Archive for November, 2011


What exactly is an outstanding idea pitch?

Posted on 22. Nov, 2011 by in blog, Coworking, Designers, Developers, SOMA

So how, exactly, does an idea turn into a company?  This is the road block that many entrepreneurs find themselves at when building their seedling ideas into profitable startups.  Of course there are numerous prominent and successful startups that were born overnight.  However, the problem for the average human being is that they cannot afford the time that it takes to guarantee success, and/or they lack the full range of skills necessary to build the startup entirely on their own — much less overnight.

The truth of the matter is that there is no possible way to establish a strong foundation for your new startup without a serious time commitment. Time, in and of itself, is most often one of the primary reasons that many entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts experience complication in the execution of the necessary planning stages of idea discovery. A lack of time and planning in the initial phases of this tedious process can often spillover into the actual development and long-term establishment of a new startup.

Participants at an "Idea Accelerator" pitch their initial ideas

Participants at an "Idea Accelerator" pitch their initial ideas

Let’s face it: we’re all busy and things in this day and age move at a very high speed- and they’re only getting faster. Without the personal time and work commitment necessary for having a systematic and well-planned approach to the many “idea-to-seed funding” stages of building out your plan of action, you could easily see a great idea fall through.

Citizen Space  recently had the great pleasure of hosting Startup Monthly‘s IceBreaker 3.0, which is was the third iteration of their Idea Accelerator program. The beauty of hosting events such as this in our SoMa #coworking space is that the transformation of office space by day to startup incubator activities in the evenings (and on weekends!) allows our members to participate in these types of networking and team building opportunities, with the option for doing so being literally right at their doorstep.

The purpose of these types of events is to have seamless collaboration between people that might not have otherwise met at all. It is in this type of environment that much of the discovery, planning, and development of new ideas takes place. Having both seen and facilitated the growth of brand new ideas into concepts and eventually startups in our space, we have learned the ins-and-outs of the crucial milestones that must be incorporated into the development process of new ideas, and can summarize success for many by one simple thing: teamwork.

Having said over and over again that time and commitment are crucial in the beginning stages of implementing your new idea, it is likely a very difficult thing to do it all quickly enough to keep up with the rapid development of new technology. Many entrepreneurs moonlight with their ideas, and exhaust themselves with trying to do it all on their own- even to the extent of taking on the self-teaching method to very difficult, complex coding languages.

Team Building is Essential to Creating a Successful Pitch

Team Building is Essential to Creating a Successful Pitch

While this is definitely feasible for some people to do, the easier and more well-rounded option in this case is to build and foster relationships with other people who can bring something to the table as a technical, marketing, or business co-founder. Lessening the workload on each person by working with others in the teamwork approach not only increases the technical resources that the idea will have to build upon in it’s early stages, but will also decrease the amount of total time that it takes to pitch your idea to investors for seed funding.

It is important to also remember that as you build a team around your idea, it might not always be the “best” one. Having a team brainstorm together and build upon an idea can often lead to the development of brand new, even better ideas- and this is what we see often, particularly at events such as the IceBreaker 3.0.

So, when you’re at the point that you’re ready to move forward with seeing your idea come to life, remember this Japanese proverb: “None of us are as smart as all of us.”

Still have questions? Ideas? Tweet them to us @CitizenSpace!

Citizen Space is the world’s first coworking space, located at 425 2nd Street in the SoMa district of San Francisco.  The idea of Citizen Space is to take the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and the best elements of a workspace (productive, functional), and combine them to give indie workers the chance to have their own, affordable office space.  Citizen Space was built on the coworking philosophy.  Our residents (past and present) range from: software engineers, web developers, social media consultants/strategists, graphic designers, product designers, public relations specialists, and sustainable web hosting entrepreneurs.  Check us out today! 

Poll: which new banner do you dig the most?

Posted on 22. Nov, 2011 by in blog, Designers, Las Vegas, Newsletter, San Jose, SOMA

The time has come: our new banners are here! We are looking for feedback from our community, so please take a moment to check out our new banners and vote for your favorite one!

New Banner 1- The Dolls!

New Banner 1

New Banner 2- The Coworker!

So what do you think?  Let us know!

#Coworking for Food Drive!

Posted on 16. Nov, 2011 by in blog, Events, Local News, San Jose, SOMA

As the holidays quickly approach, so does the season for generosity.  In the spirit of giving back to the community, Citizen Space has launched a food drive to benefit San Francisco Food Bank, a community non-profit dedicated to feeding the hungry.

San Francisco Food Bank

Citizen Space is launching a food drive to benefit San Francisco Food Bank

Hunger manifests itself as a consistent lack of enough food to meet nutritional requirements. It can mean fewer meals each day and poor-quality food that is calorie-rich but nutrient-poor.

In San Francisco, 197,000 people struggle each day to feed themselves and their families. In Marin, just over 40,000 people – or 16% of the population – face the threat of hunger on a given day.

Citizen Space will be collecting canned food goods at our SF  & San Jose locations from now through the end of the year.  To reward all for participating in the food drive, we are offering 50% off of or regular drop-in rate for every person who donates five or more canned food items for the drive!

