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Howdy Corporate Coworking- Part I

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Drew Jones

Head of Consulting at Conjunctured
Drew Jones, Ph.D is an organizational consultant, educator, and writer. He is a Lecturer of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Corporate Social Responsibility in the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University, in San Marcos, TX. He has consulted with firms in the software, food and beverage, construction, advertising, sports management, coworking, and for profit education industries. He has published two books (The Innovation Acid Test: Growth Through Design and Differentiation, Triarchy Press 2008), including the first book about the coworking movement (I’m Outta: How coworking is making the office obsolete, with Todd Sundsted and Tony Bacigalupo, NotanMBA Press 2009), and has a third book (The Fifth Age of Work: Redesigning Work for a MobileSocial World, Night Owls Press), coming out Fall 2013. He has been involved in coworking since 2007, as a coworking space owner, partner, academic researcher, and consultant. He is a partner at Conjunctured Coworking.
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A Bit About the Journey to Corporate Coworking

This is the first in a five part series on corporate coworking here at Conjunctured,  We have been in the kitchen now for quite some time, and are starting to take some goodies out of the oven.

Over the past couple of years we have been exploring various ways to grow our business.  On several occasions we came frighteningly close to signing leases on BIG and very costly spaces.  It makes sense, it seems, that if a coworking space aims to grow it would want to open a second or perhaps bigger location.  For quite some time we were driven to have multiple spaces here in Austin.  Not so much any more.

Thing is, there are such awesome coworking spaces (Vuka, Link, Posh, Plug and Play, Soma Vida, Capital Factory, Center 61, Golab, Tech Ranch, to name just a few) already spread throughout Austin, that that need is already being met.  Overall, we have one of the most balanced and vibrant coworking ecosystems in the world.  Just another of many reasons to love Austin!

As we explored various options and directions, it became clear that the coworking world, both here and around the world, is healthy and thriving.  However, there are other parts of the world, particularly many of the world’s large companies, that are in desperate need of cultural renewal.  Recent research by Right Management Consultants shows that 86% of corporate employees surveyed indicated that they are looking to move jobs in the coming year.  This is horrible (and costly news) for human resource managers across the corporate landscape.

Meanwhile, other firms, such as Macquarie Bank in Sydney, are embracing Activity Based Work, a workforce/workspace management solution that is eerily similar to traditional coworking. In ABW workplaces, all employees (including the CEO and other officers) forgo offices and are instead armed with a laptop and a locker.  People come and go and work in one of 8 Neighborhoods or Cafes, and move around from space to space on a daily basis.

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What Macquarie discovered was that the design of the space actually became a lever, or mechanism, for initiating significant change in the company.  Participants cite the accessibility of the CEO (who works out in the open space with everyone else), and the elimination of meetings (because everyone is accessible all the time anyway) as drivers of what they refer to as the democratization of their workplace.  What starts as a design project becomes a cultural change project.

Coworking spaces are not encumbered by all of the toxic politics that define so many companies.  Rather, we all work in spaces where we choose to go.  If companies could possibly tap into the energy and vitality that thrive each day in coworking spaces around the world, there is no question that this would make the world a better place.  The values that the coworking community stands for ( autonomy, community, transparency, accessibility, fairness, collaboration, innovation, authenticity), as has been pioneered and exemplified over many years now by New Work City, Indy Hall, Office Nomads, Citizen Space, etc., are in short supply in much of the (corporate) world.  Our vision for launching corporate coworking (our version of Activity Based Work) stems from this recognition- working in a large firm does not have to suck!

Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long journey that has many passengers.

Code for America’s Civic Innovation Hackathon to be hosted at Conjunctured 2/25/12

David Walker

Co-Founder at Conjunctured
David believes in mindful openness, heart trust, empowered expression, friendship leadership, and community camaraderie.

He is the co-founder of Conjunctured, Austin’s original coworking community. Conjunctured supports the business+heart+cultureeco-system and holds space for a more connected and harmonious co-existence.

We’re thrilled to be hosting Code for America’s big hackathon event Saturday, February 25th, at Conjunctured! Code for America is an AMAZING initiative started with the goal of “helping governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web.” They’re a non-profit, non-partisan, non-political 501(c)(3) organization that is bringing together tech communities and local governments across the nation to bring about innovative problem solving.

codeforamerica banner Code for Americas Civic Innovation Hackathon to be hosted at Conjunctured 2/25/12From the KXAN article: “Last year, Code for America developers in Boston helped create an app that let parents track school bus routes in real time. The app not only provided information to parents, it also helped free up city staff who routinely handle a large number of calls about delayed school buses during winter weather events in Boston.” How cool is that?! I’m excited to see what the Austin folks come up with!

