Why We Play: Bigcommerce and stupidcancer

Why We Play: Bigcommerce and stupidcancer

This series of posts by past and future Startup Games participants explores how startup culture intersects a charitable mindset. We each play for a company and play for a charity – but the motivation for giving back often lies deeper, and that is Why We Play.   Bigcommerce and Stupid Cancer The leader in e-commerce for SMBs, Bigcommerce helps the world’s best up-and-coming brands launch professional online stores to share their products with the world and drive more revenue.   Bigcommerce took second place at Level Up. They earned 3 Golds in Foosball, Flip Cup, and Beer Pong, including a Beer Pong Silver. Not to mention their Bronze in Mystery Relay, and victory in the pre-games Fit Rankings competition.   Bigcommerce competed in support of stupidcancer as their charity. Stupidcancer empowers those affected by young adult cancer with support resources to build community, improve quality of life, and provide meaningful survivorship. They were noted by the Washington Post as “an unparalleled resource for cancer patients in their teens, 20s and 30s.” Kenny Kane, the Chief Operation Officer of stupidcancer is a Brand Ambassador with Bigcommerce, and uses Bigcommerce’s platform to host stupidcancer’s online store. Bigcommerce says, “We are excited to present them with their check for the amount we raised by being a part of the Startup Games, and hope for many more donations in the future!​”     This is why Bigcommerce plays. We’d love to hear why you play – tell us your...
Why We Play: HomeAway and Austin Habitat for Humanity

Why We Play: HomeAway and Austin Habitat for Humanity

This series of posts by past and future Startup Games participants explores how startup culture intersects a charitable mindset. We each play for a company and play for a charity – but the motivation for giving back often lies deeper, and that is Why We Play.   HomeAway and Austin Habitat for Humanity HomeAway is always up for a good, ol’ fashioned competition, whether it be an intradepartmental food drive, a company-wide flag football game, or a myriad of mental and physical challenges against other companies.  We might not always come out on top, but we have a lot of heart and genuinely enjoy getting to “play” alongside other members of the HomeAway family. For that reason alone, participating in the Level Up Games seemed like a no-brainer. However, when we were told there was a charitable component, that…as they say… “sealed the deal.” Giving back to the communities we serve is a huge part of our culture. We always try to support a variety of causes to reflect the passions of our diverse team, but when asked to choose one charity to play for in the Level Up Games, we looked to an organization we’ve partnered with for nearly a decade – Austin Habitat for Humanity (AHFH). HomeAway has been involved with AHFH in a number of capacities over the course of our relationship, from having three of our c-team members serve on their board of directors, to participating in volunteer builds and, most recently, co-sponsoring their holiday “Blitz Builds” for the last five years. Whether it’s because our employees love the tangible impact of building something so meaningful with...
Startup Games goes a Level Up

Startup Games goes a Level Up

The first ever Startup Games: Level Up saw action on April 11th, 2015. Success of the OG Startup Games played by the smaller startup companies encouraged the larger ones to prove their mettle. Six teams took the challenge: Bigcommerce, BuildASign, Drillinginfo, HomeAway, Main Street Hub, and RetailMeNot. Nine events and a pre-Games fitness competition decided the winner. Returning events were Ping Pong, Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Foosball, Trivia, and Liar’s Dice. Level Up also brought in three new events: Dodgeball, Mario Kart, and a Mystery Relay.   An early battle for the coveted trophy began when Bigcommerce won gold in Foosball and BuildASign took the C-level Liar’s Dice. The immediately popular and heated battle on the dodgeball court saw an eventual winner in Drillinginfo.   BuildASign added to their point total with a win in Ping Pong and an overtime victory in the Geeks Who Drink sponsored Trivia event. Still, Bigcommerce fought for wins in Flip Cup and both Gold and Silver in Beer Pong. Drillinginfo didn’t give up, taking a win in the all-at-once Mystery Relay. Not to be outdone, Main Street Hub took the most medals (7), including a Gold in Mario Kart.   Nevertheless, 3 Golds and 3 Silvers hailed a BuildASign championship. And, as Level Up champions, BuildASign walked away with the biggest purse of $9,000 for their charity, Emancipet. Bigcommerce came out with a second place standing, and Main Street Hub took 3rd. Still, no one walked away empty as we donated a combined $21,000 toward each of the teams’ charities.   Bigcommerce Stupid Cancer BuildASign Emancipet Drillinginfo People’s Community Clinic HomeAway Habitat for...