Even though I'd been in Austin a few years. I was still fairly new in town. And little did I know my life was about to change dramatically. It was back in 2009 and I wanted to become more active in the angel investment and startup community in Austin. I noticed an article about Capital Factory in the Austin Business Journal, and reached out to the author Christopher Calnan for an intro to Josh Baer. I was pleasantly surprised when he responded and even more so when Josh did to my followup email to him. Josh and I ended up meeting at one of my favorite venues, the Whole Foods at 6th and Lamar. And between the two of us bouncing off the walls on how much we enjoyed working with startups it was a rapid fire and fun lunch. Pretty much everything is rapid fire with Josh and it continued that way. I soon after became a lead mentor and enjoyed the role immensely working with Chuck and Mario on Sparefoot and seeing them take off. Meeting the other mentors was a great experience. The mentors, the companies, the partners and community were phenomenal. It has really helped me connect with and contribute to the Austin community and build lasting relationships, and at the end of the day for me that's what Capital Factory is all about.