Capital Factory has an incredible event space that comfortably seats 150 for meet ups and events. For classroom style, we can accommodate almost 100 guests seated at desks with power and fast wireless internet. We host meet ups of hackers, hustlers, programmers and designers. Each month, more than 1,000 guests take advantage of our space.
2013 LIST OF CLASSES
|Austin.RB Ruby Meetup | @austinrb||First Monday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM|
|Women Who Code | @wwcodeatx | #wwcode||First Monday 7:00PM - 9:00PM|
|The Austin WordPress Meetup||First Tuesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Bleeding Edge Web Meetup | @EdgeATX||First Tuesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|AUSOME – Austin Online Marketing for Entrepreneurs||First Wednesday, 6:30PM - 8:30PM|
|Co-Founders Austin||Second Monday, 6:30PM - 9:00PM|
|Austin Clojure Meetup||Second Monday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Refresh Austin||Second Tuesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Austin Web Games Meetup | @AustinWebGames||Second Tuesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|OpenHack Austin | @openhackatx||Second Wednesday, 7:00pm-10:00pm|
|The Austin Python Meetup||Second Wednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Cocoa Coders||Second Thursday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Intro to Austin Tech Startup Scene||Third Monday, 6:00pm-7:00pm|
|Austin Cassandra Users | @cassandraatx||Third Monday, 6:30pm-8:00pm|
|Lean Startup Circle||Third Tuesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Austin Drupal Users Group | @DrupalATX | #ADUG||Third Wednesday, 6:00pm-8:30pm|
|Austin Windows App Developers||Third Wednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Video Game Makers Unite! | @thegamerista||Third Thursday, 6:00pm-8:00pm|
|Austin Hardware Startup Meetup | @atxhw||Third Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm|
|Startup Grind Austin | @startupgrind||Fourth Monday, 6:00pm-9:00pm|
|Austin MongoDB User Group | @MongoDBAustin||Fourth Monday, 7:00pm-9:00pm|
|Austin on Rails | @austinonrails||Fourth Tuesday, 6:30pm-9:00pm|
|Austin Mobile & Web Game Devs | #ATXMobileGameDev||Fourth Tuesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm|
|The EdTech Meetup Austin | @EdTechAustin||Fourth Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm|
|Austin Web Python User Group||Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm|
|Austin Web Performance | @atxperf||Fourth Thursday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm|
|Members Only Happy Hour||Every Friday, 4:00pm-6:00pm|
|CTAN Office Hours||Monthly|
|Startup Crawl||SXSW in March and Startup Week in October|
|Demo Day||SXSW in March and Startup Week in October|
Austin.rb is a local Ruby meetup where we explore aspects of the language and technologies not associated with a particular web application framework. The general format is a speaker followed by a pair-programming exercise on a Ruby-related problem. With the second half of the meeting devoted to actual coding and problem solving, we believe that you will leave every meeting as a better developer and have fun along the way.
We are Women Who Code: in any framework, any level of experience, any size of company or just coding for fun! We meet weekly for technical study groups and monthly for larger format events including tech talks, career trainings and hack nights. Current and aspiring coders are welcome. Bring your laptop and a friend!
Meet other local fans and aficionados of WordPress, the Internet’s classiest and fastest dynamic content management system. From beginner to blogger, super-admin to developer, we love all types of WordPress users, fanatics, enthusiasts and code wranglers.
This group began life as a Sencha/Ext JS focused group, but we decided that there’s simply too much interesting stuff going on in web app development today to limit ourselves to a single technology. We’ll still discuss Ext (and especially Sencha Touch) when relevant, but our newly-expanded focus is on keeping up with the latest trends in the overall web application space. Regardless of your specific background or current technical stack, anyone who wants to be a well-rounded developer and keep a finger on the pulse of modern development will love this group.
