Category Archives: Community

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!

Procrastinating With Mastery

Aside from your amazing freelance skills, I’m guessing you’ve  thought to yourself you’re the master of one other thing –procrastination.

The next thing to think to one’s entrepreneurial self is, “What kind of procrastination master am I?”

Well, according to this article I recently came across in Fast Company

“Which Of These Five Types Of Procrastinator Are You?”

 

…I’m a hybrid ‘Dred-Filled + Overwhelmed Procrastinator’.

Curious which camp you fall in? Giving this 3-minute read is definitely worth a skim to find out.

Even more worth it, are the helpful tips on how you can overcome procrastination— no matter what your preferred style.

Of all the helpful ways on how to defeat the procrastination beast, one major thing is missing– joining a coworking office!

Read more on What is Coworking, and discover reasons why you’d be happier and more productive working together with the CV tribe than alone– checking your social feeds and the fridge for the 22nd time.

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!