A core tenet of the Market-Based Management framework developed by Charles G. Koch, CEO of one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations, Principled Entrepreneurship focuses on companies that emphasize value creation, innovation, self-determination, and integrity to drive long-term success while developing products and services to help people improve their lives. As such, we feature Ryan Wilson, co-founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot as our subject in this installment of our special “Profiles of Principled Entrepreneurship” video series.
If you’re a founder, financier or creative seeking to make the right connections or find a cutting-edge, tech-driven work environment, there’s only one place to be: The Gathering Spot. The brainchild of 28-year-old entrepreneurs Ryan Wilson and T.K. Petersen, this private membership club is in a class by itself.
Enter the jaw-dropping, 25,000-square-foot space and you’ll be awed by its layout of highly-functional workstations, concierge services, tech innovations, soundproof podcasting booths, a capacious event auditorium, and top-shelf restaurant and bar. More impressive than its ambiance is the activity housed within The Gathering Spot. It’s where business deals are made, ventures financed and community initiatives take hold—and so much more. Gaining 24/7 access to its amenities as well as those among Atlanta’s influential set comes with the privileges of membership.
The Gathering Spot was spawned after the two Georgetown graduates grew frustrated by the lack of workspaces in the Washington, D.C. area. “I would go to coffee shops and restaurants, and I would get the tap on my shoulder a lot of times and told ‘Hey it’s time for you to go,’” recalls Wilson, who also graduated from Georgetown Law School. “It was really difficult for us to find social spaces. A million conversations later, we settled on creating what the club is today, which is a private invitation-only club.
Since opening two years ago, The Gathering Spot has held more than 3,500 events, ranging from functions sponsored by tech behemoths such as Spotify, Google, and Facebook to high-profile political gatherings featuring Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and civil rights legend, Congressman John Lewis.
In the video, learn more about how The Gathering Spot is having a transformative impact on the membership and communities in which it serves.