Random Collaboration...Everything Happens For A Reason - Page 2
Despite however happy Aaron was, he voiced his opinion of discontent about how he’s worked hard to bring people to the Tremont area, yet he’s never been rewarded for it. This conversation generated a spark, which for Greg, turned out to be an idea worth chasing. Greg began incubating the idea. He was calling it Flock’d.
The following spring of 2011 Greg’s friend, Anthony Broad Crawford, whom he met while planning a startup weekend event for Cleveland 2 years earlier, was now going to be a conductor on the Startup Bus Anthony was a participant on the inaugural Startup Bus trip from San Francisco to Austin a year earlier.
The Startup Bus was brought into existence through; you guessed it, a conversation that, at the time, was only a joke. Elias Bizannes is from Australia. He and some others chatted up a conversation about creating a startup camp in the U.S. In 2010, the first Startup Bus left San Francisco bound for Austin. The bustrepreurs had 72 hours on the road to come up with a viable product for a business to pitch to investors at the SXSW, South by South West, conference in Austin upon arrival.
Greg’s friend, Anthony Broad Crawford, placed a phone call and asked Greg to join him on the Startup Bus trip to the SXSW conference in 2011. Wikipedia describes SXSW Interactive as a conference, “focused on emerging technology...a focus which has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies.”
Greg was on the Cleveland bus, one of 6 buses in the 2011 brigade departing from San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York, Miami and Cleveland.
Although Greg didn’t win the competition, he says, “This event changed my life.” He says, "The bus is a metaphor." People get on the bus for the experience as well as the networking. It helps make starting it up possible. Through this experience Greg realized when he got to Austin and met with the other techies from Silicon Valley that, “I’m no different than them.”Continued on the next page