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BASHH origins – November 2009 in Austin


By November of 2009, we had grown quite a bit. One of our core goals has always been to put money back into local businesses because the economy hasn’t been kind to all local venues.

In that spirit, we began hosting BASHH at the Gingerman, a really cool pub with a great outdoor patio, darts and amazing beer. Eventually, our group got so big that we couldn’t fit inside the venue any more, but while we were only 200 people or so, it was the perfect spot!

Back then, we still weren’t called BASHH and we were experimenting with hashtags to use on Twitter to promote the event. That month, we tried “#TwitterHH” which performed well but we felt it was too long and excluded people not on Twitter.
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Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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