Joining Forces with Bevy
It was a fog-free day in late 2018 when CMX’s co-founder David sat down for a coffee with Bevy’s CEO Derek Andersen. Their coffee chats had become a regular occurrence at this point. Derek would share advice on building a bootstrapped community-centric business, like he did with Startup Grind. In return, David would give Derek feedback on the Bevy platform and share what he was seeing in the community industry. Bevy was a new tool being build to power community-led event programs, like Startup Grind. CMX was using the Bevy to power our local chapter program, and provided feedback on product direction. We had a great partnership.
On this particular day, David was talking about his vision for CMX, and how it was feeling increasingly difficult to get CMX to its full potential with such limited resources as a bootstrapped company. This wasn’t the first time they talked about this. But this time, Derek had an idea. He took a deep breath and said, “Well… we need to build a community of community professionals, and you need more resources. What if we teamed up?”
Fast forward a couple months, a few hundred emails, and many gallons of coffee, and Bevy and CMX officially joined forces. The acquisition was completed in January of 2019.
Today, we are one team working together to advance the community industry and help community professionals thrive. CMX provides the platform for the exchange of ideas and resources. Bevy provides the tools to turn those ideas into action.
The ‘X’ in CMX is a wildcard! When naming the community, we wanted something that made people think of Community, but not anything that put us in a box, as we’re an evolving industry and what we do has changed over time. The ‘X’ is whatever YOU want it to be.