This is Ryan from Dallas.
I am an organizer of a Dallas business intelligence meetup. https://www.meetup.com/Dallas-BI/
I think what got me most interested in graph databases was taking a class on algorithms. I'm at "Graph Algorithms". I've been stuck there, as life has distracted me. One thing that taking a class involving graph algorithms really teaches me is that graphs are cool, but they'd be more fun with tools to make them easier to play with.