In order to highlight Austin Tech Alliance’s growing membership of individuals who support our mission to promote civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector, this is a regular feature profiling members of ATA.
Up now: Kyle Hoskins.
Introduce yourself and where you work in Austin’s tech sector.
I’ve spent my entire professional career in Austin transitioning from startup (Lombardi Software), to enterprise (IBM), to partnership (Apex Process Consultants) all within the same space. At Apex, we work to digitize processes, transform legacy systems, and automate pain points businesses face with their technology.
Additionally, a few years ago I was lucky enough to find myself in the middle of a real-life crash course in Austin politics and its interaction with the tech sector after founding a non-profit RideCares dedicated to enabling ridesharing/splitting drivers to pledge a portion of their tips to causes they’re passionate about.
What do you love about Austin?
I love Austin because it’s a small, welcoming town in a big city. It’s easy to get involved, and even easier to enjoy the green spaces and lake right in the middle of the action.
What do you think are the community’s biggest challenges?
Growth and change. By many standards, those are good problems to have. However, with growth comes unintended consequences including affordability, cultural change, and of course, traffic.
Why is it important for the tech community to become more civically engaged?
I believe it’s important to activate the tech community civically because it consists of many creative, future-focused problem solvers who have a wealth of knowledge and talent to contribute.
Moreover, it’s important to drive involvement because the tech community can have a tendency to become its own bubble. Civic engagement helps open eyes to the problems facing other members of the community that generally aren’t obvious in the day-to-day of a tech employee.