Code for America helps governments become more connected, lean, and participatory through new opportunities for public service — both inside and outside government — so we’re not only making a direct impact everyday, but also creating the relationships and network for lasting change. – “How we make a difference” Code for America

Austin is one of eight cities participating in a coordinated hackathon on February 25 called “Code Across America: A National Day of Civic Innovation.” In fact, even our mayor is a big proponent of the organization’s efforts:

“I think it would be good if Austin could work with Code for America fellows and create new applications for our community… I know Austin’s tech community will be very interested in the Fellowship program – it’s a great opportunity.” – Mayor Lee Leffingwell

The all day event at Conjunctured (on a hopefully beautiful Saturday) begins at 9:30am and will go until 7pm. It’s free to participate. If you’d like to come, here’s the info page with the RSVP sign up link:

Code Across America ATX: A Civic Innovation Hackathon

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If you have an idea for an event you’d like to host at the Conjunctured house, we’d be happy to have you! Check out our event booking page for information.

SXSW 2011 Brings Together Global Coworking Community

Despite the geographic distance between coworking spaces worldwide, coworking space owners and community managers have done remarkably well at maintaining and building an online community of support to help one another grow the coworking movement. It’s not every day that you get to take a thriving online community and see it happen first hand in the real world. The Coworking Unconference and the Coworking Happy Hour brought together the coworking community like never before.

Coworking Unconference

To coincide with SXSW, the very first U.S. Coworking Unconference was organized and brought to fruition by the fine folks over at LooseCubes. LooseCubes helps people nationwide find a “friendly place to work.” Attracting space owners, coworkers, and community managers from all over the country (and a few global folks too), the Unconference was a rousing success! The event ran smoothly all day, filled with breakout sessions run in a casual, lets-have-some-real-conversations approach. In addition to the breakout session there was also a keynote led by Tony Bacigalupo, founder of NYC’s New Work City and a moderated panel to close out the day. Here’s a clip of the panel moderated by Alex Hillman, founder of (Indy Hall), where he interviews a panel of other coworking space owners from across the country, “Who coworks now and in the future?”:

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Here’s a great article from a Shareable writer who attended the Coworking Unconference:
Visions of the Future of Work at the Coworking Unconference

SXSW Coworking Happy Hour

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With the flood of coworking enthusiasts already in town, we figured there was no better time than SXSWi to invite all attendees from the unconference as well as others passionate about the coworking movement over to our coworking home, Conjunctured, for a party. (Here’s the attendee list) So we partnered with local coworking spaces (Link Coworking & Creative Space) and a variety of we-love-coworking company sponsors to host a happy hour, 4-7pm on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Texas sun.

The coworking movement is huge

It’s crazy to think about how much coworking has grown in the last years. There were people visiting from all over the world, and we soon found out people are coworking all over – some as far as Berlin and Stockholm. And, the coworking movement has become so huge, spaces are popping up all over. Below is a map that shows everywhere our happy hour attendees have coworked. (We sketched a basic map on the dry erase board and attendees started filling it in!)

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We met owners and community managers from all over the country – some with big, open spaces that can fit 80 people; others with smaller spaces that are better for just a few freelancers.

Coworking unifies people

One of the biggest things that was evident was how much coworking unifies people. Regardless of where the space is located, its general vibe or personality, coworking brings together people who may not have otherwise worked together. It gives them a reason to go into “the office” and get work done because that’s what everyone else is doing – and they know there’s a supportive community waiting.

Coworking is going to keep growing

Here’s a video of Liz Elam, owner of Link Coworking, here in Austin talking about the likely continued explosion of coworking spaces:

If you missed the 2011 Austin Coworking Happy Hour, take a look at some of the photos captured by Deskmag and some more here too: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=18547482893&aid=277409.

We want to give a huge thank you to the following companies that made the 2011 SXSW Coworking Happy Hour possible:

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Help A Classroom Out

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Mr. K.'s Classroom

On our 2 year anniversary party RSVP Eventbrite invitation we asked generous party attendees to contribute money to East Austin Schools. We are thrilled to have raised $85 via this casual request for donations. To top it off some, Conjunctured is going to pitch in an additional $25 to the cause. What is the cause exactly?

Mr. K.’s mathematics class at “Austin Can! Academy” a school for at-risk students, located 5 minutes away from Conjunctured, needs color and black ink cartridges for their classroom printouts. We’ve donated the $110 in donations we raised from the party and want you to take this project on home.

