Getting to Yes Means Asking First

 

An Introvert's Guide to Coworking

Tips for running a successful Kickstarter campaign

Starting in June, we ran a 40 day Kickstarter campaign in order to raise $15,000 and were so fortunate to have surpassed our goal by the end of the campaign. From our campaign experience, we learned so much that we would like to pass that knowledge forward. Running a Kickstarter campaign can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. Plus, each campaign is different. However, there are 5 things we at Slick Chicks believe will help you regardless of what business or campaign you run. So here they are: our top 5 tips on how to make your Kickstarter a success!

How to pick the right coworking space for your startup [Infographic]

When spearheading your own startup company, one of the scariest things you’ll have to face is the future. Will your fintech model succeed? Will your new app launch an entire empire? How big will your team grow, and is it healthy—or even humane?—to cram all of the new employees into that small, florescent-lit office space? All of those question marks can tie your stomach into knots. 

Featured Grindist: Lisa Mayer

What is your profession?

I’m the Founder & CEO of My Social Canvas. In 2012, I founded My Social Canvas with a desire to combine my passions for fashion, social responsibility, and mentorship. My Social Canvas combines scholarship and fashion design opportunities for students in the United States and Canada with a global good by producing and selling selected student designs to benefit various non-profit partners. My Social Canvas also has a Campus Representative program at over 50 high schools and colleges designed to give students professional experience in social entrepreneurship, marketing, fashion, philanthropy.

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator | TEDTalk

 

April Featured Grindist: Sarah Sclarandis

Meet Sarah Sclarandis, a Park/29th Grindist with a love for family and shoes! Sarah has worked for top brands like Juicy Couture and Banana Republic and has had her work appear in top media outlets like Vogue and The New York Times. All her life she's had a passion for shoes and will soon be launching her own line!

Weekly Round-Up: April 10, 2016

Every week, Grind catches you up on anything you might have missed and gives you a look at what's to come.


 

Davinci Virtual Partners with Grind to Offer Live Receptionist Services to Grind Members

 

 

 

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions announced on Tuesday that it will be offering Davinci Live Receptionist services to Grind members nationwide. More specifically, Davinci will provide businesses with friendly live recpetionists, live web chat, and professional virtual communication services. Davinci is also offering Grindists, including set-up fees waived and $20 off services every single month!

Are you a Grind member interested in this service? Stop by the front desk at your Grind space to sign up! 

Say Hello to Our New CMO: Felicia Stingone!


Grind announced on Thursday that Felicia Stingone will serve as its new Chief Marketing Officer! Stingone brings with her a long list of marketing experience, including past work with leading brands like Citibank, Hennessy Cognac, Snapple and Target. She also played an instrumental role in the early brand strategy development and marketing activation for Smart Water/Vitamin Water.

We are excited to have Felicia onboard and are looking forward to watching Grind expand from here!

We've got a new crop of awesome events coming up at Grind in NYC and we don't want you to miss out on getting to know your coworking community! Here's what's on the horizon...

7 Common Misconceptions About Coworking Spaces



Coworking has been lauded as the new paradigm for the business world, yet most people can’t even define the word. You think it has something to do with shared work space...and maybe a collaborative community...but the rest is sort of hazy. Have no fear: Grind is here to help make sense of the new normal with 7 Common Misconceptions about Coworking Spaces.

Yes, And...5 More Lessons in Improv-ing Collaboration and Creativity from Second City

We can't all be comedians, but we can learn a thing or two from the brilliant people of Second City. Check out Hugh Hart's take on how we all can ignite our creativity and collaboration in the workplace. 

Second City's Tom Yorton and Kelly Leonard run down some of the improv principles that you can apply to your not-necessarily-funny work life.

Interested in Bringing On a Business Collaborator?

Thinking you don’t want to go it alone? Things would be more fun if shared with a partner? Need the financial contribution of someone else? Choosing a business collaborator is an important decision, one that can make or break your business.

Collaboration 164, Steve Jobs 51, Bill Gates 92. You need to collaborate!

I’m just about done with Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators”, which is a beautiful and sweeping survey of the players and how we got where we are today in technology.  As a cofounder of Grind, one of the original collaborative and coworking workspaces, I was struck by the theme of collaboration that runs through the book. In fact I just searched "The Innovators" on my Kindle for the word “collaborate”. It returned 164 results. To put that in perspective, “internet” got 212 results and “Steve Jobs” 51. Of course I got a little carried away, below are some of the other search results of the book which helps show the power of collaboration in the development of technology.

  • Internet 212
  • Collaborate 164
  • Steve Jobs 51
  • Bill Gates 92
  • Gordon Moore 29
  • Microprocessor 38
  • Ada Lovelace 50
  • Xerox Parc 29
  • ENIAC 139

Coworking Economics: Collaborative Consumption Screws The Man

It’s not too often when everybody wins, but in the case of coworking, or collaborative office spaces, both the users and the operators can enjoy a beautifully symbiotic relationship. Along with the economics, there’s the collateral benefit of a rich culture that enhances the work experience and frequently helps people’s businesses.

The five top economic reasons to consider when comparing going it alone vs working out of a collaborative space or shared office are:

  1. Lease cost: a large floor is way more economically efficient than renting a small office.
  2. Capital expenditure: a buildout is borne by the operator, not the tenant.
  3. Commitment: a collaborative space is months at most, a lease is a five year minimum.
  4. Security deposit: another meaningful slug of cash for a tenant
  5. Basic services: high speed and redundant internet, copying, scanning, coffee, etc.

Pro-Ject Comes to Grind!

In the spirit of disruption, Grind recently partnered with Pro-Ject to bring a unique experience to an elite group of influencers in Chicago. With a crowd of 70 amazing influencers from various industries, Pro-Ject and Grind worked together to facilitate connections between people outside of their circles...and the results were incredible. Take a look a the video below to see just how amazing the event was and stay tuned for more Pro-Ject/Grind collabs in the future!

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In the Mind of a Grindist--Jeremy Goldman

Get a glimpse into the brilliant brain of Grindist Jeremy Goldman as he explains what he sees as one of the main benefits of coworking: staying human.

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