I attended the mayoral mixer at the Charleston Digital Corridor last week (ok, I snuck in the back for free apps and drinks). The event was designed to be an opportunity for Charleston’s next leader to discuss their vision of how they would support and promote the growing technology community here.
The evening was a no-threat environment for the candidates: An open forum with a clear agenda and scripted questions which should have been known in advance. As if it wasn’t painfully clear what the discussion topics and expectations were, there was an editorial published in that morning’s Post and Courier signed by 10 of the area’s top technology leaders laying it all out in 350 words.
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In this 17th episode of Rich Conte’s TechLife Podcast, Rich and Paul discuss the rapid expansion of Charleston as hub for emerging businesses and tech ventures. Paul also offers his unique take on what makes Charleston a boom versus bust in the making.
The crash course in coding is pretty cool. We saw the “graduation” of more than two dozen old and young coders a few months ago. Watching the presentations we found it almost impossible to believe the zero-to-hero transformation these folks had achieved. Sally Kingston and her gang here in Charleston deserve a lot of credit – or a beer if you run into them out on the town.
Emerging companies and entrepreneurs: They are the future of Charleston – especially tech-related ventures. They have the power to diversify the economy of Charleston, to make us more than just a tourism/hospitality hub (that could be devastated for years from a hurricane or earthquake). Diversifying our economy also makes us less reliable on Joint Base Charleston, Boeing or similar large entities that could vanish overnight given the wrong set of circumstances.