Why Austin is becoming a hub for transportation industry

One of the things that makes Austin fertile ground for transportation companies and startups to flourish is the Central time zone. 

That was one of the takeaways from a panel of transportation industry executives during this week’s South by Southwest festivals in Austin.

“This might not be the sexiest thing to hear, but time zones matter. Austin is in a phenomenal time zone when you need to connect with Europe, with the East Coast and with the West Coast. … These kinds of practical matters become really important when you think about where you’re based,” said Michelle Avary, vice president