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What’s Conjunctured Coworking been up to lately? July 2010 Update

What’s Conjunctured Coworking been up to lately? July 2010 Update

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Howdy!

There’s been a few things going on here at 1309 E. 7th Street. Here’s a few nuggets of info to keep you in the know:

  1. We’ve been consistently building our community of members. Lot’s of new faces around here! Check out our updated members and alumni page here: http://conjunctured.com/members
  2. Last Friday, we hosted our first ever "Help a Coworker Out Night" – a roundtable discussion with members and alumni centered around one current member, in this case, Nik Daftary of Moodfish.com. We collaborated together to help brainstorm creative solutions to current business issues. It was a great success and a lot of fun. Here’s a few photos:

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=181169&id=18547482893&ref=mf
  3. Speaking of Moodfish…they’re in the running for "Coolest New Austin Company!" You’ve probably met Nik Daftary—he’s actually our longest consecutive member. Help a fellow coworker out by voting for Moodfish by clicking on this link: Voting closes TODAY (friday), please vote for Moodfish now

    http://abjentrepreneur.com/contest_nomination.html
  4. A month or so ago we launched our first "Launch a business night" where seven of us all got together at Conjunctured and launched a business in just one night—it was pretty crazy and random, but lot’s of fun. Read the blog post here, that Shelly Leonard (Owner of SparkNight) was nice enough to write up.
  5. We’ve been starting to use the Conjunctured Facebook fan page quite a bit to share news and invite friends to happy hours, etc. If you’re not a fan yet, "like" us here:

    http://www.facebook.com/conjunctured
  6. Back in March, We were featured in USA Today, on the front page of the "Money" Section. It’s the 2nd link on our press page:

    http://conjunctured.com/press
  7. We got all new furniture in April thanks to the generosity of Conjunctured friend, Drew Jones, and author of "I’m Outta Here: how co-working is making the office obsolete". Stop by and check it out if you haven’t yet!
That’s it for now! Cheers to you—look forward to seeing you soon!

Much love,

The Conjunctured Crew

 

Bike To Coworking Day – Oct. 23, 2008

Austin has a reputation for being a healthy, “green” city. We’re home to the Whole Foods headquarters, many up and coming green tech companies and a LEED gold certified City Hall. The University of Texas holds a Sustainable Business Summit every January who has hosted speakers from New Belgium Brewing, H-E-B/Central Market,  frog design and GE. The list goes on.

At Conjunctured, we’ve taken every effort we can to minimize the impact we have. Capital Metro buses 4/320 stop ten feet from our front door and the Saltillo Plaza MetroRail station will be three blocks away when it’s completed in October and the trains go live in March. We recycle (we’re one of two commercial accounts for the city’s new single stream recycling program); our house is outfitted with nothing but CFLs; we have a shower and are having a rack installed for bike commuters.

We love the Austin biking community so much, fellow coworker Michelle Greer has helped us put together “Bike To Coworking Day,” courtesy of Sun & Ski Sports. It’s a pretty simple concept: wear green or ride your bike (if you’re ambitious, do both!) and we’ll waive our $25 drop-in rate. Check out our ridiculous promo video below, complete with body paint, Hell’s Angels and goat sacrifices. Hope to see you October 23rd!

Progress

Howdy coworking fans,

It’s been two months since our grand opening party and about six months since we began bringing together the necessary pieces to create a central space for the community to come together. We love that we can provide a place for people to meet, work alone together or work together on projects founded within the space.

So far, we’re up to 20 members and we’ve had a blast getting to know these guys and gals the past couple of months. We’ve got developers, designers, artists, writers, real estate folks, consultants and more; meet these incredible people here: http://conjunctured.com/members/

From our early planning meetings at Jelly, our goal for the the space was to make it as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Since our opening, we’ve learned that our initial estimates on capacity and usage were too conservative. It turns out we can support a larger community than we originally anticipated.

We’re announcing today that we are removing our tiered pricing and replacing it with one, 24/7 membership at $250 a month. That means no more keeping track of credits or wondering if coworking for one hour will cost you a full day. Flattening our pricing puts us one step closer to making Conjunctured a place where everyone can come and work.

