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 pagearticle, 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.
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.
If you missed this months Jelly at Conjunctured. Watch our Google Calendar for our next free coworking event!
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!
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.
Conjunctured is a sponsor of InnovationCamp today, right here in our own backyard.What you may not have known, though, is that we’re also the official after party location of iCamp!
If you’re planning on becoming a member of Austin’s first coworking space, this would be a great time to walk around and check us out if you didn’t attend the tweetup on Monday.We’ll be answering questions about memberships that night and will be ready to sign you up if you want in on the beta run.Make sure to stop by the space at 1309 E. 7th St. [map] if you’re interested, right after iCamp at 7:30PM.The Statesman (thanks to @omarg‘s upcoming coworking article) and the A-list (shoutout to @archana) will be around taking pictures of the good times we’ll be having.
If you remember in the video, we have a wet bar in the space.While we may not have wi-fi until mid-week next week, we will definitely make sure this part of the space is up and running for y’all.
I’ve been working on this for the past few weeks, but today Karen, the awesome events director at Mashable (the #1 social networking and social media news blog) sent me the good news.Check out the other local sponsors we’ll be chilling with, including Pluck and our good friends at Austin Tech Happy Hour.
Karen’s dragging along Mr. Pete Cashmore himself, along with fellow Texan Masher Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins.Hopefully Alana Taylor will make an appearance at the July 30th event at Buffalo Billiards on 6th Street since we know her bro is an Austinite too.
We’ll be giving away memberships to the coworking space, so make sure you mosey on over to Eventbrite to RSVP for the event—as if watching Pete rocking out to Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Rock Band wasn’t enough.See you there!
At 3PM on June 23, 2008 we got approval from the owner of a property in east Austin we’ve been in negotiations over for a couple of weeks.
At 5PM on June 23, 2008 we sent a message to a few people over the messaging network Twitter about having a sneak preview and some champagne at the space.
At 9PM on June 23, 2008 we had people from all over coming in to check it out.
Put anything out on Twitter and you know it will get spread around like a cold at a daycare—the great thing about Austin’s super-supportive community.Mondo thanks to everyone who came out last night!More videos will be coming soon as they’re edited, encoded and uploaded.
Dusty put some pictures on Flickr as well.If you have content from last night, send it my way or drop a link in the comments!I had a blast last night, I hope everyone did too.
Many of you may have noticed the inactivity in David, Dusty, John and my Twitter feeds lately.At times, this can mean really bad or really good things.As of today, we’ve officially stopped our search for a coworking space in Austin.
As I’m writing this right now, I have the keys in my hand to Austin’s first coworking space.Wait, wha?The wait is officially over!The last space I wrote about before has been found, secured and signed for.Sorry for the build up—I couldn’t just pass up on the surprise!Find us at 1309 E. 7th St. in beauuuutiful east Austin.
We could not have done this alone and I want to thank everyone for their support along the way, including (but definitely not limited to) Drew Jones, Julie Gomoll, Todd Sundsted, Jim Hillhouse, family, close friends, the coworking community at large, anyone who we pitched the idea and especially the Austin tech community.Without your encouragement and belief in our idea, this would not be possible at all.We are forever grateful and appreciative of EVERY single way you’ve helped us along this journey.THANK YOU!
We’re so excited about the space and can’t wait to get everyone in there.Add us on Twitter or add the blog RSS to your Google Reader. As soon as we can get people inside, we’ll let you know.See you at the space!Who’s ready to party???
In case we haven’t talked to you in person recently (at Austin Startup Drinks perhaps?), it turns out we lost the space at 501 Studios within 24 hours.We were really excited about the space and losing it was a huge learning experience.Ultimately, though, it just fired us up to keep on truckin’ and find the perfect spot.(As an aside, it turns out the 501 space used to house the local tech company Nossa TV; it probably still smelled like “startup” in there!)
At the advice of Julie Gomoll of LaunchPad Coworking (which will be opening up soon in Austin as well), we solicited the advice of a tenant representative.She even gave us the name of the one she used to find the spot for the forthcoming LaunchPad.Julie’s been nothing but supportive since we came together at SXSW and I think it’s safe to say we’re both cheering each other on to get coworking to Austin as fast as possible.It’s great to think that Austin will go from zero to two coworking spaces over the summer.
In case you were unaware, just like we were, a tenant rep serves as the middleman and negotiator between the landlord and the client (in this case, us) and to date, the contact Julie provided has been nothing short of amazing.He really gets the concept of coworking and totally embraces it (he’s even shown up to Jelly!).Since he knows exactly the kind of spot we’re looking for, we don’t really have to wade through too many spaces that don’t fit what we’re trying to do.He’s shown us a few spaces and just last week, we put in an offer for a pretty wicked space (seen above).We turned down taking over this artist’s studio space—for the size, not for fear that it was haunted, for the record.
Currently, we’re waiting to hear back from the owner in a few days.This one has some great potential and we love the feel that a stand-alone house would provide.While we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s definitely not anywhere near the end of the race.
To view the past spaces we’ve seen (at least the ones we’ve documented), make sure to check out Dusty’s Flickr photosets.Beyond the coworking space shots, he’s also got some pretty sweet vintage family photo scans and pictures of his dog in there too.
Make sure you’re following us on Twitter or you have the RSS feed in your reader of choice because as soon as we sign that lease, it will for sure go on there!