AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - October 5, 2009) - Dachis Group today announced the launch of the Collaboratory. Austin technology services veteran Bryan Menell has joined Dachis Group as the Collaboratory's Director.

What is the Collaboratory? An online Dachis Group presence that is part collaboration space and part laboratory on Social Business Design. This web presence is where Dachis Group invites its constituent ecosystem to engage as a starting point to capture value through Social Business Design.

Dachis Group believes that the future of business lies in the intentional creation of dynamic and socially calibrated business systems, process, and culture that empower all constituents to exchange value. Initiatives like the Collaboratory illustrate how the company operates by the same principles on which it advises clients.

Through Dachis Group's Collaboratory the company is exploring thought leadership, tools and technology, best practices, and case studies to create an ongoing, living dialog repository for Social Business Design. These assets are applied through Dachis Group's practice areas: customer participation, workforce collaboration, and business partner optimization.

"We've designed the Collaboratory to demonstrate the principles of Social Business Design. It's important for us to share our thinking not only by talking, but by showing, doing, and being a dynamic socially calibrated organization," said Jeffrey Dachis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dachis Group. "We are giving the world a window into our work, via the live work stream on the Collaboratory's home page. While a humble beginning, we will be rolling out additional new features and functionality over time to further demonstrate Social Business Design and enable us all to engage, participate, define, and create."

"The Collaboratory is one part of our efforts as a social business. The direction it takes from here will surely be a journey, controlled in part by the people that choose to participate," said Bryan Menell, Collaboratory Director.

"Bryan Menell will be responsible for the Collaboratory's content curation as well as its technology roadmap and development," said Jeffrey Dachis. "His intellect, entrepreneurial startup mindset, technical capabilities, relationships and experience across a variety of disciplines will give the Collaboratory the focus and direction needed to create a living resource for Social Business Design," added Dachis.

The Collaboratory is located at

About Dachis Group

Founded in 2008, by Jeffrey Dachis, with offices in the North American, European and Asia/Pacific regions, Dachis Group (Dachis Corporation, Inc.) was created to unlock the value of social technologies for large corporate enterprises through its Social Business Design global advisory practice and technology implementation program.

The company's strategy is backed by a commitment from Austin Ventures to build and grow organically and through acquisitions.

Among the global enterprise client verticals Dachis Group serves are: software, semiconductors, information services, global restaurant services, consumer products, media and publishing, health care, and financial services with global companies including: AXA, BBC, BP, Philips Healthcare, Coca-Cola, Intuit, and Yum! Brands.

Now founder and CEO of Dachis Group, Jeffrey Dachis' leadership and vision helped establish the digital services industry more than 15 years ago when he co-founded Razorfish. As the Razorfish CEO, President, and Chairman, he grew the company into one of the world's largest digital solutions providers and led the company to win numerous performance, design, and professional service awards. Razorfish was part of Microsoft's $6 billion purchase of aQuantive, and was most recently spun out from Microsoft and sold to Publicis for $530 million.

About Bryan Menell

Bryan Menell has 20 years of experience in technology services, having founded three companies including Perficient in 1997.

Bryan is active in Austin's technology scene, and is a co-founder and Managing Director of Capital Factory, a seed stage mentoring program for technology companies. Bryan is the publisher of AustinStartup, which highlights emerging technology companies in Austin, and he serves as an advisor to a select group of companies such as Socialware. He also serves on the board of the Austin chapter of Texchange.

Bryan earned his bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems.

About Austin Ventures

Austin Ventures ("AV") has worked with talented entrepreneurs to build valuable companies for nearly twenty-five years. With $3.9 billion under management, AV is the most active venture capital and growth equity firm in Texas and one of the most established in the nation. With an investment focus on: business services and supply chain; financial services; media and information services; software and Internet; and Texas special situations, AV invests at all stages of company development, from $100,000 in "planned experiments" in early stage ideas to $100+ million investments in expansion rounds, minority re-capitalizations, and buyouts of lower middle market growth companies. AV's strategy is to partner with talented executives and entrepreneurs through its CEO-in-Residence and Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs.

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