Austen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon of the United States. He has attended the University of Oregon for the last four years, furthermore earning his Bachelors degree in Advertising from the School of Journalism and Communication. Upon graduating he chose to come to New Zealand for an internship for the work experience as well as being able to explore another part of the world. From his internship, he is hoping to gain more knowledge about the technology market as well as experience the relationships made with clients and how that can positively impact the growth of a company. In his free time he loves to be active, some of his choice activities include basketball, football, hiking, wakeboarding, and working out. When he's not being active he enjoys travelling, photography, shooting/editing video, listening to music and hanging out with friends.