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If you had a month to do something BIG…

What would you do?

We’re doing some research and would love to hear as many perspectives as possible. Can you help? Please leave your answers in the comments!

Related questions for you to ponder:

  • What big life goal(s) have you been putting off?
  • What has been stopping you?
  • If you had a big block of focused time (say, 15 days or a month, and away from your usual distractions) to focus on this goal, would you be able to put a dent in your goal?

August Events at CoCo

August Events at CoCo

AugustAUGUST [adjective]; definition: inspiring reverence or admiration. Although pronounced differently than the month of August, this adjective beautifully describes our August events!  These summer months have been buzzing by so quickly and we hope you’ve been out enjoying the balmy sticky days as much as we have. However, if you’re looking for a respite from the heat to enjoy some complimentary cold beverages, small bites, and enlightening conversation — join us for our August event offerings!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST: 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, AUGUST 5TH: HealthcareMN Meetup // Infrastructure for Healthcare Startups and MN Health Insurance Exchange Demo
Our first speaker is Travis Good, MD the founder of Catalyze.io. Travis will talk to us about the basic building blocks of health tech startups focusing on data, regulation, and IT infrastructure. If you are looking to start a health tech company and don’t know where to start, this is the talk for you. Our second speaker is April Todd-Malmlov the Executive Director of MNsure, the MN health insurance exchange. Do you want to know what the health insurance exchange is straight from the person at the top? If you come to this meetup you will be one of the few people in the state to see a real time demo of the exchange and the technology. April will also talk about how MN health tech entrepreneurs can get involved. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION *THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6TH: 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

MONDAY, AUGUST 12TH: 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

MONDAY, AUGUST 19TH: GFE Black Box // Improvisation hosted by Jim Barrett
Life and business don’t offer a script to follow and improvisation is a great skill to develop when solving problems with no clear solution in sight. Improv can help you generate more, better ideas and work “without a net.” It is frightening for two people to walk on stage without any idea of what is going to happen and create something on the spot. But starting a business or launching a new product is exactly the same. This is not a lecture, come prepared to join in games, exercises and scenes. Learn improv tools to help your organization embrace risk, move out of your comfort zone and exercise your creativity. And most importantly – have fun. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20TH: 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, AUGUST 23RD: Lunch’n'Learn with your presenters PIPELINE MSP
If you’re a regular at CoCo DT Mpls. we’re betting you’ve either met Jake, Nic, or Ian this summer. No? Well, shame on you. They’ve been here studying all of you! Take this chance to meet them and hear all about their 10-week long project. Get a complimentary lunch to boot! Devised as a roughly ten-week long project, Pipeline MSP discovers, researches, and promotes little known entrepreneurs and startups in the Minnesota business community that deserve a “bigger break.” They bring you the fruits of their labor through easy-to-read articles and multimedia supplements on their website. FREE // CoCo MEMBERS ONLY // Complimentary lunch provided.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH: GFE Black Box // Enterprise Technology Meetup hosted by Cole Grolmus
Enterprise.MN is an organization for entrepreneurs and enterprise technology professionals.  Our meetup series at CoCo Minneapolis features local business leaders, entrepreneurs with successful enterprise-focused startups, and subject matter experts on topics of interest, both business and technical. For the inaugural Enterprise.MN Speaker Series event, we’ll be talking with Casey Allen about the newly launched Skyway Fund and his vision for the local enterprise technology community. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27TH: The Naked Launch presented by Rick Swanson (Learning Meets Quality, Back Nine Board of Advisors)
When you work with a client, do you determine what business metrics matter to them? Do you make the connection between your product or service and those metrics? Join Rick Swanson from Learning Meets Quality in an interactive discussion of “Metrics that Matter”. Raise the value proposition of your product or service by showing clients how you will make a positive impact on their bottom line. Part 2 will focus on Prosperity, Energy, and Joy. Hear how to spend more time working on your business, and less time working in your business. Learn how the power of masterminding comes together with business golf in a new chapter-based franchise called Back Nine Board of Advisors, with the goal of bringing more prosperity, energy, and joy int the lives of entrepreneurs and business owners. CoCo MEMBERS ONLY EVENT.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29TH: Gray Plant Mooty // Wise Counsel Series presents “Avoiding the Big Mistakes: Employment Law for Startups
Presenters: Megan Anderson and Sam Diehl (Gray Plant Mooty Employment Law Attorneys) This seminar will focus on employment law compliance for start-up businesses. Many start-ups struggle with finding the time and financial resources to comply with the numerous federal and state employment laws that apply to their business. This seminar will focus on some of the big start-up mistakes to avoid, and it will provide a crash course on some of the top employment law priorities for a new business. FREE for CoCo Members // $25 for non-members // Complimentary lunch provided // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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July events at CoCo

July events at CoCo

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Whaddaya know?! It’s July…the official month that ushers in those sultry dog days of Summer! Whoo hoo! We know you’ve got exotic vacations planned, weekly weekend trips to the cabin, and as much fun in the sun time as possible — but for those who can’t stay away from the awesomeness that is CoCo, we hope you join us for these monthly events. OH…and in case you haven’t heard, earlier this week we announced some exciting news about our new location in Uptown. We’re incredibly excited about this space and hope you are too!

