Durham History and Entrepreneurs ~~ Startup Movie Night

Heivly.com and others sponsored a very cool event last night at Motorco (the very hipster entertainment mecca in Durham).  The Startup Movie Night was inspired by Eric Boggs (Argyle Social) who also sits on the board of the Southern Documentary Fund.

Over 120 registered for a screening of  Durham: A Self-Portrait from Emmy-winning filmmaker Steven Channing.

I counted at least 75+ with many of the startup scene represented.  For me, being relatively new to the Durham scene – it provided me a bit of the important history and context of the town I have come to enjoy.  I have no idea how one can see this going forward, but I recommend it to anyone who is calling Durham home (live or work).

The one new angle that I thought was very cool was that there were a number of spouses and significant others who joined the entrepreneurial set.  Adam Klein – American Undergrounds’ strategist and former Chamber Startup maven and his wife Amanda and Evan McCormick of Investors Mosaic and his bride who is currently in med school were two I  had the chance to spend time with.

Might this turn out to be another very cool repeatable gathering event?  I hope so.  What do you think?

Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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