Why did you start your business in North Carolina?
Durham has an incredible entrepreneurial and progressive history going back 150 years. By 1900, American Tobacco created what was essentially a monopoly of the American tobacco market. Black Wall Street helped African American wealth grow by 500x in just the 1910's, making Durham the "Capital of the Black Middle Class." The first sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement was in Durham. The growth of the Research Triangle Park in the latter half of the 20th made Durham one of the largest R&D centers in the world. Now, with the amount of talent RTP attracts and the world class universities we have here, its no wonder why Durham is the "Startup Hub of the South."
Our company headquarters is in San Francisco, but we chose to build our sales, marketing and customer support team here in Durham. The talent we were able to attract here and the flourishing environment in which we can grow made it an easy choice to choose Durham. Not only do we want to make Dor a part of this rapidly growing community, we want to help contribute to it -- a philosophy shared by every one of our peers. That alone makes Durham a special place to plant your startup.
What is the best part about running your business in your community?
Our office is in the American Tobacco campus as part of the American Underground. The campus provides the perfect setting for a lively and inspiring office that is attractive to the talent we want to recruit. Plus, the American Underground provides a wealth of resources and a valuable network to help us grow and contribute to the startup community here in Durham.
What do you believe your North Carolina community has that other startup hubs can’t offer?
One of the biggest problems startups face in North Carolina is access to funding. Because of our split between Durham and San Francisco, we have relationships with networks that can bring significant investment to the thriving community we have here in Durham.
In 3 words, how would you describe the entrepreneurial culture in NC?
Collaborative • Flourishing • Energetic