17 Ways to Maximize Your Coworking Space in 2017!

Guest post by Cassandra "Caz" Gaddis | Video + Personal Brand Mktg.

 

Chances are that if you are reading this, you are either considering exploring the benefits of a coworking space for your business, freelance, or remote work needs, or you already are a coworking member and want to learn how to make the most of it.

 

There has been a significant shift in how work is being completed; world-wide there are more people working from open offices and coworking spaces. And while there are tons of benefits to this, there are a few challenges that you may experience in such a transition. Below is a list of some ways to boost your productivity needs.

 

Continue reading for my top 17 ways to maximize your coworking space in 2017!

 

1. Create your who’s who in the space.

There are so many types of startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers across many industries all under the same coworking roof. Take time to see who’s there and how you can create a connection with them to refer business to one another, form junior ventures together, or just be a sounding board for each other. Our TreeHouse members can be seen on our members area and communicate together through a chat forum.

 

2. Check out the monthly events in the calendar.

I totally understand having your head down in the flow of your laptop projects, however these events are put on for your benefit. Not all of them may relate directly to what you need or what you do, however many will. What you might learn or who you might connect to is valuable! Not to mention the free snacks are a plus!

Check out the TreeHouse’s upcoming events and programming.

 

3. Two heads are better than one. What if there were over a dozen?

Did you know that the TreeHouse has dozens of mentors from various walks of business and life experiences? TreeHouse mentors specialize in things like finance & accounting, legal, product development, communications/PR, social media/marketing, sales, funding, and business planning.

 

The TreeHouse recently added a new mentorship pass for the local community to be able to take advantage of the laser-focused knowledge and experience that can be learned from our mentors. To find out more about the TreeHouse membership levels you can email Shelley@addisontreehouse.com.

 

4. Take time to chill by the watering hole.

Some great, spontaneous, and even serendipitous, conversations and connections happen in our community kitchen. Take a break and head over there during your week for a moment to disconnect, eat your lunch, there or refill your coffee mug.

 

5. You ever wish you knew where “all that time” went?

To help you become aware of your “time well spent” check out RescueTime https://www.rescuetime.com/ It will help you see where you are spending your time online so you can do more or less of those things as you see fit.

 

6. What if you could laser-focus and have breaks along the way?

Use an app like the Pomodoro. Learn more about the Pomodoro technique here : http://lifehacker.com/productivity-101-a-primer-to-the-pomodoro-technique-1598992730

 

7. It’s always good to see what and who’s around.

In this case, what other benefits and connections your coworking space has with the greater area. The TreeHouse has some great things for us in this regard. First, the TreeHouse is part of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (the DEC) Affiliate Network which gives you access to networks and events all across North Texas. The TreeHouse is a partner of the Town of Addison’s Economic Development & Tourism Department. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is also located at the TreeHouse. Both are here to serve us members with great insight, resources and structures. You can schedule an appointment with SBDC’s Steve Sweeney here.

 

8. Additional opportunities to connect.

The DFW startup community also has it’s own events and more for people like us. Some of them are member-only opportunities, others have a small cost or are open to the community. You can check out the line-up and see what to add to your calendar. Startup Week is fast approaching- check out what this week-long program is all about and how it can help you build your business.

 

9. Give your office manager feedback.

It’s hard to make office culture better if you don’t know what people like and don’t like. You can contact Shelley (who is an awesome listener and a go-getter action-taker) via Shelley@addisontreehouse.com.

 

10. Develop themes for each day.

Sometimes we have so much going on that dedicating a theme for certain days or part of your day will make all the difference. A few examples of themes you can dedicate to different days of the week are: bookkeeping, marketing, sales, processes, ideation and content creation.

 

11. It’s time to power up.

Always have your chargers with you or have a spare that you keep at your desk. Personally, I adore having a 3-in-1 USB charging cable with me for my various device charging needs.

 

12. Music makes the world go round, and your work get done.

Carry earbuds with you for music and maybe calls you might need to take throughout the day. Also, Spotify and Pandora have some great stations for you to get in the productive rhythm.

Shelley created a cool station for the Nocturnal events. Check out the Spotify playlist for yourself HERE.

 

13. The power of focus.

This was an interesting article by Muse on how you can incorporate a “focus card” into your coworking space so that colleagues know when you are available to connect or when you have your focus on.

 

14. Community food and fun.

Mark your food when you store it in the community fridge for safekeeping. If an event or meeting wrapped up, there might be snacks, meals, and drinks available to coworking members. Look out for those. At the TreeHouse, these are usually displayed on our long community kitchen table.

