accruent_blueI was job hunting for over a month. I was new to Austin, as well as the technology industry. I graduated college in May, 2015. To be honest, I was new to career hunting and didn’t really know what I was doing. I’ve done lots of jobs; from ditch digger to oil spill deckhand to tax accountant. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” kinds of jobs. I’ve mainly worked a w2 job since I turned 15, and I worked two to three jobs at a time for around 10 years. Because of these factors, going back to school and getting a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management Information Systems sounded good to me.

After graduation I had my degree, moved to the right market, and BAM… The monotony of the application process: search job boards, post resumes, apply to jobs, re-post resumes, fill out applications with that same resume info, write cover letters, reply to emails, take phone interviews, and talk to recruiters… Hurry up and… Wait.

Suddenly I found a little luck. I applied to a company called Accruent, which I ran across on a job site. Why was this application lucky? The job itself required the same qualifications as lots of others. The job description read the same as most postings. It was just another software company, right? Wrong!  As I do every time I get a response to an application, I checked out the company’s website. By doing this I initially discovered that Accruent looked like the type of place where I could succeed. I read the vision and mission statements and they indicated an emphasis on people and products. I checked out their products and business model, which appeared to be working incredibly well. It was when I learned about the company culture that it all fell in to place. The company and its employees appeared to portray a unique atmosphere! This is what I forgot to look for when applying to other companies. Thankfully I got lucky and applied to this beautiful black and white job board posting.

My advice to anyone, who is searching for a career position, is to go online and research companies, not job openings. Sure, you can look and see who is hiring. But before hitting that “apply” button, go check out the company website. Do some research about the company’s values, culture, and employees. When you find the right place, that’s when you go after the right position. Apply, write emails and cover letters, tailor your resume, prepare for that interview, and get excited; because, you know if you land this one that you’ve done exactly what you set out to do. You set a goal, you found a way to make it happen, and then you accomplished that goal. You’ve found yourself, not a job, a career. You’ve found a home. You’ve found a future. And if all goes well, you’ve found a group of friends and colleagues that can’t wait to see you reach the success that they have found.

Be excited and confident knowing your place in the world is out there, and you know the path to finding it.

Accruent Job Listings: http://www.accruent.com/company/careers


musicNotes3DI mentioned my years of being a musician and sound engineer in my last blog. In 2004 I was in college with no idea of what I wanted to do with my future, and I had very little motivation for studying or school in general. All I was interested in was playing guitar and songwriting. So, in the middle of exam week without notifying anyone, I packed my Jeep and headed to Nashville, TN. The next ten years were spent living paycheck to paycheck, writing music, playing open mics and small bars, and sound engineering. I did manage to mix in a few different career choices along the way; though, none of them ever felt like the right path.

One day a video came across my feed on Facebook explaining that all kids should learn to code, how important it is in all business, how many doors it can open, and how amazing it feels to create something all on your own. That last part really struck a nerve with me, because it reminded me of the great feeling I get every time I write (create) a new song. I thought a lot about that video for the next week or so, and then it hit me; I could code my own digital music software products: recording software, digital instruments, music apps, etc. That was all it took, within a few weeks I had applied to, been accepted, and started my move back to Oxford, MS to finish college. The only difference was that this time I had goals and a plan.

Now, there’s only two weeks left to graduation. I’ve been so busy so busy that I almost forgot why I was here. I was reminded today while reading the Technology section of Bloomberg Businessweek. There’s a half page write-up/advertisement about Pentagrom, a software program that reads music notes, played on an instrument or sung into a mic and converted into midi data, and then prints them onto song sheets. The program is meant to be used for educational purposes, but I’m sure it will eventually have many other unplanned uses also. That’s the great thing about innovation, it is ever changing and advancing. I may never use what I’ve learned in the past two years to build music software, but I will never regret coming back to school; I now have the tools to go out and create anything I can think of. At the same time, I will never regret having left. If I hadn’t followed my passion for music, I would have ended up in a career that I wouldn’t find near as interesting or with anywhere near the possibilities. Code away people!


