At the Weston Centre plaza Friday night, Geekdom celebrated five years of fostering entrepreneurs and start-up companies in downtown San Antonio. The plaza was filled with past and present Geekdom members and their staff, food trucks, musicians, and beer from Alamo Beer Company.

Before the festivities, Christian Torres, Geekdom events manager, told the Rivard Report that the best way to celebrate their anniversary was to go back to the Weston Centre, where it all started.

“We’re going to be showcasing the members who have developed into big companies and we’ll be handing out some awards like the ‘Long Live the Geek Award,’” he said. “And we’ll have a VIP area dedicated to members who have been with us for over three years.”

Geekdom’s growth over the past five years, he added, is cause for celebration alone. This past March, the company surpassed 1,000 members.

“We just checked, and we have over 1,200 members and 500 companies,” he said. “And we hold 400 events every year, 90% of which are member driven. We had pretty close to 350 members at the end of our first year, and everyone (then) was pretty much a freelancer.”

The Rivard Report was one of the first businesses to form and grow out of Geekdom when it was founded in 2011. Geekdom eventually moved into it’s current location in the Rand Building in 2014, as well as the Rivard Report.

James McCandless

Former intern James McCandless is a recent St. Mary's University graduate. He has worked with the San Antonio Current and Texas Public Radio.