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Howdy, I'm Alex!

Alex Hillman

As a community builder and a coworking pioneer, I am always thinking about the intersection of people, relationships, trust and business.

I founded Indy Hall in 2006, making us one of the world’s oldest fully independent coworking communities.

This site is packed with the lessons and examples I’ve learned along the way.

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rant: business support isn't built for the self-employed

business
10 minute read

Despite being in business for 15 years, and loving communities, I’ve never felt like I “belonged” in most business communities.

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A Mid-Pandemic Meditation

business
2 minute read

This one is for my high-performance type-A friends who are feeling helpless, like every day is a fight to be even a little bit productive.

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Before you organize another Zoom call, try this approach instead.

coworking
4 minute read

A lot of us - community leaders and members alike - are feeling a very strange dual set of pains. On one hand, there’s a deep sense of isolation and “unstuckness” from both human contact and routine.

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I founded a coworking space, and I don't want to kill anybody.

coworking
3 minute read

I’m getting a lot of questions from coworking operators about how to re-open operate “after COVID” and I feel like I need to share some thoughts about what this question implies.

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Online Events Aren't Easy. This Guide Will Help.

community
1 minute read

I’m not going to be another voice harping on the value of hosting online events for our communities. You hopefully get that.

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How to talk to your commercial landlord during COVID19

business
3 minute read

I’ve written THOUSANDS of words across dozens of emails to our members since making the decision to close our coworking space during the COVID19 outbreak, most of which has been met with resounding affirmations and appreciation for how we’re handling things.

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You’re confused about your competition.

coworking
1 minute read

Last night at dinner I was sharing stories about how people don’t understand that coworking spaces aren’t in competition with each other.

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📼 Video: Business Ethics, Coworking, and COVID-19

business
1 minute read

Each spring I guest lecture students at a business school on the topic of business ethics.

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Emergency Video Event: Surviving the COVID19 Outbreak

business
3 minute read

So now, in addition to coworking and community building, there’s another thing that you have in common with me and the thousands of people who get my emails.

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The Magic Ratio (How many memberships vs desks?)

coworking
7 minute read

In the world of coworking, most operators make the mistake of optimizing for occupancy.

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An Upside-down Job Fair for Freelancers & Consultants (and clients who want to hire them)

business
3 minute read

If you run a solo service business or hire consultants/contractors to help with your business, I’m working on an event designed just for you.

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My 1am Conference Organizer Playbook

community
2 minute read

It was 1am after the closing party for the business conference I co-organize with my partner Amy Hoy. I stopped at the corner bar near my house to grab a night cap and collect my thoughts about the event, and why it had gone so smashingly well.

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I'm Watching: 3rd Wave Coworking

coworking
8 minute read

For the third year in a row, I’m learning a lot about the global state of coworking from patterns I first notice in Asia. And for the first time in a while, the outlook is good. 🎯

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My Indy Hall 10+3 TY Speech 🙏

elsewhere
10 minute read

Edited slightly for clarity, because let’s be honest, it was a great party.

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Honey, I Shrunk My Coworkers

elsewhere
7 minute read

Last night I threw a big party to celebrate the Indy Hall community’s 13th birthday. The night was incredible in every way, including a very fun reveal of a creative side project with some special meaning.

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I don't follow coworking industry news

coworking
11 minute read

During the early days of coworking, I set up a “Google Alert” to notify me about blog posts and articles that mentioned the word coworking. But times have changed, and I wanna talk about why.

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How my commute changed my relationship with my community

community
7 minute read

Back in the spring I started riding a motorcycle to work. It was a dramatic improvement to my quality of life, but not without unintended (and surprising) side effects!

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6 reasons polished concrete is the worst kind of office flooring

coworking
9 minute read

When you imagine a coworking space - or any modern office space - there are a few visual and aesthetic trends that typically come to mind.

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ABC News Interview: Unpacking Coworking Trends for 2019

coworking
11 minute read

Are 30% of jobs really going to be done from coworking spaces? How do corporate employees fit into the coworking scene? What kinds of people get the most out of coworking?

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New Site Design! Find the coworking ideas you need to succeed.

elsewhere
5 minute read

Longtime readers might notice this site looks a bit different today!

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