When culture counts: Austin's growing tech companies weigh in on local favorites

Colin Morris

This Thursday night, we’re getting 10 of Austin’s rapidly growing tech companies together to give you a chance to get to know them over a few drinks. (Interested? Here’s where to register for free.)

But those things can be so awkward. Do you bring a resume? What do you wear? How do you break the ice?

We’ve got you covered, at least for that last bit. We sent a survey to each host company to find out where their teams and recruiters come down on the important issues of the day: BBQ or tacos? Shiner or Lone Star? Stubbs or the White Horse?

Read on to see how they answered.

12 OnPrem employees answered our survey. Here’s how they voted.

Favorite food truck: Way South Philly was the only response with multiple votes. Other entries included Le Barbeque, Veracruz, East Side King and Peublo Viejo.

Greenbelt or Pedernales Falls? OnPrem chose Greenbelt by a margin of 2:1.

Continental Room, Stubbs or the White Horse? Stubbs. Only a handful of OnPrem employees pledged allegiance to The White Horse, and just one respondent prefers Continental Room.

Favorite summer festival: No consensus here. You can find OnPrem employees at ACL fest, Fun Fun Fun, Levitation, Float Fest and more.

Bike race or run? The OnPrem team came down in favor of a foot race, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a running buddy here.

Lake Travis or Lake Austin? No contest here. Lake Travis dominated.

BBQ or tacos? BBQ beat tacos 2:1.

Electric or acoustic guitar? Acoustic eked out a lead by two votes.

Shiner or Lone Star? Shiner was the clear winner here. Only one vote for Lone Star.

 

 

Answers from Recruiter Nate Ollestad (pictured below)

Favorite food truck: Tough call. I would say Chi’lantro, or Ms P’s.

Greenbelt or Pedernales Falls? Pedernales Falls!

Continental Room, Stubbs or the White Horse? Indifferent. (Don’t hold this pick against me!)

Favorite summer festival: ACL fest

Bike race or run? Bike race for sure!!! Running sucks ;-)

Lake Travis or Lake Austin? Lake Austin.

BBQ or tacos? Tacos for sure!

Electric or acoustic guitar? Acoustic

Violet Crown or Alamo Drafthouse? Alamo

Shiner or Lone Star? Tough call….but I'm going against the hipsters here and saying Shiner!

 


Here’s how Talent Acquisition Specialist Casey Wilson (pictured below) answered our important questions.

Favorite food truck: Jack Hates Coffee

Greenbelt or Pedernales Falls? Greenbelt

Continental Room, Stubbs or the White Horse? Stubbs

Favorite summer festival: ACL fest, even though it’s in the fall

Bike race or run? Bike Race

Lake Travis or Lake Austin? Town Lake

BBQ or tacos? Tacos

Electric or acoustic guitar? Acoustic

Violet Crown or Alamo Drafthouse? Alamo Drafthouse

Shiner or Lone Star? Shiner

 

 

LegalZoom invoked the Fifth Amendment and declined to answer our survey, but they did send us this sweet video:

 

 

We got answers from Talent Brand Manager Tiffany Lee, Software Development Manager Scott Diedrick and Supplier Marketing Senior Manager Sophie Mann (pictured below).

Favorite food truck: Veracruz All Natural, Gordoughs and another vote for Chi’lantro.

Greenbelt or Pedernales Falls? Greenbelt beat Pedernales Falls. Sorry, Tiffany.

Continental Room, Stubbs or the White Horse? The HomeAway team was divided, submitting one vote for each option here.

Favorite summer festival: Scott favors the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, while Tiffany professed her love for the Ice Cream Festival. Sophie’s pick: Pecan Street.

Bike race or run? Unanimous: Run.

Lake Travis or Lake Austin? Lake Travis beat Lake Austin. Sorry, Scott.

BBQ or tacos: One vote for each, plus Tiffany tried to cheat by picking both.

Electric or acoustic guitar? Ladies’ choice: Acoustic.

Violet Crown or Alamo Drafthouse? Drafthouse rules.

Shiner or Lone Star? Shiner, two to one.

 

 

 

 

We interviewed two Mattersight employees who don’t agree on much except beer, loud guitars and the outdoors.

Favorite food truck: Torchy’s and Way South Philly Authentic Cheese Steaks

Greenbelt or Pedernales Falls? Greenbelt

Continental Room, Stubbs or the White Horse? Split between Stubbs and Continental

Favorite summer festival: The Limestoner climbing contest and CTM fundraiser, and the Texas German Bier and Kase Festival.

Bike race or run? Another split.

Lake Travis or Lake Austin? Lake Travis

BBQ or tacos? Another split.

Electric or acoustic guitar? Two in two Mattersight employees agree: Electric.

Violet Crown or Alamo Drafthouse? Split!

Shiner or Lone Star? Unanimous: Shiner.

 

 

The company’s Austin office voted on these, so if you get a job there, expect this to be consensus:

Favorite food truck: Chi’lantro

Greenbelt or Pedernales Falls? Greenbelt

Continental Room, Stubbs or the White Horse? Stubbs

Favorite summer festival: Food and Wine

Bike race or run? Run

Lake Travis or Lake Austin? Lake Austin

BBQ or tacos? Tacos

Electric or acoustic guitar? Acoustic

Violet Crown or Alamo Drafthouse? Alamo Drafthouse

Shiner or Lone Star? Shiner

 


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