San Antonio, TX, December 12, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- In just under one year, San Antonio-based Geekdom, a collaborative coworking space where entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, and creative professionals work together to build business in the Alamo City, has reached several major milestones: the largest collaborative coworking space in the state of Texas and its 1-year anniversary.
Geekdom’s 500 members and 45,000 square feet of space have supplanted similar workspaces in Austin and Houston with an emphasis on community and education. Additionally, Geekdom now ranks among the largest collaborative coworking spaces in the United States. Geekdom did all of this while spending $0 on advertising. The success of the coworking space is a true example of successful word-of-mouth marketing.
Geekdom has exploded in the past year, giving birth to over 50 startup companies in the past 12 months. The facility now encompasses three floors of the Weston Centre, downtown’s tallest office building, and has played a significant role in the urbanization of San Antonio’s city center.
“We offer a space for the country’s brightest entrepreneurs to connect, work, and grow,” said Mentor-in-Chief and Executive Director of Geekdom, Nick Longo. “Our focus since day one has been simple: to attract talented startup companies to San Antonio with a dynamic space that offers them an opportunity to think and work creatively with the freedom to explore their business ideas with likeminded companies and mentors. In this way we can stimulate two things: San Antonio’s economic engine and driven entrepreneurs that will create up to 40% of all new jobs over the next 20 years.”
Longo attributes much of Geekdom’s amazing growth to its 220 tech events and learning programs over the past year such as, SparkEd, a program that works with 30 middle schools every weekend to engage children and teach them how to build a robot, write the code for it, and market and sell it over one weekend.
“We are keen to the fact that growth cannot happen without education,” said Longo. “Any business leader worth his or her salt will tell you that learning is a constant process. That is why Geekdom also offers members an opportunity to learn through a diverse set of programs that includes 3-Day Startup and TechStars Cloud. Startups that truly inspire Geekdom founders are also awarded $25,000 in funding. So far, 7 deserving young companies have received funding from Geekdom in 2012.”
Geekdom co-founder and Rackspace Hosting Chairman, Graham Weston echoed Longo’s commitment to entrepreneurs and startup companies.
“Geekdom has become a pioneer in San Antonio,” said Weston. “We’ve created a place for entrepreneurs to inject themselves into a true ecosystem on which they can thrive and take advantage of a powerful network of influencers. We want to make San Antonio the ‘Cloud Capital of the World.’ Having a thriving startup community is the foundation of that ecosystem. Our mission to take promising ideas and turn them into fundable ideas is becoming reality faster than any of us could have hoped.”
Geekdom is also host to state-of-the-art equipment, like a video and sound studio for entrepreneurs to use for online and offline productions, as well as a Maker Lab for robotics and circuit work. Currently Geekdom is building the first-of-its-kind Open Cloud Academy, which will be used to instruct and certify military veterans and the public to become System Administrators and in coding languages like Ruby and Python.
“The first year of Geekdom has helped transform the startup scene in South Texas,” said Longo. “Our goal to energize the entrepreneurial and tech community is no longer a goal, it’s a reality. 2013 will be built on the back of the momentum 2012 brought us. We invite all interested entrepreneurs, startup companies, and students to experience the vibrancy of Geekdom. It’s why we’re here.”
Geekdom will celebrate its 1-year anniversary with a community event at the Weston Centre on December 12, 2012 at 6 p.m. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2011 by Rackspace’s Graham Weston and CoffeeCup Software’s Founder Nicholas Longo, Geekdom strives to provide an inspiring environment for bright minds to explore ideas in entrepreneurship, technology, leadership, and creativity, develop talents, and connect to a community of like-minded people. For more information on Geekdom, visit Geekdom.com.