By giving members unlimited access, we can make our resources and real estate go further than we projected. However, since the house is only so big, new memberships come on a first come first serve basis. Current members have first dibs at the new rate (if you’re already a Conjunctured member at the $325 or $425 level, we’ll be crediting your account based on the new setup; if you’re a Conjunctured member at $175 level, you’ll be credited with one full month of full-time 24/7 access). Daily rates will be given an overhaul soon, but currently remain unchanged.

We’re really excited to be at this point of growth so early since we projected that max capacity would come later on down the line. We have only but the Austin community to thank for this–we could not have done anything without your support, words of advice and encouragement and we’re super grateful. Thank you.

If you have questions, give us a shout via email or Twitter. For more info or to sign up, visit our updated rates page here: http://conjunctured.com/rates/

Again, many thanks for all your support. We love y’all
-Cesar, David, Dusty & John

PS: Last Friday, Don Teague, an NBC Nightly News correspondent, was around town with us filming a segment on coworking and the Austin scene. Make sure to watch the blog or Twitter (@conjunctured) to see the video when it’s released.

Bootstrap Web Recap – Mike Chapman on Twitter

It’s hard to deny Twitter as a major player in online and offline community building. The Austin tech community has really embraced the platform since SXSWi 2007, and Jelly in Austin, along with Conjunctured (@conjunctured), owe much of their success through word of mouth marketing as traveled through Twitter.

Last Tuesday Mike Chapman (@mikechapman) gave a great presentation for Austin Bootstrap Web at Conjunctured on the ins and outs of Twitter for both personal use and for use in business. Around 20 or so bootstrappers made the event.

For pics and an audio recap of Mike’s presentation check out the media below, provided by Austin Bootstrap Web’s fearless leader, Jon Lebkowsky (@jonl).

Mike Chapman on Twitter:

BarCamp San Antonio

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If you’ve been keeping up with tweets and RSS, you’ll know that last Thursday I was at the first-ever JellyinDenton.

On Saturday, as a part of what I’m now deeming my “Texas Two-Step,” I drove down from the DFW area through Austin, on to San Antonio to attend their first ever BarCamp San Antonio. There were talks on podcasting, branding, Ruby on Rails, email marketing, BIL & TED and more (yours truly led a discussion on how to build communities using online and real-world tools).

Early in the day, our pal, Joseph Lopez (from Austin/Austin 3.0), instigated a great panel about how to bring about a creative space in San Antonio—whether that meant a physical space like Conjunctured or Bryan, TX’s Creative Space or how to push the city to become more of a creative class city—a “space” where creative types of all industries want to flock. The exchanges I observed in the discussion were nothing short of amazing; it was really cool witnessing a community mobilizing first-hand.

Throughout the day, rumblings of JellyinSanAntonio and a formalized coworking space occurred between me and members of the San Antonio community, most likely as a result of Joey’s discussion. While San Antonio is setting a goal for having a space by 2009, one awesome announcement of the day ensures that they’re well on their way. Connie Reece, Austin (and the world’s) social media maven was in attendance to announce the creation of Social Media Club San Antonio. With the people who’ve stepped up to take the reins on this initiative, San Antonio is going to no doubt have a great SMC presence. Congrats!

It was great to get a sense for what is happening around this great (giant) state this weekend, specifically in the respective tech sectors. Things are happening around here, y’all. Stay tuned for some Texas-sized awesomeness. icon smile BarCamp San Antonio

–C

JellyinDenton kicks off

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This past Thursday (Sept. 4th), I spent the day in Denton, TX, about an hour north of the mid-point between Fort Worth and Dallas. I was there helping the community break in the idea of coworking through the town’s first ever JellyinDenton.

It’s great to see the Jelly concept spread around since we’re huge proponents of Jelly around Conjunctured; without Jelly, Dusty (who started JellyinAustin), David, John and I might not have come together.

The event was a huge success from what I observed. Stormy Shippy (yes, that is his real name) did a great job as host for the Jelly meetup and for showing us around town after the laptops were closed, post-Jelly (Jam?).

The absolute best part of the trip for me was reading the local paper in the morning and seeing the front page article, above the fold, recapping the event; this shows that the city is very supportive and totally “gets it.”

