“I started Hackers and Founders Meetups years ago as a way to find people similarly interested building tech startups.  Who knew that helping entreprenerds connect over beer would strike such a chord with people because Hackers and Founders Meetups have now been held in 115 cities and 45 countries and over 250,000 people have attended HF events.

Since then, we’ve protested laws that threatened to break the internet, we’ve worked with the White House and Mayor Bloomberg’s office to help immigrant entrepreneurs get visas to launch their companies in the US, we’ve become advisors to law schools as well as the SEC on problems small businesses have.

Amazing things can happen when you meet people and pay it forward for years.”

Jonathan Nelson, Organizer