Move to Austin
That’s it. Just do it. Yes, I know… I understand… Stop thinking about excuses for no and start thinking about reasons for Yes.
It’s a really cool place. There is hip happening stuff going in the .NET, Java, Ruby, and Python spaces (among many others). The weather is awesome. We’re going to have several ALT.NET-type events a year. Thriving .NET user group, on and on.
My wife said I’m crazy for wanting to saturate the market down here with high-end .NET folks and limit my hiring opportunities. I see it the other way around. The more strong people we have here, the more companies will be compelled to start development in Austin. We won’t have too many fish in the pond because the pond will be constantly growing!
In fact, I’m talking with a company that’s based out on the East coast and they’re having problems putting together a team out there and they’re debating about whether they should start a team here in Austin. Already it’s starting to happen. Critical mass is brewing. Are you going to be a part of the Next Big Thing(tm)?
 Town Lake portion of the Colorado River, courtesy City of Austin
 Music lovers gather for the annual Austin City Limits Musical Festival, one of the reasons Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Photo by Victor Ovalle, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department
 Live Music, © 2002 City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department