From our perspective, sponsorship is a relationship built on service, trust, and making things with care. Our team takes great pleasure in helping the people we believe in and investing in their success. We measure the return on our investment through the lens of delight.
Roman Mars started a hushed radio revolution from his closet. His podcast 99% Invisible has opened our eyes to the wonder and thoughtfulness of our built environment. And Radiotopia, his diverse consortium of well produced, story-driven shows, leads us confidently into the future of extraordinary audio.
Baratunde Thurston charmed the MailChimp staff when he spoke to us about his 2012 book, How to Be Black. Since then, he and his partners at Cultivated Wit have developed Comedy Hack Day, a ridiculous and inspired meeting of the minds between developers and comedians.
Mónica Campana moved from her home of Lima to Atlanta as a teenager. The transition was harsh and alienating. Eventually she took the color and liveliness from her home in Peru and organized it here through an urbanism and street art conference called Living Walls. It’s excellent, it’s fresh, and our public space will never be the same.
Mónica’s work with Living Walls has inspired our slightly different view on sponsorship in our own community.
MailChimp began as a side project. Since then we’ve noticed that projects—temporary ones or labors of love—offer folks a unique kind of freedom to do their best work. We admire the projects that spread creative empathy in the world and creative chaos on the web.
Tina's idea for an accessible creative community got the world talking before breakfast. So far 71 cities have started a CreativeMornings chapter, each continually churning new discussions, friendships, and ideas. We’ve also enjoyed watching Tattly, one of her own side projects, grow into a beautifully designed business.
The Essmakers started the Great Discontent in late 2011 as a longform web project focused on risk, beginnings, and inspiration in the creative process. More than 100 interviews and a successful Kickstarter later, Tina and Ryan took their own risk and quit their jobs to publish the Great Discontent as a beautiful print magazine.
Each week the Throwing Shade podcast takes a look at issues important to ladies and gays, and treats them with much less respect than they deserve. Erin and Bryan are no strangers to irreverence—they write for Funny or Die during the day. Their seamless improv, tireless touring, and enthusiasm for such critical issues make Throwing Shade as compelling as it is fun.
Thoughtful gatherings often produce the most interesting ideas and collaborations. We appreciate events with purpose and a human touch. We love the organizers who strive for excellence and err on the side of humility.
Together with Christina Xu, Tim Hwang orchestrated ROFLCon, the finest internet culture biennial the world will ever know. Now Tim and his team are exploring the Macro City—a conference about the connection between social landscapes and the immense structures that quietly tie communities together.
Chantal Pierrat values the presence, intuition, clear communication, and strong voices of women in business. The Emerging Women conference grew from the understanding that this type of business leadership is critically important and so often undernourished. After just one year, the conference grew too popular for Boulder and has found a new home in New York City.
Build began in Belfast out of frustration. Andy McMillan had grown tired of traditional conferences, and instead made a remarkable one that was small, honest, and focused on serving a community of web designers. After its five year run we were delighted to see the same attitude coursing through Andy’s next project, XOXO.
MailChimp helps sponsor dozens of people, projects, and events each year. Our sponsorship succeeds when the folks we believe in have the opportunity to realize the success of their work.
We aren’t able to help with every great project, however. We aren’t even able to respond to every great email. But we read everything and love hearing new ideas, especially inclusive ones that align with our values.