Take a good look at the picture above. What does it look like to you? A weekly team meeting at a creative agency perhaps? A brainstorming session for the latest client project? But wait. The clock reads 8:10 and there’s beer on the table so it’s probably quite late in the day, right? They all look pretty relaxed though so they must know each other quite well and not care that much about working late. The reality is quite different. Many of the fourteen people who attended Cardiff Start’s first Hack Night had never even met before, let alone worked together. Each of the people around this table at some point have started or have been influential in the creation of a new company in or around the Cardiff area. And all these people want to create a community that aids others starting up in this young, vibrant and creative capital city. The mission is simple: Cardiff Start wants to connect people who make Cardiff an awesome place to start up. The aim is to foster a community that shares knowledge, offers advice and attracts investment for new tech, creative, online and digital startups. Cardiff Start also wants to highlight the benefits of Wales’ most connected city and the great facilities on offer. After months of discussion on the 180-strong Facebook group, the group now aims to meet regularly, with participants giving up their own time to push the community forward. During the first four hour Hack Night, strides were made deciding an initial strategy, basic branding and a new website. The group will meet again on September 11th to discuss the next steps. This is a really exciting time for our capital city. I recently moved my own company, Applingua, into the city centre and haven’t looked back since. It’s amazing to see so many people wanting to help each other without any ulterior motive. Exactly what a community should be! Special thanks to Alex Kavel who organised the Hack Night; Michelle Davies and IndyCube for hosting; and of course Neil Cocker, who planted the first seeds. Go to all-new Cardiff Start website or participate in our active Facebook group.