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Welcome to WoCoCo

What’s WoCoCo? It’s Women of CoCo (get it?), a monthly meetup of women at CoCo at all our locations. It’s an open forum for discussing the experience and challenges of being a woman in business. This event is for CoCo members and guests.

Next WoCoCo
Wednesday, March 26
@CoCo Minneapolis

  • 8:15-9 a.m. – Yoga by John (please bring a mat)
  • 9-10 a.m. - Breakfast! Yogurt will be provided, feel free to bring fruit, toppings, granola and anything else you’d like to share.

Join us for yoga, breakfast or both! Stay for the day to get work done and make new friends.

Cost

  • Free for members
  • Discounted day-pass rate of $15 for Unlea(she)d attendees! (normally $50). No need to make a reservation. Just check in and pay at the front desk.

January Events at CoCo

January Events at CoCo

4065980-the-month-of-january-done-in-vintage-letterpress-typeHappy New Year everyone! Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get moving on 2014 yes? What better way than to dive right back into the CoCo community. Join us for an event this month (and stay tuned for some exciting new events that we’ll be announcing this month)! Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year!

MONDAY, JANUARY 6TH: Evening Coworking
Evening coworking at both DT MPLS and UPTOWN (the first Monday of each month only in Uptown). All CoCo members are welcome to stay and cowork until 8PM!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7TH: INVESTyR // Fundraising Workshop – 7 Key Factors for Successful Fundraising
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. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PRICING // DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7TH: GFE Google Developers Group Meetup (every other month on the 1st Tuesdays at CoCo)
Android Animations || Chrome Dev Tools

Topic1: Daniel Lew will present: 

“I can animate and so can you!”
Basically about how to think about animations on Android.  It’s in response to all the talks which show you specific instances of animation but don’t give you the bigger picture.

Topic2: Andy Gaskell will present: 
“An overview of Chrome DevTools”
I’ll cover inspecting the DOM, using the console, debugging JavaScript, monitoring network traffic, CPU profiling, tracking down a memory leak, and using DevTools on an Android device.

DETAILS & REGISTRATION

THURS. JANUARY 9TH: GFE 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, JANUARY 13THGFE // RailsMN Meetup
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. Presented by CoCo & Google for Entrepreneurs.  FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, JANUARY 13TH: Evening Coworking (DT MPLS only)
All CoCo members are welcome to stay and cowork until 8PM!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH: CoCo’s MEMBER ONLY Holiday Appreciation Shindig
Stretching the holiday cheer into January a bit so we can toast to our members! Please remember to RSVP HERE! Must be a CoCo member to attend.

MONDAY, JANUARY 20TH: Evening Coworking (DT MPLS only)
All CoCo members are welcome to stay and cowork until 8PM!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST: INVESTyR Pitch Clinic
Third Tuesday of every month: 3:30 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! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PRICING // DETAILS & REGISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22ND: MIMA January event: What Kickstarter Means For Marketers
When Robbinsdale’s only James Beard-award-winning restaurant outgrew their space, they needed additional funding to help support their ambitious new venture. So they turned to Kickstarter, home of crowdfunding projects from albums to gadgets to…restaurants? In a day, they doubled their fundraising goal, closing their project with over $250K to make their dream into a reality. Not too shabby. But crowdfunding is about more than just raising money. It’s about turning your patrons/users/fans into active partners in your endeavor. And in a state with more than one Kickstarter Cinderella story, it’s something worth talking about. We’ve assembled a killer panel of marketers/Kickstarter success stories to explore this disruptive new corner of marketing.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, JANUARY 27TH: Evening Coworking (DT MPLS only)
All CoCo members are welcome to stay and cowork until 8PM!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29TH: Women of CoCo Meetup (MEMBERS ONLY)
This month’s meetup is hosted by CoCo staffers Vilay Dethluxay and Ashley Paguyo. We want to hear about women-focused events that you’ve attended in the past (local or non-local), ideas you have for women-focused events at CoCo, and in general…your feedback of what it’s like to be a woman at CoCo! We’ll provide the lunch — you contribute the food for thought. Please RSVP for the event via CoCoHQ.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31STA Chat with AJ Leon (author of The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit)
Join us as author AJ Leon pops into CoCo Uptown to talk about the story and inspiration behind his book, “The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit” followed by a Q&A session. ”AJ Leon used to be a finance executive on Wall Street. He had a corner office and a great salary but there was one problem – he despised his job and his life.  Four days before his wedding, he had an epiphany and walked out on everything he knew to pursue a life that he would live with intent, on his own terms. Five years on, he is a successful writer, artist, entrepreneur and humanitarian, and travels the world with his wife Melissa while running their company, Misfit Inc. During this epic five-year journey, AJ wrote about his experiences in his journal, and then starting blogging about them. One year after walking away from a book deal with a major publishers, AJ decided to self-publish this collection of essays as a book called “The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit” and funded it with a Kickstarter campaign which raised a total of $38k with a goal of just $10K within 30 days.  This book is an ode to the Misfits, to the people who never felt comfortable conforming to the idealogues of a society that tells you to pursue money over happiness, and scalability over craftsmanship.” Presented by CoCo & Google for Entrepreneurs. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food + drink provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

Comcast brings 1GB fiber Internet to CoCo

Comcast brings 1GB fiber Internet to CoCo

comcastThere are two non-negotiables for our members: coffee and Internet. And starting soon, CoCo members will have access to an unprecedented level of Internet access, thanks to a partnership between CoCo and Comcast Business.

