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 😉
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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.
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. 😉
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
the Conjunctured crew