Hi, I’m Greg Gopman,
I’m most well known for my work building AngelHack, Hackathon.io and for my work solving homeless in San Francisco.
I’m an avid traveler, lover of unconventional wisdom, and usually have 2- 3 wonky ideas I’m working on.
In 2011, I organized my first hacakthon, AngelHack. What started off as a passion project to bring angel investors in to judge hackathons quickly became a global startup competition, across 50 cities and 30 countries. With 50,000 members, AngelHack is the largest hackathon competition in the world and has seen the hacks produced at the event raise millions of dollars, sell to Google, and change the lives of people across the world.
In 2012, I realized that there wasn’t a hackathon social network and built hackathon.io to fill that need. It was designed as a place to manage hackathon competitions and for hackers to showcase portfolios of their work.
In 2013, I realized our top hackathon teams had great ideas, but were too early stage for traditional accelerator programs. So I built a pre-accelerator program called HACKcelerator to provide mentorship and startup advice to hackathon teams around the world.
In 2015 I started to take a crack at Solving Homelessness. Really. I was so upset at the incompetence in San Francisco’s political system that I thought the only way to ever solve things would have to be from someone on the outside. And of course, why not me 🙂
After graduating from the University of Florida, I started a bus transport company called Weekend Gator. It allowed students, families, and loved ones to travel across the major cities in Florida to Gainesville on the weekends. It was my first company and my first exit.
This is my favorite startup idea that I wish I could build. I spent 3 months working on it in 2014, but hit a stop-gap, because Facebook changed their API permissions and this app no longer functions with the new rules Facebook put in place. I’ll get to the technical challenges and setbacks later, first let me tell you the big idea!