The Co-op is an accelerator run by Hackers/Founders, the largest network of entrepreneurs in the world with over 200,000 members in 47 countries. The accelerator is a tight-knit cooperative, where concierge services are provided in exchange for equity, and where founders help each other and elect each other to the program.
H/F Portfolio companies currently have a net worth of $400 million. The accelerator is based in San Jose, California.
The Hackers/Founders Co-op coaches startup founders through a personalized 100+ item checklist. The agenda points founders toward product and pitch development to prepare them for fundraising. When fundraising launches, the Co-op team works with you to set up meaningful contacts with our large curated pool of investors.
The story of H/F is pretty interesting, since it emerged from a casual situation:
“It was the Spring of 2008, in San Jose, California. Laura Nelson had heard quite enough of her aspiring entrepreneur husband Jonathan’s nonstop startup-talk: “I love you, Honey, but you need to get out of the house! Go meet and talk to other like-minded folks about this stuff.” Shortly after, the first “Hackers & Founders” meetup was held at St. John’s Bar & Grill in Sunnyvale. Five people, including Jonathan, attended. And the rest was history.
Well, not quite.
Within three years, Hackers/Founders (as it’s now stylized) had grown to become a network of meetups for startup communities all around the world. Hackers/Founders chapters can now be found in 128 cities in 47 countries. In addition to meetups, H/F also hosts educational classes, tech talks and other awesome events.
Following a suggestion by Naval Ravikant of AngelList, the Hackers/Founders Co-op accelerator was launched in 2011 to provide concierge services to early-stage startups under a unique – and in our eyes, superior – business model.”
Check out their website and look for H/F in your city!