Future 50: Timothy Wolf Starr, Atlas Partners

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2020 Future 50 class member Timothy Wolf Starr.

Future 50 Class of 2020

Timothy Wolf Starr

Managing partner, Atlas Partners

About: Timothy Wolf Starr has spent lots of time building blue-collar businesses. Capitalizing on this wealth of experience in 2009, Starr created the Small Business Beanstalk, which became the nation’s largest shop local network with more than 500 businesses and 100,000 participants. It has since been rebranded to Connects Columbus in collaboration with CD102.

Now, through Atlas Partners, Wolf has helped lead programs that have brought investment, businesses and new leaders to the region. Atlas Partners has hosted events including Venture Out, held at Drive Capital with Stonewall Columbus’ LEAP program, Loud Capital and NCT. This event has shaped Columbus into a hub for venture support in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Wolf has also worked with Smart Columbus, #SavedTheCrew, Experience Columbus and many others on the Radical Collaboration event series.

Outside of work: Wolf has served on dozens of local and regional boards including the Create Columbus Commission, Community Shares and the University District Business Association. He also co-produced festivals including Independents’ Day, the Food Truck Festival and the Festival For Good and consulted on projects ranging from Highball and Comfest to Craftin’ Outlaws.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “We must innovate, in everything we do, at a faster and more sustainable pace in order to actualize the forward momentum we have created. Over the past 10 years, we have grown many businesses, brought in new venture platforms and built a national reputation as an oasis of growth and technological excellence.”

Starr’s idea: “From the New Americans to the sixth-generation Columbus residents, everyone has a story, a goal and something to contribute. Each of the 50 could talk to one person they do not know each week and ask them to fill out a survey as a starting point to connect and record the different cultures, ideas and strategies of our community. With a 50 percent success rate we would create 1, 000 connections which would bring our city together by creating a dialogue to share externally.”

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