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October Events at CoCo

October Events at CoCo

octoberFall signals change and here at CoCo…lots of change is afoot! Just this past Weds. (Sept. 25th), we announced some exciting news that we are now a part of an exclusive Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network. Comprised of seven hubs throughout North America, the network will support entrepreneurs and provide a stimulus for the economy in local communities. Want to know more? Read more HERE. We’re also about to open our new location in Uptown Oct. 1st! We can hardly believe it ourselves and are extremely excited to see it all come together. Remember to RSVP for our Open House on Oct. 10th below! May the Fall festivities begin!

TUESDAY, OCT. 1ST: INVESTyR // Fundraising in the Digital Economy
INVESTyR co-founders Patrick Donohue & Phil Pogge provide an interactive overview on why digital media is forever changing the world of money in business. This seminar unveils tactics on how to use digital media to achieve your business goals and raise money. Whether you’re a non-profit, a start-up or a $100 million business, we guarantee you will walk away with new insights on modern tools to use when raising capital and directly sourcing relationships with investors, dealflow and financiers. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3RD: House of Genius
The goal of House of Genius is to assemble brilliant, diverse groups of people to focus their collective creativity and experience to explore, discuss and solve important problems. We hold evening sessions once a month in cities around the world. We bring together a group of 15-18 wide-ranging minds and three business presenters.  The three presenters share their business and a key problem they are facing in rapid-fire fashion. Next, each attendee offers questions, insights, suggestions, or introductions that may assist the presenter. The true “genius” is in the collaboration – you’ll be amazed at the power of thinking that is evoked from the structure of the sessions and the synergetic format. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH, 2013: HealthcareMN // A Candid Look at Startups in Large Healthcare Systems: and North Memorial
In this unique interview-style presentation John Brownlee (CEO, and Eric Schaefer (Director, Business Development, North Memorial Healthcare) will discuss their experience working together to integrate a startup’s digital health platform into the workflow and processes of an established integrated healthcare delivery system.  FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH: BizLounge Monthly Meetup // Speaker Series with Matt Hunt
The BizLounge Network provides an opportunity for individuals to network, learn, and get involved with other business professionals. Our vision is to build an alliance of supporters who are committed to growing and enabling better business through networking, ongoing education, and involvement in the BizLounge community. Matt Hunt will be the speaker this month.  Matt will speak on “Growing Your Business and Building Your Community: Fear, Failure & Entrepreneurship”. Matt Hunt is a professional speaker, blogger, and consultant. With over 20 years of business and technology experience he has a demonstrated excellence in business strategy, innovation, and leadership development with large companies, small companies and non-profit organizations. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // $10.00 (first visit free)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH: Gray Plant Mooty hosts “Ask-an-Attorney” Help Desk
Available to CoCo MEMBERS ONLY. CoCo members Gray Plant Mooty are here to help answer any legal questions you may have by hosting a Help Desk stationed right on the coworking commons at CoCo Minneapolis! On this day, attorney Chris Carlisle will be available from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Book your time HERE.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH: HotLou presents Facebook Happy Hour Part Three
CoCo member Lou Abramowski, aka HotLou, will brag unapologetically for 10 to 15 minutes about his Facebook accomplishments and how he got there, including pretending to be a fairy on the internet and amassing several Facebook Pages with 100k+ LIKES. The boasting will be followed by a Q&A where Lou will appear even more handsome, as he will be providing whiskey for those “thirsting” for his knowledge.  Welcome to the second Facebook Happy Hour…which should really be called “HotLou Electric Facebook Bugaloo Part 2″. Sorry…CoCo MEMBERS ONLY. No registration necessary…event will be held in The Classroom and will be first come, first served

