Summary of Our First Six Months

413 views
351 views

Published on

What started as a collaboration space in April 2012 has grown into a groundswell of people committed to fueling the next great wave of companies. By the beginning of 2013, this movement needed an organizational structure to help drive greater awareness, diverse collaboration, and peer-to-peer education. Thus, Hypepotamus, Inc., was born. Today, we produce relevant media content, organize compelling events, and provide free access to a collaboration space in The Biltmore. Here is an overview of the first six months of the impact we've made and who's helped us along the way.

Published in: Education, Technology, Business
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
413
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
90
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
4
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Summary of Our First Six Months

  1. 1. What two words best describe Atlanta today? Fragmented Awesomeness. World class people & companies disconnected from each other.
  2. 2. Density is Destiny. Density leads to serendipity. Serendipity gives people more chances to collaborate and build trust with each other. Trusted relationships are what every strong innovative community is built upon. Change your density, change your destiny.
  3. 3. Density of what? Media, events, and collaboration spaces to foster relationships.
  4. 4. Vision: Hypepotamus is fueling the next great wave of Atlanta companies by creating Connected Awesomeness. Mission: We showcase startup talent and connect them with companies and media outlets. Values: ✦ Embrace the chaos ✦ Pay it forward ✦ Be whimsiful: whimsical + insightful ✦ Find the gaps, build the bridges
  5. 5. What started as a collaboration space in April 2012 has grown into a groundswell of people committed to fueling the next great wave of companies. By the beginning of 2013, this movement needed an organizational structure to help drive greater awareness, diverse collaboration, and peer-to-peer education. Thus, Hypepotamus, Inc., was born. Today, we produce relevant media content, organize compelling events, and provide free access to a collaboration space in The Biltmore.
  6. 6. What is Startup Talent? Hustlers (business leads), Hacks (storytellers), Hipsters (designers), and Hackers (coders).
  7. 7. How Have We Attracted Them? Relevant content, compelling events, and an open collaboration space.
  8. 8. Our First Six Months of Impact In just six months time with a bootstrapped budget and thanks to a strong cadre of staff, interns, volunteers, and sponsors, Hypepotamus: • organized Startup Rally, the largest gathering of startups in Georgia since 1895, providing 125 startups free exposition space and attracting over 1,000 attendees • instigated SXSW ATL Takeover 2013 and began to organize SXSW ATL Takeover 2014 • hosted over 160 events welcoming almost 7,000 attendees • helped the City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta organize Govathon, the first city-wide hackathon resulting in 18 technology prototypes being completed • assembled ATL Hoops Hack, the first ever hackathon benefitting the NCAA Final Four • launched media operations on May 1 that in 90 days published 168 articles, 2,122 tweets, 189 Facebook updates, 58 videos, 70 infographics, and profiled 53 people • created a community-driven Summer Startup Academy with 60 students and over 50 startup leaders participating in ten weeks of educational and networking events • introduced the monthly Ecommerce School, Corporate Innovators Jam Session, and Better Atlanta Project programs • created the vision for Southern Fried Supernova, a global signature event featuring the best of the arts, technology, and startups • helped fuel the success of Big Data Week and National Day of Civic Hacking • threw a heckuva Startup Bonfire @ Start Camp for over 125 students and startup leaders
  9. 9. Largest gathering of startups in Georgia since 1895 125 startups exhibited. Over 1,000 attendees. Free.
  10. 10. Community-Driven Success 60 students enrolled. Over 50 startup leaders on faculty. 10 weeks of connecting them to knowledge and people.
  11. 11. Cash Flow for the First Six Months With the generosity and support of a wide variety of people and organizations, this bootstrapped operation fueled six months of Connected Awesomeness this way:
  12. 12. Why Did You Give?
  13. 13. Hypepotamus is a central catalyst that brings the Atlanta startup community together. David Cummings, Atlanta Tech Ventures Hypepotamus is a great facilitator of serendipity, making desirable discoveries by accident. Every ʻchanceʼ encounter I have there results in interesting and meaningful possibilities. They understand the science behind making these encounters productive John Avery, Panasonic Innovation Center Because I believe Hypepotamus is one of the most important parts of the Atlanta startup ecosystem. And I think their mission and plan to get more college students involved with startups is one of the best I've seen in a while. TJ Muehleman, We&Co
  14. 14. Atlanta's community lacks founder focus. In my opinion, this creates a classic hierarchy where few people with money help the select few they deem worthy. Atlanta's model is broken. There must be a bottom-up approach that contextually helps and nurtures all founders at very little to no cost. By helping, educating, and connecting the masses of founders, an ecosystem of true collaboration is created. With volume, the probability of success increases. Hypepotamus is the only organization in Atlanta that understands density creates destiny. They deserve much credit for getting the model right and producing a bottom-up ecosystem where all founders benefit. Luigi Montanez, lead engineer for Upworthy.com
  15. 15. Connect Your Awesomeness Learn more at www.hypepotamus.com

×