When I was first warmly welcomed into the startup community approximately 10 months ago, I immediately fell in love with the tight-knit network of support, the variety of innovative companies, the individuals, the events - all of it. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of events, from professional networking meetups to casual social gatherings. Greenhorn Connect emails simultaneously frightened and thrilled me: “This week there are 68 startup events!” Say what? That’s 9.7 events a day!
Along with this plethora of events I began noticing another thing: there is some ridiculous talent in this community. Brilliant business developers. Savvy social media mavens. Exceptional engineers. This community contains professional talent like no other.
When meeting more and more individuals, I enjoyed talking about my love for making music and always became excited upon meeting fellow musical startuppers. After realizing that my instinctual suggestion - “Let’s start a band!” - was hardly feasible for a group of busy startup folks, a small seed was planted in my brain. There’s all this professional talent AND there’s a ton of non-professional talent that I bet no one really knows about. There must be a way to bring these hidden talents to the surface of the startup world, I thought. What better way than by putting together a talent show?
And that is how Techies Got Talent was born. A simple desire to showcase those hidden talents among us in the startup community, and to do so for a good cause - all proceeds will be donated to One Laptop Per Child. I was lucky to pull in my friend Harvey Simmons to help finally make this event idea a reality, and later build a core team of superstars with Ben Maitland-Lewis, Kelly McDonald and Matt DiStefano.
Mark your calendars for November 29th to be highly entertained by a kickass, diverse lineup of talent while hanging out with your startup peers. A HUGE thanks is owed to my awesome team, our wonderful sponsors, the talent, and everyone else who has helped in any amount. Can’t wait to see you there!
Love in Tech & Talent,