There was a story in the Austin American Statesman today talking about the Austin Chamber of Commerce‘s new initiative to create something called Austin Live, which would be a 10,000 square foot workspace dedicated to early stage startups.
I’ve spoken with probably a dozen people about similar efforts. We’ve talked about the same thing at Capital Factory. I’ve had generous offers of assistance from HPI Real Estate. John Erik Metcalf and the folks at Conjunctured worked on the Startup District concept years ago as well. Now, it seems like Gene Austin is heading up the chamber initiative to find a location. Who would run it, and how it would be funded remain to be figured out.
Nobody asked me for my opinion, but here it is:
- Everyone should team up to get this done.
- The space had better be spitting distance from the Austin Convention Center (ground zero for SXSW).
- If some government entity is involved in running or controlling it, it will never work.
What do you think?