 

15. Caffeine. It’s all-inclusive.

Some coworking spaces offer free beverages or snacks. The TreeHouse offers bottomless coffee and filtered water. They also host beer tap gatherings from time-to-time to celebrate a special occasion or just to celebrate their members. Take note of what’s offered so you can stay energized throughout your work day.

16. Sharing is caring!  

Share your business wins and perspectives across your social platforms and remember to “check-in” to your coworking space. It helps share coworking opportunities with others in your social networks, and makes you look super legit with your office space!

A few ways to pay-it-forward with social currency is to like the TreeHouse on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. You can also tag them in as a location on your next Facebook or Instagram post for your business.

 

17. “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar
 

I think this is a great quote as we conclude the 17 ways to maximize your coworking space. Amidst your business hustle and grind, take time to connect in the collaborative space that is your coworking space. Sometimes we need a break and other times we need someone else’s perspective on a project or challenge we are working on. There are dozens of people around us daily that you can help and vise versa. Start with those in your coworking space and know that it will come back to you in the best of ways.


 

The TreeHouse also has a few good reasons to cowork from this location. If you aren’t yet a member, check out the Addison TreeHouse membership levels and book a tour. I look forward to meeting you here!

 

About the contributor:

 

Cassandra "Caz" Gaddis I’m Caz! A digital strategist + video producer that loves purpose-driven marketing + self-development! Co-founder of Gaddis Visuals | Podcaster | M.Com.. Let’s connect: @CazGaddis & info@gaddisvisuals.com

Cassandra "Caz" Gaddis

I’m Caz! A digital strategist + video producer that loves purpose-driven marketing + self-development! Co-founder of Gaddis Visuals | Podcaster | M.Com.. Let’s connect: @CazGaddis & info@gaddisvisuals.com

10 Free Marketing Tools to Grow Your Startup

Guest post by Ali Mirza | Digital Marketer & Growth Evangelist
 

Building a startup is not just about building a product. You are also responsible for marketing and building a community. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of marketing budget to grow your business. You can increase your online visibility and productivity by using these free marketing tools:

1. Google Alerts

Keep an eye out for what the hot topics in your industry are. Set up Google Alerts and be the first to know what influencers are talking about. Easily follow the trends of the market to see what your potential customers are expecting and what are the best ways to reach them.

2. Google Analytics

Install Google Analytics and find out everything about who is visiting your website and what their behavior is. Check the data regularly to improve the performance of your site based on insights gained from analytics. For example,

  • You can see where most of your traffic is coming from.

  • You can identify the most popular content on your website.

  • How long potential users are staying on your website.  

3. Hootsuite for Social Media Management

If you want a social media tool, Hootsuite is it. It helps you schedule social media posts, engage with your audience and measure the impact of your social media content. Now, that’s something that will skyrocket your startup’s social media presence! Remember to constantly create new and exciting content.

Pro Tip: Don’t just focus on building a product, build a community along the way and Hootsuite can help.

4. Hubspot Blog Topic Generator

In need of some inspiration for your blog posts? Enter Hubspot Blog Topic Generator! This tool gives you blog ideas tailored to your industry. To stay at the top of your game and dominate your competitors, you need to regularly publish fresh and engaging content.

5. MailChimp for Email Marketing

Mailchimp is one of the leading email marketing platforms. This tool gives you the possibility to send up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free. Plus, you can easily design and embed sign-up forms on your website. How’s that for a deal?

6. SumoMe for List Building

SumoMe is a suite of free tools that can be used to grow your website's traffic and email list. These tools are easy to install and work on any website. There are a number of ways to ask your website visitors for their email address. Examples include pop-ups on the top of the home page, the side of the page, pop-ups that slide after some time etc. Once SumoMe is installed you will be able to test all of these different options and see which one works best for building and growing your email list.
 

7. Presskit Generator

Presskit Generator generates a press kit for your iOS App for free. This tool makes it easy for journalists to write about your startup. The outcome? More articles, better online visibility and increased business opportunities for you.

Pro Tip: Include a Press Kit on your website to give journalists an easy time writing about you.

8. Trello for Project Management

We all know project management can be quite hectic. Make your life easier, use Trello. This project management software is quite popular with startups. Your team will communicate better and be more productive, while managers will save time and energy.

9. IFTTT for Automation

IFTTT (If This Than That) allows you to integrate the services you use on a daily basis so as to save time. IFTTT helps you with tasks such as scheduling repetitive social media posts or receiving a custom email each time someone asks you a question on Twitter and even sends a tweet as soon as you upload a video on your YouTube channel.

10. Hunter

Struggling to find someone’s email? No more of that! Check out Email Hunter. This amazing plugin is a time saver for your email marketing campaigns. All you need to do is have the website address. Type it in the tool and voilà: all emails associated with this website are displayed. Now go find email addresses in seconds and connect with people that matter for your business.

