland.

Please keep fighting for #ukraine."

If anyone wants to help, you can donate to the foundation.

They carry out culinary and barista classes, animations, board games, woodshop, handicrafts, meditation, Polish and English classes, as well as helping with registration for jobs. The goal is to help with mental help by providing a community for Ukrainians.

FIESTA After Party!

Over 50 attendees headed over to Carolines to continue the FIESTA party. It was beautiful sight to see so many people wanting to continue conversations and connecting.

FIESTA Focus Party

Our third FIESTA CoWorking, lead by Jen Houston on March 22nd, was quite the spread!

We met at Prim and Proper, located in the NeighborHood Goods store off Congress St, and it was amazing getting work done together.

Join us next month to get stuff done!

In closing, a special thanks to our March sponsors for helping to make our event possible.

  • Bunker Labs is a national nonprofit organization providing community, programs, and courses to help military veterans and their spouses start and grow successful businesses and startups.
  • Capital Factory - the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas.
  • Clearity Health - Compare costs, negotiate bills and support affordable care for all with Clearity’s healthcare cost search engine.
  • Eggschain - the first patented blockchain-integrated inventory management and chain of custody technology for tracking bio specimens, including sperm, eggs, embryos, genome, stem cell, blood, tissues and organs, and other genetic materials.
  • Insperity - HR that makes a difference. Our mission is to help businesses succeed so communities prosper by providing Fortune 100 HR infrastructure and benefits to companies 5 to 5.000.
  • Jennipher Judge, Realtor - Helping great people find great homes.
  • KOYA Innovations - a SaaS offering enabling those in the sales and service industries a more relational way to stay top of mind with their valued customers.
  • Maxene’s Microgreens - a food tech company leveraging automated systems, Ag-Tech, and mechanical engineering to create sustainable nutrient-dense organic products.
  • Wild Bloom - find your liberation with organic CBD, delta-8, events, experiences, and embodied coaching.
  • Vlogmi - A new social media app based entirely around sharing genuine and authentic content!
  • Free Water - the world's first free beverage company 100% free alkaline water + eco-friendly + 10 cents for charity
  • Pickey - an On-Demand Photo & Video Service App that matches Brands, Bands, Influencers & Individuals who need better content to a Photographer or Videographer in their area.
  • Prompt Video - allows you to create a video to tell your story in under a minute from your phone.
  • Texas Beer Co. - brewing delicious, locally sourced beer that makes Texans proud

As a reminder, FIESTA welcomes and connects founders, entrepreneurs, and Austin newcomers to those serving the startup community (event organizers, helpful networking opportunities, accelerators, service providers, etc.) and making resources accessible and transparent via the FIESTA website.

Special thanks to Eric Lee for putting this newsletter together!

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