Austin.com is a new type of publication that merges the very best of business journalism, viral web writing and hyper-local community news into a single cohesive product, updated at the speed of Austin. We exist to promote the things we love about our city.
The current design of Austin.com emerged from a collaborative partnership between Austin-based development house Marketing Clique and Proud Highway Media Group, the management company behind Austin.com. Marketing Clique handled the site’s coding and Q/A testing, and the site went live on July 2, 2014. Click here to read our relaunch announcement, or scroll down to the bottom of this page to send us a comment.
David J. Wieland, owner and publisher
Twitter handle: @DavidJWieland
David is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who lives in Chicago, but shares Austin.com’s passion for the Texas capital, and particularly its startup scene. He has exited two companies (Innflux and Powersurge) and currently serves as CEO of RIVS, and owner of iEstates, which administers Austin.com and thousands of other high-value web domains. As an active angel investor (www.angel.co/david-wieland), David co-founded the Notre Dame-affiliated IrishAngels and has personal investments in 40+ startups including Change.org, NoRedInk, Archive.ly, Ginkgotree, and Qoin. He also serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the University of Notre Dame, consulting ND entrepreneurs.
Stephen C. Webster, executive editor
Twitter handle: @StephenCWebster
Webster is the former senior editor of The Raw Story, one of the nation’s most popular progressive news websites, and the former web editor of The Dallas Business Journal. He’s spent the last 12 years working for newspapers, magazines, and websites. After moving to Austin in 2007 and interning with Austin Monthly, then going on to join Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and moving to Wisconsin for six months to work for The Progressive in 2013, Webster returned to central Texas in early 2014 to take the reins at Austin.com and turn it into something worthy of this great city. Webster’s company, Proud Highway Media Group, manages the site and its contributors.
Kevin Sullivan, senior editor
Twitter handle: @HeyImKevinSully
Kevin Sullivan, a life-long salesman and journalist, spent the last 15 years specializing in writing about technology and entertainment. Originally from Cincinatti, Kevin came to Austin in 2008 after editing the websites TheRugged.com and MyVideogames.com. Kevin is our resident “Dr. Who” expert and a frequent “Geeks Who Drink” trivia champion, in addition to his occasional work as a stand-up comedian.
Scott Braddock, politics editor
Twitter handle: @ScottBraddock
Scott is one-half of the powerhouse Texas political journal Quorum Report, and works alongside famed Texas writer Harvey Kronberg. He’s specialized in covering business and immigration issues around the state for the last 10 years, in addition to the high-stakes elections that can at times make Austin such an exciting place to live.
Daniel Webb, comedy and style editor
Twitter handle: @RuebenBoobies
Daniel got the whole world’s attention when he fist-bumped President Barack Obama from behind the register at Franklin BBQ and gave a shout out for gay rights, earning him a feature in The Austin Chronicle and more local notoriety than he knew what to do with. (He later explained that whole incident was supposed to be a gay joke about Rick Perry.) Now he writes for Austin.com as our comedy and style editor, which complements his other (non-restaurant) pursuits: Being fabulous on the local drag scene and hosting a queer comedy night at RAIN on Fourth Street.
Rebecca L. Bennett, photographer and outdoors editor
Twitter handle: @BraveBirdPhotos
Rebecca has always been good at two things: Telling stories and having adventures. She’s rooted in Austin, Texas, where she captains her business, Brave Bird Photography, and writes for PictureCorrect.com, Austin.com, and other kind folks who enjoy a few well-written sentences. She feels most at home in her hiking boots, and is pretty sure she’d likely survive a zombie apocalypse.
Jon Fortenbury, business and health editor
Twitter handle: @JonWrites
Jon is a contributor to The Atlantic, Forbes, and USA Today, in addition to covering startups and healthy living for Austin.com. He’s also probably the future husband of Zooey Deschanel, but she just hasn’t realized it yet.
Gina Stiglito, music editor
Gina is an Austinite, writer, and experienced music promoter. She is also the author of three books, and a member of The Authors Guild and The Professional Writers of Austin. She attended Columbia and Forham Universities in New York City and holds a B.A. in English and Journalism. Gina is currently the owner of Ginaraq PR, a public relations company dedicated to promoting artists and musicians in Austin and around the world. She became a member of The Recording Academy, Texas Chapter, in 2014.
Stephanie Anderson, culture and video editor
Stephanie loves shooting videos, particularly of comedians, and making art. She is, as they say, Very Austin.
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