What: A workshop on how to capture and create media from a click of a smartphone. Leave with actionable skills that will help you create content for your startup or small business.
Who: Joanes Prosper
Before starting a video production company, Joanes consulted in the areas of equity and credit derivatives for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. His unique background enables him to balance art and commerce, while partnering with clients to create compelling video content that helps them reach their target audiences and business goals.
By Edward Denegre
Hands down, Colab-Factory is the best coworking space in the United States, but what about worldwide? Here are five coworking spots around the world and their unique quirks that separate them from most.
The Pub Hub
The Pub Hub is a new coworking startup based in Tel Aviv. Bars are plentiful in the Middle East’s party capital. The Pub Hub rents bars that are only open at night and turns them into coworking spaces during the day, complete with WIFI and printing. They are currently adding new locations. Imagine working during the day and partying at night all in the same venue!
Remember in nursery school when after naptime you got to play on the jungle gym? This coworking space in Madrid has a playroom with a stage, ladders to climb, and a net to crawl around. Why not take a break from working and have a play fight with those inflatable balloons? The Spanish love siestas, so it’s complete with hammocks to lounge in.
Beach Hub is a coworking space located on Koh Phangan in Thailand. Naturally, since it looks like a resort, it also hosts retreats. It’s website says “you only need your bathing suit and laptop.”
This co-working spot in Milan loves food. It’s also a cafe! It has all the perks: unlimited tea, coffee, and an all you can eat buffet. For 14 Euros a day or 200/month, it’s a pretty tasty deal.
How fast can you pack a suitcase? This co working space on Jeju island in South Korea. Working here is free. Yes, J Space is a free co working space on a tropical island. Hotels and Airbnbs are affordable on the island, or rent a house with all the money you save with free co working!
by Shane Barbanel
Yep I said it: The Martian (the movie staring Matt Damon) is the quintessential Entrepreneur Movie, why am I saying this?
Because its true, but also because to be an entrepreneur or single person startup is very much what happens in that film.
The log line in IMDB: “An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and just rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal Earth that he is alive.” Amazing!
Amazing because this is what happens to a lot of us. We are on a team, a group building a startup, something happens, perhaps is a disagreement in vision, or an argument on how the mechanics of something should work, or just the seemingly never ending infighting that happens, and before you know it Boom!
You are all alone, floating out there by yourself on Mars, a Starbucks, your mothers basement, or perhaps a coworking space, but you are out there all alone. You got no money, no resources, no team, and you are broken, broken to little pieces and feel like the lowest creature in creation… Lower then that really, lower than the amoeba that is sticking to the piece of gum stuck on your shoe. You’re feeling low my friend.
But you gotta move, you have got to get up and pay for that fucking chai latte, the rent, that app store purchase dammit! If you do not get up out of that pity pot, you will not build a thing, forget about changing the world with that talking widget.
And as Matt Damons character says: “In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left only with one option… I’m going to have to science the shit out of this thing.”
Exactly! You have to come to that moment within yourself when you get up, turn yourself on and move forward towards your goals. You must internalize that declaration, sometimes thousands of times a day! Once you do, once you understand you are truly alone, that no-one will build that app thats living in your head for you, then you will know freedom. Because thats the first step to adulthood, the next step is doing it.
Where Matt is figuring out how many days he can stretch his rations to reach the time it takes for the next mission to Mars, he is doing it, he is no longer a grain of sand being blown about the universe. He is now the captain of his ship moving toward a solution to his problem, and in his case its something along the line of – staying alive long enough till help arrives, thats his Super Goal, the the objectives within that are oxygen, food, water, shelter and heat.
Then he will break those down even further. Whats important here is once we figure out our super goal, then we can have the objective, and break that down into smaller achievable parts – mini-goals, the steps that are doable to achieve.
Theres a new term, I’ve heard it bouncing around: Incrementalism – which is taking small steps to achieve a much larger and more grandiose goal. As an early stage startup entrepreneur you are faced with failure all the time, the only way out of it is to have a sober plan, take action based on that plan, and achieve. When faced with setbacks, improvise, adjust and continue to move forward! Life is not a movie, but movies can be sources of inspiration for us here on planet earth.
By Edward Denegre
Here are some free resources to help your business grow and develop. As a new startup, you are pinching pennies every step of the way. There was a time when people said “nothing in life is free.” Well, lucky for you, the Internet’s changed that. There are many free apps that will help you run your business. Here are some to make your life much easier.
