A: Charleston is a city of great opportunity and collaboration. Established businesses are open to work with startups. They’re a ton of organizations committed to growing the technology industry specifically. Founders with 9 digit exits come back to mentor and invest. It’s a special place and I am grateful to live and work here.
A: We recently announced our first community-wide program called Palmetto Connection. Using our AI and matching technology, Palmetto Connection connects graduating college seniors with local companies based on their cultural/intellectual fit.
Being new to South Carolina, it’s nice to find a way to contribute to the Charleston community.
A: It’s easy to recruit tech talent to the Lowcountry. We have a world class food scene. The city is gorgeous. It’s 70 degrees in January. Need I say more?
A: Take the plunge! If you decide to quit your job or start a new project, there’s plenty of other tech work here to support you and your family.
A: Way to grow our community.
A: The people. Some of the best startup/technology minds in the country are based here in the Lowcountry. I greatly admire the work of our local leaders.
A: Charleston is a big small town. It’s easy to reach nearly every member of technology community. If you don’t connect during the week, you’ll find yourself shoulder to shoulder with them at the next oyster roast!
A: There’s not "one" thing. I really enjoy exploring downtown, spending time with friends on the beach, grabbing a drink on Shem Creek, or attending a festival. My wife and I joke sometimes that we wish for one day it would be bad weather, so we had an excuse to sit on the couch all day!
A: Folly Beach. At the end of the island, you can get a 270-degree view of the sunset. There’s a “disappearing pier” that only appears on nights with very low tide. It’s my favorite place on earth.
A: Charleston Fashion Week. It’s so far out of my comfort zone, but the entrepreneur in me loves watching the designers, bloggers, and models fulfilling their dreams on their biggest stage. If you go, find the mastermind behind JoJo Rings. Her name is Jordan Richichi. I’ll be somewhere in the corner holding her stuff!
A: I actually just said this outloud to a friend!
You can spend the morning coding on the beach, have a few oysters for lunch, and present your stack in the afternoon.