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How did I get here?

business
17 minute read

If a “career” is the sum of the activities which make up a person’s work history and future, mine is unorthodox, to say the least.

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Coworking Lets Things Happen

coworking
1 minute read

Do yourself a favor and watch these two videos ASAP:

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Coworking Day

coworking
3 minute read

Last week, Cadu de Castro Alves of Bees Office in Rio de Janeiro (!!!) noticed that it was nearly the 5 year anniversary of when Brad Neuberg announced coworking at The Spiral Muse in San Francisco.

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Thoughts on “Scaling” Coworking

coworking
5 minute read

The power of coworking is not in the facilities, because those elements are commodities and have forever decreasing value. Scaling facility up is relatively easy…you can just throw more money at it. And despite how you might feel about funding your efforts, money is and will a...

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Why freemium doesn't work for coworking

coworking
8 minute read

In the last 4 years, I’ve come up with some pretty wacky ideas for how to get IndyHall into the brains of more people and, more importantly, the coworking concept into the mindshare of the ever-changing workforce.

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ROI of Coworking

community
1 minute read

Some really good thoughts on Social Capital(ism) and related investment by Roger Ehrenberg came from a panel in NYC sponsored by Philly’s Goodcompany Ventures. Goodcompany CEO Garret Melby, who I enjoyed meeting after my presentation about organic team building at Entrepreneur...

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Random Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

business
4 minute read

Lifted with attribution to Hugh MacLeod. These are his ideas, not mine. I just happend to dig on most of them.

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We bought coworking.com

coworking
7 minute read

Less than one week ago, an unlikely e-mail found it’s way into my inbox. Actually, it found it’s way into 2300+ inboxes connected to the Coworking Google Group, which arguably the most active singular location to find out about coworking, share ideas about coworking, and meet ...

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Coworking Churn Rates

coworking
2 minute read

Coworking is growing, and there’s no question about that. New spaces are opening to the tune of a few a week, and press coverage is anything but limited.

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Why I’m Supporting Technically Philly

community
2 minute read

This week I’m included in Technically Philly’s sponsorship thank yous as their first “philanthropist level” sponsorship. It’s no secret that I’ve been a long time supporter of what Brian, Chris, and Sean do, and that’s not because they’ve written about me and IndyHall a bunch ...

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We’re Not Done Yet

community
6 minute read

“We’d love to wait for you to come on board and help us, but fuck it, we’re gonna do it anyway.” – From Scene but not Nerd, January 2007.

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Billy Joel on the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit

business
4 minute read

The Summit is officially underway, and there’s a possibility that if you’re reading this…that you’re already at the Philadelphia Convention Center, or you’re on your way there.

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The Real Deal

elsewhere
17 minute read

Last week, I shared publicly why I chose not to be involved with Innovation Philadelphia’s Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit.

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Why I decided not to speak at Innovation Philadelphia’s Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit

elsewhere
1 minute read

Kelly Lee, president and CEO of Innovation Philadelphia, invited me to sit on a panel at the summit about new alternatives to the “workplace”. While the topic is something I’m qualified in both knowledge and passion to represent, I’ve decided to decline participation with the ...

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Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

business
1 minute read

Autonomy – The urge to direct our own lives

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“Policing culture” doesn’t work

community
8 minute read

I write a lot about IndyHall on this blog, but I don’t think I’ve spoken at any great length about another local organization, Philly Startup Leaders. I’ve recently joined the organization as part of a newly formed advisory board, along with a number of other people from vario...

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Why coworking spaces close

coworking
3 minute read

The closing of Workspace in Vancouver is really, really sad news. I only visited workspace for the first time in this past year, but it’s always been an inspiration from a space design/utilization standpoint for me. I met with Dane while I was there in February, and have the u...

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It’s not Coworking if: you’re renting desks

coworking
1 minute read

If you’re renting desks via leases instead of cultivating community via memberships, it’s not coworking.

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First three steps to build your community

community
1 minute read

I think I’ve identified three distinct phases to a community marketing plan.

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Openness and Transparency

business
1 minute read

Two words that have been bastardized into near meaninglessness (or at least misunderstanding) by marketing drones. Thank goodness Tara Hunt, in her brand new book (just released today!) “The Whuffie Factor“, has this to say:

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