Geekdom, a catalyst for startups and apps

Geekdom is the largest single-location collaborative workspace in the country. Now in its fifth year, this San Antonio, Texas incubator is educating and attracting young talent while serving as a catalyst for new startups and apps.

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IT'S THE LARGEST SINGLE-LOCATION COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE IN THE COUNTRY FOR TECH GEEKS.

ITS NAME IS PERFECT -- GEEKDOM.

NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, THIS SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, INCUBATOR IS EDUCATING AND ATTRACTING YOUNG TALENT WHILE SERVING AS A CATALYST FOR NEW STARTUPS AND APPS.

WE TAKE YOU INSIDE GEEKDOM.

THEY'RE THROWING A PARTY IN SAN ANTONIO.

FIESTAS ARE COMMON HERE, BUT THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT.

IT'S FOR THE TECH COMMUNITY, AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS GEEKS.

♪ HEY, HEY, HEY!

TODAY, AT THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF GEEKDOM, WE'RE AT THIS INCREDIBLE PARTY WITH 1,000 PEOPLE HERE.

THIS IS JUST AMAZING.

IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE.

IT'S A CARNIVAL.

LIKE, SO, WHAT MATCHES GEEKS MORE THAN A SIDESHOW?

'CAUSE IF YOU TAKE CARNIES... AND GEEKS... AND SOME PEOPLE WALKING OFF THE STREET, IT'S ABOUT THE SAME THING, EXCEPT, LIKE, MAYBE THEY DON'T HAVE A LAPTOP.

BUT IT'S ABOUT THE SAME CHARACTERS.

NICK AND I WERE HOPING THAT GEEKDOM WOULD SPARK THE TECH COMMUNITY, AND IT REALLY HAS.

GEEKDOM IS A NEW KIND OF COLLABORATIVE CO-WORKING SPACE, WHERE ENTREPRENEURS, TECHNOLOGISTS, CREATIVES CAN GET TOGETHER AND BUILD AWESOME THINGS TOGETHER.

GEEKDOM IS HOME TO HUNDREDS OF TECHIES, ENTREPRENEURS, AND STARTUP COMPANIES, INCLUDING THE TECHSTARS CLOUD.

TECHSTARS IS ESSENTIALLY A GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM THAT HELPS ENTREPRENEURS BRING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO MARKET.

ENTREPRENEURS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL COME TO THIS PROGRAM TO GET ACCESS TO THE MENTORSHIP THAT WE HAVE HERE AND THE RESOURCES FOR CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES.

IN ADDITION TO THE COMPANIES THAT COME TO SAN ANTONIO TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, WE'VE ALSO GOT A WORLDWIDE NETWORK OF INVESTORS AND MENTORS THAT ARE EXPERTS OR INTERESTED IN THE CLOUD FIELD, AND THEY COME TO SAN ANTONIO TO MENTOR THE TEAMS, TO LOOK AT POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND TO HELP THESE COMPANIES GET STARTED.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE JUST A COMPANY TO GET AN OFFICE.

YOU CAN BE ONE PERSON AND SAY, 'I WANT TO GET AN OFFICE AT GEEKDOM.'

WELL, WHAT WE DO IS -- WE TEAM YOU UP WITH THREE OTHER PEOPLE IN THAT OFFICE.

AND WHAT WE DO OUR BEST AT, I THINK, IS TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT THE SAME AS YOU.

SO IF YOU'RE A DEVELOPER, WE WANT TO PUT YOU IN WITH A CREATIVE -- OKAY? -- AND THEN MAYBE SOME TYPE OF 'NUMBERS-TYPE PERSON.'

BY THE TIME YOU'RE DONE TALKING, IN THREE OR FOUR DAYS, YOU MIGHT COME UP WITH A NEW IDEA.

AND THEN, ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY'RE LAUNCHING ANOTHER COMPANY.

IT WAS KIND OF ALMOST AN ARRANGED BLIND DATE, IF YOU WILL, FROM THE GEEKDOM COMMUNITY, PUTTING US TOGETHER.

GEEKDOM PAIRED ENTREPRENEUR ANDREW TRICKETT WITH TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPER FRANKLIN LYONS, AND THE TWO LAUNCHED A STARTUP CALLED MERGE VR, WHICH NOW MANUFACTURES VIRTUAL-REALITY GOGGLES AND SOFTWARE FOR THE CONSUMER MARKET.

I FEEL LIKE I'M A PART OF THIS ARTIFICIAL WORLD, LIKE I'M ACTUALLY INSIDE OF THE SCENE, AND AS I LOOK AROUND, YOU KNOW, I FEEL LIKE I'M ACTUALLY INSIDE OF THIS WORLD.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, HERE WE GO.

WE CAN USE IT AS WHAT'S CALLED AN EMPATHY MACHINE, 'CAUSE IT REALLY EXTRACTS EMOTIONS.

IT ISN'T JUST SOMETHING THAT'S FOR FUN.

IT'S THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY ALMOST LITERALLY STEP INSIDE OF SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES AND BE THEM FOR A LITTLE WHILE.

IT'S LIKE, WHAT'S IT REALLY LIKE TO BE SOMEONE IN A DIFFERENT PART OF THE WORLD AND A DIFFERENT CULTURE, LIVING IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT?

MAYBE MAKE THE WORLD A LITTLE BIT BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AS A RESULT.

THEY DON'T KNOW THAT THEIR TRIBE IS THAT CLOSE TO THEM.

[ LAUGHS ] SO CREATING A HUB WHERE EVERYONE CAN GET TOGETHER -- THAT'S WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS, RIGHT?

AND, AT THE END OF THE DAY, I THINK OF IT AS WHERE WE ALL NEEDED AND WANTED TO BE FROM THE BEGINNING, AND JUST OPENING IT UP TO EVERYONE -- IT JUST MADE IT PERFECT FOR US.

I THINK THAT WE'VE SEEN SUCH AN EVOLUTION OF THE TECH COMMUNITY.

THERE'S SO MANY MORE STARTUPS, SO MANY MORE DEVELOPERS PARTICIPATING, SO MANY ENTREPRENEURS COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, THE SKY'S THE LIMIT.