Today’s Q&A Wednesday is with Meritful, who recently relocated to Austin in a rather amusing way.
Postmaster, the only smart and simple way to ship, track and save on small parcel shipping, today announced it has raised a seed investment round of $600,000. The round was led by Capital Factory, Cloud Power and Zelkova Ventures, as well as a consortium of angels. Postmaster will use the seed investment round to expand its development team, build additional carrier integrations, and expand its core features and functionality.
In conjunction with Capital Factory’s Demo Day at SXSWi 2013, one company will receive a relocation package worth over $50,000 to move their startup to Austin. If you think you might be a fit, check out Capital Factory’s investment thesis, find out more about how to be one of 10 companies to pitch on demo day, and apply on AngelList.
Pretty much everyone I know has used oDesk, or at least browsed around and thought about it. Well the folks from oDesk are coming to Austin, and they want to meet up with y’all at the Capital Factory space.
On the Tuesday of SXSW, I have the pleasure of being on a panel of the rockstars of the Austin technology incubator scene. Steve Guengerich (@sguengerich) has done an incredible job of bringing together a panel of people representing the best of what Austin has to offer young and upcoming startups. Here are the panel details.
Historically, SXSW is the peak season for applications to Austin’s technology accelerator program Capital Factory. The program has run during the Summer for the past 3 years. Capital Factory is announcing that the program schedule going forward is going to align with the SXSW Interactive Festival and Conference. There are several reasons for the shift [...]
mobileTechTuesday by Steve Guengerich Last week, September 6-10, was ATX Startup Week (that A, for Austin, TX y’all). Championed by Jacqueline Hughes and directly inspired by Boulder Startup Week, a robust programming schedule was built around Capital Factory’s 2011 Demo Day, with support from a number of anchor sponsors. A few personal observations from the [...]
Today marks the 3rd Capital Factory Demo Day! About 300 investors, entrepreneurs, and press have shown up to see the five companies that have gone through the program this year. Watch the live stream here! Here is a brief summary of the five companies that went through the program this year. StoryMix Media Taking advantage [...]
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 [...]
The application deadline for Austin-based Capital Factory’s 2011 program is Sunday, and momentum for tech startups and entrepreneurship in general are riding high as the SXSW Interactive festival wraps up. Signs of the frenzy include an increase in Startup Buses from one to six this year, a busload of MBA students from Michigan who are out to networks with startups, and recent tech investor Ashton Kutcher making an appearance at the Foursquare party. With the number of technology accelerators on the rise, the most frequent question I get asked is how Capital Factory is different from other programs. I posed this question to FamigoGames co-founder Q Beck. “One difference we found very important is the fact that the program mentors are also the investors in the fund, and they’re active practitioners themselves,” Q told us. “With only 5 companies in the program, and 20 mentors you get some very hands-on advice and a lot of attention compared to other programs we looked at.”