When Patrick Bryant was 17, he started a business. Not a great business...he was selling his time.
Through hard work, lessons from a family bankruptcy, and a restart, by 24 he was starting his next business. This time, though, he'd hit a $1 million valuation within 10 years, grew the company to 20 offices around the US, and had learned the secrets of growing successful businesses.
Patrick's biography has been a steady stream of launching new businesses in media, rolling papers, and software. As a serial entrepreneur, Patrick has now launched 6 (& counting) multi-million dollar companies, some in less than 2 years time, including CODE/+/TRUST (software development firm), Teamphoria (HR engagement software), Event.gives (fundraising event software), CrewMama (crew production directory software), Go To Team (the largest staff video crew provider in the US), and Shine Rolling Papers (24k gold rolling papers).
After years as a serial entrepreneur, Patrick founded the Harbor Entrepreneur Center to provide a place to help others launch companies and create collision among other entrepreneurs in the region. The keys to his entrepreneurial success are now the founding principles taught to startup founders in the Harbor Accelerator, a 14-week program offered to 16 companies a year in Charleston, SC.
Patrick loves the startup process - that moment when you create something innovative that can scale and have a clear vision of how to get a unique product or service to everyone on the planet, then build a company around that idea with talented, entrepreneurial-minded people. His principle is to think of startups as movie scripts with a specific timeline for growing each company, as well as a clear plan to exit. All of these concepts are surrounded by the overarching principles that Patrick has identified as the most important elements to building successful businesses - scale, innovation, and the ability to execute.