As executive editor of Cinema Minima—an international news service for movie makers which he founded in 1997—he supervised thirty correspondents covering film markets and film festivals around the world.
In 2005, Cinema Minima published the first podcast for movie makers. In 2007, it launched the first filmmaker-news app for iPhone. In that same year, Austin started its education initiative, “Sustainable Cinema”; and its outreach program, “Far From Hollywood,” a season of mixers for filmmakers, in Paris, France, and in Mumbai, India.
From 1993 to 2000, he developed business software applications for networks of Macintosh and other computers.
From 1991 to 1993, as a member of the Apple Consultant Relations program at Apple’s Houston Market Center, he made marketing presentations to Apple’s business customers. He tutored Apple’s dealer sales representatives on how to sell to businesses.
As chief executive officer of a manufacturer of industrial marking equipment from 1982 to 1992, he shepherded the business, and its score of employees, out of the catastrophe of Texas’ devastating 1982–1987 recession. While restoring the company to profitability, he made five hundred successive payrolls — the accomplishment of which he is most proud.
He lives in Southern California.