Welcome!

IBM Cloud Authors: Aruna Ravichandran, Anders Wallgren, SmartBear Blog, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Texas Got It Right! By Sam Wyly and Andrew Wyly, Foreword by Walter Isaacson

Sam and Andrew Wyly Reveal in Their New Book Why the Lone Star State is an Economic Powerhouse, a Jobs Leader and the Number One Place to Move in the U.S.

DALLAS, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A rodeo bull rider once said, "It ain't bragging if it's true."  Well-known companies such as In-N-Out Burger, Trader Joe's, Apple and Google are expanding their presence or moving their headquarters to Texas.  Over the past 10 years, 850,000 Americans have migrated to Texas, in stark contrast to the 1.5 million who have fled California.  Home to the fastest growing cities in the U.S., Texas is an entrepreneurial mecca boasting the quickest growing technology sector and the largest independent music festival in the world. Texas stereotypes aside, the state has evolved from its Wild West roots to today's thriving economy—prompting the question—how do you explain its success?

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121130/DA21680)

Sam Wyly and Andrew Wyly, emphatically answer with their new book, Texas Got It Right! (Melcher Media, October 2012). Texas Got It Right! (TXGIR!) explains why Texas leads the nation in imports and exports, has been the top wind power state for the past six years and is the number one place to move in the U.S.

"My son, Andrew, and I decided to write this book because we saw America being pulled in two very different directions.  On one side was California, where taxation and regulation were squeezing the blood right out of entrepreneurs and sending that once-proud state to the very bottom of almost every major entrepreneurial ranking.  On the other side was Texas...where the best and the brightest people and greatest companies are voting with their feet... in unprecedented numbers to set up shop in Texas," said Sam Wyly.

Texas is home to many firsts, and leads the nation and the world in many economic areas. With dynamic infographics, TXGIR! brings the facts to life showing why Texas is leading America's charge out of the Great Recession.

  • Job Growth - Texas added the most jobs in the last five years of any state in the country and has led job growth overall for 21 years
  • Affordability - A dollar goes farther in Texas than almost anywhere in the U.S.  Texas is home to the top 10 least expensive cities in which to live in the U.S.
  • Business Friendly – CEOs have ranked Texas the Best State for Business for the past eight consecutive years
  • Imports and Exports - One-fifth of all U.S. goods enter or leave from Texas, creating 1 million jobs
  • Business Creation – The number of IPOs filed and IPO proceeds are the highest in the country
  • Deregulation - Thanks to deregulation, Texas leads the U.S. in wind power sales, oil and natural gas production AND has reduced air pollution by 58 percent over the past 10 years
  • Political Clout - Texas is the only state gaining four new seats in Congress

The 10-step policy guide in Texas Got It Right! is a roadmap for the other 49 states to follow. As Walter Isaacson says in his foreword, "The state's can-do spirit and love of independent thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs is something that could help kick up our whole economy."  In brilliant color with hundreds of photographs, Texas Got It Right! chronicles the people, companies and achievements of the Lone Star State.  From Sam Houston to Mary Kay Ash, from Whole Foods Market, Half Price Books, Southwest Airlines and Dell to the invention of the microchip, building the Houston Ship Channel and the creation of SXSW, opportunity abounds in the Lone Star State.

Texas game-changer Richard Kinder said, "In Houston, you are what you achieve. That is my idea of the American dream." 

Texas' larger than life themes, locations and personalities are favorites in today's arts and entertainment world -- No Country for OId Men was shot in Marfa, Texas, home to one of the most important contemporary art scenes in the world. Dallas has returned to the small screen, and almost every major network and cable station are currently showcasing Texas, Texans, or Texas-based companies.  The musical Giant (the original movie was also shot in Marfa) opened at the Public Theatre in New York City on November 15.

Texas Got It Right!, currently available for purchase at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, was released on October 16.  (Melcher Media, ISBN 978-1-59591-074-5, $19.95, 176pp with illustrations, October 2012) For more information, visit http://www.TexasGotItRight.com and find us on Twitter @TXGIR and Facebook

About Sam Wyly and Andrew Wyly

Sam Wyly was raised in small-town Louisiana.  Sam got his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1957, and began his career as a salesman for IBM, then worked as a manager for Honeywell. At the age of 28, he created his first company, University Computing, which married computer technology services to telephone technology and became the first of six enterprises Wyly grew to over $1 billion valuations. Over the next fifty years, Wyly became one of America's top multiple entrepreneurs, building companies such as Michaels Stores, Bonanza Steakhouses, Maverick Capital and Green Mountain Energy. He resides in Dallas and Aspen with his wife, Cheryl, and has six children, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Wyly's memoir, 1,000 Dollars & An Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire, was published in 2008, and his illustrated business biography, Beyond Tallulah, by Dennis Hamilton, was released in 2011.

