PetsMD, an Austin-based company that was part of the 2009 class of Capital Factory, announced today their acquisition by Pet360, a leading Pet ecommerce, community and information company. The acquisition of this pet health information and care resource site reinforces Pet360’s position as a leading provider of comprehensive, all-inclusive online information for pet owners and pet services providers.
Here’s a brief 1-minute video I made at Kenichi, where Hurricane Party was holding a fundraiser for victim’s of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. The team at Hurricane Party pulled this even together in less than 24 hours, and raised a significant amount of money for relief efforts. Many thanks to Kenichi for donating food, drinks, [...]
Here is the video that we produced for Demo Day. It has some short clips about what Capital Factory is all about, and words of wisdom from some of the participants from the 2010 program. We will have video of each company’s pitch coming soon.
At Wednesday’s Capital Factory Demo Day, one of the major takeaways for me was that many of us don’t really know what a lean startup is, or how one is successfully managed. This idea was brought to my attention during Ash Maurya’s presentation called “How to Identify a Lean Startup”.
The 2nd Capital Factory Demo Day is coming on September 8th. We will have 300 investors, press, and technology entrepreneurs in attendance to watch the launch of the 5 companies from our 2010 program. This is an invitation-only event, and we’re keeping the quality of the content and the networking as high as possible. Five [...]
Austin-based incubator Capital Factory, is hosting an Entrepreneurship for Programmers training day next Thursday, August 26th. The training is part of the Lone Star Ruby Conference at the Norris Conference Center, which continues on Friday and Saturday, and features speakers Tom Preston-Werner of GitHub and Blaze Mizerany of Sinatra.
Disclaimer: I am an investor in Sparefoot, and they were in the 2009 Capital Factory program where I am a Managing Director. In early 2009, the founders of Sparefoot (then called Homstie.com) had a vision of allowing people with extra storage space in their homes to make a match with people who wanted to store [...]
Capital Factory, a seed stage technology accelerator based in Austin, announced five companies that will participate in the 2010 program this summer. About 200 companies applied for the program, which provides cash, mentorship, and services to those who are selected. The 10-week program culminates in a Demo Day where the companies have the opportunity to showcase their ideas in front of investors and other entrepreneurs.
Next Thursday is the Central Texas Funding Symposium at the Norris Conference Center. I will be speaking at 3pm in the Capital Factory track on the topic of “Grooming Your Exit.” Other speakers in our track include Chuck Gordon from Sparefoot on “What I learned from being in a tech accelerator” and Josh Baer on [...]
It’s time for Capital Factory 2010 to start kicking off with the opening of applications, startup speed dating, and office hours where you can meet the mentors and share ideas. If you didn’t keep track of Capital Factory in our inaugural year last year, five companies were selected for the program (Cubit Planning, Hourville, Sparefoot, [...]