Two links of interest from Austin, Texas - a place that just doesn't look or act like Pittsburgh, but that is full of interesting people and a lot of great music.
"Learning from the Town of Steel," a blog post from back in May about some great not-for-profit resources and organizations that Pittsburgh has - and that Austin envies. Not all of the observations hit equally close to the mark, but it is always interesting to reflect on our assets from the perspective of a true outsider.
"Capital Factory," an Austin-based start-up accelerator (thanks for the link, Jia) that's interesting because of the free stuff that gets offered to portfolio companies:
Free basic IT infrastructure for email, website set up and hosted on Google AppsQuibble with the details ("there's no such thing as a free lunch"), but on the whole this represents an impressive amount of partnering with local professional services firms, and an impressive amount of investment on their part in local entrepreneurs.
Free office space at Tech Ranch Austin or co-working space at Conjunctured
$1,500 in free hosting from Rackspace, Mosso, Slicehost, and JungleDisk
Free company formation and legal documents by Wilson Sonsini
Free brand development and logo (if needed) by Clutch Creative
Free help with your financial plan from vcfo and The Accounting Group
Free banking from Square One Bank
Free recruiting support by American Workforce
Free press support from Porter Novelli
Free presentation training
Free software from Microsoft BizSpark
Is there any comparable program for entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh -- one that offers free stuff, especially free, top-drawer legal advice, as part of the deal? None comes to mind, but maybe I've missed something.