BarCamp Tour Launches with Headliners BatchBlue, Grasshopper, Shopify, MailChimp and Wufoo

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Companies Pledge To Be Active and Engaged Participants in Free BarCamp Unconferences While Lending Sponsorship Support

BatchBlue Software (http://www.batchblue.com), provider of the Batchbook social CRM (customer relationship manager) for small businesses and entrepreneurs, today announced it has joined forces with four other tech companies to embark on BarCamp Tour, an entrepreneurial adventure to help BarCamp events across the country. Launched in April at BarCamp Boston, the Tour is on a mission to provide organizers of entrepreneurial-focused, participant-driven meetings across the country with the resources necessary to empower attendees to pursue their passions.

BarCamps are typically described as free, user-generated conferences (or “unconferences”), with these open, participatory workshops organized around the world by community contributors. BarCamp Tour is made up of BatchBlue, based in Providence, R.I.; Grasshopper, of Boston, Mass.; Shopify, of Ottawa, Canada; MailChimp, of Atlanta, Ga.; and Wufoo, of Tampa Bay, Fla. Together these Tour Guides will help BarCamps solve their biggest pain point and help take the events to the next level. Sponsorship in each city will vary, but at each location company representatives will actively join in discussions on topics ranging from technology to marketing and everything in between.

“BatchBlue has always been drawn to grassroots efforts where people are sharing their passion and talents to educate others. We’re excited that, as part of the BarCamp Tour, we can help support and encourage members of the vibrant tech, design and entrepreneur communities in places beyond our backyards,” said Michelle Riggen-Ransom, Chief Communications Officer and Co-founder of BatchBlue. “In Boston, we sponsored the after-party because historically there was no one spot where people could connect after the event. At other BarCamps, we’ll lend whatever support is needed most whether that be leading sessions, buying attendees tacos or sweeping up floors post-party.”

“We’re aiming for BarCamp Tour to be an alternative to traditional sponsorships. My opinion has always been: don’t ask me to pay money just to get listed on your event’s website or t-shirt; ask me to donate my time and my expertise. That will yield much more meaningful conversations and experiences for everyone involved,” said Jonathan Kay, Ambassador of Buzz at Grasshopper. “BarCamp Tour is five companies who are bold enough to get involved in a personal level and to travel to these events around the country, buy folks a beer and have as many conversations as we can.”

Upcoming Tour Stops
The members of BarCamp Tour are planning to join upcoming events including:

To request a BarCamp Tour stop in your area, go to http://barcamptour.com and click “Apply.” Or, send a tweet to @BarCampTour and say why your entrepreneurial community is bursting at the seams.

About BatchBlue Software
BatchBlue Software's flagship product, Batchbook, solves a crucial need by providing small businesses and entrepreneurs with web-based CRM software to manage and track the contact information, communications and tasks for their greatest asset: their people network. The company was established in 2006 with the goal of creating useful, user-friendly software for small businesses. BatchBlue co-founded The Small Business Web in March of 2009 with other customer-obsessed software companies to integrate their respective products and make life easier for growing businesses. Based in Providence, R.I., BatchBlue Software is a privately held company.

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