pride in our hometown. pick these up at SDC today (the sticker not the mac)
crispy. western & atlantic, monday night.
SDC member profile! Photos by @chilstudios! This week: @petebernardo of #switchyards Design & Development (@founderhappyplace). What are you up to these days?
For the last few months, I have been running a small skunk works like team here at Switchyards called Design & Development, building product with idea stage founders. They bring us the idea, and we work hand in hand with them to get the first version of the product out to consumers. We do everything from planning what we are building to designing/developing it. We’ve built an app that uniquely helps you plan your meals, another one that is live streaming events, and we are currently prototyping an app for college athletes. We’ve done a few other projects at the same time too, so we’ve been busy but are moving really quick. Our the team is super top notch and the quality has been really high. - You have an extensive experience working on creative projects, do you have a favorite that you could share?
The most rewarding project I have ever worked on was for the Rollins Center, their goal is for every teacher in the state to learn proper language and literacy techniques for children from birth to 3rd grade. It has been a multiyear project for 352 Inc., involving product and marketing teams with hundreds of releases. It is one of those few projects that the goal and impact was so clearly big. - Can we know the backstory for the axe?
As you can see, I have some facial hair. I’ve had that for over a decade now and a while back some friends in Miami got use to calling me the Viking. I would be standing in a crowd and they would use me as a landmark: “Just past the viking.” Then some other friends got me the axe for Christmas because they liked it too. For clarity, I’m Italian.
Next month's Consumer Show features the B2C Techstars Atlanta companies. They're some of the best pitches you'll see in Atlanta. It'll be one you don't want to miss. RSVP at theconsumer.show #theconsumershow
Thanks for the nod & nice words, @cl_atl! Best Startup Hub in the 2017 Best of Atlanta issue. "The era of the co-working space is in full-effect year days, but all these startup-focused spaces are not created equal. Leading this increasingly crowded pack is Switchyards Downtown Club, although it's not totally because of its cool work areas, funky auditorium, espresso bar or Ping-Pong table. None of that matters as much as the fact that SDC seems to cultivate and nurture a vibe that is uniquely Downtown: creative, down-to-earth, more about substance and less about flash." #bestofatlanta#bestofatl#madewithsoulinatlanta#switchyards#downtown#downtownatlanta#atlanta
delicious & nutritious
Ours is as dense a city block as you'll find in Atlanta. Every inch filled by 6 different buildings combining new & old. SDC lower right. : @ginakawalek
Irma got us reflecting. on how to create better things in the world. on how to make better stuff out of Atlanta. : @yellowbirdvisuals
good day for the apple keynote on the big screen
power is on at SDC! all neon signs are working! coffee is hot at Western & Atlantic! Sonos is cranking! wi-fi is speedy!
Meet Fred! - the Switchyards-supported startup that takes on landscape design via today's @hypepotamus
SDC member profile! Photos by @chilstudios! This week it's the man usually behind the camera at SDC, @vayandotravel's @jason.seagle! - What are you up to these days?
I've got two main projects that I'm working on, namely building www.vayando.com (a for-profit social enterprise / booking platform that puts local entrepreneurs on the travel map. Currently in Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua) and my Atlanta based photography business (www.jasonseagle.com). Switchyards has been pretty central to - and is the headquarters for - both. - We know you do a lot of travel photography, any particular trips that stand out?
I've traveled a ton over the years but most of my overseas photography is actually tied into my background working in the international development sector. I started out studying photojournalism but completed my undergrad / grad programs in international development. I've worked a lot overseas managing state and national level food security and livelihoods programs, and always carry a camera with me to document. Working in that field, you get access to a lot of communities / parts of the world that can be difficult to get into otherwise. In terms of memorable trips, South Sudan definitely stands out. I've spent about 2. 5 years there in total (pre-referendum, post independence, and right at the start of the current ethnic conflict) and know pretty much every corner of the country. My images from South Sudan have been published extensively, including one that ran for three months on the giant CBS screen in Times Square in NY. I've also had some run-ins with drunken Southern Sudanese soldiers upset that I was carrying a camera, which resulted in a long uncomfortable night chained by the ankle. - What's the hardest thing when it comes to balancing being an artist / creative and running a startup?
I moved back to Atlanta (after a 15+ year hiatus) to focus on Vayando. I had been living in Germany / South Sudan for a number of years but felt like Atlanta was were I needed to be. Atlanta has shown strong support & in proud my hometown is really coming into its own.
"We tried to run a B2C company from an office." - @jnorton123 (the blur) on talking to customers in person at today's Friends of Switchyards