 

Now over to you.

Let me know which tool are you going to test first in the comments below?  

 

About the contributor:

Ali Mirza is the CEO and founder of iSocialYou, a digital marketing agency based in Dallas, TX. In the last 10 years, Ali has developed digital marketing solutions and growth hacking strategies for several mega brands, SMBs, startups and agencies. At iSocialYou, he helps brands with two important aspects of digital marketing (1) How to build the RIGHT type of audience (2) How to generate leads & revenue using Facebook Ads and creative digital strategies. You can reach him at ali@iSocialYou.com or @AliMirza2k on Twitter.

Ali Mirza is the CEO and founder of iSocialYou, a digital marketing agency based in Dallas, TX. In the last 10 years, Ali has developed digital marketing solutions and growth hacking strategies for several mega brands, SMBs, startups and agencies. At iSocialYou, he helps brands with two important aspects of digital marketing (1) How to build the RIGHT type of audience (2) How to generate leads & revenue using Facebook Ads and creative digital strategies. You can reach him at ali@iSocialYou.com or @AliMirza2k on Twitter.

7 New Year's Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

2017 is almost here and it’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Reflecting on the past year, it’s been a great one for the TreeHouse, and with the resolutions we have made for 2017, we’re sure things will only get better!

A New Year's resolution is a decision to do/not do something in order to meet a personal goal. It comes at a time when people are reflecting on the past year and want to make an effort to improve so that the next year can be considered a success. While adults often make New Year's resolutions to lose weight or exercise more, entrepreneurs tend to have different goals. Here are seven resolutions for entrepreneurs that will help guide you toward success in the new year:

  1. Find a motivating working environment - For most of us, all we need is our laptop and we can work wherever. But there is so much more behind productivity and getting the creative juices flowing than being able to work anywhere. Take into consideration your environment. Do you prefer to sit at an organized desk? Maybe post up on a comfy couch with your feet up? Do you like background noise or do you prefer a more quiet, focused environment? These are all important factors and need to be taken into account. Yes, you need your laptop. Yes, you also need more. Look back on 2016 and map out the qualities you need your environment to have so that you can be the best you, the most productive you, the most hardworking you. And then, in 2017, go there.

  2. Know your wins - As an entrepreneur, life fluctuates every day. Keep track of your wins, even the small ones. Life is hard, especially when you’re trying to make it. Keep an ongoing list of all of the things that you have done well, that have been successful, anything and everything you consider a win. That way, on the hard days, or on the days you need to be reminded why you’re doing what you’re doing, you can look back and see all of the positive things that have happened.

  3. Know your losses - I’ll repeat myself: Life is hard. Especially when you’re trying to make it. Keep track of your losses and learn from them. Don’t make the same mistake twice. It’s ok to lose every once in awhile. Bounce back and remember that what you are doing is hard work. You are changing the world and you are not alone. Successful entrepreneurs have losses everyday. Grow from them. Make the change or the decision that needs to be made to turn that loss into a “win”.

  4. Keep up with current events - As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to forget that there is anything happening outside of your startup. But you’re wrong. When meeting with potential partners, investors, employees, whomever, it’s important to be able to strike up conversation about more than just your product or service. What is it they say about the best salespeople? That they are selling themselves as much as they are selling their product. People buy from people. 2017 is starting with a presidential inauguration, the Superbowl, and if this year is any indication of how 2017 will go, we know there will be plenty more to talk about. Be in-the-know. This is also beneficial so that you can make informed decisions. What’s going on around the world is, in fact, affecting your business.

  5. Be Social - And I don’t mean grabbing a beer with your friends. It’s the end of 2016 and social media is still not just a fad. Start an online conversation with your customers, influencers, and investors in your community and in turn drive traffic to your website, convert followers to customers, and create and spread brand awareness.

  6. Organize - Organization is key to the success of running a business. Organize your finances, workspace, filing system (virtual or paper), emails, etc. Take a few minutes each day to make sure you know where everything is. It will probably save you tens of hours of searching for something in the future.

  7. Know that there is no “I” in team - Accept this. No one person has ever been successful by his or herself. At the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey you may be a one-person show, but that will not be sustainable, not for your own personal health nor the health of your business. You will build a team that will help you and your business be successful. A team that will balance your weaknesses with their strengths. There is no shame in that. Know your strengths and know your weaknesses, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

There are many other ways to improve yourself and your business in 2017. What are your resolutions going to be this new year? Of course, the TreeHouse is always available to assist you with whatever it is you need in 2017 (or beyond!)!

 

Southwest Airlines' "Soar to Success" Business Pitch Competition Semi-Finalists!