April 20 – April 26, 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek

“Innovatio – Pentagrom  Screen”

by Nick Leiber


pugLifeWhen I was fifteen years old I bought my first boat, a fourteen foot skiff with a brand new 30hp Yamaha outboard. As with most teenagers, I had little patience. Also, like many teenagers, I was dumb. I didn’t take the time to properly install and secure the brand new motor to my skiff. With my friend on a ski tube behind the boat, I took a sharp turn causing slack in the rope and managed to get it wrapped around the motor. As the slack in the line caught up from the turn, the motor was instantly ripped off the boat. For a while I sat motionless watching the bubbles, then paddled toward shore. When I made it home my dad asked if took my bearings, so that we could go back and pull it up. “Bearings..?” I asked. That was one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in life so far. It’s hard to get lost if you know exactly where you are.

As a musician and a sound engineer, the word “drone” has a meaning that has nothing to do with remotely flying your pug to the vet for its monthly flea dip. A droning guitar sound is one in which a note or notes, usually on the lower bass strings, sustains throughout a section or the entirety of a song. This drone can be dark, mysterious, and even spiritual. While running sound for 80-90 year old blues musicians for over 10 years, I have heard my fair share of beautiful, ominous, and crowd pleasing drones. But, when I first heard that Amazon was looking into using drones to ship their products, I knew right away they were onto something revolutionary. My only questions were how far they can ship the order, and how close they can get to my front door.

From what I just read in Bloomberg, that’s where SkyWard comes in. SkyWard is creating the system that will allow the drones to keep their bearings. SkyWard is currently working with NASA and the world’s three largest drone makers, to develop a drone traffic control system that will allow thousands of drones to fly through cities with out damaging each other or harming people.

How cool would it be to hear that quiet but ominous sound outside, receive an alert on your phone, and open the door to find the latest re-mastered B.B. King vinyl sitting on your front porch? If there is any chance I could be a part of creating that process, I would gladly be there to help ensure that this dream becomes a reality.


April 13 – April 19, 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek

“Drone Makers Seek Traffic Control”

by Michael Belfiore



Cable, Direct TV, Dish Network, or……. Doesn’t seem like many options does it? That’s because it’s not. Well guess what, now, thanks to the internet and companies like NetFlix, Hulu, and YouTube, it looks like TV is going to be making a quantum shift. The next big thing? TV freedom!

That’s right, it seems as though quite soon almost all, if not all TV channels will be available on the internet. Some may come in a package containing several stations. HBO just made the jump and you can purchase an internet subscription or get it through NetFlix. You can watch most any of your favorite prime time shows on the web too.

So, the next question is, who are going to be the big winners in this shift. Will NetFlix be the Wal-Mart of TV? Or maybe Amazon Prime, I mean they’ve already become the Wal-Mart of internet shopping. Will companies like NetFlix and Hulu rise to the occasion that they have taken a large part in creating?

In Bloomberg this week there’s an article about Snapchat’s new feature “Discover.” This is Snapchat’s first big attempt at monetizing the app that has over 100 million mainly 18-24 aged users. Discover features 11 channels including Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN, Food Network, and others that upload videos specifically for Snapchat’s user format. We will see how this new attempt compares with the YouTube, NetFlix, Hulu, and the Amazon Prime’s of the world. It’s going to be an interesting show to watch!


April 6 – April 12, 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek

“Why no one’s laughing at Snapchat anymore”

by Sarah Frier and Lucas Shaw



Watch out White Pages! Truecaller is an app that helps smartphone users manage contacts and screen calls. Truecaller’s crowd-sourced phone-book app lets people identify and block incoming calls or look up callers by name or number, as well as connect to and search social apps such as Yelp, Twitter, and Facebook. Truecaller connects to your contact list as well as 1.6 billion other contact lists, and other sources of information around the web, in order to find the phone number you are looking for.

What differentiates Truecaller from a normal phone book like Yellow or White Pages is that it also lists cell phone numbers, email addresses, and social networking addresses. It does this by searching your phone, along with the contact lists of all the other Truecaller users. It is a smart app which links database information to compare the numbers in your contact list with the numbers in other contact lists to find people with the name you are looking for that are related to people you already know; much the same way as Facebook’s “people you may know” list works.

Truecaller also allows users to mark numbers as spam callers, so in the future if one of these numbers calls you it will show on your screen as possible spam, and allow you to decide to ignore the call if you wish and block the number from calling in  the future.

All around this is a very useful app. At the moment, I believe a majority of Truecaller users are abroad, but as more people in the U.S. and abroad begin to download and use the app, there’s a real possibility that any and every number you’ll need in the future could be at your disposal in seconds.