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10TH: CoCo Uptown Open House
Join us on 10/10 at 1010 W. Lake Street as we host our Open House at our new digs in Uptown Minneapolis. Mingle with members, munch on some appetizers, and toast to the new locale. Some musical surprises are in store as well.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: RailsMN // Building OpenCamp (a project management tool)
As part of the Google for Entrepreneurs at CoCo program we will have monthly sessions to help you get started building a real Ruby on Rails web application while learning best practices and fundamental web development concepts. Each session in the series will build on the previous session. Each session will take place in three parts: an introductory lesson, a group coding workshop and an ‘advanced topics’ presentation.  We’ll aim to provide documentation and tutorials to go along with our sessions, so newcomers can catch up and dive right in. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Getting Started: How to Work with Designers
Do you need to work with a designer, but don’t know where to start? What should you prepare? How involved in the process should you be? What is a creative consultation like? When should I start working with a designer? What rates should I expect?Our designers will answer all of your questions during a Q&A Panel discussion. Lunch will be provided. CoCo Members Only.

Third Tuesday of every month: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This is your opportunity to give an 8 minute pitch to other entrepreneurs in a safe environment. Pure Feedback from Peers. Plus see other entrepreneurs give pitches, learn from their presentation styles, and give them your feedback! PITCHERS + CATCHERS  ARE FREE // GENERAL PUBLIC $24.95 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH: Tech.MN // Capital Call Meetup
This gathering will be an intimate experience focused on one thing: money. Two guest speakers will be sharing their respective insights — tech entrepreneur Mark Lazarchic and venture investor Patrick Meenan. A peer to peer discussion will commence. *One representative per startup, please.  The pay-what-you-want donation ticket is to raise money for BRIDGEdotMN. 100% of ticket sales are going to provide Twin Cities youth with technology resources that measurably increase their digital literacy skills. FREE/SUGGESTED DONATION // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Happy Hour in the Studio
Navitor and the Design Works Studio are hosting the weekly happy hour! Enjoy a drink on us while meeting our designers and learning about Design Works: Create & Print, a convenient service that allows you to easily place print orders, right here at CoCo! CoCo Members Only.

WEDS. OCTOBER 16TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Lunch & Learn with Stefan Hartung
How can design be the foundation for innovation? Stefan Hartung from Ideas that Kick will share his experiences in design and branding with his clients and how he creates niche brands that tap into specific mindsets. Stefan has worked with growing companies to who are disrupting their markets and creating new categories. Lunch will be provided. CoCo members only.

THURS. OCTOBER 17TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Package Design and the User Experience with Lindsay Nohl
What impact does design have on your product? Lindsay Nohl, illustrator, surface designer, and owner of Paper Bicycle will share her work creating beautiful products and functional packaging. Lunch provided.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST: GFE Black Box Night // Tech Sprout hosted by Bobbilee Hartman
26 developers/technical individuals and 4 entrepreneurs = Tech Sprout. Have an idea tucked away but you aren’t quite sure how to turn it into a reality? Come join us at Tech Sprout for an open discussion between developers/technical background individuals and non-technical entrepreneurs for insightful feedback and guidance to help the entrepreneurs get started. With a diverse room of people, you will leave the discussion with new connections, new ideas, and fresh perspective on bringing your idea to fruition. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // COMPLIMENTARY FOOD & DRINK PROVIDED
Want to apply to present? Send an email to bobbileehartman(at)gmail(dot)com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND: Gray Plant Mooty’s Wise Counsel Series presents “Social Media Guide for the Workplace”
Social media allows businesses  to engage in a dynamic interactive dialogue with customers as never before. As businesses  increasingly recognize the power of social media as an important business tool, they must also navigate a confusing array of laws and regulations. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight some of the legal issues a business  should consider when using social media in the workplace and offer guidance on best practices and ways to mitigate risk. In this workshop, we will cover: Social media and the employment relationship, Copyright, trademark, trade secret, and defamation concerns, Privacy issues, Corporate social media policies, Social media as a marketing tool, Relevant laws and regulations, Interesting cases involving social media, and Best practices. Speakers:  Michael R. Cohen and Karen Wenzel (Gray Plant Mooty attorneys). Each attendee will receive a free copy of A Legal Guide to Use of Social Media in the Workplace, a collaborative effort of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Gray Plant Mooty. FREE for CoCO Members // $25.00 for non-members // Complimentary lunch provided

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CoCo to open new Uptown location

CoCo to open new Uptown location
Main room

Artist rendering of the main room at CoCo Uptown.