If you have not already donated or would like to donate more, please go to Donors Choose right now and donate a small amount of money to this cause. If money is tight, please use their social media links on the page to promote the cause.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and very special thanks to everyone who donated!

Behind the Scenes: Conjunctured’s Launch a Business Night

David Walker

Co-Founder at Conjunctured
David believes in mindful openness, heart trust, empowered expression, friendship leadership, and community camaraderie.

He is the co-founder of Conjunctured, Austin’s original coworking community. Conjunctured supports the business+heart+cultureeco-system and holds space for a more connected and harmonious co-existence.

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Last week, a group of six Conjunctured members (Gavin Todes, Ross Barbash, Ben Wills, David Walker, Marcus Mateus, and Shelly Leonard) got together with the end goal of launching a business by midnight. We had a well-rounded group with many areas of specialties from marketing and copywriting to website development and SEO.

We started around 6 p.m. and made sure to have lots of pizza and soda to fuel our creativity. Two hours later, after throwing around several ideas (including at least one idea that was associated with bacon), we decided upon artShare Austin. Then, we split up and got right to work.

A few worked on the logo and branding, others wrote website copy, and Gavin and Marcus got to work building the site. We ran into a few bumps along the way – and didn’t quite meet our midnight deadline, but were on our way home by 2 a.m. after finally launching the website with a sign-up form where users can gain more information and sign up for the service.

In a nutshell, artShare Austin is a way for talented local artists to gain exposure throughout the community while local businesses can make their space beautiful by getting art on their walls.

Artists can visit the site and create a profile with their contact information and available artwork. This can be seen by the public, who can rate each piece of art. Business owners can login to the site and browse through artists, then choose which pieces they’d like based on medium, location, highest rated, and more. When they find the pieces they want in their business, they’ll fill out a form on the website and will be put in contact with the artist.

artShare Austin will continue to develop over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more details.Learn more about artShare Austin

A Year in Review at Conjunctured Coworking

David Walker

Co-Founder at Conjunctured
David believes in mindful openness, heart trust, empowered expression, friendship leadership, and community camaraderie.

He is the co-founder of Conjunctured, Austin’s original coworking community. Conjunctured supports the business+heart+cultureeco-system and holds space for a more connected and harmonious co-existence.

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Howdy there and happy 2010!

Hope the year is going well for you so far! As for Conjunctured, we’ve come a long way since our opening in 2008. And we owe it all to the supportive tech, entrepreneur, and social media community here in Austin. That, and we’ve worked pretty dang hard to keep things chugging along! Thanks to everyone for not only believing in coworking, but also believing in us too!

In an effort to provide a bit of a recap over the back half of 2009, here’s the lowdown of some recent Conjunctured happenings.

  • Reached maximum capacity in mid September (25 full time members) and have had a waiting list in place for newly interested members! This was a great milestone for us and was a big realization that Austin truly embraces coworking! You can see a list of our current members, lifetime members, and alumni online. Also, if you’re interested in coming in for just the day, just let us know, as we always have room for day visitors. (First day of coworking is always on the house!)
  • Celebrated our 1year anniversary party in true style, Sept 2009. (photobooth and all!) Checkout the photos
  • Launched “Conjunctured Specialists,” a seal of approval for certain experts in their field. A number of people regularly emailed us asking for connects to web designers, programmers, and creatives in our community of members. Now we have an official place to direct them to. So, if you or someone you know needs some freelance work done, please consider choosing a Specialist we recommend.
  • Traded in our loving coffee robot, Rosie, and replaced her with French presses, a commercial quality espresso machine, and a variety of weekly freshly roasted coffee beans from local roaster, Casa Brasil, thus making many of us at Conjunctured higher on the coffee snob spectrum than ever before!
  • Proud to be the official home of five different community organization meetings:
  • Hosted two successful Conjunctured Poker Nights. Thanks to Jason Stoddard for helping lead this initiative!
  • Awarded Austin Chronicle “Best of” award. (“Best High Tech Co op“). This was at the end of 2008, but still something cool to mention!
  • Received 8 five star reviews on our Conjunctured Yelp profile! If you would like to review us too, please do!
  • Assisted in pro-bono Austin AIDSWalk social media consulting.

That’s a few notable things from the recent past. We’ve got some BIG ideas for the near future, but you’ll have to stay tuned to see what’s next! Hint: Please let us know where you think Conjunctured 2.0 should be located icon wink A Year in Review at Conjunctured Coworking

Stay on top of upcoming Conjunctured happenings by following us on Twitter and becoming our fan on Facebook.