By the way, if you don’t want just anyone accessing your info, you can simply change your settings to “by request” in which users must request your info, and you can then accept or deny the request at your discretion. So, hey, let me get them digits!


March, 23 – April 5, 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek

“A Little Black Book with 1.6 Billion Numbers”

edited by Jeff Muskus



If you updated your iPhone lately, you probably noticed the new app icon for the Apple Watch, set to release on 4-24-15. It will look like a tiny iPhone that you wear on your wrist, with lots of plastic, a digital screen, and will link to your other Apple products. This is great for Apple users, and for people who don’t mind looking like a nerd, but what if you like your accessories to bling?

Here come the Swiss! Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer said it will present a smartwatch later this year with Google Inc. and Intel Corp., becoming the largest luxury Swiss watch brand to reach for a share of this tech accessory market. “The smartwatch market will be big,” Biver said in an interview at Baselworld, the largest watch and jewelry trade fair. “We are not doing anything against Apple. We are trying to make a watch with our DNA.” Researcher Strategy Analytics forecasts 28.1 million smartwatches will be sold this year, almost matching the 28.6 million Swiss timepieces that were exported last year. Several other Swiss watch brands are adding electronic features including Swatch, Montblanc, Mondaine and Festina. Pricing will presumably be in the $1,500-5,000 range.

As smartwatches are a new product with a growing market, we can expect many other newcomers in the next couple of years. So, when you get your significant other that Rolex for their birthday, you may have to decide which service plan to go with. Oh, and what’s next, maybe the smart wedding ring?


TAG Heuer to Present Smartwatch With Intel, Google This Year

by Corinne Gretler in Basel at cgretler1@bloomberg.net; Stephen Pulvirent in Basel at spulvirent1@bloomberg.net

edited by Matthew Boyle at mboyle20@bloomberg.net Thomas Mulier



Being 16 years old with an automobile and a license to drive is possibly the greatest feeling of freedom that a teenager could experience. It’s the freedom of escape; to live, to search, to arrive, on your own, on your own terms and your own time. The automobile represents the American dream, the American way. It’s such an important, idealistic product that the President of the United States of America wouldn’t allow the American automobile industry to bankrupt. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve bought in. Everyone knows that computer technology is a fast-moving tool that is changing the world. It has moved into your work, into your home, into your pocket, and everywhere in between. So, as cars move into the future, what technologies will be behind the wheel?

Elon Musk and Tesla Motors are definitely trying to be on the forefront of this future. Tesla, with its headquarters located in Palo Alto, California, has hired over 150 former Apple employees. Tesla is manufacturing fully electric cars with touch screen everything. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, Tesla electric motor’s only moving piece is the rotor. As a result, it can create acceleration instantaneously, and the Model S can go from 0-60 in as little as 3.2 seconds without hesitation, and without a drop of gasoline. With two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, it digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels to maximize traction control in all conditions. Autopilot combines a forward looking camera, radar, and 360 degree sonar sensors with real time traffic updates to automatically drive the Model S on the open road and in dense stop and go traffic. You can change lanes with the tap of the turn signal. When you arrive at your destination, it will both detect a parking spot and automatically park itself. Standard equipment safety features are constantly monitoring stop signs, traffic signals and pedestrians, as well as for unintentional lane changes. Autopilot features are progressively enabled over time with software updates. The current software version is 6.1, adding traffic-aware cruise control, forward collision warning, and camera-enabled automatic high/low beam headlights.

With new vehicle production approaching 100 million per year and approximately 2 billion cars on the road around the world, and only a tiny percentage being electric, Musk decided to open-source the auto industry releasing all Tesla’s patents in order to create more competition. Horsepower is being programmed. Horsepower that feeds off of software updates and batteries. Horsepower that is controlled by your phone, by your voice. Horsepower that you can download from the internet. Tesla is planning on its competitive advantage to be employing the best engineers possible.

So, is the American gas powered machine going to be transformed into a hard drive on wheels? With all this computer technology being researched and developed, will we see a complete shift from driving our cars to being their passengers?


Tom Higgins’ and Dana Hull’s article “Want Elon Musk to Hire You at Tesla? Work for Apple” in Bloomberg Businessweek