...for Texas, specifically, Austin, Texas. Either Austin or the Bay Area. Seems like a certainty that within the next 6 months, I could be leaving for either.
The reason for it is because the last couple of months, a friend of mine who has relocated to Austin and I are planning on launching a startup and pretty much the decision on where to go (Austin or San Jose) depends on who's funding us. If our investors are based in Austin, we're likely to be located in Austin and the same holds true for Silicon Valley.
I've always thought the likelihood would be me relocating to Norcal, but I found out yesterday that my friend is giving first crack at the Austin-based investors because he likes it down there and the cost of living in Austin is dramatically less than up north. All investors like the idea and I think by the end of the month, we'll get a good picture of where we're going.
I guess I'm posting this because I know I've been gung-ho on going wherever we're setting shop, including Austin, and am frankly excited about it. However, thinking it over the last couple of days, I'm realizing this is a big step for me and I suppose I'm not sure what to expect, leaving friends and family and all. I probably should've gotten used to it seeing how I've spent a few summers in my childhood away from home and studying abroad in France, but this feels different and I don't know why, I suppose it's feeling like this is more permanent. If I moved to the Bay Area, I know I'd feel more relieved for some reason. I suppose it has to do with having family there too and that I'm at least I'm in my home state.
I know I'm going to Austin 110% if we're funded there and so I'm not going to have cold feet. My friend and a few others said I'd love Austin. However, I could use some tips/advice on moving like this, anything at all really.