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In the meantime, if you haven’t dropped by Conjunctured lately, please do! We’ve changed the artwork on the walls, rearranged furniture a bit, have more people than ever constantly buzzing around, the coffee is always amazingly fresh, and there’s always a positive and productive energy. That, plus: you’re pretty much always guaranteed to learn something new and not only meet someone new, but someone as driven and passionate about what they do as you are! How many places can promise that?

Speaking of passionate people, we asked some of the Conjunctured members to give a quick 2009 recap on their companies and what they have in store for 2010. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

Stefani Zellmer, Swizzle:
Swizzle, the startup advertising agency founded by Stefani Zellmer along with her husband Chris Davis, is looking forward to continuing their “Switcheroo” campaign for Velocity Credit Union with a microsite that strives to turn one of their billboard headlines, “Bank Schmank,” into everyday vernacular. See this campaign and others on their website at
Swizzleme.com.

Dusty Reagan, Featured Users & FriendorFollow:
In 2009, Dusty Reagan’s Twitter application development company
Floating Head Studios, released Featured Users an ad network that allows Twitter users to sponsor their favorite Twitter applications in order to gain exposure for their personal and professional Twitter accounts. Floating Head Studios also upgraded key back-end features to their flagship product Friend Or Follow, which has seen a 16x increase in Web traffic January 2009.

In 2010 Dusty will be celebrating the release of his first published book, “Twitter Application Development For Dummies.” Available for pre-order at Amazon here: http://bit.ly/61S0W2. Along with the book’s launch, Floating Head Studios will be releasing the book’s accompanying example Twitter app, Twooshes. Also in time for the book launch and SXSWi 2010 will be the newest version of Friend Or Follow, which includes a paid pro version.

Carson Coots, Myles, LLC
We are looking forward to an exciting year. We ended 2009 with the launch of the new Barton Place condominium website, BartonPlaceAustin.com, and have begun working on 3 new local sites set to launch in mid February.  Our Houston-area news site, OnlyKaty.com, has experienced phenomenal traffic growth during the last six months, and continues to prove the power of consistent blogging on your traffic.  In 2010, Myles LLC is looking for Austin businesses interested in more than just pretty design.  We want businesses interested in integrating compelling stories into their online (and offline) campaigns.  Businesses that understand that the media is not the message, and consistency is key.  If you match, call Carson Coots at 832-755-1312.

Matthew Arnold & Cheyenne Martin, Aldea Artisans:
Aldea works with independent Guatemalan weavers, connecting them to conscious consumers through the woven goods they make.  By combining contemporary fashion with traditional Mayan weaving techniques, we’ve been able to gain new key customers this year.

This year we’ve proudly been selling our scarves through Whole Foods Market and specialty boutiques around the country.  We’ve also started working with university bookstores around the country, creating custom scarves to fit individual colleges.  We’ve struck recent success here in our hometown of Austin as we’ve built a key relationship with the University of Texas.  Our 2010 focus will be on the university market.  Starting in January, we’ll be preparing for the Campus Market Expo tradeshow to be held this March in Orlando.  Our hope is that we’ll leave Orlando with new clients, some national PR and suntans.

Cesar Torres
Cesar spent lots of 2009 blogging on his blog and tweeting. He plans to do more of this in 2010 and hopes to finally put a down payment on a jetpack. This is the future, after all.

Kevin Scott
Kevin Scott is a web developer originally hailing from Connecticut via NYC. He worked at Edulence, a small web development shop, for most of 2009 while freelancing on the side. In December he moved to Austin to pursue music and work as a full-time freelancer. He works primarily with the LAMP stack and Flash, and is looking to learn Python and Rails in 2010. He also plays guitar, bass, and piano. In 2008 he made a music video which can be found here: http://vimeo.com/2105645

Kyle Bunch, SEOintelligence:
SEOintelligence has had a busy and exciting 2009, and we’re about to share the juiciest fruits we’re harvesting from the year’s labors.  SEOintelligence will formally launch version 2.0 of our search toolset in January 2010.  This new version represents a fundamental step forward from all of the earlier eleases, bringing better management of core search related-data (keywords and competitors) and a host of new tools to monitor your sites across not only Google, Bing, and Yahoo, but rankings engines like Compete, Alexa and Technorati as well.

We look forward to sharing SEOintelligence 2.0 with all of you early in the New Year, and wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and prosperous 2010.

Brad Istre, Sidedoor Studio:
Renovatix signed on with Sidedoor Studio in April of 2009 to completely overhaul their branding on the web. Their business has been given a fresh new look on both the web and with their sales and marketing materials. The team at Renovatix Solutions are experts in their field; our goal was to position them visually in their market so they can focus on what they do best.

