Tagged: Community

Co-Working and Education

Yesterday, David Wolinsky wrote a between-the-eyes piece on ADMCi’s blog about why co-working doesn’t live up to its inherent potential of 1+1=3. It was a more direct way of saying what I did a few months ago.

To me, the a-ha moment was realizing that the people behind many co-working spaces still haven’t figured out how to create the “stickiness” that’s so critical to any business. As David rightly puts it, many believe “we’ve got a spare room, let’s rent it out to a bunch of strangers to work.” Sorry, contrary to what they may think, co-working is not a simple real estate play. Continue reading

The Co of Co-Working

I often work from a co-working space, know several people who have started, run and invested in them, and know even more who work at them.

From what I’ve seen, heard, read, and experienced, co-working is here to stay. It’s become the new way of officing for mobile and traveling professionals, sole practitioners, and startup founders. Even big companies are retrofitting their facilities to mimic co-working spaces, or even creating them for their own employees. Continue reading

The Unsung Heroes of Entrepreneurship

There’s a group of people who rarely get noticed.

They don’t get recognition from customers and employees, investors don’t include them in due diligence, and the community doesn’t ask about them. They put up with long hours, crazy ideas, and mood swings.  They tolerate our visions of doing big things and our obsession with seemingly ridiculous details.  Continue reading

(Re)Inventing Adult Education

When it comes to education and its reform, adult learning has been – and remains – overlooked. Unlike primary and secondary education, adult ed lacks a designed process, defined structure, and dedicated institutions.

As adults, the only thing we know is why we should learn. We have to figure out on our own what to learn, how to learn, when to learn, and from whom.  As admirable as that may sound, it’s not the most efficient use of our precious time. Adult ed is a highly fragmented and self-directed pursuit and that needs to change.  It can and should have a designed process. Continue reading

Just Show Up

If you don’t, you don’t learn anything. Conversations happen without you, insights occur that you never get access to, and experiences get shared that you may not hear. If you try to catch up, you end up playing the telephone game and get an abbreviated or inaccurate version. And it’s not their fault for being brief or wrong; it’s your fault for not showing up. Continue reading

The Frictionless Startup [revised]

There’s a group of entrepreneurs that fascinates me. They don’t show up at startup gatherings. They don’t get mentioned by the press. And if you bring them up in the community, you get a response of “Who?”.

They’re the ones who realize that all startups compete on a level playing field because they share one common asset – time. The difference is how they use it. They believe in working hard and working smart. Continue reading

The Little Things (Still) Matter

First impressions are formed by big things: initial appearance, reputation, messaging, friends and affiliations, etc. But over time, our impressions are increasingly formed by the little things, subtleties and nuances that tell us much more about individuals and entities, and lead us to investing in relationships or not.

Our fast-paced world has forced each of us to be multi-tasking, hyper-connected, over-scheduled, and constantly accessible. It affects our attention spans and how we communicate. We’re far more connected than we ever were but we’re also less connected than we ever were.

Fewer people interact face-to-face. Fewer people call to just say “how’s it going?” Fewer people have real conversations. Fewer people look each other in the eye. Fewer people listen. Fewer people say thank you.

Improve three little things this week. See how they make you feel and see how they affect others. See how they still matter.