Austin entrepreneurs helping each other win
As entrepreneurs, our time is precious and our network is everything. Astronomic matches you in teams of relevant business owners to sort through the noise, hold each other accountable, and succeed with your highest impact business goals.
Accountability + Camaraderie
Free leadership Q&A for founders
Join other founders, business owners, and freelancers for business leadership discussions, Q&A, and resource sharing. This community is moderated by our team.
Free forever
Learn the fundamentals of business
We’ve partnered with Kauffman to offer their FastTrac program for business owners interested in learning the tenets of business. This 10-week program teaches you all of your business fundamentals.
Then $349 per class
Moonshots program
Roundtable in groups of 6 relevant founders
Match with 5 other founders and business owners by industry, business type, revenue stage, and growth goals to discuss your questions and obstacles and work through them together.
Then $199 per month
bear (new)
Founder dinners
Match with other founders and business owners by industry, business type, revenue stage, and growth goals for topical discussions over a savory meal.
Then $49 per month
Collaborate to succeed
Better together
It's lonely at the top, but not here. Share your challenges, goals, and questions with your crew, learn from their experiences, and develop rewarding friendships in the process.
It’s one thing to set your own goals, but it’s another thing to verbalize them to your crew. Set growth goals with your crewmates and let them hold you accountable to achieve them.
Gain valuable education and level-up your business skills, thanks to the insights shared by fellow founders who’ve been there/done that.
Track your success over time, build valuable connections, and take your business to the next level thanks to the power of Astronomic Network.
Mission & Values
Our reason for being
Every entrepreneur deserves to complete their mission. Our objective is to drive collaborative growth opportunities and accountability for all entrepreneurs.
We hold each other accountable to take our businesses, communities, and humanity to the next level.
Scale astronomically with resources to help you crush your goals. Set objectives, take action, and win big.
We hold space for you to speak your truth, embrace diverse perspectives, and welcome all.
Humankind is better together. It’s no longer lonely at the top, nor is it lonely on the way there.
About us
How it all started
No one goes to the moon alone. It takes a team of collaborators, coconspirators and investors to rocket through the atmosphere. Entrepreneurship isn’t a competition, it’s a collective. With our extensive manifest of folks taking flight together, you have the ability to get the right people on board who are dedicated to your unique vision and mission.

Astronomic Network was created by a group of business owners in Austin, Texas, with the goal of bridging the gaps in broader founder communities to find fellow entrepreneurs in our orbit. Our mission was to craft a collaborative model centered on small-group masterminds that empowers team-building, empathy, and accountability, while helping fellow business owners crush goals, make a community impact, and fulfill their mission.
Kidus Solomon Astronomic Network
What people say
Christian Parent
Christian Parent
Cofounder at NavInsider
It was beneficial to be surrounded by people who thought differently from me, so anytime I was pitching a product idea or walking them through what my thought process was, it was great to hear from people who had dissenting opinions that helped me create a more eclectic product strategy.
Kelsey Hitchingham
Kelsey Hitchingham
Founder at The Hitchingham Group
The biggest goal that I had starting in the Astronomic group was to be able to build my business in a way that felt really authentic and was still in line with my values, and the people that I work with have been instrumental in making sure that that happens.
Kidus Solomon
Kidus Solomon
CEO at Angel Fire Media
It's one thing to meet people and network with people and find potential clients or knowledge, but what's more valuable to me is to network with people who I can learn from who are further along on their entrepreneurship journey.
Stefan Djordjevic
Stefan Djordjevic
Founder at Martian
Usually when I set a goal, I try to accomplish it, and if I don't accomplish it, I'll at least let everyone know. You don't want to be a letdown in your group. If you don't accomplish your goal, you kind of feel like you're not pulling the weight of the team. And so, that's kind of helped me hold myself accountable.
Lacey Arslan
Lacey Arslan
Owner at brXnded experiences
There's entrepreneurs across the board of all of the industries you could think of, but we all had these fundamental issues that were very similar. And so it made me feel like, "Hey, they've gone through this—I'm not alone."
Adam Acheson
Adam Acheson
Founder at Bachelor Haus
Being a part of the mastermind group has allowed me to really talk to some very smart individuals, whereas without this team, I really wouldn't be moving along as far as I have been. I've been able to tap into some certain members that have just given me some invaluable advice.
Ashley Balstad in Austin, Texas
Ashley Balstad
Director of Operations at Astronomic
I got to talk through the challenges I had with my other leadership team. I was having a hard time of getting them on the same page of, 'Hey, this is the reality that we're facing [with COVID-19], these are the decisions that we need to make, what are we going to do?'
Blake Charvoz
Blake Charvoz
CEO at PixelRocket
I think a big challenge was goal setting in general. I think that's one of the hardest things that is not necessarily something that's taught is how to set a goal that is achievable. So that alone, honestly, since I started working with all of the people in Astronomic has been one of the biggest things: You're accountable to the goals you set.
AJ Davis
AJ Davis
CEO at Experiment Zone
Being able to go deeper than a quick networking call with someone, there was a level of empathy that you get from working with other entrepreneurs on an ongoing basis, where it's not just, 'here's my goal, here's some ideas,' but kind of this ongoing check-in and accountability.
About us
Who we are
A collaborative crew of founders, business owners, and consultants who call Austin, Texas, our home
Chris Beaman
Chris Beaman
Chris began his career as a software engineer after studying computer science at Harvard's Extension School. Later, he transitioned to product design as a UX/UI designer. In 2010, he founded his first startup—Grapevine—which participated in the Techstars accelerator program, raised venture capital, and was acquired by one of its investors. Over the past 10 years, Chris has worked with and mentored dozens of startups in product and growth capacities.
Ashley Balstad
Ashley Balstad worked with a variety of startups in Austin, serving as a digital marketer, SEO, and scrum master, before becoming a management consultant. Today, she works full-time as Project Manager at Astronomic.
Marcus Smith
In addition to Astronomic, Marcus Smith is the founder and CEO of Axon Collective, a hub for connecting technology companies and providers. Marcus oversees Astronomic Network's technology, from its apps to its technology partnerships.
Kidus Solomon
In addition to Astronomic, Kidus Solomon is the founder and CEO of Angel Fire Media, a social impact agency. With a background in photography and video, Kidus is passionate for bringing people's stories to light.
Sam LeFebre
In addition to Astronomic, Sam LeFebre is the founder of PARC, which produces a messenger bag for cyclists. Sam has also played a role in numerous Austin networking communities and enjoys the charitable aspects of giving back to others.
Mari Ramirez
In addition to Astronomic, Mari Ramirez runs her own accounting practice. She enjoys helping small business owners make smart financial decisions. As a mom of 4, Mari is an ambitious multitasker with a heart of gold.
Lacey Arslan
Lacey has a decade of experience as a workplace experience designer and design program manager. Her projects range from office branding, wayfinding systems, and cafe branding to art curation, personal branding, and company rebranding.
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Founders from dozens of Austin businesses participate in Astronomic Network.
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What’s included
  • Meet other Austin business owners
  • Match with others by relevant criteria
  • Ask questions, hear practiced feedback
  • Learn from experienced mentors
  • Be held accountable to your goals
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