Andrew Wyly is an entrepreneur, investor, and film producer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, with some schooling in Switzerland, he has been a Texan by choice since 2004. After earning a BA in history from Denison University, Andrew worked as a sales agent for Green Mountain Energy and managed a hedge fund portfolio. He is an active participant in several political organizations. In 2007, he created the Andrew Wyly Film Company. Blood Shot, his first feature film, was completed last year.

About Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Contact:


Allison M. Allison

Karen Wade

Media Relations for Sam & Andrew Wyly

Office of Sam & Andrew Wyly

214-354-4688

214-871-8021

Allison_m_allison@att.net

info@texasgotitright.com

SOURCE Sam Wyly and Andrew Wyly

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
The IoT has the potential to create a renaissance of manufacturing in the US and elsewhere. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Florent Solt, CTO and chief architect of Netvibes, will discuss how the expected exponential increase in the amount of data that will be processed, transported, stored, and accessed means there will be a huge demand for smart technologies to deliver it. Florent Solt is the CTO and chief architect of Netvibes. Prior to joining Netvibes in 2007, he co-founded Rift Technol...
Join IBM June 8 at 18th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn how to innovate like a startup and scale for the enterprise. You need to deliver quality applications faster and cheaper, attract and retain customers with an engaging experience across devices, and seamlessly integrate your enterprise systems. And you can't take 12 months to do it.
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, will discuss how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to im...
This is not a small hotel event. It is also not a big vendor party where politicians and entertainers are more important than real content. This is Cloud Expo, the world's longest-running conference and exhibition focused on Cloud Computing and all that it entails. If you want serious presentations and valuable insight about Cloud Computing for three straight days, then register now for Cloud Expo.
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
IoT device adoption is growing at staggering rates, and with it comes opportunity for developers to meet consumer demand for an ever more connected world. Wireless communication is the key part of the encompassing components of any IoT device. Wireless connectivity enhances the device utility at the expense of ease of use and deployment challenges. Since connectivity is fundamental for IoT device development, engineers must understand how to overcome the hurdles inherent in incorporating multipl...
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, will explain how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
The paradigm has shifted. A Gartner survey shows that 43% of organizations are using or plan to implement the Internet of Things in 2016. However, not just a handful of companies are still using the old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways, unaware of the critical barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can you become a winner? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan will present a methodical approach to guide the holistic adoption and enablement of IoT implementations. This ov...
We’ve worked with dozens of early adopters across numerous industries and will debunk common misperceptions, which starts with understanding that many of the connected products we’ll use over the next 5 years are already products, they’re just not yet connected. With an IoT product, time-in-market provides much more essential feedback than ever before. Innovation comes from what you do with the data that the connected product provides in order to enhance the customer experience and optimize busi...
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to massively disrupt IoT. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, AJ Abdallat, CEO of Beyond AI, will discuss what the five main drivers are in Artificial Intelligence that could shape the future of the Internet of Things. AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond AI. He has over 20 years of management experience in the fields of artificial intelligence, sensors, instruments, devices and software for telecommunications, life sciences, environmental monitoring, process...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ericsson has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through networks we have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world re...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Stratoscale, the software company developing the next generation data center operating system, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Stratoscale is revolutionizing the data center with a zero-to-cloud-in-minutes solution. With Stratoscale’s hardware-agnostic, Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution to store everything, run anything and scale everywhere...
Angular 2 is a complete re-write of the popular framework AngularJS. Programming in Angular 2 is greatly simplified – now it's a component-based well-performing framework. This immersive one-day workshop at 18th Cloud Expo, led by Yakov Fain, a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay, will provide you with everything you wanted to know about Angular 2.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
You deployed your app with the Bluemix PaaS and it's gaining some serious traction, so it's time to make some tweaks. Did you design your application in a way that it can scale in the cloud? Were you even thinking about the cloud when you built the app? If not, chances are your app is going to break. Check out this webcast to learn various techniques for designing applications that will scale successfully in Bluemix, for the confidence you need to take your apps to the next level and beyond.
Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mark Bernardo Professional Services Leader, Americas, at GE Digital, will discuss how leveraging the Industrial Interne...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Increasing IoT connectivity is forcing enterprises to find elegant solutions to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with re-configurable dashboard widgets to effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from immediate actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Shikhir Singh, Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha, will discuss how to create HTML5 dashboards that interact with IoT devic...