Austin isn't just the 'blue dot at the center of a red state' anymore, we are growing up - and out - by building on our strong economic backbone. According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, Texas employment in the computer engineering and systems design sector is up between 6 and 9 percent. The article continues to state that Austin 'boasts one of the strongest job markets in the country, according to Wells Fargo'. Who are these creative minds? Which startups are driving this hybrid into economic recovery?
Meet Tyson Ferguson and Jordan Patapoff, Texas natives and the powerhouse progressives behind software startup, Clyp. Tyson and Jordan are both graduates of the University of Texas and currently work fulltime for Austin-based shipping mogul, uShip. These founders, new to Austin and the culture that so uniquely defines this city, fostered a friendship with a shared interest in music and technology development.
From your hometown to Austin, what cultural differences (in your mind) are most prominent?
T: I come from suburbia, so one of the main differences between Austin and my hometown is that [Austin has] culture at all. Out in the ‘burbs we just had chain restaurants and malls...not to mention the plethora of smart, technology-minded people roaming the city.
J: There’s less yuppie scum in Austin.
It is Thursday evening in Austin, where are you?
T: Chances are I’m at home working on Clyp...starting your own company is difficult, but [it is] even [harder] when you already have a full-time day job. This quote comes to mind: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful .”
J: Writing code for Clyp, at home.
This duo has developed an idea and transformed its inception into a highly successful, and marketable platform. Clyp fills the deficit between standard sound bites and studio production while streamlining the delivery and placing it into the hands of any average American. Imagine this: you are sitting in a lecture - or meeting - and you want to record the dialogue for use at a later date. With Clyp, you can do just that and you can upload the audio file to Clyp's network to share with your friends - anonymously. Better than anonymity and user ease, the application (and website portal) are completely free, users don't even need to create an account to sample the software.
Where do you see Clyp trending? What, or who, will be the most popular demographic?
J: We’re great for musicians. We’re the go-to for uploading a “Work In Progress” - the rough content that’s not quite ready for prime time. I also see Clyp fulfilling a role in social networking - I think people will eventually get bored of text (Tweets). Audio can provide so much more emotion and context into a situation; I think it’s only a matter of time before people start to make the shift.
From the website build in November of 2012, over 3.5 million people have used Clyp. Popular websites, such as Reddit, have adopted the technology into their own infrastructure. The mp3 file that Clyp creates is smaller, and more manageable than a .wav or .aif file - this makes sharing and uploading more effective and convenient. The real-time application availability allows your recorded soundbite to be viewed instantly!
After the Android launch, what is next for Clyp?
T: We’ve got some big things in store for 2014. So far we’ve launched an iOS app, the ability to record something directly from our homepage, and [we] will soon launch the Android app.
J: We have a lot of great concepts we’re talking about right now. My favorite [idea] is adding the ability to upload a photo with your audio file.
There is plenty of room for Clyp to expand, and Austin is the perfect birthplace for technology startups. The tech industry fills a sizable portion of the Texas workforce; whether the company is an internet conglomerate (such as Google), or a small mom-and-pop, our economy is benefiting from these innovative thinkers. Tyson Ferguson and Jordan Patapoff have identified a new market need for sound with immediate availability to consumers - Clyp is on the move and the only direction they are heading is up.
Clyp is currently entered in a competition through CoshX. With your VOTE, the application could win the startup challenge and 50k toward development. Cast your nomination here. You can also follow Clyp on Facebook and Twitter.
© Lindsay Watson