Are you an entrepreneur looking for more ways to drive traffic and sales to your website? Join the Austin Online Marketing for Entrepreneurs Meetup and enjoy info packed sessions from Austin’s best in online marketing. Our monthly meetings feature top notch speakers, excellent networking and a laid back group ready to help each other out. We cover topics like Adwords, Affiliate Programs, Email Marketing, SEO, Conversion Optimization, Mobile Optimization and much much more.
If you are looking for co-founders or want to join super-early-stage startups, this is the group to be in. Our goal is to organize face-to-face meetings.
Everyone is welcome to our group! software engineers, designers, executives looking for a more exciting and challenging opportunity, angel investors and VC looking for the next BIG thing in Austin, come join us!
Out meetups are always a great opportunity to meet engineering and creative talent from Austin, TX, to find out what other entrepreneurs are working on and potentially to find your next partner or startup to join.
Please create an online profile in our site at TheTechMap.com and be part of the tribe of geeks, creatives and entrepreneurs from your city, you’ll have access to connect with local talented people and also have an opportunity to learn about startup opportunities, events and parties organized in your city by us!
Bringing the tech and creative community together, one meetup at a time!
This group is focused on Clojure and related Lisp languages specifically Common Lisp and Scheme as they strongly influence the approach Clojure takes. Java is a foundational system for Clojure, but the focus is not on the Java language, but the JVM and associated libraries that are the power base for Clojure. Functional programming, multi-methods, etc. will be discussed and demoed with the focus on real-world uses and power. Abstraction and advanced techniques will be discussed as well. We’re looking for people who want to talk, demo as well as give lightning talks at the REPL so that people can follow along. Topics include Clojure for creating MineCraft bots, Clojure for Social Data Mining, etc. Please offer up talks that you can give as well as ones you may be interested in doing along with a partner.
We are a community of Web professionals refreshing the creative, technical and professional culture of our craft.
Austin Web Games is focused on all facets of making video games where the driving technology platform is HTML5. We welcome topics that focus directly on the creative process and members who are passionate about the crafts of code, music and sound composition, visual art, and business technique. We believe in the web as a platform to produce games that are both cross-platform and that have a unique democratic ubiquity that allows access to anyone with a webbrowser.
OpenHack is an open session for hackers, developers, hardware engineers and the like, from beginner to master, to come and work on projects “after hours” with peers of like mind. Pair program/hack with some one or work by yourself; learn from others; bounce ideas around with other technically-minded individuals. More information at openhack.github.io/austin.
Meet other local Python programming language enthusiasts! Ask your questions about any aspect of Python development, including “how do I start learning Python?”
Our goal is to provide app developers with the strategic and tactical information they need to make their apps and their business better. This includes both technical and general discussions on app development, deployment & growth. Austin is a hotbed of mobile businesses and AMPD’ is your place to learn, share and meet other folks creating the next evolution in computing.
This group is for anyone interested in Mac and iPhone applications, whether as a programmer, a designer, or an entrepreneur. In our gatherings, we have industry leaders talk of their experiences of bringing Mac and iPhone applications to market, programmers solving awesome or everyday problems, designers creating new user experiences, and entrepreneurs bringing innovative companies to life.
Free, monthly tech talks focusing areas of interest outside of the topics covered in other Capital Factory meetups. Speakers are local and visiting experts on topics including such as Cassandra, Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment, MongoDB, and gamification.
Are you new to the Austin Startup Community? Thinking about moving here? Trying to figure out how to plug in? Come hear an overview from one of the local community leaders and get a chance to introduce yourself and ask questions.
The Apache Cassandra Project develops a highly scalable second-generation distributed database, bringing together Dynamo’s fully distributed design and Bigtable’s column family-based data model. Let’s get together and share what we know.
The new entrepreneurship era is all about customers and their problems. Lean startup is a collection of techniques built around maximizing validated customer learning thought fast Build/Measure/Learn iteration loops. We’re a group of entrepreneurs taking lean startup and customer development techniques to practice in our startups. We’re ready to talk implementation and share data from our experiments.
