About Andrew


Andrew Hyde has a passion for community, writing, travel and startups. He has founded three startups (one failed, one sold and his current project is doing quite well). With roots in freelancing and design, he can hold a conversation about best interface practices as well as how to build cabins with hand tools. He is also a marathoner, Ironman competitor, blogger and event organizer. He started Ignite Boulder, TEDxBoulder, a food/tech/music conference boco and once spent a flight making a stupid tshirt site that every VC in the world has seen.

TED Conference

TEDActive 2011

An idea worth spreading

The real estate market can be devalued with data and a single person working against the ownership fallacy. Current prices bank on that person not stepping up.

I'm passionate about

Community, usability, design and startups.

Talk to me about

Startups, design, usability, the hidden clock of community and wilderness.

People don't know I'm good at

Long distance backpacking, minimalism, designing large group social dynamics and gluten free cooking.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Andrew Hyde
Posted about 4 years ago
As a TEDx organizer please share a best practices, an innovation, something incredible or something useful from your TEDx event.
I always look at events with a 'no stress allowed' planning attitude. Every part of your event can be planned for, it just sometimes takes some experience to know just what to look for. This goes for obvious things like the weather (if it rains we need a tent for the afterparty) to the complex (a speaker starts pitching a startup after they practiced a different talk). For first time or new organizers I would * list out why you are having your event (school sustainability is being overlooked / is in a direction the community doesn't like!) * list out what a 'perfect' event would be (venue, feeling, speakers, excitement) * create a team that has time to work on the project that you can trust to follow through (each has their specialty ~ a host, curator, event production manager, stage manager, design, website and volunteer organizer) * discuss and start planning with the team on just how you would merge the first two items With a stress free approach, you are open to really seeing the opportunities for innovation.