Fred Schmidt is co-owner, with wife and business partner, Shelley Meyer, of three Downtown Austin retail shops: Wild About Music Art & Gift Gallery on East 6th St, and Toy Joy and Austin Rocks, both in the 2nd Street District. Concurrently he is also Director of International at Capital Factory, Austin's premier incubator/accelerator facility for startups, already located in the proposed new Innovation District. He serves as a board member of the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA), the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA), and is a past Vice Chair of 6ixth Street Austin. He thinks this is one of the best places in the world to live, work and play! Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not reflect the positions of any affiliated organizations.