Unlea(she)d Breakfast Series with Kate O’Reilly

Update: July 18 session: Values Workshop
This just in from Kate: “I wrote this a little while back: “Why My Life Doesn’t Suck” It’s the most read post on my blog of all time, the thing I get asked about the most, and it’s going to be the basis for the first session. You should attend if you want to:

  • Learn how to say no (and then: yes)
  • Define your values
  • Take a leap
  • Get unstuck
  • Gain confidence and worth
  • Lessen self doubt
  • Be part of this community of strong, smart women

July – October
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
CoCo Uptown

Eventbrite - Unlea(she)d Breakfast Series with Kate O'Reilly

kateHosted by Kate O’Reillyaka @cleverkate

Join us for this breakfast series, in which we’ll talk with experts (and each other!) about topics like:

  • Confidence and worth
  • Reducing barriers (and ceilings)
  • Working families (The Great Balancing Act)
  • Establishing and being rooted in your values
  • Current events that are important to us

All are welcome, women and men! Come for the relevant conversation, and if you’re able to, stay at CoCo all day to work, meet and collaborate with members and attendees. The dates are:

  • July 18, 8-10 a..m
  • August 15, 8-10 a.m.
  • Sept. 19, 8-10 a.m.
  • Oct. 10, 8-10 a.m.

Finally, to round out the year right, we’ll invite you to a year-end reception in November for everyone who has participated in CoCo’s #unleashed and #40Forward events.

Cost: $50 for 4-part series (includes breakfast, coffee, and coworking for the day) and the year-end reception!.

About Unlea(she)d
Unleashed is a monthly speaker series, held at CoCo, in which we invite women entrepreneurs and leaders to talk about their journeys in life and business. Unlea(she)d is part of CoCo’s participation in #40Forward – a Google-sponsored effort to increase the presence and participation of women in startup communities around the world.

CoCo opens newest location in Fargo


CoCo announced today that it will partner with Fargo-based Emerging Prairie to open a new location in Fargo, N.D.

CoCo Fargo, slated to open in early August, 2014, will be located in a 6,000-square-foot space at the historic Merchants National Bank Building, 112 ½ N. Broadway. Both individual and group memberships at CoCo Fargo are available now, with registrations being taken at the CoCo website.

This new CoCo location – the company’s first outside the Twin Cities – is the result of a three-year grassroots effort by Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC), the Kilbourne Group and the founders of Emerging Prairie. “With the continued growth of Emerging Prairie and the partnership with CoCo, the preeminent co-working space operator in the Midwest, Fargo is ready to take the next step in its entrepreneurial development. This partnership supports local business growth and sustained economic development for the region,” said GFMEDC President Jim Gartin.

As part of this ongoing partnership, CoCo will manage the space and membership, while Emerging Prairie will organize events and meetups. “We are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Greg Tehven, co-founder of Emerging Prairie. “We believe that a collaborative work space improves the work experience for people, especially entrepreneurs. Our new partnership with CoCo is an important step toward increasing innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the region,” he said.

Although planning and construction is still underway, CoCo anticipates having enough space to serve at least 100 members, including dedicated space for individuals and small startups. In addition, the space will be reconfigurable to allow for events. CoCo Fargo members will have access to all CoCo locations.

For CoCo, expansion to Fargo is part of a strategy to connect entrepreneurs and innovators across the region. “We’re honored to be invited to Fargo,” said CoCo CEO Kyle Coolbroth. “There’s an extraordinary level of enthusiasm and commitment in this city. Our goal is to actively support all those who want to build new businesses and help Fargo grow,” he said

About CoCo coworking and collaborative space
CoCo is a shared workspace where entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small businesses and corporate workgroups can gather to share ideas, team up on projects and get work done. CoCo has locations in downtown and Uptown Minneapolis, Minn., St. Paul, Minn., and now in Fargo, N.D. More information:

About Emerging Prairie
Emerging Prairie is a digital-media company committed to informing, connecting and activating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the upper great plains. With a primary focus on startups, technology, and innovation, we operate an online publication and host events that highlights the entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators shaping our region’s future. More information:

Images of CoCo Fargo location
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CoCo partners to help launch Silicon North Stars

logoCoCo is joining forces with groups in Minnesota and California to help launch Silicon North Stars.

The new one-week program gives a select group of high-potential eighth and ninth graders from Minnesota the opportunity to spend a week in California’s Silicon Valley, learning about technology and the Internet directly from some of the top tech companies and startups in the world.

The students will come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, but share a passion for technology and the Web — and a desire to one day pursue a career in those fields. The program’s name is meant to evoke the combination of Silicon Valley’s unique culture of innovation, and Minnesota’s state motto, “L’Etoil duNord”, or “Star of the North.”

