My name is Aaron Franklin. I grew up in Seattle, I am (of course) a die hard Seahawks fan, and I have lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the last 7 years I originally moved to go to Calvin College, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Pre-law with a focus in economics. I currently work in supply chain and economic forecasting at Amway’s Global Headquarters. Working at Amway as well as a penchant for playing the stock market kept me fairly busy, but I was never passionate about it like I am about Gathering.
The idea for Gathering began to form while I was getting ready for a wedding in the spring of 2014. The bride and groom wanted their guests to use a twitter and instagram hashtag so that they would have all of the pictures and conversation from the wedding. This was not the first wedding I had been to that tried to get their guests to do this, and (just like every other time) I thought it was too labor intensive for people to go through the trouble. All I could do was think that there has to be a better way. A better way for a group of people who don’t all know each other, but are in the same place for the same thing, to share their respective experiences.
This is where Gathering comes in. I found something that was broken, and with the help of a few friends, we decided to find a way to fix it. Ideas, thoughts, and musings started flowing between the three of us (Katie Hall, Dominick Garrett, and myself) and we were starting to create something that we were proud of. We had all worked on other people’s projects before, but this time we were creating something ourselves that we were proud of.
Gathering is a tool. One that we made that we would like to share with you, as a way to connect and share with the people around you. Gathering is not supposed to be the focal point of an event, but we hope you can use it to make your event everything that you want it to be.