Drupal: It’s still a thing. Join us every month for talks on Drupal design, development, scalability, theming, and more!
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are now released into the wild! It’s still the early days of this radical new era for Microsoft and the perfect time to for Austin developers to jump in get started developing for the new platforms. We’re a community of developers and enthusiasts joining together to help each other getting apps off the ground and in the store. We have a monthly meetup, weekly events like hack-a-thons, code cafes. Our group is supported by Microsoft, Nokia, Evernote and more. All skill levels welcome.
Austin Node is a monthly user group hoping to create a monthly space for both new an experienced node developers to learn new things and collaborate. We have a presentation followed by an open forum, and then we informally wander off to the Gingerman for refreshments sometimes. Talks range from brand-new to intermediate topics, form simple how-tos to concept development to real-world implementations of Node.JS.
Game Makers Unite! is a Meetup group for anyone interested in creating video games or game companies of all types: core AAA, massive online/MMO, indie, social, casual, mobile, serious play, and augmented reality and simulations. This group was started to allow game developers and entreprenuers of all stripes and types to hear what is going in, exchange ideas, network and make new things happen.
Austin is more than just software and semiconductors. It’s time to bring attention to the middle of the stack. The purpose of this group is to bring together folks interested in building businesses around physical products – to grow the Austin hardware community, raise awareness of hardware startups and resources, and learn from each other and those who have done it before.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.
We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators and investors sharing personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences help entrepreneurs tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. We’ve interviewed over 200 of the world’s leading business innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors since Startup Grind was founded in 2010 in the heart of Silicon Valley. More info, videos and schedules at Startupgrind.com or follow @startupgrind.
MongoDB Austin is a group for those interested in learning more about MongoDB–the high performance, schema free, document oriented database. We’ll be doing a deep dive into MongoDB each month. If you’re interested in sharing your experience, or have specific topics you’d like covered, let us know!
Austin on Rails (AoR) is a thriving community of professionals (and students) who get together monthly to discuss the latest in web development practices using Ruby on Rails technology. Founded at the tail end of 2005 when Ruby on Rails went 1.0, AoR emphasizes learning through sharing with technical talks and community building through “socialization practice” at the conclusion of each meeting.
This Meetup is designed to help build Austin’s mobile and web game development community. We welcome any current or aspiring game devs, including coders, designers, artists, producers, entrepreneurs, and investors. This group’s events will focus on the nuts and bolts of building games for emerging platforms. It will feature talks by professional and hobbyist developers that are heavy on useful take-aways in areas like engineering, game design, art production, marketing, and more.
The EdTech Austin Meetup is the hub for the amazing keynotes, panel discussions, edtech mixers, member spotlights, and hands-on learning experiences that inspire teachers, entrepreneurs, technologists, education reformers, and ed-tech enthusiasts to connect, collaborate, and innovate. Join us on the last Wednesday of every month as we tackle the biggest issues facing the edtech industry (while drinking a few beers, of course) and work towards creating a better tomorrow for education.
Austin All-Girl Hack Night is a group of women developers from all niches of programming. We meet monthly to discuss a tool or technique with broad applicability beyond a single language or framework. Any woman who works as a developer or is learning to code is welcome and encouraged to participate!
This is an Austin-based group devoted to making web development with Python freaking fun. Come join us to learn all the new hotness about your favorite Python-based web frameworks, meet fellow developers, and get some free beer and pizza.
Meet with other website system administrators, developers, designers and business people who’re interested in making their sites fast for a better user experience, lower abandonment rates and to make more money. Learn about the latest tools and techniques and hear how other businesses are benefiting from improved website performance. All experience levels welcome.
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Our mission is to provide quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors and to provide funding, advice, and networking for bold, early stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas.
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The Art of Enterprise: Gary Hoover’s 8-week course in entrepreneurial thinking
To register, click here.
