BigTent was born out of co-founders Nicholas Chim and Laney Whitcanack's desire to build a free, easy way for trusted groups to connect online. Laney wanted cheap and easy-to-use software to support The Princess Project, a non-profit she founded to provide free prom dresses to high school girls who can't afford them. Nicholas wanted to help a co-worker more easily access information from her community mothers group.
Seeing an obvious need in the marketplace, Chim and Whitcanack decided to create a new online tool for organizing groups. In early 2006 they founded BigTent, a technology company that provides free, Web-based software to community groups.
Today, BigTent is a venture capital-funded company with a seasoned leadership team and groups in every state in the nation. BigTent helps real-world communities share, communicate, and organize online and in-person by providing intuitive, free group management tools.