Austin, TX is one of the fastest growing cities in America, with an estimated 110 people moving there every day . And it’s no wonder—the city has great food, bar, and music scenes, plenty of beautiful outdoor space, friendly, welcoming people, and almost no winter to speak of.
Oh, and it’s a quickly growing tech hub, which means good news for all the people moving there—there are plenty of exciting jobs opening up every day.
We’ve collected 10 of our favorite Austin companies below that are looking to grow their teams, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you’re a die-hard Austinite or are considering making the move, rest assured that there’s a match for you!
HomeAway is a vacation rental marketplace, offering renters a chance to make their vacations memorable—and much more affordable than traditional hotel stays. With an extensive selection of over one million listings, HomeAway’s portfolio includes leading vacation rental websites from countries around the world—including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, and Australia.
Determined to turn naysaying hotel stayers into enthusiastic and exclusive HomeAway home renters, the company recently opened its new office in The Domain—a popular shopping complex in Austin—to convert the masses. HomeAway encourages its employees to rethink the tried-and-true as they inspire people to make the most of travel with the help of its services.
A rising-star company masterminded by Millennial creatives, Distractify publishes attention-grabbing stories on culture, lifestyle, human insight, and current events happening around the world. Entering the competitive viral web scene in 2013, Distractify has made a notable name for itself, becoming one of the fastest growing startups in Austin and a top website for social sharing.
Working at the Distractify office requires a healthy sense of humor. As a company dedicated to lightening up the daily grind, its collaborative meetings are filled with awesome laugh-out-loud moments as employees playfully poke fun at one another and at Distractify’s hilarious content.
Spredfast’s team of innovators, thinkers, and success-makers are focused on connecting brands with consumer communities in an increasingly social world. By building creative, personalized platforms, Spredfast helps clients use social media in innovative and unique ways—allowing companies to do things they were never able to do before. And by offering deeper data insights, Spredfast allows customers to reach bigger audiences—and ultimately keep consumers happier.
For more than 400 people, Spredfast is much more than just a job: It’s a possibility to create something they each care deeply about. The social industry provides Spredfast employees with endless opportunities to define new technology, and the office offers them the environment and atmosphere to flourish among family—creating career paths that lasts a lifetime.
Rocksauce specializes in designing and developing distinctive, beautiful, amazing mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. By listening carefully to the particular needs of each individual client, Rocksauce is able to put a new spin on existing software or build completely new and personalized platforms—covering every aspect of both budding and established brands.
According to employees, in the Rocksauce office, there’s no shortage of diversity among team members. From interests like anime and Star Wars to shared dietary preferences and food obsessions, Rocksauce staffers have a plethora of commonalities—but also aren’t ashamed to show their differences because each person is accepted and appreciated for who they are.
Plus, “Who doesn’t like an office full of puppies?” adds Ashley Landavazo, Operations and Office Manager.
“It’s our mission to make data useable, accessible, and meaningful to our users.” explains Lila Hickey, a web designer.
Continuum Analytics builds and supports tools and technologies that engage communities and collect information, providing analysts with a better medium to communicate their decisions and focus their stakeholders on the details that matter most.
At Continuum, employees get extremely excited about the interesting and diverse issues they spend their days working to solve. Continuum encourages employees to dig deep in order to find new and innovative ways to tackle tasks, and it works hard to build a team of intelligent folks from varying backgrounds who are able to offer a myriad of different perspectives to the problems at hand.
OwnLocal is the digital ad agency for local media. OwnLocal seeks to help traditional media companies, such as local newspapers, stay alive in the digital age by enabling them to offer sophisticated digital advertising to their small business partners.
OwnLocal has the best office space in Austin—right in the center of the startup scene—with 360 degree views of downtown. One of the office’s biggest benefits? It offers free catered lunches daily from local restaurants. Other perks include free Starbucks, an onsite gym, unlimited vacation, and flexible hours, just to name a few.
“OwnLocal is that rare company that cares as much about the happiness and success of its employees as its own success. That’s the right way to do it,” says Joe Marty, a senior engineer.
Mutual Mobile is a one-stop-shop for designing and developing mobile apps and products for companies—ultimately helping to create a more connected world. The company creates user-centered, best-in class teams of passionate people who actively collaborate with clients to create products that drive value to businesses and people, while pushing technology boundaries.
Mutual Mobile employees report loving to work for an innovative mobile technology company—and the added bonus of getting to live and play in “the Silicon Valley of the South.”
“Mutual Mobile and Austin have the best of both worlds: a really dense talent pool and super talented, very passionate people,” says Jen Quinlan, VP of Marketing and Innovation. And the music and food scene doesn’t hurt, either.
On a mission to shape entrepreneurs into industry-leading business owners since 2013, Amazing.com offers an expansive range of results-driven courses for startups and well-established brands.
Whether entrepreneurial enthusiasts want to create a money-making app, turbo boost an existing online business, become a tech-savvy seller on Amazon.com, or become an advertising pro, Amazing.com has the advanced e-learning courses, first-class tools, and technical talent they need to turn those dreams into realities. With a wealth of training categories to further e-commerce education, Amazing.com is helping people change their lives and gain financial freedom.
“Amazing.com is a company that empowers people through entrepreneurship—by helping them reach their potential,” shares Melissa Tothero, Director of E-learning.
Founded in 1987, the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival has rapidly grown into an annual series of conferences and events featuring new music, film, and interactive media—one of the largest and most prestigious in the world.
SXSW wouldn't be where it is today without its loyal volunteers. In fact, the majority of SXSW’s employees started out as volunteers and seasonal workers. To make the most of their SXSW experience, volunteers and interns are encouraged to take an active role in finding and tackling work that needs to be done and creating their own unique places within the SXSW community.
“If we see a need, we go after it, we get it done, and we’re given freedom to do those things,” says Amy Wanke, Sales Manager.
Bigcommerce was founded in 2009 to provide small businesses with access to software resources previously available only to larger companies. Four years later, Bigcommerce’s platform is providing growing retailers with the tools to launch, promote, manage, and scale an online store.
With offices in Sydney, Austin, and San Francisco, the team has grown into a full force of like-minded people that supports over 60,000 clients and has processed more than $4 billion in merchants’ sales.
“I would wish for everyone to have a chance to work at a company like Bigcommerce—where you have a great product that makes a difference, and you work with a smart, passionate, dedicated team,” says the company’s CMO Meg Murphy.
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TopicsJob Search , Austin , Company Profiles , Finding a Job , Who's Hiring , OwnLocal , Mutual Mobile , Bigcommerce , SXSW , HomeAway , Rocksauce , Distractify , Continuum Analytics , Amazing.com , Spredfast
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