I’ve known Andrew Hyde for a little over a year now. He hung out at Techstars last summer filming many of our sessions, interacting with our companies, and helping out any way he could. For Andrew is wasn’t a job, it was just fun.
Sometime last summer, Andrew plopped down in my office and explained that he wanted to do an event where people would get together and launch a startup in a weekend. I encouraged him to do it, and Andrew quickly made Startup Weekend a reality. Since then there have been 16 Startup Weekends around the world and it’s now an ongoing phenomenon and a huge benefit to the local tech communities that participate.
Since then, Andrew and a friend also conceived of the attention grabbing startup VCWear.com. I’d imagine most of you have heard of VCWear by now, but if you haven’t – here’s a great writeup of what this is all about.
So it only took me a year (oops) to figure out that Andrew Hyde is fantastic at building community, being unbelievably creative, and spreading a worthwhile message. It suddenly dawned on me that Techstars would be a great place for his skills.
Luckily, Andrew agrees wholeheartedly. I spoke to him about this just a few weeks ago, and he’s jumped on the opportunity. He’s put a new CEO in place at Startup Weekend and has recently joined Techstars full time. We’re pleased to announce that Andrew is now our Community Director. It’s Andrew’s job to set up the mechanisms to engage the growing Techstars community. Sure – this will include lots of video, audio, blogging, tweeting, and more. But it will also mean setting up ways to ensure the feedback loop is wide open.
As we launch into our second summer, we now have a very established community of past and present founders, investors, mentors, and other entrepreneurs. We’re glad you’re a part of it. Please join me in welcoming Andrew Hyde to Techstars. If you’re like me, you expect great things from him.