Nick Longo is the founder of CoffeeCup Software, director of strategic initiatives at Rackspace Hosting, and the co-founder/director of Geekdom.
Starting in his real coffeehouse, Longo founded CoffeeCup Software in 1996. After launching startup operations and achieving dramatic sales growth and expansion, Longo sold the company after 11 years as the founder and CEO of one of the most popular early brands on the Internet. Longo is proud to have established himself as a valued contributor to the web for the last 17 years.
Combining Longo’s core strengths in brand management, web marketing, product development, word-of-mouth marketing, and business development, Longo has created dozens of web design products and services for over 50 million users worldwide. Longo also wrote a book on web design and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Endicott College for his contributions to the Internet and society.
Geekdom, the largest co-working space in Texas, has grown to almost 700 members in a little over a year. The secret sauce for Geekdom is a tech focus where members must give back one hour a week to another member or give a workshop once a month on their expertise. This combined with mentorship & education programs as a daily part of the fabric has made Geekdom the place where startups are born.
Collaboration, ecosystems & a noble cause. It’s not technology. It’s people.
The formula for a successful business or community is less about science and technology and more about human nature and emotions. I will discuss the ecosystems we all find ourselves in and how we got there.
There is a turning point for most people driven by outside forces that we are unaware of while they are impacting us. When groups of people with similar interests or experiences gather under certain conditions, they can create great things together and change the world. Through our lives and these experiences, we can discover our own Noble Cause. What we stand for. The thing that defines us as people. The reason we are here.