Jay Manickam

BY ERIN GORDON — Come Labor Day weekend, you’ll find Jay Manickam at Burning Man, riding across the Nevada desert in cars that look straight out of a Mad Max movie and watching a 69-foot wooden statue ignite in flames with 70,000 other festivalgoers. But until then, you can find him in his Austin offices,…

Eric Highland & Brittany Highland

BY KATIE WALSH — Like so many startups before them, The Austinot was born on a living room floor. Husband and wife team Eric and Brittany Highland were anticipating a move from Seattle to Austin and wanted a way to connect to their new home. So in late 2011, the couple launched a blog and…

John Garrett

BY RYAN FRANK — Community Impact Newspaper is bucking the trends of today’s media landscape. In a world where most newspapers are still struggling to adapt to digital publishing, Community Impact is putting out a physical product — and the hyper-local newspaper seems to be succeeding. Before launching Community Impact in 2005, founder John Garrett…

Nicholas White

BY SYDNEY MAHL — Nicholas White is not your typical entrepreneur. He doesn’t claim the ability to predict future business trends, but instead believes in dumb luck — the kind of luck that got him promoted to web editor at his former paper while throwing up in front of his boss after a night out….

Cameron Gibson

BY JENNA KHAKOO — If anyone is under the impression that music journalism is struggling, Cameron Gibson is here to rock their world. As co-founder and CEO of the music news app JamFeed, Gibson has provided thousands of music fans across the world with a new way to stay connected to their favorite artists and…

Jane Ko

BY SHANNON SMITH — If you asked 8-year-old Jane what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would’ve said librarian. If you asked 20-year-old Jane what she wanted to be, she would’ve said dietician. Ask 27-year-old Jane what she sees herself doing in five years, and she’ll tell you she has no idea….