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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 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.

CoCo teams up with Carlson Ventures Enterprise

CoCo teams up with Carlson Ventures Enterprise

CoCo is working with the Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) at the University of Minnesota to launch the Carlson Resource Desk at CoCo Minneapolis!

The Carlson Resource Desk will be staffed by full-time MBA students from Carlson School of Management, who will offer a wide variety of services in-person and via email to CoCo members , with a turnaround time of approximately one week. Some examples of services include:

  • Market sizing
  • Demographic information
  • Consumer insights
  • Market segmentation
  • Competitor analysis
  • Assistance with financial models
  • Assessment of tax incentives and policy influences on business

The Carlson Resource Desk Associates will hold roundtable conversations at CoCo Minneapolis to field questions regarding projects and learn more about what services CoCo members will need. Roundtable dates/times:

  • Tuesday, April 9: 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10: 9 – 11 a.m.

A four-week long pilot program will begin on April 9, in which services will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for a limited number of projects. During this launch period, each CoCo member will have access to three hours, sponsored by Carlson and CoCo, after which members will be charged $20/hour.

Carlson Resource Desk hours of operation:

  • Tuesdays  12 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Fridays  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

> Request project services online

Email questions and project request forms to:

Gray Plant Mooty brings “Wise Counsel” to CoCo

Gray Plant Mooty brings “Wise Counsel” to CoCo

Gray Plant Mooty’s Entrepreneurial Services Group includes Mike Cohen (front left), Karen Wenzel (front right), Dan Tannenbaum (back left), Max Bremer (back right) and Chris Carlisle (not pictured).

It was an offer we couldn’t refuse. Gray Plant Mooty, a law firm known for its support of Minnesota’s startup community, recently offered to pitch in to help out the startups and entrepreneurs that are part of the CoCo community. Given how important legal matters are to the survival of any business, this is a huge win!

Starting in 2013, Gray Plant Mooty will be a more visible and helpful presence at CoCo in a few ways:

Joining as members
You may have noticed that several members of the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services Group have been coworking on a regular basis as CoCo members.  This will continue in 2013. If you meet them, please extend them a warm welcome.

“Ask an Attorney” open office hours
One afternoon each month, a Gray Plant Mooty attorney will hold open office hours at CoCo Minneapolis. CoCo members will be able to get a free consultation on many business- or intellectual-property-related legal questions.

“Wise Counsel” class series
Starting Jan. 22, Gray Plant Mooty attorneys will teach a series of classes on startup- and technology-related topics. Held at CoCo Minneapolis, these classes will be free for CoCo members and available to non-members for a nominal fee. The firm will even provide lunch!

Survey results!
Thanks everyone who weighed in on potential topics. Below are the highest-rated topics, in order of popularity.
  • Most common mistakes in startups
  • Start me up! Practical advice on getting started in business (incl. formation, financing, IP, other legal & business issues)
  • Agreements for development work (Mike’s Marx Brothers schtick)
  • Business formation 101
  • Pitching/presenting to investors
  • Hiring: So, you’re making your first hire! Now what?
  • Building a board of advisors/directors
Next event:
“From Aristotle to Groucho: Negotiating Effective IT Contracts”
Instructors: Mike Cohen and Karen Wenzel

How you buy your tech can have a big impact on your company’s future.

Come for a lively and unconventional* discussion of key issues and concerns that organizations big and small should consider when acquiring computer software, systems or related technology and services. This session will help you to plan more efficiently for procurement and employ contract terms and conditions that help you lessen your risk in technology transactions.

*Warning: could involve attorneys doing Groucho Marx impressions

Eventbrite - "From Aristotle to Groucho: Negotiating Effective IT Contracts"

Give the gift of CoCo!

Give the gift of CoCo!

Giving the right gift to a client or colleague is sometimes a challenge. Why not give the gift of coworking?

2012 Holiday Bonus: $25 of every purchase will be donated to BRIDGEdotMN – a charity that provides broadband-enabled netbooks and tech training for eager and deserving youth.

Work Spa Package

The perfect gift for someone who needs to get away form their daily grind. They can spend a peaceful, productive day at CoCo to get caught up on work, to work on their novel – or even better to work on  the startup they’ve been dreaming about!

What’s included:

  • One day at any CoCo location
  • A gourmet lunch, delivered to your desk!
  • A schwag bag that includes CoCo Blend whole-bean coffee, a CoCo t-shirt and other surprises!
  • Optional: a discussion with a qualified mentor about your business or project
  • Bonus extra: new friends and coworkers

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Day Pass 5-Pack

Do you or a loved one suffer from a chronic case of cabin fever (or the dreaded cubicle fever)? With a Day Pass 5-Pack, you can come to CoCo whenever the mood strikes. The 5-Pack is a punch card that can be used up to 5 times a year from purchase.

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