Hello San Francisco!

Where is team Woopie?

In October, Woopie was selected by San Francisco-based Matter from hundreds of startups to take part in their second accelerator, so we’ve up and relocated for a few months to lovely San Francisco. It’s a big change from Dublin but so far so good!

Matter’s motto is “Change Media for Good”, and it’s something that truly resonated with us when we found out about their program. All seven of the Matter startups are focused on building media-focused, sustainable companies, so there is a lot of collaboration in the work that we all do. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by 13 other focused and hard-working folks here in the South Park neighborhood (apparently the place where Twitter was first discussed, so maybe there’s something about this location!). The leadership team of Matter, comprised of Managing Partner Corey Ford, Knight Fellow & Director of Operations Jigar Mehta and PRX CEO & Founding Partner Jake Shapiro, has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Matter started off with a bang: we met all of the other teams via a scavenger hunt through cafes of SOMA, and then we began an intensive week-long bootcamp focused on building scalable media ventures using a human-centered and prototype-driven process. We got to know the other teams and walked the streets of San Francisco getting feedback on our ideas and designs and iterating on our products. We ended the week with a trip to beautiful Lake Tahoe for the weekend!

But now we’re back and working harder than ever on new, hotly requested features for Woopie with some exciting beta customers (and looking for more if you’re interested?). If you’re in the Bay Area from now until March, please do drop us a line, we’d love to chat. If you’re missing us in Dublin, don’t worry, we’ll be back soon!

Some press from Matter and more about the program:

The Matter Portfolio: http://matter.vc/portfolio/

Matter Two Teams: http://matter.vc/news/

Nieman Lab: Matter announces its second class — http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/10/media-accelerator-matter-announces-its-second-class/

GigaOm: Matter announces its second class of startups— http://gigaom.com/2013/10/16/matter-announces-its-second-class-of-media-startups/

MediaShift: Matter aims to push 7 more media startups into Silicon Valley — http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2013/10/matter-aims-to-push-7-more-media-startups-into-silicon-valley/

Current: Creative arts well-represented in Matter’s second startup class — http://www.current.org/2013/10/creative-arts-well-represented-in-matters-second-startup-class/

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