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Good to Know About: 805 Startups

One of the most overlooked aspects of business, is the community and environment in which it exists.

Whether you’re a soloprenuer or running a team,  it’s easy to get caught up in the small details, and lose the big picture of your business.

That’s where these guys come in…

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805 Startups is “focus[ed] in cultivating strong relationships with corporations and local government along the 101 corridor and giving them a platform to establish symbiotic relationships with startups…For startups, they gain industry insights, potential strategic partners to accelerate their growth, mentors & advisors, and a pathway to exiting in their future,” as is detailed in their mission statement.

Basically, 805 Startups takes a wide lens looking at the larger ecology of a business– they see where, why, how, and what purpose a business or organization is serving in the greater community in which it is built, and whether or not there’s a successful, well-functioning relationship.

They’re offering a invaluable resources and a support system for anyone in the 805 who is venturing to manifest their vision of business or high-level organization, and take it to the next level through connecting you with:

  • Mentors
  • Industry Insights
  • Discounted Services From Our Partners/Sponsors
  • Constructive Feedback
  • Consulting Services
  • Warm Introductions

As well as hosting events designed to help you develop:

  • Awareness
  • Networks
  • Knowledge
  • Ecosystems
  • Opportunities

They often hold free events in the local area (some right in here in Downtown Ventura ‘hood)– to welcome and educate peeps on what they’re all about.

The next event is an Investor/Start Up Job Fair coming up November 29th, 2017 at the Agoura Event Center.

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If you decide these guys are on your side, they offer these opportunities on a membership basis, with different levels and options available to fit your business needs.

I figured this is good stuff to know, and wanted to let ya in the loop. I’ll be at that next event, and hope to connect and see you fellow Ventura Connect co-workers there.

Cheers to making sh*t happen!

 

 

A Priceless Freelancing Course for $45

Right, the contradictory title… here’s what I mean– Udemy put a $45 price tag on Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course.

If you’re not in the loop about Seth Godin, who’s been dubbed “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” (Business Week), and “a demigod on the Web [for his] unique respected understanding of the Internet” (Forbes.com)– then check out his legendary TED talk below.

Being a third of the way into the online course, I’m realizing that every cent is waaay beyond worth it.

Because should you follow through, you’ll discover how to produce remarkable, meaningful, unmistakable work– and of course, how to earn more as a freelancer (two things I’m sure you’re willing to invest $45 in learning).

As mentioned, I’m not even half way through, and I’m compelled to throw you a fellow freelancer’s bone by sharing the invaluable awesomeness that is this course.

So here’s the link again:

Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course

And even more juicy digital tidbits:

Sethgodin.com: official site

Seth’s Main Blog

Reading his blog is amongst my daily rituals, ranking it with eating food, brushing teeth, and sleeping (no, I don’t shower every day– don’t judge).

With that, I’ll gracefully bow out before I reveal more ultra glamorous facts about my so-called freelance life.

However, if I’ve peaked your interest in how coworkers keep it real (and real productive) in Ventura, California, check out more on our site.

Get the scoop on becoming part of our coworking tribe, our sweet office space, and the artsy community ‘hood where we’re located.

‘Til then, happy freelance hustling!

Home Sweet Coworking Home

We’re settled into our new home at the Bell Arts Factory, and couldn’t feel more cozy and happy.

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In true co-working spirit, we maximized our collective resources. By doing so, the turn out of our office is fabulous. Previouslythe space served as an art studio for abstract painter Beatrix Rohlsen. It’s rudimentary form was industrial and raw with a cement floor and exposed studs.

The seemingly daunting task of transforming the naked space into a functional office, turned into a great opportunity for us to work as a team and strengthen our bond as a community.

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The combined manifestation powers of CV Founder Josh Addison, and our dynamo office Manager, Katrina Maksimuk helped quickly source ground level materials, and some good old-fashioned elbow grease to kickstart the project.

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Noah Greer, fellow co-worker, architectural designer extraordinaire, and founding partner of Manual Labor, provided the blue-prints needed to maximize the use of existing furnishings, and flow of space within the studio.

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With all available hands on deck to transport desks, chairs, various equipment, and most importantly–the coffee maker–we created an inspired, reinvented space to call our new co-working home.

To celebrate, we’re having an open invite house-warming shindig on the First Friday of June!

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Please join us, and the fun art festivities going on throughout Bell Arts on the evening of Friday, June 5th. We’ll be welcoming all between the loose hours of 6pm-9pm.

To honor creative connections coming full circle, we’ll be featuring the colorful art work of Beatrix Rohlsen on our freshly painted, but painfully blank walls. More juicy details to come.

We truly hope to see you there!

Connect Ventura is Moving!

Change is a coming to Connect Ventura. We’re moving our office location to the Bell Arts Factory, and are thrilled!

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The Bell Arts Factory is an amazing place; a labyrinth of art studios where dozens of creatives make their home. And in a few short weeks, the Connect Ventura community of co-workers will be shacking up in this creative vortex.

The change can’t be more fitting. The very essence of co-working is to share an inspiring, collaborative space where independent thinkers and doers come together and execute passionate, visionary work.

