Andrew Tull has been a staple in the Business Development and Start-up/ Entrepreneurship community for over a decade now. He specializes in technology solutions and focuses on integrating strategic business plans for sustainable company growth. He currently works for Tailwind Business Ventures where he helps to provide end-to-end technology solutions to real- world business challenges. Before partnering with Tailwind, Andrew served in a variety of director and executive positions for companies such as, Switch Inc., Pragma Systems Inc., and more.
KG: What do you think are the biggest changes most impacting the tech industry in Austin?
Andrew Tull: An inability to attract, find and keep quality folks in key roles, most particularly product management, product delivery, and technical architecture and development roles.
KG: Where do you see the tech/startup industry in Austin headed 10 years from now?
Andrew Tull: I believe we will see a continued intersection of larger companies (Apple, Indeed, Facebook, Google) on the tech side. These companies will combine with a number of the key incubators (too many to enumerate) in town to drive forward an ‘Austin 3.0’ that will lead to a new wave of investing, as well as new industries coming to town. When you combine these tech companies and incubators with the massive growth engine that is US Army Futures Command, and the multi-decade significant impact that this group will be having, it speaks to a very bright future for the tech/startup industry in Austin.
KG: Who or what are you “rooting” for in the tech industry right now?
Andrew Tull: No specific companies – our team is focused on helping custom software development with a number of key industry players currently in Austin. I’ll continue to root for continued and sustained growth in a new and diverse set of industries and market verticals.
KG: How do you most like to stay up to date on tech trends?
Andrew Tull: I’m blessed to be part of a number of startups, incubators, angel funds, and other groups that keep me up to date with the new tech trends happening in and around Austin.
KG: When you’re not in the office, what can we find you doing?
Andrew Tull: Spending time with my amazing family, running or volunteering with Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR).
KG: What’s the best piece of personal and/or professional advice you’ve been given?
Andrew Tull: Always, always, *always* lead with ‘how may I help you’?