Five Austin Startups Launch at Capital Factory

Frank Gruber

Today in Austin, Texas five companies launched as part of the Capital Factory startup accelerator program. The program, which was founded in 2009 by Joshua Baer, an email marketing pioneer and founder of OtherInbox, Sam Decker, Chief Marketing Officer at Bazaarvoice, and Bryan Menell, founder of AustinStartup.com, offers up to $20,000 in cash as well as a 10-week mentoring program with a select group of successful entrepreneurs.

The following five startups were showcased at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas campus:

  • Hurricane Party – a location-based social networking application that helps users create, manage and discover events that are relevant to them.
  • Keepstream – a social media curation tool for saving and re-purposing the best content from Twitter, Facebook, and sites across the web. Check out Keepstream in action today during the demo day event.
  • RecycleMatch – an online marketplace for waste and recyclables that helps companies make waste a resource.
  • Ripplefunction – a social media tool to track, manage and promote events online.
  • Smackages – a one-stop destination to discovering the latest beauty trends from luxury brands.

Following the startup presentations, there were talks by entrepreneur Ash Maurya on “How to Identify a Lean Startup,” and venture capitalist Dave McClure on “Lean Investing” and they were well received. Congrats to all who launched and we look forward to heading down to Austin, Texas on October 7th to host a TECH cocktail startup mixer where me might get a chance to meet some of the founders of these fresh, young companies.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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