MONDAY, JULY 1ST: HealthcareMN Meetup // From Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur and From Start-Up to Exit
At this meetup we are honored to have Brian Beutner in our midst. He will give two talks. The first will be about the early days at UHG and how he went from multiple time intrapreneur to entrepreneur. His second talk will be about time as CEO of mPay Gateway and taking the company from only a handful of customer to successful exit. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, JULY 2ND: Fundraising in the Digital Economy
First Tuesday of every month: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Our 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, JULY 8TH: 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

THURSDAY, JULY 11TH: 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, JULY 15TH: GFE Black Box // “Improvisation” hosted by Jim Barrett
Life and business don’t offer a script to follow and improvisation is a great skill to develop when solving problems with no clear solution in sight. Improv can help you generate more, better ideas and work “without a net.” It is frightening for two people to walk on stage without any idea of what is going to happen and create something on the spot. But starting a business or launching a new product is exactly the same. This is not a lecture, come prepared to join in games, exercises and scenes. Learn improv tools to help your organization embrace risk, move out of your comfort zone and exercise your creativity. And most importantly – have fun. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, JULY 16TH: 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!
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH: The Naked Launch presents PhotoSpot // Hosted by Sandra Voelker
This is one for you Designers, Artists, and Visual Asset Wranglers out there….How about a “not-so-technical” discussion about bridging the gap between creativity and technology. As a visual asset designer, what are the technical factors that limit your creativity most?  You know…those moments where you say to yourself, “isn’t there a button for that?!” How many of you find yourself doing the same things over and over? How many hours do you spend resizing, saving, testing,and verifying assets? As a production Technical Artist, I saw how hard it can be to be creative when you spend so much of your day wrestling with the limitations and making sure your design  ”works” in its final application.  That is where PhotoSpot steps in. We design custom tools that integrate with your favorite visual applications. Helping artists create more art. Helping Managers see more results.  And helping clients see something amazing.   FREE // COCO MEMBERS ONLY // Complimentary lunch provided.
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FRIDAY, JULY 26TH: Facebook Marketing Happy Hour hosted by HotLou
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 anyone thirsty.  Welcome to the first Facebook Happy Hour..   FREE // COCO MEMBERS ONLY // Location: The Classroom @ CoCo Mpls.

MONDAY, JULY 29TH: GFE Black Box // Mpls.-St. Paul E-Commerce Meetup // Company Tech Demo
This group is dedicated to serving e-commerce professionals within the 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 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. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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June events at CoCo

June events at CoCo

I think we can safely say winter is over now right? Right?!! We’re tough here in MN, but I do think if it snowed in June it might really bring us all to tears. Which is why June is a welcoming word and month. If you’re not busy with Hug Your Cat Day, National Gardening Exercise Day, Applesauce Cake Day, or some other bizarre June “holiday” — join the CoCo community at one of these meetups/events!

MONDAY, JUNE 3RD: HealthcareMN Meetup // What’s Next For HealthcareMN
HealthcareMN is working on some larger initiatives around providing resources to early stage ventures, and want to know what you think! They’ll be meeting in the Classroom space at CoCo, which is better for round table small group discussions. Food and drinks provided!
DETAILS & REGISTRATION 

TUESDAY, JUNE 4TH: Android Users Group Meetup
Brad Armstrong just returned from GoogleIO and will lead a discussion about the events and announcements from the conference.  Come ready to join the discussion! He’ll also be taking a deeper look at the Google Play Services library and the new Android Studio.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH: Google Developers Group Meetup // Recap of Google IO and Lightning Talks/Open Mic
Please join us in another meetup at the fabulous CoCo space.  We will have a panel of folks who were able to attend the event in San Fransisco, they will regale us with highlights. Bring a cool project you are working on or interested in to share. 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION 

THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH: 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION  

MONDAY, JUNE 10TH: 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH: TechMN // Spark Homecoming Party
Join us in welcoming local startup Spark back to CoCo Minneapolis after three months in Shenzen accelerator HAXLR8R while raising some $ for BRIDGEdotMN. We’ll hear from the team about their experience overseas, Demo Day, Maker Faire, and the success of their Kickstarter campaign.  A panel discussion featuring local makers and an open brainstorm about MAKEdotMN will follow.  And like the Enstratius acquisition party, good times will be had…
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MONDAY, JUNE 17TH: GFE Black Box // “Tech Sprout” hosted by Bobbilee Hartman
Do you have an idea tucked away but you aren’t quite sure how to turn it into reality? Come join us at Tech Sprout for an open discussion between developers / “technical people” and non-technical entrepreneurs for insightful feedback and guidance to help you get started. With a diverse room of people you will leave the discussion with new connections, ideas, and a fresh perspective on bringing your idea to fruition.
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19TH: Developer Patent Summit
The software patent system poses a significant challenge for developers. Vague claims, product life cycles shorter than the PTO review process, patent trolls and general uncertainty threaten to stile app industry innovation and growth. Throughout the year, the Application Developers Alliance will host events around the country and invite developers to share stories of claim letters, lawsuits, the challenges they face, and the need for software patent reform. Patents summits will bring developers, policymakers and patent experts together to discuss practical topics like assertion and defense strategies for startups and examine the issue of policy reform.  Each event will feature a patent expert, followed by a panel discussion between policymakers, app developers, and attorneys. The events will conclude with an open Q&A for attendees and a networking reception – including food and drinks.
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MONDAY, JUNE 24TH: GFE Black Box // Battle Royale hosted by Curt Prins & Paul Prins
Join hosts Curt Prins and Paul Prins as they host an impromptu “Battle Royale” during a Black Box Monday! For those of you who didn’t attend their impromptu session at MinneBar, Paul and Curt engaged in an epic debate–an ordained pastor who programs vs. an avowed homosexual who markets. The topic? What’s more essential to the success of a startup: good marketing or good development. They had no format, made the rules on the fly and had a keeper to score them on successful jabs. The audience joined in, the insults flew and in the end, everyone had a lot of laughs and an intensive discussion where they all gained knowledge and perspective. (And the pastor won by 8 points.) They’d like to do it again and CoCo seems to be the perfect space for it (and with complimentary snacks and bevs to boot!).
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