Patrick Bryant – Founder / Entrepreneur in Charleston, South Carolina
Patrick Bryant loves the start-up process… that moment when you create something innovative that can scale… when you see that clear vision of how to get a unique product or service to everyone on the planet. And then build a company around it with talented creative people. After years as a serial entrepreneur, he founded the Harbor Entrepreneur Center to provide a place to help others launch companies and create collision among the other entrepreneurs in the region.
The keys to his entrepreneurial success are now the founding principles taught to start-up founders in the Harbor Accelerator, a 14 week program offered to 16 companies a year in Charleston, SC. Each company selected receives free space, mentor-ship, access to investors, and free services like marketing, law, and accounting. His first principal is to think of start-ups as movie scripts with a specific timeline for growing each company and a clear plan to exit. Second, selecting the start-up idea is a clear formula involving scale, innovation, and ability to execute.
Scale defines any business idea on a spectrum based on ease of ability to sell it to people multiple times, in multiple areas of the world, and with a small cost of expansion. Innovation comes through deploying new ideas that can be hopefully protected through trade secrets or intellectual property. Ability to execute is the understanding that the members of any team have unique skills suited to the enterprise including network contacts and skill sets. In his current companies Bryant has used all these values to ensure success.
Currently Bryant is a Partner in Teamphoria (human resource engagement software), Bidr (fundraising event software), Go To Team (broadcast video services), London Cut Cigars (cigar brand), SouthEaston Systems (home technology), and real estate holdings. He actively serves on the for profit boards of Avoxi VoIP and Wonderworks retail stores.
Teamphoria’s software solves employee engagement especially for remote teams with 360 peer reviews, team goal setting, surveys, employee recognition and rewards.
Bidr makes events more money… a lot more money! Bidr’s unique software for event ticketing, silent auctions, raffles, & donations replaces paper for non-profit events all over the US. Attendees now use their cell phone to bid on items and get out-bid notifications allowing organizers to replace the chaos of a old-school silent auction or raffle.
The largest staff video crew provider in the US, Go To Team shot over 1200 shoot days last year, with 17 offices throughout the US including NY, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta & Charleston. Go To Team specializes in providing high quality video footage to national clients including Netflix, Disney, NBC News, Fox Sports, ESPN, and HGTV.
London Cut Cigars innovates new products in the tobacco industry including the Gold Cut cigar, Shine papers, and Pure Leaf tobacco wraps. The first of it’s kind, London Cut cigars owns the trademark for 24k Gold color on cigars, rolling papers, and smoking articles. Smokers love leaving 24k gold in their ash. The full product line for the multiple brands is sold in over 1000 stores world-wide and is the 5th largest brand in the US.
Bryant feels strongly about making Charleston and South Carolina a better place to work as an Entrepreneur. In addition to being Board Chairman of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Bryant serves as Past Chairman of the Charleston Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce and Goodwill Industries.
Bryant resides in Isle of Palms, SC with his two sons Pate and Jack.
Always an entrepreneur, Bryant started his first company Bryant Design at 16. A one man desktop publishing service designing logos, menus, and advertisements using the newly invented Macintosh computers. Then while a sophomore in college his second company, a sound and lighting company for events around South Carolina including regional bands, high school pep rallies, and the Miss South Carolina Pageant and many of it’s smaller pageants around the state. He sold that business to his partner and today it is called Carolina Sound. These ventures opened his eyes to the world of small business and allowed him the opportunity to begin managing large projects.
As a senior at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC he was awarded an internship with WIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, SC. Shortly after starting school at the University of South Carolina he returned to WIS as a freelance editor and cameraman. After graduation and a stint in software sales he started Go To Team with his former WIS-TV boss. In the beginning years of Go To Team, Bryant started out serving as a production manager, audio operator and freelance producer. He’s covered the Olympic Park Bombing, Monica Lewinsky’s home at the Watergate, been on the presidential campaign trail, and been soaked for countless hours covering hurricanes on the southeast coast. He grew it from one crew in Columbia, SC to 17 offices around the US including New York, LA, Miami, Chicago and, of course, Charleston. He remains the majority share holder, but left in 2013 to pursue other business opportunities.