Dell's (Fortune 500) home town, dubbed Silicon Gulch, has been a hotbed of tech startups for a couple of decades now, a trend accelerated over the past five years by the annual South By Southwest conference that draws entrepreneurs and investors from all over the world. "There is definitely a boomlet going on in Austin," observes Silver. "It's a great place for startups to get visibility." And for techies to get jobs: Listings on Dice are up 16% over this time last year. ,
Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov is looking for backers for the world's first immortality research center.