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Erin Newkirk to speak at Unlea(she)d

Erin Newkirk to speak at Unlea(she)d


April 24, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
CoCo Uptown Garage

Eventbrite - Unlea(she)d, with Red Stamp founder Erin Newkirk

Making Relationships Stronger: Erin Newkirk of Red Stamp
If there is one thing Erin knows for sure, it’s that friends + family make the world go round. Which is why Erin founded the top tier, award-winning Red Stamp. Recently acquired by The Occasions Group and selected as one of “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine as a “Compan[y] that [is] identifying and solving the problems we face every day,” Red Stamp’s purpose is to cut through a lot of puffery around the “proper” way to thank, wish, invite + announce and just get straight to the heart of the matter…Making Relationships Stronger.

Making Relationships Stronger is also why Erin is a modern etiquette correspondent for Matchbook Magazine, was a finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards, is a Professor for Fast Company’s 30 Second MBA, and has been selected by EU’s Global Board Ready Women initiative.

IMG_2111Erin will be interviewed by our guest “conversationalist” and CoCo member Ellen Guettler [Get-ler]. Ellen is a writer, editor and award-winning radio producer. She spent ten years at MPR making documentaries with American RadioWorks and helping to launch new radio shows like Marketplace Tech, Dinner Party Download and Wits. These days, when she’s not back at MPR wielding a microphone or corralling a budget, she helps launch creative ideas and develops content strategy for the public media universe and beyond.


There will also be time for Q&A and networking. (Please submit any questions you have ahead of time!)

Appetizers and snacks and a cash bar will be provided.

About Unlea(she)d
Unleashed is a monthly speaker series, held at CoCo, in which we invite women entrepreneurs and leaders to talk about their journeys in life and business. Unlea(she)d is part of CoCo’s effort to increase the presence and participation of women in our community. Join our mailing list for updates on future women’s happenings at CoCo.

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.


  • 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.

Come to Unlea(she)d!

Come to Unlea(she)d!

unleashed_logoMarch 20
6 to 9 p.m
CoCo Uptown

featuring Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker

As part of our participation in 40 Forward, we’re launching a monthly event series called Unlea(she)d. It will be an opportunity for women to meet, hear about other women’s journeys in life and business and have conversations and make meaningful connections.

GeekGirls1Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker, aka the Geek Girls, will kick off our first Unlea(she)d with a talk about their journey in life and business, which has culminated in the success of Clockwork Active Media Systems – one of the fastest growing and most respected interactive marketing agencies in the region.

There will also be time for Q&A, small-group discussion and networking.

Appetizers and drinks will be provided by our favorite women-owned caterer, Chowgirls Killer Catering.

About Nancy Lyons

Nancy works at the intersection of technology, community, and people. As a leader and technologist, she creates solutions that further community and business goals by meeting the needs of individuals. Her guiding philosophy is that a human-centered approach to technology is the only way to get results that make a difference. Problem solving is about empowerment: motivated people create good products. Nancy supports clients and teams by fostering a collaborative, idea-driven culture that nurtures creativity and brainpower.

She speaks extensively about work culture, social media, technology, and leadership and has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She’s co-author of Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process (New Riders, 2012), serves on the National Board of Directors at The Family Equality Council, is a founding board member of Upper Mississippi Academy and is a Project Skyway Captain & mentor at Project Skyway.

About Meghan Wilker

As COO of Clockwork Active Media, Meghan oversees the planning and execution of web, mobile, and application development projects. She’s the co-author of Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process (New Riders 2012), and was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2013, she founded the Twin Cities Interactive Project Management Meetup group and is on a mission to change how people think about the role of project management in interactive work.

Her past business cards have included titles like Account Executive, Copywriter, Interactive Project Manager, Strategist and Creative Director at companies ranging from large ad agencies to specialty boutiques. No matter the title, Meghan’s hallmark is her ability to get things done — and have fun doing it. As one of the dynamic duo known as the Geek Girls Guide, she is a speaker, writer, and podcaster who loves demystifying technology for non-technical people. She’s a frequent contributor to the internet, and a frequently awkward Bollywood dancer.

Equalizing opportunity at CoCo

Equalizing opportunity at CoCo

Get updates by joining CoCo’s 40Forward mailing list!

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ve joined 40 Forward, an effort by our partners, Google for Entrepreneurs, to increase the presence and amplify the voice of women entrepreneurs in 40 startup communities throughout the world.

Despite strides in practically every field, women are still terribly underrepresented in technology and startups.

Intuitively and experientially, most of us can appreciate what happens when a culture  is saturated with too much of any one thing, whether that’s gender, race, ethnicity, educational background or any number of cultural biases. The potential for original ideas and approaches to problems is diminished. Well, it turns out there’s more than experiential evidence of this affect, with research showing that women-led companies demonstrably perform better!

At CoCo, we’ve always tried to create a bigger tent. We believe there is a benefit in hosting a  community that consists of a diverse array of people undertaking a wide range of efforts. In other words, we host startups, but not just startups. Sure, we have techies, but not only techies. And over the past 4+ years as a community, we’ve seen that “big tent” approach pay off. As we have told new members who tell us they want to be around more people just like themselves: “the worst thing we could do for you is let you be surrounded by people just like you.”

So, what does 40 Forward mean at CoCo? We will be making a deliberate effort to meet and welcome more women. Our goal is to boost our female membership from its current 35% to 50% in one year. 

We’ll start by hosting a series of women-focused events:

  • Unlea(she)d  - A monthly speaker series in which women entrepreneurs and business leaders reflect on their experience in building their companies. The inaugural Unlea(she)d event, on Feb. 20 at CoCo Uptown, will feature Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker, of the Geek Girls Guide and Clockwork Active Media Systems. Unleashed events will be free and open to the public.
  • WoCoCo – A monthly lunchtime 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, but all Unlea(she)d attendees will be invited!

Please join us for these events! We would also appreciate your support in letting the women entrepreneurs you know about our efforts.

Get updates by joining CoCo’s 40Forward mailing list!

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

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.


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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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.