As TECHdotMN reports, the program is the brainchild of  husband and wife duo and Google executives Steve and Mary Grove who formed Silicon North Stars as a separate organization, primarily funded through an Indiegogo campaign.

“We started Silicon North Stars because we believe that exposure to possibility at a young age can fundamentally change the course of a person’s life — giving them a new vision for their future and something to work for,” the Silicon North Stars site explains.

“To give middle school students the opportunity to experience what is possible in tech entrepreneurship is life changing,” said CoCo cofounder Kyle Coolbroth, who will lead the kick-off orientation at CoCo and will be one of the chaperones in this summer’s inaugural class. “And to do so by bringing them to the epicenter of the digital world in Silicon Valley for a whole week is simply amazing.”

Other organizations partnering to help launch Silicon Valley Northstars include Minneapolis Public Schools, STEP-UP, Reve Academy and Washington Magnet School in St. Paul.

Come to the App Strategy Workshop

Jul 10 2014
3 to 6:30 p.m.
CoCo Uptown

Sessions and Registration

Use the code “CoCo” to get in free!

Opt web graphic with ADAJoin developers, analytics experts, and leading app publishers and platforms to learn about tools and strategies to understand your users, boost retention, and drive downloads. Take a deep-dive into app store optimization and explore ways to get your app discovered.

Local and national app experts include:

  • Cami Zimmer
  • Brett Bauer
  • Shivani Khanna
  • Dug Nichols
  • Andy Vaughan
  • Jake Ward
  • Wade Beavers
  • Rob Weber
  • Greg Blackman
  • Jim Dahline

Additional speakers and workshop leaders will be announced soon!

The Gain & Engage Users Workshop is part of a nationwide App Strategy Workshop series complete with 15 events.

The Minneapolis stop of the App Strategy Workshop is made possible by the generous support of Google for Entrepreneurs.

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Google startup secrets revealed!

July 17
6:30 – 8 p.m.
CoCo Uptown

Eventbrite - In the Startup Lab ... with Google Ventures

googleventuresHow does Google Ventures nurture their own startups? Find out first-hand at this special event.

Google Ventures provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding in more than 225 companies, including Uber, Nest, Cloudera, Flatiron Health, and RetailMeNot. They provide these companies unparalleled support in design, recruiting, product, engineering, marketing, and more.

Rick Klau and Ken Norton are product partners at Google Ventures. They help the portfolio with product and strategic planning, and also organize workshops and events. They will discuss their approaches when coaching the startups that Google Ventures invests in:

Part 1: Setting and measuring ambitious goals with Rick Klau
Rick will talk about how successful companies set and measure ambitious goals, drawing on Google’s success using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). He’s helped more than 30 companies in the portfolio use OKRs and he’ll share his experiences making them work for fast-paced startups.

Part 2: Product management with Ken Norton
Ken will speak about the importance of product management at startups, one of the hardest jobs to define at any company. A long-time product manager, Ken will share what he’s learned about the PM role at startups, when to hire them, and how to make sure your team ships the right product to your users.


Bring your enthusiasm and questions! Food and drink will be provided.


RICK KLAU (@rklau) is a product partner at Google Ventures where he helps lead Startup Lab. Rick was previously a product manager at Google where he led product initiatives on Blogger, Google+, and YouTube.

Rick’s earlier professional experience includes leadership roles at several software and Internet startups. He was an early employee at FeedBurner, where he ran the publisher services team until Google acquired the company in 2007. Rick received dual degrees from Lafayette College, and while a student at the University of Richmond School of Law, he founded the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the world’s first student-edited law journal to publish exclusively online. He serves on Richmond Law’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Outside of his love of technology, Rick is also a political junkie. He has lent technology advice to three US Presidential campaigns, ran the campaign weblog for President Barack Obama in his 2004 Senate race, and ran product strategy for and managed Google’s presence at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

KEN NORTON (@kennethn) is a product partner at Google Ventures where he advises startups on product management and also helps organize our workshops. Prior to joining Google Ventures, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his more than six years as a PM at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, Google Mobile Maps, and Google+.

Ken joined Google with the acquisition of JotSpot, where he was vice president of products. Before JotSpot, Ken led product management at Yahoo Search. Back in the day when he was a software engineer, he was one of the first 50 employees of CNET and the founding CTO of Snap (which became NBC Internet).

Ken has written extensively about the craft of product management, is an inventor of more than fifteen patents, and a competitive cyclist. He earned his bachelor’s from Boston University and master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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