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Random Acts of DiMasi

elsewhere
1 minute read

Indy Hall has brought literally thousands of amazing people into my life, but the most important of them to me turns 40 today.

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The Lost Value of Coworking: Wellness

coworking
2 minute read

When we scored the coworking.com domain early last year, my personal goal was to have a digital placeholder for the word “coworking” and tie it to the shared core values of the community: collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability.

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The Importance of Lines

business
7 minute read

Indy Hall is growing, every day and in more interesting ways. We think a lot about how to grow something like Indy Hall. “More members” seems like the obvious answer, but we think it’s not quite that straightforward. We’re focused on growing deep, not growing tall.

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Not Your Typical Coworking Facility

business
1 minute read

Nerd Fort isn’t your typical coworking facility. We don’t rent out desks daily or hourly to whoever wanders in. We lease space on amonthly basis to good people, and focus on building a vibrant, active, helpful community. Of nerds.The fact that this group in  self-identifies ...

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Philadelphia: Making it Cool to Care

philadelphia
3 minute read

Indy Hall and Young Involved Philadelphia are partnering to help capture the reasons that people love Philly as our own Valentine’s Day celebration, including a party this Thursday. I’d encourage you to share reasons you love Philly on Twitter and include the hashtag “#whyilov...

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How Thomas Fuchs Develops Webapps in 2011

business
1 minute read

My friend Thomas Fuchs, who also happens to be the author of Scriptaculous, also just authored a list of his “power tools” that he uses while creating badass webapps with his wife & co-conspirator Amy Hoy. He surprised me at the end – not because he’s wrong, but because I ...

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Spaces Die. Coworking lives on.

coworking
1 minute read

Though I’ve known for a couple of weeks, Tara just announced publicly that Citizen Space is closing at the end of this month.

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Preserve this. Reinforce this. Remember this.

community
1 minute read

Spotted this on the new IgnitePhilly website in the about section. It was from a 2008, Philly’s first Ignite. It resonated deeply then and still does now.

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What Turned Us On – A 2007 Retrospective

business
2 minute read

In the summer of 2007, before Indy Hall was a place but was undeniably on the path of becoming a thing, we had a group of people who met on a semi-regular basis for a Junto, an event modeled on Ben Franklin’s “gatherings of mutual self-improvement”. P’unk Ave still holds them ...

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Getting back to Growth Part 1: Indy Hall

business
3 minute read

2010 was different.

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SXSWi: The Festival

elsewhere
2 minute read

I have a feeling this is going to become a meme of some sort, as people begin to bail on SXSW for “jumping the shark” or, “not scaling”.

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Socially Acceptable

business
8 minute read

My reading regiment has been predominantly non-fiction for most of my adult life, which is a bummer and a half. I struggle to read fiction these days, mostly because there’s not enough time in the day to read all of the non-fiction stuff I want to. Also, for all of my love for...

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The Gap Between Coworkers and Co-workers isn’t the Hyphen

business
1 minute read

My buddy Jonathan Finnegan (a.k.a. Finn, or that guy who Karaoke’d “The Humpty Dance” and “Just a Friend” with a broken arm at Cogaoke in years past) asked me,

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Institutions are not Designed for Revolutions: On Economic Development and Coworking

business
5 minute read

Among the interesting growth patterns I’ve seen as coworking has begun to make the transition from nascent “nerd clubs” to mainstream is varying instances of support from Economic Development Centers/Councils/Committees/Corporations .

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What “Regional Impact” looks like

business
1 minute read

I met Daniel Shipton, founder of since-shuttered “Impromptu Studio” in Des Moines, and knew he was in it for all the right reasons.

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On Small Town Coworking

business
1 minute read

I’ve been a broken record for years on the topic of the importance of “finding your members before you even start looking for space” when it comes to opening coworking spaces, but nothing illustrates how powerful it can be than this quote from Joel Bennet of Veel Hoeden in Pel...

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Fear and Loathing in Phoenix – My 48 Hour Binge Experience at NewsFoo

business
10 minute read

I’m coming down from a 48 hour binge. Not one fueled by two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…and also a quart...

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Manage to Greatness

business
1 minute read

I met a guy named Sam Jones this weekend at FooCamp. He buys dead magazines. He’s awesome.

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Raise the Bar by Raising the Bar

business
2 minute read

I wanted to publish this before I arrived tomorrow at NewsFoo, a niche FooCamp co-organized by O’Reilly, Google, and the Knight News Foundation. It’s self-described as “a gathering of 150 key practitioners and thinkers from the worlds of journalism, technology, and public poli...

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A Better Job Board

business
1 minute read

There’s a handful of great creative industry job boards that aren’t specific to Philadelphia, and the ones that are here tend to be relatively underused or mis-populated. At the same time, Indy Hall has been decidedly pinned as a “source for talent”, while we actively avoid pu...

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