Being a Photoshopper is great, but if you can’t afford it, you can be a Fotoflexer. The website lets you edit images for free online with a vast array of functions. You can cut out images, combine pictures, change colors. With a little bit of practice, anyone can learn the online application’s learning curves.
Buffer is a free app that lets you post content to all of your social media platforms at once. Social media is the best free way to promote your business, but it can be hard to keep track of posts to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Why not post that picture to all of them at once?
Adobe Photoshop Express
You can use Photoshop free, on your smartphone! The mobile app has many of the features as the classic computer program. Edit pictures right on your phone and upload them without even having to use a computer. If you wish, email yourself the picture after you edit.
Any.do is an app that goes beyond helping you organize. With it’s smooth, easy to read interface, Any.do manages your day. It comes with a smart “assistant,” a robot you can text to carry out certain tasks. For example “please order new coffee beans.”
Document 5 lets you edit documents on your smartphone. Not only that, you can view most media and files stored on your cellphone. Easily share the documents back and forth between a computer smartphone. Remember an edit you were supposed to make- but you’re at the park? No worries.. Document 5 has you.
That lazy team member isn’t going to be happy about this one. The Startup Team plan is free. It helps team leaders dictate and follow out tasks. You are able to assign tasks to your team members, and become updated with all new activity and developments. It will also send you reports so you know what’s being completed.
Having trouble remembering your three Gmail passwords, Amazon password, and social media passwords? With Lastpass, you only have to remember one password. The app stores all the rest. With the one master password, you are able to log into any account.
With Instapaper, you can read articles and save links. It will change the layout of the article so you won’t be bugged by all of the advertisements. If you become overwhelmed by all of the extra pictures and ads on a website, this can help by preventing that sensory overload. You can also use it offline, meaning you can save articles beforehand and read them on the subway.
Zipbooks is invoicing software. This is completely free bookkeeping software. You can alter the rates, track teams, add project managers. Time tracking, expense tracking, credit card software. Instead of shelling out money for fancy accounting software, why don’t you first try this completely free online system?
Some say money isn’t everything, but with a business, it’s more than everything.. Track your balances, accounts, and bills for free with this app. It’s easy layout lets you see all your spending habits by category.
These tools will help your business flourish. You won’t break your bank on software you don’t understand. Why are you wasting money on over hyped expensive products when there are free alternatives that are as good and in some cases better?
by Shane Barbanel
A retail endeavor that does not take stock of itself – an inventory – is a fool’s dream that will eventually fail.
To prevent the failure, or alter the trajectory of your startup’s downward spiral — taking an Inventory is a MUST!
I’ve done it by the way, barreling headlong into oblivion building a business, growing it fast, but not really looking at the balance sheet, just shooting upward, and building without knowing. Believing that by working hard enough, and keeping the business moving forward, I could look at the Debits and Credits later, after we were really built. Big mistake! It’s so important to grow the business, and it’s equally as important to objectify what is working and really, what’s not working so we can assemble a better more effective machine.
To use a retail model: What is selling and what’s not, which items are gathering dust? Are they perishable? If so how much time before that product is a complete loss? Should you drop it, lower the price or reposition it?
If it’s selling then why? Can we sell more? How do we duplicate this with other products?
What strategies work best for foot traffic? How do we get more customers in? Why do the customers we have today stop in? Is it time of day? Lighting, HVAC, or the configuration of the isles? And more importantly: what & why did they buy?
What is that one service, amenity, product or offering that your customer MUST Have! What is it?? Also, what is it on your menu that does not move? (I think I’ve stressed this enough;-)
Also, what question is it you are answering? What’s the problem you are solving for your members or customers? Can you pinpoint the solution you provide? If so then it’s a hop, skip and a jump to massaging that issue out of your prospects. But you cannot do this without clarity, and clarity comes from the inventory.
Now let’s break it down:
What is the best seller?
Why is it selling?
Who is buying it?
Taste, look, feel?
How do we duplicate this?
How do we improve?
What is it on your shelf that is sitting there costing you money?
Why is it not selling?
Is it inferior?
Can we reposition / remarket / drop price & alter the current condition?
