Where To Be This Week in Austin

This week is Startup Week in Austin. If you're busy and working this week while trying to make it to a few events, it can be difficult to decide where to be. Here's a few of our recommendations for where to be if you're a tech founder or startup employee who wants to kick their project into high gear before 2018.


Founders Academy Essentials: From Seed to Series A

Monday October 9, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm  (Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701)

Speaker: Gordon Daugherty Managing Director, Capital Factory

Successful fundraising is a much art as science. Setting a strategy to fund your company from the seed stage through a Series A involves numerous factors that be intimidating. Talk about actionable insights, advice and words of wisdom from his 15+ years advising startups and help raising more than $45M in private and venture capital.

Specific topics included in this session are as follows:

  • Determining how much to raise through multiple rounds of funding
  • Navigating the fundraising chasm that often follows a seed round
  • Understanding that a Series A is a fairly different beast than a seed round
  • Hints and tips for the most common fundraising issues


Becoming a Bacon Brand

Tuesday October 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm  Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Speaker: Justin Foster  Co-Founder, Root + River

How do you differentiate in a noisy, hyper-connected world? At the DNA level ... like bacon does! Justin provides insights on how to build a brand in the 21st century by organizing around mission and values, being obsessive about the human experience and triggering word-of-mouth.



Building a Company for Success: Looking at the Future 1, 5, 10 years

Tuesday October 10, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm  Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701


  • Henrik Johansson CEO & Co-Founder, Boundless
  • Sandi Mays EVP & CIO, Zayo Group
  • Lee McLendon SVP of Global Engineering, WP Engine
  • Mike Millard - Managing Director, Mass Challenge

Austin Startup Week panel discussion on different perspectives from 1, 5 and 10 years in the business. Enjoy happy hour, networking and hearing from leaders in the Austin and global tech industry who have been a part of scaling startups since day one. Learn what it’s like to drive accelerated growth, fund a capital-intensive business, tackle challenges, and sustain a diverse and entrepreneurial culture as the business evolves.



How Are Current Politics Shaping Tech Startups

Tuesday October 10, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm  Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701


  • Johan Borge -  CEO, The Techmap
  • Barbary Brunner - CEO, Austin Technology Council
  • David Edmonson - Executive Director, Austin Tech Alliance
  • Jason Finkelman - Immigration Attorney (Austin), Finkelman Immigration Law Firm
  • Jonathon Kovar - CEO, The GoodLooking Company
  • Paul O'Brien - Founder, MediaTech Ventures
  • Nnamdi Orakwue - Founder and CEO, Cocolevio LLC
  • Chris Perri - Attorney and Congressional Candidate, Chris Perri Law

Network and connect to find your next employee, your next co-founder, or build your professional network! Work might be from 9-5, but business happens between 5-9. The Co-Founder Meetup by The tech^map is a forum for professionals to pitch their business, idea, startup, etc. to the community and gain valuable feedback. The audience is full of other entrepreneurs, developers, investors, and media.

6:00-6:30pm - Sign-in and socializing (Grab food a drinks) 6:30-6:50pm - Announcements, Sponsor notes 6:50-7:35pm - Keynote Speaker Panel Q/A 7:35-8:00pm - Network, Network, Network 8:00pm - Until whenever. Go downstairs to the bar to network more.



Deep Learning Workshop

Wednesday October 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm  Galvanize 119 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

Speaker: Alex Sabatier  - Global Account Manager, NVIDIA

Discover the NVIDIA AI Eco-system, from Inception (NVIDIA Start-up program) to DLI (Deep Learning Institute) including the latest GPU-accelerated deep learning platforms and libraries for training and inference.

Learn the latest techniques on how to design, train, and deploy neural network-powered deep learning in your applications starting with DIGITS and the containers running on the DGX AI supercomputer and finishing on Jetson to run inference at the edge.



Pushing Back: Austin's Diverse Startup Community Showcase

Wednesday October 11, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm  Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Diversity and Startups is not always synonymous, join us in seeing how Austin is pushing back! We are celebrating Austin's unique and richly diverse startup community. The goal is simple and true to Hispanic Hackers mission of promoting diversity in everything technology, including up and coming startups in the Austin area. We will showcase the leaders and visionaries. Join us in learning how embracing diversity has led to new innovations and opportunity!



Startup Grind Fireside Chat: Bob Metcalfe

Wednesday October 11, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm  Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Damon Clinkscales - Engineering Manager, SpredfastBob Metcalfe - Internet Hall of Famer

Startup Grind is a global organization (with 250 chapters worldwide), which exists to educate, to inspire, and to connect startup founders.

We're very excited to announce that Bob Metcalfe will be joining us during Austin Startup Week! He will be joining us for a fireside chat about lessons learned from a life of invention, startups, and companies as they grow.

Internet Hall of Famer Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His mission is to help make Austin a better Silicon Valley.

He earned two bachelor degrees from MIT in 1969, one in electrical engineering and the other in industrial management. He received his master degree in applied mathematics in 1970 and his PhD in computer science in 1973, both from Harvard. He is a Life Trustee of MIT and Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

In 1973 at Xerox Parc, he invented Ethernet, now the Internet's standard plumbing, and in 1979 he founded 3Com Corporation to commercialize the Internet. After 30 years, 3Com became part of Hewlett-Packard Company in 2010. In 2005, Bob received the National Medal of Technology for "leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet," of which over a billion new ports are now shipped annually.




Get Real with Founders in Social Impact Tech

Thursday October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm Native Hostel and Bar & Kitchen 807 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702


  • Sara Inés Calderón - Director, Women Who Code Austin
  • Liz Deering - Co-Founder, The Un.Incubator
  • Preston James - CEO, DivInc
  • Danny Pernik - Co-Founder, OpenCurrents

It can be challenging to navigate the tech scene in Austin, especially when your motivation comes from a place of community building and social impact. But we know the impact tech scene is alive and well in Austin and so are some inspirational founders using tech as a medium to serve the communities they're passionate about.

Come join us for an intimate conversation with local founders in the Austin impact tech scene. You'll leave with new connections with likeminded people here in Austin and the inspiration you need to pursue your passion.

At the Un.Incubator we embrace a diverse range of founders. Whether you are a technologist, developer, or a UX designer we hold the space for you to define and pursue your own path as a founder.

If you've got a startup idea in Austin and need help figuring out how to build the thing, shoot us an email to hear about our Catalyst program.


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