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Posts about #indyhall (Page 6 of 7)


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Coworking & Zones of Proximal Development

coworking
2 minute read

Quick repost from the coworking google group. This was too good not to share here.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not Just Another Self-Involved Tech Scene

business
1 minute read

Philadelphia’s tech community is special.

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Encouraging Collaboration in Coworking

business
1 minute read

This is a repost from the Coworking Google Group, because I thought it was useful enough to share here as well.

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Coworking as a Business: It has nothing to do with profit

coworking
3 minute read

In 2007, when Geoff and I sat down to figure out how to make Indy Hall a real place for the real people we’d already recruited, we made a decision to operate it as a business.

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Take Interest, Don’t Fake Interest

business
7 minute read

“So, what do you do?”

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A Story of Discovering Potential

coworking
3 minute read

Just over a year ago, Parker Whitney showed up at Indy Hall during our search for an intern.

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Where Jobs Come From

coworking
1 minute read

I just got a pretty interesting email from a small business incubator asking, quite simply, if we keep track of how many jobs have been created by Indy Hall. Of all of the metrics that I’ve wished I could provide, this one simply hadn’t crossed my mind because it represents an...

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Why Monocultures Suck

business
1 minute read

Living in a society where we encounter different backgrounds and professions in our daily routines makes for a more tolerant society; it also makes us smarter, more original in the ideas we have – and in the companies we create. – Steven Johnson

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A Few Modest Proposals for the Knight Arts Challenge: Philadelphia

community
5 minute read

Earlier in September, the Knight Foundation announced a program to bring $9 million to Philadelphia to fund projects and ideas that fueled the arts in Philadelphia over the next 3 years. After successfully executing a similar challenge in Miami 2 years ago, Philadelphia became...

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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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