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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.
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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

December Events at CoCo

December Events at CoCo

DecemberWe’re not sure how it’s December, but hey…it is! Don’t fret, we know it’s going to get cold…but guess where it’s warm & eventful? That’s right — here at CoCo where the coffee is on and the events are plentiful.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND: GFE // HealthcareMN Meetup
Health Tech Startups. We are building things that make healthcare better. If you are working on a healthcare venture, or want to connect with the healthcare start-up community then this is your crowd. We’re hosting speaker events, co-Working meetups, and several other events aimed at building the healthcare technology eco-system in Minnesota. A lot of the things we’re talking about are specific challenges and opportunities in healthcare and launching health tech start-ups. As a growing community, we want to make sure everyone has the right resources and connections to make their healthcare ventures successful. Presented by CoCo & Google for Entrepreneurs. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD: Lunch’n'Learn with Car2Go at CoCo Uptown (CoCo Members Only event)
Enjoy a free lunch at CoCo in Uptown on December 3rd! Compliments of Car2Go, Minneapolis’ biggest-little carsharing company. Explaining the newest way to get around Minneapolis, we will tell you how to avoid paying for parking, never footing the bill for gasoline again, and why you no longer have to worry about insurance payments. And a free lunch? It may just be too good to be true! No registration necessary — just be at CoCo Uptown at noon!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH: Monkey Island presents Analytics & AdWords – Your Questions Answered (CoCo Members Only event)
A number of fellow CoConuts have stopped by our campsite to pay us a visit (something we highly encourage by the way!) and to ask us questions about their Google Analytics and Google AdWords accounts. So, we thought…Hey, let’s host a lunch and just hold a Q & A session for CoConuts on Google Analytics and Google AdWords! So here ya go! Join us. Lunch is provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH: Women of CoCo (MEMBERS ONLY event)
If you’re a CoCo member and you happen to be a woman — well, this group is for you! This week the ladies will be discussing “Lean In” by author Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Haven’t read it? No problem! This doesn’t mean you’re not welcome or can’t be part of the discussion. Complimentary lunch provided by CoCo and Google for Entrepreneurs. No registration necessary. Meetup will take place in the Lounge at CoCo Uptown from 12pm-1pm.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH: GFE // 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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH: Social Media Breakfast // Jump! How can  you begin doing the work of your dreams?
After nearly four years of running CoCo, our presenters have seen hundreds of entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative people, come and go. And wondered: why are some successful…and others not? Is it about skills? Is it about funding? Or is it about something else? At CoCo, their mission is to inspire and enable people to do the work of their dreams. But not just any dream. They’re talking about the dreams that exist in the deepest part of your soul. Your purpose. The reason you were put on this planet. Do you know what it is? At this special SMB, they’re going to talk about your life dreams, the work you do on a daily basis – and why they’re often not the same thing! But we won’t stop there. They’ll talk about what steps you can take to make the work of your dreams the actual work you do every single day! This will be no boring lecture. Come prepared to do some imaginative work, share your ideas and interact with others. Expect to leave inspired and dangerous!
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH: Twin Cities E-Commerce Meetup
This group is dedicated to serving e-commerce professionals within the Mpls/St. Paul area. The goal will be to bring in periodic speakers to educated the group on a topic of e-commerce (technical or business related) or to share an example from their own business. Ideal users should be interested in e-commerce best practices, new technologies and general networking to create a stronger e-commerce community and learning environment in the Twin Cities. Co-sponsored by Google and CoCo. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food + drink provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH: A Chat with AJ Leon (author of The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit)
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JAN. 31ST!
Join us on Monday, December 16th 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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 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 
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH: Lunch’n'Learn with Baypoint Benefits (CoCo Members Only event)
Joel Starke with BayPoint Benefits will be joining us on on Dec. 20th from 12:00 – 1:30 for an informative session on the changing landscape with healthcare for individuals and small businesses. BayPoint Benefits works with both small businesses and individuals to manage health benefit solutions.  Whether the company is an early stage start-up, a growing multi-location business, or a sole proprietor they tailor a plan to meet the needs of each client. Please join us to learn how the upcoming changes will impact the individual and small group markets, tips on how to navigate the MN health exchange, and learn about important resources that are available to help find the right solution for you in 2014. Presented by Baypoint Benefits and CoCo.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

Become a better soloist at SoloCamp

Become a better soloist at SoloCamp

Sat., April 27
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CoCo Minneapolis

Eventbrite - SoloCamp

How’s business? Got all the clients you want? Making as much money as you need? How’s your work life/balance?

