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Hey there. If you want to jump to the punchline of this piece, my original 10k Independents manifesto is now an organization, with a leader who isn’t me, and a real plan for the next 18 months.Continue Reading
I wanted to provide as much transparency as possible into why this role and why now, and where my head is big picture, so this “job post” is a little strange and longer than I would normally consider.Continue Reading
Despite being in business for 15 years, and loving communities, I’ve never felt like I “belonged” in most business communities.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
I’m not going to be another voice harping on the value of hosting online events for our communities. You hopefully get that.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
Last night at dinner I was sharing stories about how people don’t understand that coworking spaces aren’t in competition with each other.Continue Reading
Each spring I guest lecture students at a business school on the topic of business ethics.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
In the world of coworking, most operators make the mistake of optimizing for occupancy.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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. 🎯Continue Reading
Edited slightly for clarity, because let’s be honest, it was a great party.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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!Continue Reading
When you imagine a coworking space - or any modern office space - there are a few visual and aesthetic trends that typically come to mind.Continue Reading