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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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Looking for 1-1 help with your own coworking space?

When I founded Indy Hall is 2006, we were one of the first spaces of our kind. We invented the membership model used by countless coworking businesses, and our techniques for sustainable growth are seen throughout many of the industry's leading coworking operations.

Our community has grown from two dozen original founding members to several hundred, and our coworking space has grown from 1800 square feet to more than 16,000. To this day, we remain 100% bootstrapped and self-sufficient! 💸

We’ve learned so much along the way; that includes our own hands-on experiences, as well as lessons learned while advising and coaching thousands of coworking spaces in cities and towns and villages around the entire globe.

🎉 New for this year, 1-1 coaching is back! For the first time since 2016, I've started carving out a small amount of my time to work closely with independent coworking operators like you to help them start and grow, solve problems, and reach goals.

Wanna book some 1-1 time with me?


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6 reasons polished concrete is the worst kind of office flooring

coworking
06 Sep 2019

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
05 Sep 2019

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
04 Sep 2019

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

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Community or commodity?

coworking
06 Jun 2019

A while back I got an email from someone working on starting a new coworking community in her rural town.

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Guest Post: 3 incredibly counterintuitive lessons that every coworking operator needs to learn

community
24 Oct 2018

Howdy readers! Alex here, with a very rare guest post on my site. This story is packed with valuable lessons (and a smart, fun, honest approach) that I wanted to make sure as many people saw as possible. So please read, share, and leave a comment!  

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Think you need investors for your coworking space? Here are four alternative ways to get funded.

business
03 Aug 2018

I’ve been where you are.

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How to hire the best people to run your coworking space

business
11 Jun 2018

Hiring sucks. Finding great people for your team is tough in any industry, but staffing your coworking space is extra tricky.

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My Crash Course in Lighting Design for Coworking Spaces

coworking
12 Apr 2018

For 9 years, we built the iconic and vibrant Indy Hall community and workspace on top of spaces that had been built for someone else. Those spaces had a lot of charm, but especially in our previous space, we spent a lot of time working to make the space work for us.

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CU Asia 2018 – Scaling community, avoiding burnout, & leading from within

business
19 Mar 2018

This video is from my visit to Malaysia for CUAsia 2018. I sat down with Ryan Chatterton from Habu for a quick interview, and by the end we’d packed a video with 20 minutes of pure gold for both coworking operators and peeps who get hired to run coworking spaces.

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Indy Hall is hiring for a very special role

elsewhere
12 Mar 2018

UPDATE: Applications are currently closed.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

community
28 Dec 2017

One of my FAVORITE talks I’ve ever given, in spite of it being so early in the morning, was at Creative Mornings Philadelphia.

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“What is a community, really? How do you know that you have it?”

community
18 Dec 2017

I’ll start by saying what community is not. 

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How to get people more involved in your community without forcing it

community
13 Apr 2017

This question shows up more and more in my channels, especially from community staff that have been hired and are essentially inheriting a challenge of turning a room full of still relatively disconnected people into a dynamic, interactive community.

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Indy Hall <3 Philly Dev Night Community

elsewhere
12 Apr 2017

Roberto Torres from Technically just shared a really great article about something that I’m really excited about: the Philly Dev Night community finding a home with Indy Hall.

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there’s no such thing as a collaborative space

coworking
10 Oct 2016

Every time I read an article about a new “collaborative space” that’s opened, I hear the voice of Derek Neighbors repeating the following:

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Lets cheers to the next 10 years

coworking
06 Oct 2016

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what’s next at Indy Hall? let’s find out.

coworking
19 Sep 2016

For the last 15 months, I’ve been sharing various parts of the most crucial communications that I’ve sent to the Indy Hall community as we organized around and prepared for the biggest move of our 10 year history.  Below is the latest, which I sent today, 1 month into our ne...

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What JFDI really means

elsewhere
09 Aug 2016

Spotted this perfect quote from Indy Hall alumnus and longtime badass, Kelani Nichole.

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Nearing the end of construction…

business
06 Aug 2016

If you’ve ever been a part of a construction or renovation project, you know that there’s an “arc” of how things appear to be going.

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Go on a video tour of Indy Hall’s new home at 399 Market

coworking
02 Aug 2016

Enjoy sneak preview in advance of Town Hall this Thursday! Hope to see you there!

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