How Austin Killed Ridesharing. Or, Why Dallas?

Every week, I meet with future community members relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They’re coming from all over, including the State Capital. A common thread is the opportunity here versus others, and of course the cost of living. These are easy wins for the region.

Another thread is the involvement of the municipalities in the startup culture. We’re fortunate in this area—the City of Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber, Downtown Dallas, Inc., and the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau are all present and willing to step in and help get things done. In a press release from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), our regional transportation provider, committed its resources.

But it doesn’t stop there—the same can be said of many of our surrounding cities like Addison, McKinney, Fort Worth, Frisco, Flower Mound, Denton, and others. They’re listening to—not dictating to, the startup community. They’re embracing the disruption that we can bring to the table in the form of efficiencies. This is a long process as governments aren’t known for their agility—but they’re present, and listening.

The vote last night in Austin was disappointing, but for those new to the Dallas area, our story was nearly the same. Taxi companies brought an item before council that would have had dire consequences for what we know today as “ride sharing.” Their folly was the method in which is was presented. Over time, and with regard to ride sharing, we’ve gone from a city that was led by the lobby, to a city that fully embraces the advantages that services like Uber and Lyft bring to the region.

If you’re looking to make a strategic move for your company, and you’re looking for a region that embraces technology and innovation, look no further than Dallas-Fort Worth.

Source: How Austin Killed Ridesharing

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  • Michael Sitarzewski is the Publisher of Launch DFW, co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc., makers of inboundgeo. He is a veteran entrepreneur (and a TechStars Cloud alum) with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski has been a part of the internet startup culture since 1994 and has had two exits along the way. After a seven years in the Boulder, Colorado startup community, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas, in 2013 where he’s focused on growing and increasing the visibility of the burgeoning Dallas startup community. He is the EIR at The DEC, a mentor in the RevTech accelerator, and leads several events in the Dallas area. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.

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