New Space for Start-Up Techies
Information contributed by Robb Jacobson for KUT News.
The 16th floor of the Omni Hotel will now be a shared workspace for start-up technology companies.
With over 4,000 tech companies responsible for over 100,000 jobs in the Austin area (that number is expected to grow by 5,000 jobs this year), it would be an understatement to say the Austin tech community is burgeoning. The facility will provide entrepreneurs with office, meeting and event space in exchange for monthly membership.
Joshua Baer is the Managing Director of Capital Factory, a partner in Austin TechLive.
He says the space will also serve as a training ground for those interested in getting into the tech field—hosting meet-ups and classes.
“We’re going to be both attracting them through the meet-ups, bringing them here so that thousands of people a month are coming through and then also teaching them specifically the things those start-ups need which might be programming or how to make an i-phone app or how to do search-engine marketing or things like that,” said Baer.
Earlier this month, the chamber said Austin needs more qualified workers to fill mid and upper-level tech jobs.