We wish nothing but the best of luck to Stormy and his friends up north. It’s great to see a group take the coworking concept and totally run with it. I see a really successful future for this community and am really excited for them. icon smile JellyinDenton kicks off

–C

Conjunctured sponsors Austin Tech Happy Hour

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Conjunctured is sponsoring the Austin Tech Happy Hour coming up September 11 at The Marq, located at 5th and Congress.

The event is scheduled from 6:00-8:00PM that night and will include an appearance by Sarah Lacy, who has been on a tour promoting her new book “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good — The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0” (the last time she was in Austin was during her discussion with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at SXSW).

Our good friends from SeedStage Studios will be filming the event for the pilot of their show on SeedStage.tv.

Come on out and hang out with us (if you’re not too tired from the Amazon Web Services Start-Up Tour stop earlier that day). Can’t wait to see y’all!

When: Thursday, September 11th, 6:00-8:00PM
Where: The Marq (21+), 5th and Congress
Tickets: EventBrite, $7.50, $10 at the door

Jelly at Conjunctured

We had a great turn out at our first Jelly hosted at Conjunctured. Around 15 people showed up! Thanks everyone!

If you’re not familiar with Jelly, it’s an every-so-often casual coworking session. Anyone is welcome to come, bring your laptop, art supplies, or whatever, and work alongside other creative, fun people, for free!

We streamed live via Stickam. John and some of his friends at Radar.net even joined in on the virtual coworking session.

 Jelly at Conjunctured

If you missed this months Jelly at Conjunctured. Watch our Google Calendar for our next free coworking event!

@mashable SummerMash Austin a huge success!

 @mashable SummerMash Austin a huge success!

It seems like so long ago, but I just wanted to say how much fun we had at Mashable’s SummerMash Austin last week.It was great to hang with Pete Cashmore and Karen Hartline, Yoono, MySites and Houston’s own Erica O’Grady; we’re glad we got to show them that Austin doesn’t just party hard during SXSW.The best of the best were out at Buffalo Billiards and it only served as a taste of things to come in March.You can read Karen’s review of the night on the Mashable site.

Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins, associate editor at Mashable, even dropped by from Dallas to check out what he calls the “burgeoning Web 2.0 community” in Austin.Make sure to read his post-event reflections on the Mashable site, as well as watch the included videos.He underlines what local groups like Conjunctured, Austin Startup and Austin 3.0 have been discussing for the past few months—there’s something happening with the Austin technology community.I know I usually find myself caught up in a bubble regarding the future of Austin tech, so it’s great to hear the same thing from people outside of our small, yet ever-evolving community.

Thanks so much to everyone who wore a Conjunctured sticker that night and special congratulations to the winners of the Part Time passes we raffled as part of our event sponsorship.See you soon guys!

Make sure to check out The Creative Space‘s Michael Cummings‘ absolutely awesome photos from the event.

–C

Conjunctured gets an east side history lesson.

D8asXNT Conjunctured gets an east side history lesson.

Note: This post was originally written in 2008. On Jan 2, 2010 Ms. Cisneros passed away in Austin. May she rest in peace. 

When we were featured in Omar Gallaga‘s Statesman article last Sunday on coworking along with LaunchPad Coworking and Caroline Collective, we had no idea of the interest we would garner from the Life & Arts feature.Notes of encouragement and requests for more information on coworking came from all over the Austin community.Many thanks to all those who have written in or talked to us in person—it’s great to see that Austin is more than ready for coworking.

One special note dropped in our email the Monday following the article from a family who was convinced they knew the house shown in the paper.They claimed it was the house their Aunt Alice lived in decades ago.Even though the article never explicitly stated our address, the family easily called out our address as 1309 E. 7th St.We quickly invited the Cisneros over and by Thursday had Aunt Alice walking through the halls and rooms of the Conjunctured house, taking us back to Austin more than 50 years ago.

We learned lots of history about the house, including the stories when the family first purchased an air conditioner to wine-making and fermenting under the house (we’ve yet to explore down there, but if we’re lucky we’ll come across some leftover vintage homemade wine).

It’s interesting to note that when Alice was living in the house as a teenager, it actually was a two-family house, complete with two kitchens.We’re glad we gained a first-hand account of the history of the house and that we get to continue the tradition of commingling people within the four walls of the space.Even though Austin is a young city, it’s growing exponentially day by day and we’re thrilled to be a part of the growth and that we can share in part of the history of the E. 7th St. house.