SAN ANTONIO -- The conglomeration of startup technology companies called Geekdom celebrated its 4th anniversary tonight, with fire-eaters, carnival games, music, dancers, acrobats, beer, and a general celebration of growing technology in San Antonio.
"When we first started Geekdom, I would never would've imagined that we would have hundreds and hundreds of members, and that we would have almost 1000 meet-ups and events," Geekdom co-founder Nick Longo said.
Thursday night's event was a big party with a carnival atmosphere. But, fun and games aside, the first big success story to come out of Geekdom was a two-year-old company called Codeup that has graduated more than 200 people from their four-month long web developer boot camp.
"We've been populating the San Antonio tech-geekosphere with developers: front end developer's, full stack web developers, and helping companies advance their IT goals by providing them people who can think like programmers," said Ami Readdy, Codeup Chief Marketing Officer.
With 94 percent of their graduates finding jobs within three months of graduating, Codeup became the first profitable company to emerge out of Geekdom.
"We were really born out of their dream and we've now populated their companies with our developers," Readdy said.
"There are so many great success stories, so many great companies that are in the works, and to me it's launched a movement in San Antonio," Geekdom co-founder Graham Weston said.
At just four years old, Geekdom is proud to boast over 200 companies: some with as few as two employees, others with as many as a few dozen, all hoping to make it big.