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THE STORY BEHIND HIVE

Live well. Learn much. Laugh often.

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The Hive Brand

We have modeled our culture after the buzz of a beehive – connected, organized, and productive. Driven by the entrepreneurial energy of our founders, we thrive on collaborating with one another to identify innovative and efficient ways to help our clients reach their goals.

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Our Beginning

Our core team first connected in 2004, brought together by a shared vision around school choice. With backgrounds in technology, finance, marketing and healthcare, we provided the business and marketing leadership necessary to turn the dream of a new school into reality for our local community. Over the next six years, and with support from an amazing team of educators, we successfully launched two charter public schools in Douglas County, Colorado.

Learning Through Consulting

By 2009, we were actively involved in the education community as parents, board members, school employees and community volunteers. As competition increased among schools we saw an opportunity to reach beyond our local community and help others with their startup, marketing and technology strategies. We began actively consulting with school leaders in the suburban, urban and rural communities of Colorado. School communications and parent engagement were becoming important strategies for many schools.

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Our Startup Years

As our consulting business grew, and social media became an everyday norm, we began to brainstorm new and better ways for schools to communicate with their families. In 2014, Jennifer Larson (our co-founder and CEO) went back to school herself to pursue her Executive MBA. What began as a feasibility study to better understand the challenges parents face trying to keep up with what’s happening at their child’s school turned into the foundation for our company today. In December 2016, Hive Digital Minds was officially launched in Colorado.

Launch and Growth

We’ve bootstrapped our way through years of research and development and gained insights from our Consulting Team and school clients along the way. Today our mission is stronger than ever, and we remain committed to ensuring parents have easy access to the tools and resources they need to confidently prepare their children for success in school and life beyond the classroom.

 

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Our Culture

Headquartered in Colorado, Hive Digital Minds is organized around high performing project teams comprised of individuals who are self-motivated with strong communication and collaboration skills.

We are a startup.
Our culture requires a passion for learning (we do a lot of learning!), brutal honesty and creative problem solving.

We are not limited by geography.
The majority of our team members work remotely using tools like Slack, Trello, Zoom, and Google Workspace to collaborate regularly on projects.

We love what we do.
We are committed to working on projects we are passionate about with people we care about.

 

We have a life.
We are parents, friends, community volunteers, avid skiers, yoga enthusiasts and world travelers. We believe in giving our team members maximum flexibility to do their best work.

Our Team

Passionate about Education. Committed to Success.

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Jennifer Larson

Founder & CEO

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Jim Larson

Founder & CFO

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Christy Slavin
Operations
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Kirk Flory
Creative Director

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Lorrie Grove
Student Recruitment

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Carey Richardson
Creative Writer

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Sandra Sanchez Ryan
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