WeddingWire is thrilled to have been featured last week in the Washington Post! The article explains how WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi realized the need for WeddingWire, and how he turned his dream into a reality with the launch of our website in 2007.
Tim originally created WeddingWire out of frustration when planning his own wedding. He and his fiancée were exasperated when attempting to find vendors and plan their special day because there was no technology available to help execute the process. As a technologist, Tim figured there had to a better way to make the process simpler and bring couples and vendors together.
While Tim approached WeddingWire as a consumer, he quickly realized wedding and event professionals could benefit from more tools and advice to help them better reach and serve clients. As quoted in the Washington Post article:
“The people we touch in our space, they’re all creative people — event designers, florists, artists. So that’s what they’re good at and that’s what they want to do,” Chi says. “We’re really passionate about helping these guys be more successful through technology. How can we play a role to support them, so they have more time to be better artists?”
We could never have gotten to this point without our wonderful Wedding Pros! We are humbled to have reached this point, and we’re excited to continue helping wedding merchants power their businesses and helping engaged couples find them.
Thank you to all our WeddingWire Pros!
Last week, WeddingWire CEO Timothy Chi participated in the twice annual Pitch Dingman Competition at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Not only was Tim a lead judge for the competition, but he was also the keynote speaker!
The Pitch Dingman Competition is a twice annual competition in which student entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their start-up idea to notable alumni and regional industry leaders. The competition is named for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship on UMD’s College Park campus.
The five finalists who are given the opportunity to pitch the judges are chosen from an initial group of ten who participate in a semi-final round. The top five are then coached by Dingman Center staff and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to prepare them for the final competition.
Tim and the other judges selected the first and second place winners, while the live audience for the competition used text-to-vote to select the winner of the Audience Choice Award. Winners received varying levels of cash prizes to put towards their startup ideas.
The first place prize of $2,000 went to SellMyOldTech.com, a startup that provides the fastest and easiest way to sell old or broken smartphones.
Check out some of the photos from the competition below!
WeddingWire was thrilled to be part of Tech Cocktail’s Sessions DC – Start Up Inspiration: Turning Ideas into Action on Wednesday evening! The goal of Tech Cocktail Sessions is to inspire and educate people on how to start and run a business with experienced entrepreneurs sharing their personal stories. Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Founder and CEO, was honored to be a keynote speaker at the kickoff to the series.
Tim, along with Shane Green, Co-founder and CEO of Personal, provided insight on their journeys to building successful start-ups, and the lessons they learned as entrepreneurs. The event was hosted at The Water Street Project, a unique temporary arts space and gallery created by local arts and design group, No Kings Collective, showcasing the original works of 13 featured visual artists.
Tech Cocktail is a media company that covers the latest tech innovations across the globe. Tech Cocktail hosts mixer events around the country; check out the upcoming event schedule to see if they will be in a city near you!
Check out a photo from the event below, thanks to Frank Gruber of Tech Cocktail!