About Us

Austin Startup Meetup is a platform for entrepreneurs and startups in the Austin (and the larger Texas) ecosystem to connect, share their knowledge and experiences, wins and losses, and collaborate, support, and learn from each other to build great companies.

We are a community of over 6000 founders, advisors, mentors, experts, investors, and enthusiasts coming from diverse backgrounds, bringing with us a wide spectrum of perspectives, experience, and industry expertise. Since 2017, we had over 80 events that included expert talks, pitches, startup show-cases, mentor/advisor/investor office hours and networking events, attended by more than 5000 members.

We meet monthly, and organize a variety of events covering varius topics of interest to founders, like fund-raising, growth, user acquisition, startup law, patents and IP, sales, marketing, etc. We believe that knowledge and expertise should be easily accessible, so our events are, and will always be free. To know more information about our sessions, and connect with us, use the links below.

  • Our monthly event schedule is published at https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Startup-Meetup/. You can view and RSVP to our events there.
  • If you want to present, submit your request here.
  • To continue conversations beyond the events with the other members, join our Slack group here.


Suman Poluri has over 20 years of experience architecting and building mission-critical and scalable applications across various domains, technologies, and platforms. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and has previously led engineering teams in India and in the US.

He had previously launched and run a social commerce marketplace, and has been involved in tech startups for the better part of the last decade. He had co-founded and was instrumental in architecting & developing the products and integrations at FunnelAI, a VC backed B2B SaaS company, that was acquired by SocialMiningAi. He currently leads the product and engineering efforts at EngagedAi.