Up until recently, startup people at conferences would ask my home location. I'd say, "San Antonio, Texas."
Now, I say "I'm from Texas."
There is no Austin versus Houston versus San Antonio versus Dallas any more. These are all interconnected startup cities and we're seeing it happen naturally:
Series A VCs like Live Oak are invested in startups in every city in the state.
Seed stage guys like Geekdom Fund are in those other cities as often as they're working in the city where they have a home.
Startups like Merge have investors from all over the state.
Initiatives like Station Houston bring in mentors from all over the state.
Programs like RealCo in San Antonio have startups in Austin.
Dallas-based VCs like Deep Space are invested in Austin and Dallas and beyond.
Publications like Xconomy cover Texas as a whole.
My personal language has changed to reflect this. I think it's time we all did the same.