A cool new project about the Seattle creative community hit Kickstarter recently. It’s called We Make Seattle.
Given the fact I am an entrepreneur, founder of a Seattle startup and now founder of a site that helps other founders tell their startup stories, I am very excited to see something like this come out of our community. Seattle needs more exposure to put to rest the “Seattle vs Silicon Valley” arguments. We are not SV and never will be; we are Seattle. We are unique, different, but also a land of huge opportunity. Films like this allow us to tell our stories to the world and show them we know a thing or two about creating great products and companies.
They are more than half way to their goal of raising $28,500 to get this thing in production, so go on and help them achieve their goal! Below is more about the short film.
This short film is a celebration of what makes Seattle the best place in the world for entrepreneurs and creatives to live. It tells the story of the vibrant and supportive community we have for starting companies, betting on dreams, and chasing big ideas.
Despite being named the #1 tech city in America by The Atlantic, and consistent top rankings on the list of the world’s most livable city, we’re frequently overlooked as the place to go for people with big talents and ideas. This film will change that.
The film has three goals:
1. Celebrate the creative community. We have all personally benefited from the Seattle community, and the film will be a reflection back to the community itself on how many amazing companies, events, and projects are based here. In our daily lives we rarely step back to see the entire city, and We Make Seattle will inspire by telling the story of how many great things happen around us.
2. Help recruiters and entrepreneurs attract talent. NYC, LA and even Portland have produced short videos to help local companies tell the story of their city. Seattle has no such film, until now. The film will be the perfect one link to send to convince ambitious creatives, potential business partners, or top candidates from around the world to bring their passions to the northwest.
3. Have the community tell its own story. Everything about this project is built by the Seattle community itself, and led by well known leaders who have benefited from our creative city and want to give something back. We’ll be inviting people to contribute in various ways throughout the production of the film.
All funds beyond our budget will be used to promote the video, as PR and reaching a wide audience is as important as the video itself.