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    Other Machine Co. Goes to the White House

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    Danielle Applestone, co-founder and CEO of Other Machine Co., demonstrated her company’s revolutionary products at the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire today.

    President Obama has proclaimed June 18, 2014 as National Day of Making saying, “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.” (from whitehouse.gov)

    Maker Faire White House

    Carol has served as business advisor to Applestone and the company which has raised $3 million in Series A funding for its 3D desktop cutter technology. A traditional 3D printer uses plastics, but Other Machine Co.’s cutters can use a much wider range of materials like metal or wood.

    Other Machine Co. Team

    Members of Other Machine Co.: (L-R) Top row: Mike Estee, Danielle Applestone, Forrest Green, Tom Cauchois, Sarah Tappon, Alana Yoel & Jonathan Ward. Bottom row: Sam Prest & Martine Neider. (Photo courtesy of Other Machine Co.)

    Thompson Honored by Leadership Austin

    Leadership Austin - 35 Years

    As it continues to celebrate its 35th yearLeadership Austin hosted its 13th Annual Best Party Ever on Friday, May 9th at the W Austin Hotel. Over 700 alumni and local leaders joined the celebration. 

    The event honored “three extraordinary leaders at the forefront of building a stronger community.” Carol was awarded the 2014 Exceptional Award for an Honorary Alumnus. Check out Carol’s award write-up and past recipients.
    Carol was joined by two other honorees:

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    Infographic: Why Everyone Is Moving to Austin

    A local company, Complete Web Resources, recently posted an infographic (see below) with impressive stats about Austin’s continuing boom.

    These statistics are the result of Austin’s “secret sauce.” If you’re interested in the recipe, get in touch.

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    Click above for the full-size infographic.

    Carol to Mentor at First-Ever Austin Business Journal BizWomen Mentoring Monday

    BizWomen Mentoring Monday

    Carol is excited to serve as a mentor in Austin Business Journal’s first BizWomen Mentoring Monday.

    The event will offer attendees the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching sessions for five minute conversations.

    ABJ Publisher Heather Ladage and Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner will speak before mentoring sessions begin.

    The Austin session of this nationwide event will be held at The Westin Austin at The Domain. Registration and more information about the agenda are available here.

    Carol is pictured at the Mentoring Monday event with Heather Ladage, publisher of the Austin Business Journal.

    Carol at the Mentoring Monday event with Heather Ladage, publisher of the Austin Business Journal.

    Austin: A City With Soul SXSW Panel

    Many thanks to my co-panelists (listed below) and everyone who attended our panel on the final day of SXSW Interactive 2014 at the Austin Chamber offices right in the heart of the festival downtown.

    Serendipity, coincidence, diversity, entrepreneurial, paradox, acceptance, organic, hippy, neighborly. All were used by the panel and audience in an attempt to pinpoint the essence of Austin’s magic. The role of government, business, academia and ordinary citizens also garnered a large amount of discussion.

    news release from the City included this quote:

    “Why do Austinites love Austin? Our sense of community, passion for innovation, love of music and musicians, concern for protecting our natural environment and pride in Texas tradition and history — that’s for starters,” said panelist Thompson, former chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. “Where else is being weird cool?”

    At the end of the hour there was an undeniable sense that this conversation is too critical to Austin’s future not to involve as many of its citizens as possible.

    Two City of Austin staff and Council Member Chris Riley were in attendance. They announced a new meetup that aims to help put the City’s plan 30-year plan, ImagineAustin, into action. Carol plans on being at the first meeting to help further conversations started at the panel.

    Community Impact’s write up includes additional coverage and quotes from the session.

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    Panelists (pictured from left to right):

    Young Women’s Alliance Holiday Party Marks 20 Years

    Austin’s Young Women’s Alliance celebrated its twentieth anniversary this evening during its annual Holiday Party hosted at Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

    Carol celebrates the holidays and YWA's twentieth anniversary at Austin's Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    Carol celebrates the holidays and YWA’s twentieth anniversary at Austin’s Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    Carol to Speak at SXSW Interactive in March 2014

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    SXSW Interactive 2014 has announced that Carol will be speaking as part of a panel entitled Austin, Texas: A City with Soul.

    The panel will also feature John Arrow, Founder/Chairman of the Board and Jeff  Genung, VP Strategic Partnerships, both of Mutual Mobile.

    The session will focus on some key questions:

    • What makes Austin such a desirable place to visit, live and work and a perfect place for a diverse conference such as SXSW?
    • What are some of the most important things that people should know about the essence of Austin?
    • How is the flood of new influences entering into the city affecting Austin’s culture?
    • Why do so many people find the spirit and soul of this city so precious and worth preserving?

    The session will take place Tuesday, March 11 5:00PM – 6:00PM at the Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices, 500 E 4th Street.

    Young Women’s Alliance Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    ywa-logo-20thToday the Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) announced a new look and blog series to celebrate its 20th year anniversary.

    Carol was integral to the founding of this dynamic Austin organization. From the YWA’s history page:

    The Young Women’s Alliance was established in 1993, when 20 young professional women gathered in the home of Carol Thompson, a leading Austin businesswoman, to network and trade business tactics and information. The group called itself Win2 for “Win/Win” situation and began meeting regularly to discuss business, politics, city relations and future plans.

    Congratulations, YWA. Here’s to your next twenty years of success!

    Austin Adds International Flight to London


    Carol is a member of Austin Chamber’s Air Service Task Force. Today the committee is excited to announce British Airways will begin non-stop flights from Austin to London in 2014.

    In her work with the committee, Carol made visits to key Austin companies that travel internationally. British Airways VP Alan Eley has stated that Austin’s Formula One (F1) events were a factor in the company’s decision to bring non-stop service to the city. Carol also serves on the F1 Host Committee.

    Direct-flight access to Europe is an obvious benefit for Central Texas companies and citizens, but Sean Doyle, British Airways EVP Americas, also reminds us that “…Austin is home to some of the most important global cultural events.”

    Austin’s Alexa Lange Wesner Confirmed as US Ambassador to Austria

    wesner-confirmationOn July 30th Alexa Lange Wesner of Austin was confirmed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Austria.

    Carol (left) shown with former business partners Ambassador Wesner and Bev Vandergrift

    Carol (left) pictured at the send-off celebration with former business partners Ambassador Wesner and Bev Vandergrift

    Friends and colleagues gathered in downtown Austin this week for a send-off celebration honoring Ambassador Wesner and her family.