This is the Code of Conduct for the entire Capital Factory community including all of our entrepreneurs, members, mentors, investors, staff and attendees at events in our space. Our guidelines can be conveyed by the Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated.
Code of Conduct
Our guidelines can be conveyed by the Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated.
You are welcome here
Yes, we mean you. We are of all races, genders, beliefs, orientations, backgrounds, ages, fandoms, programming languages and Hogwarts Houses. This is our house, our family. Come hang out with us and help us make awesome futures for all humans. And maybe some robots.
Pay it forward
Being part of our community means helping each other out without expectation of anything in return. Help out other members of the community by making introductions, sharing your experience, or just listening.
Recognize and embrace humanity
We are all humans here. Recognize and respect your fellows, regardless of race, religion, age, disability, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status or stance on the best breakfast tacos.
Consent is rad, and by rad, we mean MANDATORY
If you are planning on touching someone, taking something, being in another person’s space, or otherwise imposing yourself on another human being, ask them first. Asking is rad as hell. (Protip: It’s also the law.)
Capital Factory is a community of entrepreneurs, startups, mentors, investors, and community organizers. This is not your dating service. This is not your beer pong table. This is not your D&D group (unless you start a D&D group…). These are your peers. So treat them like peers. Be courteous, kind, and respectful at all times.
Pick up after yourself
Please pick up after yourself. If you move something, put it back. If you use the dishes, put them in the dishwasher. Leave the space as you found it…or better!
Don’t harass people
We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. Therefore, do not stalk, text, call, email, follow, badger, intimidate, threaten, or otherwise make yourself impossible to disengage from. If someone tries to move on from the conversation, let them go– in person AND online. If someone explicitly tells you to leave them alone, then leave them alone. Period. The End.
Do not sexually harass people. This includes teasing, jokes, innuendo, photos/images, gestures, touching, grabbing, or giving gifts of a sexual or unwanted nature. This is supremely not cool. Don’t do it. If you are questioning whether or not your intended behavior is crossing the line, DO NOT DO IT.
See something, Say something
See something or someone suspicious? Say something to the front desk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your home away from home, so treat it as such. Feel empowered to say something and please escalate any concerns immediately to someone on the staff or leadership team. You can also always call building security at 512-320-5990 if you need assistance.
Don’t take other people’s physical property. Don’t take other people’s intellectual property (but please do contribute to open source). Don’t take other people’s tacos.
Gossip sucks, too
Don’t share disparaging comments and rumors about others (remember that Golden Rule).
No weapons. No tobacco.
We like our weapons virtual. So do not bring weapons of any kind. Don’t smoke, don’t vape, don’t chew. Leave your bongs and your rocket launchers at home.
Any alcohol at public events must be served by TABC certified bartenders.
Alcohol available in the kitchen is for members over 21 years in age an must be drunk responsibly. This is for having a beer after a long day of work, not for getting drunk.
Don’t do anything illegal
Don’t do illegal drugs. Don’t hack into places you shouldn’t. Don’t do anything that would put our community in jeopardy.
Moderation is awesome
You’re an adult, we expect you to know your limits like one.
Do not take photos of anyone in our space
Consent continues to be rad….and mandatory. Take all the wide-shot photos of our events that you want, and we’re totally down with pictures of the sponsors and organizers during announcements. But don’t take pictures of individuals without their…say it with me now….CONSENT.
We WILL kick you out
Any violation of the above is an excellent way to get tossed out or banned completely from our space. And that would make us super-sad. We would rather that we all just get along and be cool to each other.
If you feel uncomfortable in any way, please contact one of our staff members or a manager on duty. We will listen and will work to resolve any issues.
If you have any questions on any of the above, please come talk to us.
The Capital Factory Community
Code of Conduct adapted from VR Austin under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.