Citizen Space is also reaching out to other coworking establishments in San Francisco to build an all-star community of donors, with hopes of feeding more hungry people this holiday season.  Interested in contributing? E-mail Matt to join our team!

Giving back to the community with a round of  #coworking, on us: doesn’t get much better! Check out our team’s page today: http://holidaydrive.sffoodbank.org/team/8045388066

Citizen Space is the world’s first coworking space located at 425 2nd Street, in the SoMa district of San Francisco.  The idea of Citizen Space is to take the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and the best elements of a workspace (productive, functional) and combine them to give indie workers the chance to have their own, affordable space. Citizen Space was built on coworking philosophy. Our residents (past and present) range from: software engineers, web developers, social media consultants/strategists, graphic designers, product designers, public relations specialists, and sustainable web hosting entrepreneurs.

Startup Monthly’s ICE BREAKER 3.0 @ Citizen Space, SF!

Posted on 16. Nov, 2011 by in blog, Events, SOMA

Hello Citizen Space Friends,

This Sunday (Nov. 20th) @StartupMonthly  is hosting it’s ICE BREAKER 3.0 in San Francisco!

As prelude to the Idea Accelerator workshop series, Ice Breaker is a full-day workshop focused on introducing you to your future co-founders and finding additional resources for  your exciting team. It’s an opportunity to meet a ton of great people and ideas, all through different interactive games and fun activities!

Startup Monthly

Join us on 11/20 for Ice Breaker 3 @ Citizen Space, SF

Ask yourself: Do you want to accelerate your idea? Meet a co-founder? Define a Business Model? Prototype your Minimal Viable Product and see if it can generate money? Do you want to be ready to apply to incubator or be ready to raise seed money?

The Startup Monthly Idea Accelerator program will help you achieve these goals in just 5 weeks!

The Ice Breaker is separate from the Idea Accelerator Program which is a 6 week (Due to the holidays) program that uses Lean Startup methodology and Customer Development to define a Business Model, prototype rapid MVP, test the market and show traction. You will be able to show your program results at our Final Demo event to a panel of investors and advisors that will give you suggestions on the next steps (Seed Investment, Incubator, etc)

This event is where you will build your team and recruit the missing resources, so it is critical that you take the time to get to know the members during the challenges and activities. Team is the most important factor in your next venture!

So, what are you waiting for?  Come join us this Sunday, November 20th, at Citizen Space in SoMa!   Please RSVP for this event!  More info below:

Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/StartupMonthly/events/35747692/

For Mobile Ticketing (Mogotix), RSVP here: http://www.mogotix.com/events/5301

Early Bird – $30 until Nov 14th 11:30pm (finished)

Regular Price – $60 online and at the door (only cash)

See ya this weekend @CitizenSpace!

Citizen Space is the world’s first coworking space located at 425 2nd Street, in the SoMa district of San Francisco.  The idea of Citizen Space is to take the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and the best elements of a workspace (productive, functional) and combine them to give indie workers the chance to have their own, affordable space. Citizen Space was built on coworking philosophy. Our residents (past and present) range from: software engineers, web developers, social media consultants/strategists, graphic designers, product designers, public relations specialists, and sustainable web hosting entrepreneurs.

Coworking meets cooking classes in SF

Posted on 12. Nov, 2011 by in blog, Classes, Coworking, Events, SOMA

'Route to India' Cooking Class @ Citizen Space, SF

'Route to India' Cooking Class @ Citizen Space, SF

Collaboration is the lively spirit behind what makes #coworking so great at Citizen Space. From designers & interface developers, to programmers and marketing pros- we’ve got a little bit of everything….even cooking classes!

Every other Tuesday, Citizen Space is transformed into a hands-on cooking experience with Nalini Mehta in her three-hour ‘Route to India’ cooking class. The class begins with a survey that each participant fills out to determine which types of food they should be eating. Before you even know it, the whole office smells appetizing, and scent waves of delicious curry, vegetable combos of all sorts, and other Indian delicacies fill the whole space.

The coolest part? The class includes a wonderful meditation session, and there’s more food to eat at the end than can be eaten! Nalini shares the eating experience with everyone, as they devour their very own homemade Indian food.

Class participants socialize and chow down on their homemade Indian food.

Class participants socialize and chow down on their homemade Indian food.

Citizen Space has broadened the already vast amount of opportunities to use the coworking space in a multitude of ways. Events of all sorts take place at the space often, and the atmosphere that is created is shared with the awesome coworkers that are creating, developing, and producing cool stuff.

Where else can you end a hard day of work with a relaxing cooking class, or a networking event to collaborate and work with people that have experience in virtually all facets of the tech world? Citizen Space really is a much nicer place to work! Come check us out!

Want to to drop-in at our SoMa, San Francisco location for free? Be the first to tweet this post with a tag to @CitizenSpace, and your first day is on us!

Citizen Space is the world’s first coworking space located at 425 2nd Street, in the SoMa district of San Francisco.  The idea of Citizen Space is to take the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and the best elements of a workspace (productive, functional) and combine them to give indie workers the chance to have their own, affordable space. Citizen Space was built on coworking philosophy. Our residents (past and present) range from: software engineers, web developers, social media consultants/strategists, graphic designers, product designers, public relations specialists, and sustainable web hosting entrepreneurs.

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