When and Where:
This intensive course will be held every Thursday evening from July 18 through September 5, 2013 at the beautiful Capital Factory Facilities (16th floor, 701 Brazos, downtown Austin in the Omni Hotel complex). Each class will start at 6PM and conclude between 9 and 9:30.
Who The Course is For:
Hundreds have taken and raved about serial entrepreneur and global teacher Gary Hoover’s Art of Enterprise course. In this special 8-week summer edition, Gary will cover the most important aspects of thinking like an entrepreneur and understanding business and the economy. Be prepared to gain significant insights from Gary’s 50 years of studying big business and 31 years of starting new ventures (he recently founded his 5th startup, Bigwig Games). His many satisfied customers include successful entrepreneurs seeking a broader understanding of the world around them, individuals with MBAs but who were seeking a bigger understanding of business, and technologists and engineers desiring a short, intense introduction to business and entrepreneurship. The principles taught in the course apply to any size enterprise in any industry, including not-for-profit and social entrepreneurship.
You can get a taste of Gary and his teaching style – commonly called “like drinking from a fire hydrant” – at his YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/hooverbits/videos?flow=grid&view=0&sort=p.
Everyone who takes this class will receive a PDF of Gary’s book, the Art of Enterprise, as well as other handouts and documents. All the classes are audio recorded, so if you have to miss class, you can download them off Dropbox. Free lifetime 24/7 email support.
The tuition for the course is $799. Enroll by midnight, Friday, July 12 and save $120 with the early discount price of $679. Cash, check, or credit card (via PayPal). Registration on EventBrite required.
Thursday, July 18 – Thinking Like an Entrepreneur. Course introduction. What defines an entrepreneur? What are their most important characteristics? Why is ambitious learning key to success? What roles do technology and capital play in the process? How does one generate ideas and sort through them?
Thursday, July 25 – The Eight Keys to Building and Leading Successful Enterprises. What are the critical factors that separate the winners from the losers?
Thursday, August 1 – My Life as an Entrepreneur. Gary describes his 5 startups, why they succeeded or failed, the trials and triumphs, raising money (in just about every way imaginable), sharing and dilution, and many other highly specific take-aways.
Thursday, August 8 – Learning Through Observation. One of the most important ways entrepreneurs come up with breakthrough innovation is through intense, quantitative, feedback-loop observation. This critical skill is rarely taught in the classroom – in fact, you can’t observe too much in the classroom. This is the only session which will be done in the field, not at Capital Factory.
Thursday, August 15 – The Big Picture. Gary created the company that became Hoover’s, Inc. because he discovered most business people know very little about business, about their economic context, about how big companies think and work, and about how to evaluate companies as partners, suppliers, or customers. This session will move you way ahead of your peers and competitors in all these regards.
Thursday, August 22 – Your Ideas. You are invited to bring one or more business ideas to class, give a short presentation on your ideas, and gather feedback from Gary and your fellow classmates.
Thursday, August 29 – The Numbers Made Simple. Many business people do not really understand the most important principles of financial statements. Come out of this class with a core understanding – from a leader’s viewpoint – of the profit and loss statement and the balance sheet, and how they interact.
Thursday, September 5 – How to Become an Expert in any Company or Industry. Gary began subscribing to Fortune Magazine 50 years ago, at the age of 12, and has devoted his life to understanding a wide array of industries. In this session, learn how to be a research expert yourself!
We hope that you can join us for ATX Startup Week 2013 at Capital Factory!
