we date back to August 20th, 2008, when the initial meeting happened at the Hackery. I've probably got a list somewhere of the people who were at that meeting. I believe we rented our first space in the summer of 2009, but I'd have to check my list archives (which are probably more complete than anyone else's, since I was part of VHS before it was cool).
VHS rented space from EHS in 2008, so technically that was the first rented space. VHS was there for several months, and moved moved out (some time in 2009). There was a server here for a little bit that Austin installed.