In May of 2009, Sidedoor Studio teamed up with Steve and Lee Nagel to create a website highlighting the Swing Fore! Yellow Charity Golf Classic at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. The charity benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Sidedoor was honored to donate and design the site for such a wonderful cause.

Continuing their efforts for 2010 Sidedoor Studio is currently rebranding the law firm of Van Wey Law who was recently featured on the Dan Rather Reports Tonight. Their new site will be launching mid January.

Nik Daftary, Turn2Live:
At turn2live.com, we’ve been busy building out the back-end for the nationwide release of version 3.0.  We’re stoked about the incredible difference you’ll see when we go live with the new site. In fact, in Spring of 2010  we’ll help you find ALL the live-event that match your mood. Feeling Quirky + Energetic? Texas Rollerderby. Sunny + Mellow? Ray LaMontagne at the Hollywood Bowl.  Whether it’s a romantic date night you seek or a day packed with energy and intensity, Turn2Live will help you navigate through and package together the most relevant dining, live-music, sports, theatre and movie options available to you right now.

Jon Ray, CM4
2009 was an interesting year for me, as I made an attempt to shed freelance clients in lieu of creating my own infrastructure and product. For the majority of 2009, I worked with a team of engineers in Southern California and Shenzhen, China developing a soft case line of products for the Nintendo Wii, DS, DSi and Sony PSPgo and am still in development on a line of premium controllers for the Wii, Playstation 3 and XBOX360. These products are being branded under the premium label, CM4, Inc. The entire process has been really interesting and an amazing learning experience, taking an idea sketched on paper 10 months ago to a physical product on store shelves, today. I’m excited to watch this project grow in 2010 and hope to utilize much of the talent oozing from the Conjunctured walls. Someone should probably take a sponge to that. icon wink A Year in Review at Conjunctured Coworking

Shelly Leonard, SparkNight:
Spontaneous date planning service launches in Austin—
A fun, spontaneous evening with your sweetie is just a phone call away thanks to a new Austin business. If you’re too busy to plan a night out, or have simply run out of date ideas, SparkNight is your answer. They’ll create an entire evening from start to finish – dinner reservations, event tickets and more – so you can sit back and enjoy a romantic night with your partner. The company was launched in Des Moines, Iowa as part of Startup Weekend 2009. They’ve recently moved to Austin and their first happy couple enjoyed a date just a few weeks ago. For more information, or to surprise your special someone with a romantic evening out, contact Shelly at shelly@sparknight.com or (515) 834-0167.

Dave Winter & David Walker, SEO Launchpad:
SEO Launchpad is run by a partnership of Daves. Dave Winter and David Walker to be exact. We both launched SEO Launchpad after meeting at Conjunctured. Together, we have over 8 years of Search Engine Optimization & Google Adwords experience. With a number of independent projects under our belt, we’ve now combined forces to have a bigger impact. The forces aligned as we recently completed our first collaborative SEO buildout for a private practice Austin, TX psychologist–successfully generating him over 100 Google Page One rankings in only one month. Coming off this successful project, we’re looking forward to aggressive growth within the local community. We are introducing for 2010 free 30 minute consultations for any new potential client—we’ll give special attention to anyone you recommend. For more information, visit
http://SEOlaunchpad.net or email dave@seolaunchpad.net

Abdon Nacif & David Walker, 302designs:
302designs, an earth-friendly & poetic apparel design company, experienced an exciting year of growth! We expanded our organic t-shirt product selection to include eco-friendly hoodies as well as supersoft organic cotton longsleeves and v-neck shirts for men and women. We’ve grown our online business steadily as well as our outreach to boutiques across the nation. In October, we launched a new line of business,
custom apparel printing for local businesses and organizations, with a radio campaign on Austin’s popular KGSR radio station. (Was great to have Conjunctured members, Dave Winter and Carson Coots, volunteer their voice talent for the radio spot!) 2010 will be a year of extending our distribution through hiring a national sales force of reps.

Thomas Umstattd, Umstattd Media
One of my favorite accomplishments of 2009 was learning to make Espresso at Conjunctured from Dave Walker. In 2010 I hope we get a freezer so I can make iced americanos.

Cheers to an amazing 2010!

much love,
the Conjunctured crew

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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:

@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.

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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.

Scouring the city for a space, part 2.

20080527 dnjxym3e6a4cef1s36j6rtrq4p Scouring the city for a space, part 2. 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!

–C