About Austin Bristow…

My name is Austin and I am a husband to Caitlin and dad to Gus and Ruthie. I was born and raised in the Hoosier state, graduated with a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University and have called North Carolina home for the last four years. Thus far, my professional career has been spent in various sales and marketing roles for a small beverage company where I currently manage our national sales insights (think “”spreadsheets””…lots of them!).

With all of the time I spend at my computer, you can typically find me out running whenever I get a chance and/or mixing up my own cold brew coffee to keep up with my little ones. I love to talk small business and entrepreneurship and am passionate about helping people find a greater sense of personal freedom through my blogging and public speaking efforts. I have also helped my wife manage her own creative small business out of our home for the last five years, which has provided a ton of learning opportunities for both of us.

While not typically an advocate of bribery, Duck Donuts and/or fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies have been known to influence my decision making…


Learn more about Austin’s Talk…

Title: To Do or Not To Do
Description: My talk illustrates two different charts to “weigh” our actions on. By plotting our everyday activities, we can get a sense of whether we’re pursuing things for the short-term sensation or the long-term implication.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? A framework for making decisions based on their personal priorities, not necessarily an immediate impulse.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? Taking time to analyze if they do something because it is fun/productive or because it is disciplined/freeing.


Learn more about Austin…

Where is your hometown? Muncie, IN
What are your hobbies? Running, playing guitar, crafting my own cold-brew coffee and getting outside with my family
What are you passionate about? My faith, my family, good chocolate chip cookies and encouraging personal growth through public speaking
What is the best compliment you’ve received? “I’m so proud of you” – my grandpa
What do you want to be remembered for? Loving my wife and my family in a way that makes others take notice.
How do you push the boundaries? By asking meaningful, sometimes difficult, questions to get to the root of a situation
What does your happy place look like? A cabin by a lake at the foothills of a mountain range so I can go water skiing, running or play outside with my kids on a moment’s notice. Also, a kindle unlimited subscription (with time to actually read) and an endless supply of my favorite cold brew coffee. Oh, and no humidity…
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? I passed the written exam and soloed an airplane in high school but never followed through on getting my pilot’s license


Thoughts on Charlotte

What part of town do you live in? Huntersville
What draws you to Charlotte? The community! Everything from the welcoming people to the vibrant small business scene.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? I see Charlotte having a boom of small business success fueled by the community found in its co-working spaces. I also think it will become a top destination for culinary enthusiasts thanks to the amazing restaurants and breweries that continue to make their home here.


Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Otters. They’ll capitalize on their unassuming docility and take us all by surprise.