Why Tom Tom

Posted by Kyle Redinger on Dec 19, 2013 9:57:00 AM


The Tom Tom Founders Festival celebrates the arts, innovation, entrepreneurship and ideas. This year it’s taking place April 10th through April 14th and we wanted to invite all our clients, investors, friends and supporters to come hang out with us in Charlottesville.

It’s a great event for family, or even for a weekend get away with a couple of close friends. It’s SXSW, but done in a weekend, in Charlottesville. It’s in its third year. The festival celebrate the makers, entrepreneurs, crafters, inventors, musicians, artists, creators and anyone else who has an association with any of those categories.

It isn’t only about Charlottesville stuff; The bands are a mix of local and national bands with emphasis on diversity – big band to bluegrass to punk hardcore. The majority of the attendance is local, but it’s drawing more and more of a national audience.

Why Tom Tom?

Because our generation is uniquely positioned with the tools to start businesses, create music, learn, grow and change things in ways that weren’t possible 50 years ago. Because some of us are lucky to have the privilege of time, we should be putting that time towards things that benefit the world through our own, personal interests. I’ve held a single and unwavering belief in my career. It’s simple.

If you don’t wake up and get excited about what you are doing, you are doing it wrong. Life is too short to waste time on things that don’t excite you.

Tom Tom celebrates the idea that all of us are artists, in the sense that the world is our canvas and we have the ability to change it. There are many talented artists in Charlottesville. But we have yet to achieve status as a startup hub. Importantly, I think Tom Tom it’s a key ingredient in building the right culture to really make Charlottesville a startup hub.  This is hugely important for job growth, quality of life, keeping talent local, fostering the arts and pretty much everything else we want to make Charlottesville a better place to live.


I volunteered to organize two panels to help people understand that small towns, like Charlottesville, can do just a good as job as anywhere in the world at building great companies. The first panel is on raising money from investors as I know this can be a particularly challenging ordeal for many new entrepreneurs and makers. I am bringing in a lot of active angels, investors and people who are “paying it back to Charlottesville” with their success. The second panel is on scaling talent from a small town and will include CTOs and CEOs who have built successful companies locally, and globally, but never with the bulk of their workforce in a major city.

I think these two things resonated well with the organizers and I can’t wait to do my part to help Tom Tom celebrate innovation from these two perspectives.

If you are interested in the panels, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.




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