It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost upon us. As we look back on 2013, we feel so lucky to be the inaugural Geeks in Residence, and for all the experiences and conversations that come with it. We’ve talked with almost 70 people about their entrepreneurial goals, and spent just under 50 hours mentoring and discussing and sharing our experience — all while starting our own software company! Happily those two endeavors dovetail nicely, because as we talk with other entrepreneurs, it helps us hone our ideas and strategies just as it helps those people asking the questions.
We love talking with everyone, and having people tell us that they feel “elated” after talking with us because they got what they needed for their business makes us feel great. As a benefit corporation, we feel strongly that we have a duty to give back to our community, and the Geeks in Residence program has helped us do that.
We feel especially lucky for our “guest stars,” like Nate Kontny of Draft. Utilizing our network to give more, and more valuable information to the folks who come to the GIR talks is something we’re proud to be able to do. We have more guest stars lined up in 2014, from the heads of startups that are further along the road, to lawyers specializing in advice to entrepreneurs. We’re excited to see what conversations they have.
Thank you to everyone who has made 2013 such a special year for us. An especially big thank to the Chicago Public Library for choosing us to be the Geeks in Residence. We hope that everyone is having a wonderful holiday season, and that 2014 brings you great things — and brings you to a Geeks in Residence talk!
See you in the new year!