I haven’t tried to reconcile the different rankings in these reports, but they’re both great news:
There is an entrepreneurial ethic in Austin that you don’t find everywhere. There’s a high tech foundation, and still a lot of growth in that sector, but whether it’s advertising/marketing or game development or outdoor activities — it seem that almost anything is ripe for a business venture. Sure, venture capital has been available for many years for a wide variety of ventures, but most of these businesses are just home grown, boot-strapped runs. What a great place!