If you’re not satisfied with your solo practice (guess what: you’re not alone!), then have we got an event for you!

SoloCamp is a one-day conference focused on improving business skills and learning new tools. Think of it as a shot of adrenalin for your solo practice, whether you’re a designer, programmer, writer or consultant.

Like a regular conference, there are some pre-planned sessions on a variety of important topics, taught by seasoned freelancers and business owners. But it’s also an unconference, which means we’ve got room for sessions that can be suggested and even run by you! (We’ll tell you more about that after you register.)

Pre-planned sessions include:

  • The basics (and not-so basics) of marketing yourself  How and where to tell your story
  • Using social media to promote your business
  • Online marketing 101  An overview of what’s possible with SEO, PPC, Re-marketing, Authorship Pages, Video and Conversion Optimization (applicable to yours or your clients’ business)
  • Stop leaving money on the table!  Ideas on how to earn more from your projects and client relationships.
  • Business 101 for freelancers  Tons of practical advice on incorporation, taxes, banking, insurance, partnerships, positioning, etc.
  • Portfolio sites  Comparing portfolio platforms, with input from other freelancers
  • Designer tech  A review of essential tools
  • Working alone sucks!  An intro to more collaborative ways of working

Schedule:

  • 9 – 10 a.m. – Coffee/rolls, socializing, orientation to unconference format
  • 10 – 11 a.m. – Sessions
  • 11 a.m. – Noon – Sessions
  • Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch (included)
  • 1 – 2 p.m. – Sessions
  • 2 – 3 p.m. – Sessions
  • 3 p.m. – Optional tours of CoCo & Design Works

Eventbrite - SoloCamp

Brought to you by:

  • AIGA Minnesota
  • Navitor
  • CoCo

The Experience Economy coming to CoCo

The Experience Economy coming to CoCo

As authors and speakers, Joe Pine & Jim Gilmore have built a well-deserved reputation for thought leadership. The ideas launched through such ground-breaking books as The Experience Economy, Authenticity, Mass Customization, and Infinite Possibility have given readers countless ways to see the world differently and have forever changed the landscape of business competition.

Now, author Joe Pine will be personally hosting a How-To series of three workshops intended to skill you and your business around the powerful concepts of experience staging – outlining practical steps for accelerating the adoption of these ideas into your company. The How-To Workshop Series features day-long sessions that will highlight content, facilitate exercises, and outline applications for you to go beyond the concepts and into real planning and tactics. If you have been looking for a way to get started on the road to staging more compelling customer experiences (or if you just need a little help with your initiatives) then these workshops are ideal for you.

And best of all – these sessions will all be taking place at CoCo Minneapolis! This is a rare opportunity to see a world-class thought leader close to home.

Session 1: How to Stage Engaging Digital Experiences
Hosted by Joe Pine
December 6, 2012

Session 2: How to Create a Sense of Place
Hosted by Joe Pine
April 4, 2013

Session 3: How to Mass Customize Your Offerings
Hosted by Joe Pine
May 30, 2013

Sessions take place 8:30am to 4:30pm each day. Workshop sizes will be limited 25 participants to ensure personal interaction.

Cost
Sessions can be purchased individually or as bundles. Single sessions are $595 per person. Any two workshops is $990. Any three or more sessions is $1,385. The fee includes admission, lunch, and materials.

Register
For more information or to register for Pine & Gilmore’s How-To Workshop Series, visit www.StrategicHorizons.com. You can also call (330) 405-2886 or send an email to Explore@StrategicHorizons.com.

The power of purple corn

The power of purple corn

Wednesday, Jan. 25
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CoCo Minneapolis

CoCo Member Bill Petrich, CEO of Suntava, (recently featured in the Star Tribune) will talk about his company’s breakthrough product: a natural substitute for Red Dye No. 40, made from Peruvian purple corn.

Bill will talk about the challenges he faces in trying to grow the business and ask for ideas from attendees.

We’ll even serve up some purple corn in the form of homemade “chicha” (a traditional Peruvian soft drink) and purple corn chips. Come learn about an innovative business model and offer your ideas!

This is a members-only event.

Register at Eventbite