Comcast is supporting CoCo’s entrepreneurial community by providing CoCo with its 1Gbps (gigabit per second) fiber service – a vastly better grade of service than we’ve had in the past. In addition to the high speed fiber connectivity offers some distinct advantages:

  • It’s synchronous, which means data flows at the same speed up and down.
  • It’s a more reliable, dedicated circuit, which results in greater uptime.
  • It’s future-proofed: we will be able to expand network capacity over time, ahead of member usage.

But we’ll let one of our esteemed members describe the advantage of 1GB fiber for our more high-tech startups:

“The high-bandwidth, low-latency connection goes a long way to even the playing field with much larger businesses and tech centers with huge resources,” says David Middlecamp, a software engineer at Spark . “The symmetric bandwidth supports creators of content and services, rather than just content consumption, and facilitates working remotely across the globe, or collaborating across millions of connected devices.”

The service will begin immediately at CoCo Uptown and mid-month at CoCo Minneapolis.

 

 

 

CoCo joins with Google to launch Tech Hub Network

CoCo joins with Google to launch Tech Hub Network

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Greater access to Google and other tech hubs across North America will spur innovation, boost local economies

This morning, CoCo announced it will become 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.

“Not too long ago, entrepreneurs in Minnesota had to work and develop their ideas in isolation, without collaboration and support from mentors. CoCo has helped change that situation and as a result, we’re seeing more successes among our startups,” said cofounder Kyle Coolbroth.

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Google treated CoCo members to schwag and free food truck lunch to celebrate the launch of the Tech Hubs network.

Google will support CoCo and the other hubs in the network, both financially and technologically. Hubs will have greater access to Google experts and products, and will participate in a number of Google events each year. Most importantly, hubs in the network will have access to each other, with Google facilitating quarterly calls and bringing hub partners together in-person to share lessons learned and best practices for entrepreneurs.

“For CoCo, today’s announcement represents an enhancement of our partnership with Google, which was launched in February. This partnership has allowed us to host nearly 50 free-of-charge entrepreneur- and tech-focused events with more than 4,000 attendees,” Coolbroth said.

It is now easier than ever to start a high-growth company from almost anywhere, not just major coastal cities. CoCo helps startups capitalize on this development by providing desks for entrepreneurs who are chasing their dreams, educational opportunities for talented developers, and a vibrant community for innovative startups.

Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network is the first formal network of this kind in the world. “Google heard consistently from tech hubs that they wanted to be part of a larger network, to learn from each other and collaborate together on ideas. We are happy to facilitate that,” said John Lyman, Head of Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs. “Our team has been incredibly impressed with the great work these hubs have done in their cities, and are excited to partner with them to do even more.”

The other six hubs in the network include: 1871 in Chicago, IL; Communitech in Waterloo, Ontario; Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, TN; American Underground in Durham, NC; Galvanize in Denver, CO; and Grand Circus in Detroit, MI.

September Events at CoCo

September Events at CoCo

septemberLet’s embrace Summer while it lasts and celebrate the kickoff of Autumn all in one month! Join us this September for our usual round of awesome happenings. Please note that not all of these events/meetups are open to the public, however a nice chunk of them are and it’s a great way for those on the fence about membership to see what we’re all about!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND: LABOR DAY // CoCo will be closed in observance of the holidayHealthcareMN will resume on Monday, Oct. 7th.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD: Fall Kickoff: Android Users Group & Google Developer’s Group join forces!
Join us for socializing and some lightning talks as we kick off the fall season of GDG-TC. Keep in mind that we have joined forces with AUG.MN so we have a strong season of meetups in mind. Some of the GDG Managers will do a “Lightning Talk” on current Google Dev topics. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MORE!  The topics should be related to Google Developer Technologies.  This can range from HTML5 to maps api to embedded android. Keep it to 5-10 minutes.  We will have a projector and a laptop with at least internet connectivity and Office Suite for you to use, but by all means feel free to bring your laptop as well. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD: 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
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH: HotLou presents Facebook Happy Hour Part Deux
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, SEPTEMBER 5TH: 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH: 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH: Gray Plant Mooty’s Wise Counsel Series presents Pitching/Presenting to Investors
Chris Carlisle and Dan Tenenbaum, the Co-Chairs of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray Plant Mooty, will be leading a discussion regarding different approaches to pitching to investors.  Topics they expect to cover: Do I need a business plan? How important is my “pitch deck”? Term sheets v. full offering documents. In addition, because these guys are indeed lawyers (but please don’t hold that against them), they’ll even provide a little perspective on the recently enacted SEC rules that permit general solicitation of investors.  Hope you can join them for a lively conversation. FREE TO CoCo MEMBERS // $25 NON-MEMBERS // LUNCH PROVIDED
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH: BizLounge Monthly Meetup // Speaker Series
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. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // $10.00 (first visit free)
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH: 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 Dan Tenenbaum will be available from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Book your time HERE.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH: GFE Black Box // Twin Cities eCommerce Meetup: Responsive Design – Andrew Benson, partner at Straight Line Theory
Join us for our next Twin Cities eCommerce meetup with Andrew Bensen, CEO of Straight Line Theory, one of the top UX firms around. Andrew is going to speak on Responsive Design – how to go about making your web experience seamless with the experience your customers have on their mobile device. We may start off with a short company demo to highlight some of the good stuff going on in the community. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH: INVESTyR Pitch Clinic
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 
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH: 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 Karen Wenzel will be available from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. Book you time HERE.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH: GFE Black Box // Evernote Presentation hosted by Teresa Boardman
You’ve heard of Evernote and perhaps have always wanted to try it…or  maybe you’ve tried it but just didn’t see what all they hype was. Learn this easy to use, flexible, and  powerful tool for note taking, web clipping, and so much more.  Use Evernote on your phone, your tablet, and your laptop.  Never lose anything again. Organize everything form client files to business receipts.  Learn some basics and some simple ideas so you can put Evernote to work for you! FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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