by Shane Barbanel
The magic of what I get to do for a living is intoxicating at times really.
I left the real estate world for the unknown unknown frontier of building a coworking space, however the reason I built the space (one of them anyway) was to be around creative, innovative, forward thinking generators… AND to create a space where budding entrepreneurs and startups could find a partner, a Co-Founder, or a job.
Jobs fairs are usually what you get when you marry speed dating & a trip to the DMV to a “Net Working Event” — You want to be there, but arrive fashionably late (which means too late) its an anxiety ridden affair where you plan what you are going to say, and by the time it’s finished the pinball machine in your brain you have had too many drinks and what comes out of your mouth is not nearly as impressive as it sounded in your head, and it all seems to take way too long.
by Shane Barbanel
Life is a series of happy accidents that occur as a result of choices made, and actions taken. How did you meet your husband? Your partner? Teammate? Co-Founder?
I’m not talking about the interview process, or any of the traditional channels. I’m talking about what happens when you are fully engaged in your personal and business life.
Being out there, in the mud doing your thing, building your empire, writing that book, making the film, whatever it is you do requires, at some point, engagement with others — Even if you are coding away in a basement somewhere.
Eventually, you need to test your product or app on real life people, which requires contact with other carbon based life forms. (Yes, I’m a full fledged geek too).
If I am locked away in my studio apartment doing my thing; Yes I’m “doing my thing”, but, I’m doing it alone. There’s no chance for me to bump into someone. None, zero, nada!
Which is one of the reasons we built the CoLab-Factory! WE LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE ARE ENGAGED IN BUILDING THEIR DREAMS! And when enough people in a room, or rooms, lounges, conference rooms, offices etc, are engaged in their work separately – together, we eventually bump into each other — Serendipity — and quite possibly find the person we never knew we were looking for! Our CoFounder, Partner, associate — and what was once a solitary endeavor transforms into something bigger than either one of you as individuals, you are a team.
It’s really quite electric when you think about it! To be in the environment where you find your partner, and possibly teammates – and you turn around and boom! You are a startup business going Full-Tilt-Boogie towards raising the money so you can really get some momentum!
And it all started with you, doing your thing, and bumping into your future partner by accident. Perfect.
For us to be an agent for this to happen is what gets us out of bed in the morning. And we’ve had some really great mornings!
Looking forward to more of the same 😉