Earlier today I spent several hours at Hypepotamus, an awesome coworking space right next to Georgia Tech and Tech Square in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Hypepotamus, if you haven’t heard of it, is a free (no charge!) facility for designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs sponsored by Kevin Wallace (@kevinbwallace) and Heath Hyneman (@hhyneman) purely to help grow the tech startup community. In addition, Hype, as it’s affectionately known, is expertly managed and run by Scott Henderson (@scottyhendo).
Here’s some of the thinking about the Hypepotamus gift to Atlanta:
- Serendipitous interaction is key to growing a community
- Startup leaders are all types of people, not just company co-founders
- Startups, being resource constrained, benefit by helping each other
- Community events foster relationships and help with the human desire to be a part of a tribe
Regardless, the community should be measured by the number of successful companies (not money raised) and I’m optimistic Hypepotamus fills a gap that will help improve the startup community.
What else? What are your thoughts on the Hypepotamus gift to Atlanta?