Christopher Calnan of the ABJ spent a day inside the Capital Factory and his reporting on it has been published as of Friday:
Several accelerators and co-working spaces were operating in Austin well before the Capital Factory launched seven years ago in a much less ambitious form. Several have launched since. However, none have blossomed to become quite as much of an integral part of the startup technology community ? which is considered one of the best in the nation.
The Capital Factory now claims 805 members. It is, indeed, ground zero for local tech startups. Last year alone, it hosted 900 events and 48,000 visitors ? including a sprinkling of celebrities.
Highly recommend this read as a way to get to know a bit more about the Capital Factory, Austin's startup scene, and Austin.? There's a lot more to it than this one article, more than this one co-working and accelerator, and more to it than downtown. But it's a great start.
Proud to be affiliated with Capital Factory since 2009, when I had the pleasure of attending the first Demo Day, to the present day, as a minor investor.? You can never say what Austin would be like if there was no Capital Factory, but I'm happy we don't have to picture it.? Capital Factory has been a lightening rod for good news for Austin startups, and a place for entrepreneurs to go during those first few steps.? Wish it had been there when we started BP3 back in 2007!
And I've personally benefited from holding events at the Capital Factory space. Our OTB event in 2015 was a big success, thanks in great part to the availability of their facilities.