Damon Clinkscales is the Engineering Manager in Technical Solutions at Spredfast. He's also the founder of Kismet Labs, a product development firm. Since 2005, he founded and cultivated Austin on Rails, Austin Open Coffee Club (entrepreneurs and investors meet over coffee), and Cafe Bedouins (a weekly hack night). He serves as a mentor to Techstars Austin (👊) and Longhorn Startup Lab, a program designed to encourage student entrepreneurship at the University of Texas. He helped launch FounderDating in Austin by serving as Managing Director for 2012-2014. In 2017, Damon took over as Chapter Director of Startup Grind Austin, which is part of a global entrepreneurial community, originating in Silicon Valley. Damon loves to help others along their path by sharing what he's learned, making connections, and building community.