2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Austin As Global Entrepreneur Landing Pad

#sxsw #ATXLanding

US market entry can be difficult for all entrepreneurs, both for US citizens, and more so for international entrepreneurs. In this panel you will hear the stories of four entrepreneurs that chose to enter the US market through Austin, eschewing the traditionalist idea to enter in Silicon Valley. Why did they choose to come to Austin versus Silicon Valley? What has made their entry into the US market easier? What are the issues that they have come up against and how did they overcome these issues? Entrepreneurs from Ireland, India, Korea, and Spain, will speak and other Tech Ranch Austin entrepreneurs from Mexico, Chile, Indonesia, and Brazil will be available after the panel to talk about their lessons learned. Kevin Koym, Founder of TechRanch, will moderate this panel, using the insight he has developed in launching startups in US, Mexico, and Chile.



Jae Lee


Movable Ads LLC

Jae is the founder of Movable Ads, an Austin start-up that focuses on creating mobile first user experience through the use of mobile and wearable technology. By delivering personalized messages, Movable Ads empower consumers to engage in a real-time conversation which leads to a more intimate connection with brands and products.

As a software engineer and advocate, he currently contributes to the Austin tech community by hosting a local meetup on mobile app development. Prior, Jae has lived in Tunis Tunisia where he served as a volunteer lecturer for 2 years at a local university teaching web programming. Most recently he was a software engineer at Cheil Worldwide Inc's Global Digital Platform Team.


Jerry Tian




Kevin Koym


Tech Ranch Austin

Founder of @techranch Entrepreneur. Helping early stage tech entrepreneurs accelerate their ventures to success.

Ricardo Jimenez



Ricardo is the Co-Founder of Plushkies, an Austin start-up that raises and connects global children through plush toys in the shape of countries. Plushkies are the “World Friends”, each of them having their own name and a story, and are the best way to inspire kids to learn about the world from their own point of view of play, education, and imagination. Ricardo lives his brand. Aside from living in Spain, where he is from, he has lived in Indonesia, England and different cities in the US. He has also visited 45 countries and seen the 7 Wonders of the World. Ricardo also has an MBA from Duke and 8 years of professional experience working in 3 different companies in 3 different continents in marketing operations, digital optimization and international commerce.

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