With an abundant flow of creative energy running through every inch of our new future home, a motivating force will surely sweep through our every effort in pursuing our dreams.

More exciting details to come!

How to Take Charge of Your Mobile Workspace

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Whatever you are, don’t become this guy…

You may be a freelance writer, designer, developer, entrepreneur, small business owner, marketer, videographer, or some other kind of “er” we’ve never heard of.  No matter where you fit in the freelance, or contract work sphere, there is one thing you all have in common; you work for yourself, no one else.

Continue reading How to Take Charge of Your Mobile Workspace

Assisted Serendipity: The Top Advantage of Coworking

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In an online article published by Entrepreneur, Rameet Chawala, Founder of an award-winning development company and co-working space in Manhattan called the Fueled Collective, describes something called “assisted serendipity” as the top benefit of a co-working space.

 

 

 

Sounds intriguing right? At Connect Ventura, we love this idea! Assisted serendipity is one of the many magical things that happen in co-working spaces. They are the organic chance meetings with other freelancers and remote workers who have the expertise and skills that can take your small business or start-up to the next level. Chawala describes this kind of invaluable, network connection as a “real amenity” along with fast Wi-fi and bottomless pots of coffee.

 

A café is not an office, and working home alone can just plain suck. But the suckiest thing about it, is not having fresh outside perspectives, problem solving insight, or motivating energy that comes from others which helps keep you focused.

 

A co-woking office houses a membership of individuals that can “benefit from the [co-working] brand that creates the space, the ethos it aspires to, and the people it attracts,” according to Chawala. Our ethos at Connect Ventura is to provide start-up company owners, consultants, and mobile workers an opportunity to balance their work/life scales by providing abundant operating hours in a professional space, while fostering a community of people who share it.

 

This means that at Connect Ventura, you’ll find that edgy graphic designer, business blogger, or brilliant webmaster you’re seeking, potentially partner with them, and offer your own stellar set of skills to become the professional puzzle piece they’re missing. Everybody wins.

 

Sure, flexibility, open workspaces, and room to expand are key perks in a co-working office, but as Chawala states, “the real value is in their assisted serendipity: the informal conversations and often free expert advice members are happy to offer one another.”

 

By now you realize we’re more than just a co-working office, we’re a community, and we want to know what you have to say. So leave a comment telling us about your challenges, or triumphs (we like good news!),  in traditional networking for your business.

 

At Connect Ventura at the WAV in Downtown Ventura, our goal is to provide a dynamic work environment where beneficial networks not only grow, but thrive.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact us to visit where assisted serendipity magic happens. Or, to discover more about the many benefits of Connect Ventura.

WordPress Twitter Bootstrap Demo Post

This is a demo post after adding the plugin WordPress Twitter Bootstrap CSS

[TBS_BUTTON color=”warning” style=”text-decoration:none” link=”http://worpit.com/wordpress-twitter-bootstrap-css-plugin-home/wordpress-shortcodes-demo/?src=wtb_wporg” title=”A nice link title”]Short Code Examples[/TBS_BUTTON]

[TBS_TOOLTIP placement=”top” title=”Watch me appear when you hover” style=”border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 3px;”]This Could Say Anything[/TBS_TOOLTIP]

[TBS_POPOVER placement=”top” title=”Super Popover Title” content=”The message within the Popover” style=”border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 3px;”]Twitter Bootstrap Popover[/TBS_POPOVER]

[TBS_COLLAPSE accordion=’y’] [TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP title=”Click Me Title #1″ open=’n’]The hidden content for title #1[/TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP] [TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP title=”Click Me Title #2″ open=’n’]The content for title #2. Because open=’y’ when the page loads, I show automatically.[/TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP] [/TBS_COLLAPSE]

[TBS_PROGRESS_BAR width=”80%” striped=”y” active=”y” color=”danger” ]This is progress![/TBS_PROGRESS_BAR]

Fix Your Stuff: Repair a MacBook Power Cord

This is a simple repair project.  The only tools are a pair of scissors.  The repair materials are rescue tape and a small zip tie.  The zip tie helps anchor the rescue tape, so the tape does not slip up the cord.  Cutting the rescue tape in two strips is an important step.  The first strip creates an anchor point, the second strip completes the seal and repair.  The power cord is stronger after this repair than when new – we like that!  Rescue tape and zip ties are part of the Basics Kit – complete list coming soon.

Rescue tape is great stuff.  We first came across it at the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach.  It is self sticking silicone tape.  Careful using it – once it sticks to itself it’s done.  Great for repairs that need to be waterproof.  It does not have any adhesive, that’s why we use the zip tie – to give it an anchor.  You can find it locally in Ventura at Avenue Hardware.  Have fun fixing your stuff!

How Coworking is Changing How and Where we Work.

Watch this video on Turnstone TV about how coworking is changing how and where we work.

 

TinkerMaker at ConnectVentura

We’ve added a maker space at ConnectVentura – TinkerMaker. Come in to work on projects, hack hardware, and break and fix stuff. We’ve got pliers, bring batteries.  We do Arduino, etc.