In a recent blog post, David Cummings shared that he didn’t anticipate how amazing, regular, and intense the serendipitous interactions would be at the Atlanta Tech Village. I can echo that surprise and share some more thoughts. It is a huge benefit of a community like the Village that can’t be overstated.
Everything happens faster for you when your day is sprinkled with unplanned interactions with high-energy people, who are all looking to help you. It’s an energy level that I’m now completely addicted to. In former lives, I would look forward to a day or two working from home each week. But now when a day goes by where I’m not in the ATV, I can’t help but wonder what interesting people I didn’t meet, what cool company ideas I didn’t hear, and what neat new feature a tech startup has added to their product that I won’t know about.
Building a company is all about the getting momentum on the flywheel. It really is about speed, sort of. It is hard work and takes a ton of energy and time, but doing it in a high-motion community like ATV can compress that time.
TechStars has a motto (and a book): Do More Faster. I get it now. Hopefully ATV, ATDC, Hype and other Atlanta programs like this can start to turn up the volume of serendipity that happens in our city for tech startups… not just in a few specific buildings.