Monday, October 7, 2013
6:30PM – 9:30PM
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
11:30AM – 1:30PM
12:00PM – 1:30PM
5:00PM – 6:30PM
7:00PM – 9:00PM
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:30AM – 9:30AM
10:00AM – 12:30PM
11:30AM – 1:00PM
1:00PM – 5:00PM
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Thursday, October 10, 2013
5:00PM – 10:00PM
Who: Ken Whitaker, Managing Director Leading Software Maniacs
What: 7 Deadly Habits of Ineffective Software Managers Seminar
Where: Capital Factory Classroom
When: Dec 12th, 2013 – 11AM – 12PM
7 Deadly Habits of Ineffective Software Managers
Presented as a series of case studies, these all-too-real situations can be difficult to know how to prevent and handle. Whether you are an experienced manager or just starting out in management, you’ll take away valuable tips and techniques for avoiding software management deadly habits.
Although the title specifies “software” and the examples are primarily geared towards software development/IT, the lessons learned presented in a humorous fashion applies to anyone responsible for project delivery. Every attendee should learn at least one tip that they can put to immediate use.
- Habit 1: Releasing a Product Before It is Ready
- Habit 2: Hiring Someone Who is Not Quite Qualified (but Who Everyone Likes)
- Habit 3: Making Every Decision a Consensus Decision
- Habit 4: Promising Developers Incentives
- Habit 5: Delegating Absolute Control to a Project Manager
- Habit 6: Taking Too Long to Negotiate Feature Sets and Schedules
- Habit 7: Ignoring a Process in Order to Release Quickly
Who Should Attend
- Project, Program, or Portfolio Manager
- Manager, Director, or VP (responsible for project delivery)
- Software developer or technical lead looking to move into management
- Business analyst
- Anyone wanting to understand how to improve themselves or their organization
What Attendees Receive
- Full-color bookmark (with “7 Deadly Habits…” on front) and business card
- Full-color, 4-page “7 Deadly Habits…” comix (comic book)
- Full-color brochures of other Leading Software Maniacs workshops
- 64-page “I’m Not God, I’m Just a Project Manager!” professionally printed book
- Link to a secret Web page to view the keynote again at your own pace
- One copy of “Managing Software Maniacs” book to be awarded to one lucky winner (leave your business card in a hat, drawing at the end)
RESERVE YOUR TICKET HERE.
On December 9-11, the biggest names in the Lean Startup world, plus dozens of terrific speakers you don’t know with must-hear advice, and more than a thousand entrepreneurs will gather at The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Capital Factory was named an official simulcast partner for Austin and will stream the entire event in our classroom, free of charge.
Brimming with founder stories you’ve never heard, fresh case studies and in-depth expert advice you can use immediately, the conference delivers advanced lessons in entrepreneurship.
Whether you’re new to Lean Startup methods or have been putting these practices to use in your organization, this event promises to educate and inform. The Lean Startup Conference brings together leaders from startups, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations to share lessons for building innovative lean organizations. More than 70 entrepreneurs will share their first-hand experiences, including:
Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Kent Beck from Facebook, expert on product development, and a creator of Agile programming
Cindy Alvarez, head of user experience and product design for Yammer (a Microsoft company)
Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, author, lecturer at Stanford
Catherine Bracy, Code for America’s director of organizing and engagement
Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup
While knowledge about the science of entrepreneurship has gone global, startup ecosystems are always local. Come to Capital Factory at 10:00AM (Monday) and 11:30AM (Tuesday) to meet fellow Austin entrepreneurs interested in creating and managing successful startups.
Lean Startup Conference to be livestreamed in our classroom from 10AM – 2PM (CST), final session of the day to be livestreamed, 6PM – 7PM (CST).
Please note that the Austin Clojure Meetup will promptly begin at 7PM.
Lean Startup Conference to be livestreamed in our classroom from 11:30AM – 2PM (CST). We will not livestream the final session of the day.
Please note we will have a private event that will promptly begin at 3PM.
WiFi and open co-working in our classroom will be available.
Looking for a place to park? Nearby options can be found here.
“Lean Startup isn’t about being cheap but is about being less
wasteful and still doing things that are big.”
To learn more about the conference and its speakers, visit The Lean Startup Conference at: http://leanstartup.co/. Read about the Lean Startup movement and principles: http://theleanstartup.com/book.