Introducing our newest location, CoCo Uptown, which is slated to open this fall. Located at the intersection of Lake and Lagoon, and just yards from the Greenway bike route, this new CoCo will give CoCo members a 15,000-square-foot place to call home in one of the city’s most bustling neighborhoods.

CoCo Uptown is the first location where we get to start with a blank slate, so we’re building in lots of cool features and amenities, including (not in order of importance):

  • The “Garage” – a 3,500-square-foot open space devoted to ideation, prototyping and presentations for groups up to 100
  • A tap room with craft brews
  • A movie theater, for presentations and pitches
  • A billiard room that doubles as a meeting room.
  • A walkout patio, located within a beautiful green space
  • 7 demo/call booths
  • 2 large conference rooms
  • A commons area that can be used for 100-person events and meetups

The new CoCo location will provide plenty of room for coworking (160 coworking seats) as well as a good number of campsites:

  • 24 single campsites, or, dedicated desks.
  • 9 medium-sized campsites, which seat 4 to 6 people.

Starting today, we are taking inquiries and reservations for campsites, with preference given to current CoCo members.


CoCo Uptown will feature a private patio, located amidst a larger greenspace.


Artist rendering of the Lounge, one of the six meeting spaces at CoCo Uptown.

About the Garage

The Garage is a large open space designed for groups that want to do deep work in strategic planning, ideation and product or service development. It will be available for fully hosted and facilitated experiences of one-day, three-day or one-week durations. The Garage can also be reserved for self-led groups.

In addition to an inspiring environment, basic amenities at the Garage will include work tables and seating, a stage with projection and sound systems, as well as extensive ideation and prototyping supplies.

Evening coworking

Evening coworking

Evening coworking. It’s our top request, only 2nd to “when are you going install a coed sauna?”

So, while we’re waiting for the contractor bids on the sauna, we’d like to roll out the next best thing. 

Starting March 18th, CoCo will be open for evening coworking every Monday night from 5 to 8 p.m. at CoCo Minneapolis.

If you’re already a CoCo member, you’re free to show up or stick around on Mondays.

If you’re not yet a member, say, because you work a day job, all you have to do is get one of our Uno memberships (1 day a week access for $50/mo.) and you can be a Monday night coworking warrior!


Photo Credit: wstryder via Compfight cc

Where does satisfaction come from?

Where does satisfaction come from?

This just showed up in the inbox, courtesy HBR (red text is mine):

Americans’ Satisfaction Wanes as Connections Wither

Between 1985 and 2005, the number of Americans who said they definitely felt satisfied with the way their lives were going dropped by about 30%, and the ranks of the most dissatisfied rose by nearly 50%, according to a study involving thousands of people by Chris M. Herbst of Arizona State. The reasons appear to be related to Americans’ declining attachments to friends and family, lower participation in social and civic activities, and diminished trust in political institutions…

Only a few days earlier, one of our members was telling me how his membership at CoCo was an antidote to the kind of detachment and dissatisfaction described above. Without any prompting, he found the nearest whiteboard and wrote out his “life before” and “life after” lists:


  • Just a consultant
  • Disconnected
  • Lonely
  • Not thriving
  • Not contributing
  • Withdrawn
  • Isolated


  • Connected
  • Thriving
  • Interacting
  • Engaged
  • Speaking
  • Teaching
  • Learning
Photo by Flickr user aturkus

How coworking is changing *how* and *where* we work

How coworking is changing *how* and *where* we work

In preparation for the Global Coworking Unconference/Conference in Austin last week, CoCo and LINK Coworking worked with CoCo members MojoSolo to create this cool video that explains how coworking is reshaping the world of work. The good folks at Turnstone and Emergent Research sponsored this joint. Check it out! If you like it, think about hiring MojoSolo, as they do awesome work.