Spire Wire: The Toddler Phase of Business
Mike Gellman
Jan 15, 2019

About two years ago, after my son was born, I wrote a piece comparing having a baby to launching a startup. Now, the little stinker is well into toddlerhood and those magical days of watching life spring from nothing are a distant memory. These days, we’re dealing with tantrums, potty training, and the constant concern about whether or not we’re raising this child in such a way that he’ll become a viable human being. This is much like what follows the startup phase in business, when the glow of new funding, initial market interest, and the realization that this is actually happening is replaced by the very…

A 20 Year History: Spire Media to Spire Digital
Mike Gellman
Sep 11, 2018

It’s been twenty years since SpireMedia became a company. For the sake of pomp and posterity, I figured this was a perfect opportunity to document our origin story. So… Fresh out of the University of Florida with a major in English and a minor in napping, I moved to New York in 1995 to pursue a career in entertainment. After a small cameo on Law and Order (as a corpse) and a brief stint working for the director of the Beat It music video, I landed a job at an independent film studio called Troma. Troma was known the world over for such…

Good Technology
Mike Gellman
May 17, 2018

Recently, Spire’s undertaken a passion project called Achroma, which aims to rid the banking industry of implicit bias based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and orientation. Some might say this is a pretty audacious goal. However, given the number of technology-based social enterprises succeeding at solving society’s biggest problems, our very important undertaking has more than a fair shot at success. Kiva has provided over a billion dollars in microloans to nearly 3 million people, helping to alleviate poverty throughout the world. Change.org has enabled more than 240 million petition starters and signers to take action on issues they care about. Khan Academy has democratized learning by providing…