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On to the next one: Startup Genome


On to the next one: Startup Genome

Geoff Wood

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve joined the full-time team behind Startup Genome!

Startup Genome is a worldwide network of volunteer curators creating the most up-to-date and accurate maps of the startup communities in which they live and work. Check out the Startup Genome dataset at The company is built on a vision of providing tools and information to startup community builders to better understand their communities and that is really exciting. I’ve been advocating on behalf of and connecting people within Des Moines’ startup community and around the country in one form or another since I moved back to Iowa in 2009.

Startup Genome has been a side project lead by Shane Reiser and Dave Lerner for the last few years. Shane took the leap to work full time on the project this summer and I’m his first hire. I met Shane at the first Startup Weekend Des Moines (July 2009) and our careers have bumped into each other several times since (we even shared an office as remote employees for different companies back in 2011!). I’ve been giving him feedback on Startup Genome regularly this summer and now its great to play a more active role on the team. Plus, the first ten years of my career were in Geographic Information Systems so it will be fun to apply that knowledge and experience to this project.

It’s also a great fit because I’ll be able to continue working locally in the Des Moines startup community through Welch Avenue. Startup Genome and Welch Avenue compliment each other quite well - the former being global tools to support local efforts like the latter - and Shane has encouraged me to keep it going. Two peas, one pod. 

If you haven’t yet, please check out the project at We’re looking to bring on additional volunteer curators all over the world so if you’re up for it, let us know. And, be sure to claim your profile!