All businesses must put themselves through the same set of questions – of course adjusting them for your speciality – but ask yourself direct questions, be honest and open minded to change. Do Not Get Married to a product, service, amenity or whatever you sell, don’t do it! That is at the most business death and at the least a painful endeavour. Be open to hearing about your children in unflattering ways, but then Use This information to improve your overall position in the marketplace and to achieve more peace within your company, because with honest stock taking comes clear communication and a more focused cohesive team.
If you would like to know how we conduct our staff meetings at the CoLab-factory just ask we’ll tell ya!
By Edward Denegre
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it”. ~Olin Miller
Having a full day ahead should be a great feeling. However, if you’re not careful, the hours can slip away. It’s important to stay organized, keep track of hours from when you open your eyes and have the first coffee to when you put your head down at night. Here are some tips to maintain control of your time.
- Write everything down: when you want to go to the gym, how much you want accomplished by the end of the day. Everything means everything. Write down negative thoughts and anything that might get in the way of your productivity.
- Have some carbs. Coffee isn’t your breakfast. It won’t matter how productive of a day you have planned out if you aren’t properly fueled.
- Set goals for the week, not only for the day. That gives you time to slowly adjust your mind so working out or writing a memo doesn’t seem last minute . Like the above quote suggests, you spend so much time thinking about perfection, you lose opportunities to create. Even if it’s due on Thursday, simply writing a reminder on a sheet of notebook paper Monday can help you remember without making the task seem daunting.
- Don’t waste time. You know yourself. If you keep pushing the clock back, til after lunch, or til after your favorite show ends, you won’t have any energy by the time you’re ready to begin.
- Keep trying and failing. Almost nobody ever strikes gold their first try. Chances are, you won’t get better if you don’t do anything. Sometimes forcing yourself to get started is harder than the work itself. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t satisfied with your work. Simply keep going.
by Shane Barbanel
I understand what you are going through, It’s difficult, trying, and soul crushing to hoist yourself out of bed in the morning and slog your way to that job, every day, day in and day out.
And its not the journey in the car, bus, subway, bike or whatever, its the destination. The job – you may be good at it, you may make money doing it – but you don’t like it, and its not one day, but all the days added one-on-top-of-the-other, accumulating like a stress tower built on your shoulders. It doesn’t matter why you hate the job, you do you hate it and whatever the reason it is, its valid.
A career, in some ways, is very much like a relationship, maybe you need to turn up the heat, get a little kinky, shake up the routine, change positions, or roles? (not like that, pervert) maybe you need to create a new position for yourself within the existing corporate structure? There are options, and sometimes our self imposed misery gets in the way of fresh perspective taking. However, if all this fails, if you have indeed shifted and pivoted within the company or within your field and still would rather rip the skin off your face than go to work, then it’s time to find something new!
Really. I’m not kidding, none of us knows how long we have on this rock, but spending your time doing something you hate, with people you dislike, is (to use a medical term) nuts!
Don’t be the person who talks a good game, makes empty and idle threats to FINALLY leave the job and start that dream. Actually give it a go. Before you do, I have one item to cover with you BEFORE you jump.
Check the parachute.
Before you give your supervisor that speech you have memorized, check the bank account and make sure you have financial room to make this pivot, write a business plan, build a small team of outsourced help if need be, but plan and chart how long it will take you to break even, in a great market or a shit market, if you’ve got your T’s crossed: Do it. I’m behind you.
NOW, cue the commercial:
by Taylor Fogarty
Holidays in New York are perhaps one of the best times to be a New Yorker, but also one of the most stressful. Traveling, cooking, and dealing with in laws can make Thanksgiving feel more daunting than dandy. You work hard all year, so make the most of some time off!
Thankfully, the city has much to offer if you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do to celebrate turkey day:
From feeding the needy at your local soup kitchen or wrapping presents at the nearest hospital, the opportunities are endless. Check out this guide to all the volunteer openings in the city.
Host a friendsgiving
Host a potluck style dinner with all your friends that are keeping it local this holiday. Assign a course to each person, and don’t forget that wine counts as a course.
Replace your recipes for a reservation
Let someone else do the cooking! Check out this list of affordable restaurant options for Thanksgiving day.
Check out the parade
Stick to tradition and head uptown to watch the parade! Bonus points if you can watch it from your friend’s apartment.
It is a holiday after all…why not treat yourself to some turkey sandwiches via Seamless in bed?! We won’t judge.
What’s your favorite tradition around the holidays? Let us know in the comments!