Gabriella Draney is having a pretty good year — and it’s only just begun. The Tech Wildcatters co-founder recently announced the startup house in Uptown, where traveling entrepreneurs can rent affordable and fully furnished rooms. And earlier this month, the Wildcatters hosted the first event in its Edges and Intersections series, a collaborative effort that brings together the art and start-up communities.
The accelerator is also gearing up to move into new headquarters in a yet-to-be-announced location. And, now, she’s been invited to join Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000.
“Curiosity is the key ingredient in creativity,” Draney says. “Brilliant move on Fast Company’s part to announce the group this way.”
Billed as a “new resource that defines the influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women driving change across the economy and around the globe,” MCP 1000 debuts with two exclusive launch events in New York and San Francisco. Draney is off to Fast Company headquarters in the Big Apple for the January 29 event, where she will join hosts Diane von Furstenberg (DVF), Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker), Beth Comstock (GE), Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), David Droga (Droga5), Chris Hughes (New Republic), David Karp (Tumblr), Michelle Peluso (Gilt Groupe) and Rachel Sterne Haot (chief digital officer, NY State).
Draney learned about the honor by way of an invitation to attend the New York launch party. “I honestly don’t know what to expect, and I am hoping that I find a few conversations that inspire me,” she says. “Maybe they designed it that way. After all, curiosity is the key ingredient in creativity. Brilliant move on their part to announce the group this way.
“It’s an honor to be considered a creative thought leader, and I welcome the opportunity to network with other leaders who inspire innovation. This notion is the very principle our mentorship program is built on.”
The new MCP 1000 editorial initiative was created in the spirit of Fast Company’s annual 100 Most Creative People in Business franchise. Coverage includes profile pages for all honorees, daily news posts, live chats, videos, polls, events and more. Fast Company will also bring the members of the world’s most creative community together to facilitate the spread of innovation and the sharing of expertise.
The San Francisco celebration is February 4 at Pinterest headquarters. Hosts include actor and musician Jared Leto, Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp from Pinterest, and Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso, among others.
“These are the creative leaders behind the world-changing, inspiring ideas moving business and culture in new directions,” said Fast Company editor Robert Safian in a statement. “Creativity is the ultimate competitive advantage for any enterprise. The MCP 1000 is more than a list; it is a community.”