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The three necessary ingredients for community. Do you have them?

community
6 minute read

I’ve realized that people tend to avoid defining “community” because there are so many variations on the recipe. We say things like, “That’s not how my community works” or “we did it this way” to draw lines in the sand based on differences without taking the time to look for s...

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(A Better Way to Say) Philly is for Entrepreneurs

business
13 minute read

This morning, I’ll be joining a few of my friends and the Mayor of Philadelphia as he announces a new City of Philadelphia initiative called StartupPHL and I wanted to share a few thoughts in the moments beforehand.

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When Coworking Spaces Fail – “Live” & Uncut

business
3 minute read

Guest contributor Michelle Leddon interviewed me via email for a Deskmag piece on Coworking Space Failures, which I happily obliged, especially given my interest and recent info-gathering efforts on the topic.

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How To Measure 5 Years of Indy hall

community
1 minute read

Indy Hall turning 5 represents so many things to me and to our community.

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5 Reasons Your Community Isn’t Growing

business
2 minute read

Are you feeling the pressure to be a better community builder?

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My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

business
3 minute read

I’m sure I’m not the only person interested in Coworking who has Google Alerts set up for the words “coworking” and, sigh, “co-working“.

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Tips for Building Community After Opening a Coworking Space

business
2 minute read

Have you ever gone grocery shopping while hungry?

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How To Meet Your Coworkers

community
1 minute read

One of the key elements to a healthy coworking space (and any office, for that matter) is obvious to some, but not as obvious to others: get to know your coworkers!

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The Virtues of Indy Hall

business
4 minute read

After last week’s town hall about Indy Hall’s expansion, I was speaking with some friends about how we approach things, especially in times of growth. We’re pretty deliberate about the way we choose to interact and the things that we make priorities, and while these decisions ...

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Global Changes, Making Choices, and Coworking

coworking
1 minute read

Watch and listen to Brad Neuberg talk about where coworking came from.

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Not a Joke: Indy Hall v3.0 – The Future of Indy Hall

business
15 minute read

This is a cross-post from the Indy Hall blog.

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Tweeting The Current State of Coworking

business
1 minute read

A 140-character-at-a-time adventure that could’ve been any Saturday night, but just so happened to be last night.

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A Slice of Origin

community
1 minute read

David Dylan Thomas and Mo Gaston are up to something. They’re doing a documentary-style web series on what we – the Philly Tech Community – has been up to for the last few years. The series is set to launch later this year, but they’ve been doing interviews since the beginning...

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Don’t mistake “feedback” for instructions

community
1 minute read

Jeff Atwood is a prominent programmer, and wrote this article about dealing with community feedback in his prominent programming community…but the lessons are 100% for coworking communities, too. These lessons become particularly pertinent to helping our communities scale beyo...

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How Much Does It Cost To Start A Coworking Space

coworking
8 minute read

I answered this qurestion on Quora and decided to post here for the rest of the normal world :).

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Social Capital & Cool Kids Clubs

community
2 minute read

The topic of social capital came up on the coworking google group today. My boy Trek, from Workantile, was cited for his usage of “social capital and debt” to determine which members might be not worth retaining.

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The Sweet Spot Between Business Partners

business
3 minute read

This post rang true of a comment that I’ve made many times about what to look for in a great business partner, and one of the reasons why I think it’s impossible to find a great business partner with the “speed dating” approach.

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The only thing special about doers is that they do things

community
1 minute read

One of my favorite Philadelphians and human beings, Wil Reynolds, tipped me off on this post tonight.

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CTFD and JFDI

business
3 minute read

I’ve never considered myself a risk taker. I don’t like risks. I don’t like feeling out of control.

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Coworking & Citizenship

community
1 minute read

From a new piece in Flying Kite today:

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