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who submitted an application in our contest to help make it a success! We received over 50 applications from North Texas female and/or minority entrepreneurs and our team of judges had a hard time narrowing down the applications.

In fact, when we originally posted the rules for this contest there were only supposed to be four semi-finalists. Once we got the scoring back from the judges, it was clear that that simply was not enough! And while we'd love to be able to accept all of the applicants, without further ado I would like to give a big shout out to the FIVE semi-finalists (in alphabetical order:) in the Southwest Airlines' "Soar to Success" Business Pitch Competition:

1. Medibookr.com
2. PICKUP
3. Rapidi2i
4. Roomored
5. Spice Madam

These companies stood out to our judges based on their knowledge of the industry, the problem their solving, competitive analysis, and passion. We can't wait to hear their pitch at the pitch competition!

Did we mention that the winner of the pitch competition will receive a year's worth of free business travel on Southwest Airlines!? This is an unbelievable opportunity for them to gain national access to capital, introductions, media/press, meetings, and more!

Please join us in supporting our North Texas female and/or minority entrepreneurs by attending the Soar to Success Business Pitch Competition on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 6pm at the Addison TreeHouse!

A special thanks to our judges: Buddy Barnes with Regus Advisors, Tahir Hussein with Collide Village, Dayakar Puskoor with Naya Ventures, Vijay Sachdev with BBVA Compass, and Seth Snyder with Live Oak Venture Partners. We appreciate the time, effort, and careful consideration when reviewing applications.

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Welcome the newest partner of the TreeHouse: Southwest Airlines

We’ve been sending out some teaser tweets for quite some time now, and we are happy to finally announce that we can tell you what all the buzz was about!

The TreeHouse has partnered with Southwest Airlines to help women and/or minority- owned startups take their business to new heights! These North Texas entrepreneurs will have the ability to apply to the Soar to Success Business Pitch Competition for a chance to win a year’s worth of free business travel on Southwest Airlines!

We told you this was big!

This has been a long time in the making and we couldn’t be happier with the end result. Southwest Airlines has never had a partnership like this before, so it’s an incredible opportunity for the TreeHouse to be able to work with a massive company with an international footprint to help local startups and entrepreneurs.

Southwest Airlines was a startup not too long ago- it was originally an idea on a cocktail napkin that turned into an airline that served three cities: Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. From its first flight on June 18, 1971 to today, Southwest Airlines has become a leader in the aviation industry and a leader in North Texas. Going from a startup to an international corporation is not easy. And that’s exactly why Southwest Airlines chose to partner with the TreeHouse. So they can join the TreeHouse entrepreneurs on their pathways to success.

As I’m sure all of you know, the TreeHouse is 501c3 nonprofit coworking space. We focus on education and mentorship to help startups and entrepreneurs become successful. What else do startups need to be successful? They need access capital, media, introductions, and more. This partnership with Southwest Airlines will do all of the above. A year’s worth of free travel on Southwest Airlines can be the difference between making it and not making it. Having access to business travel for potential business meetings with large corporations, out of state conferences, investors, etc, we are giving a lucky entrepreneur a greater chance at success. 

How’s this going to work, you might ask? Well, let me tell you.

Applications for the Soar to Success Business Pitch Competition are being accepted now through midnight on August 6th, 2016. You can apply here. This pitch competition is currently open to women entrepreneurs, women owned businesses, minority entrepreneurs, and minority owned businesses in North Texas.

Why only women or minority entrepreneurs and/or owned businesses? Southwest Airlines is a leader in the country on Diversity and Inclusion, so we thought this partnership would be an excellent opportunity to highlight that aspect of their business.

Once all the applications are in, there will be a panel of judges who review the applications and choose the top four applicants. The judges will base their scoring on three things: knowledge of the space they’re in, product and customer validation with credible knowledge to the adjustments needing to be made to reach their next milestone, and the actual presentation pitch itself. Those four applicants will proceed to the final round, the Soar to Success Business Pitch Competition on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 6pm at the Addison TreeHouse!

The Pitch Competition will be a launch party for the partnership between Southwest Airlines and the Addison TreeHouse as well as when the finalists will present their pitch to a panel of esteemed judges. The winner will be presented with one year’s worth of free business travel.

This partnership is a big turning point in the startup community in Dallas. First, it is helping the TreeHouse have a larger outreach in the community; the goal of TreeHouse is to support entrepreneurs by giving them access to the tools they need to be successful. Second, having a large corporation in North Texas support local startups can and will inspire other businesses to want to give back- after all, all businesses begin as a startup! 

Here is the link to the application for the Soar to Success Business Pitch Competition. Good luck to everyone!

WANTED: Summer 2016 Marketing/Social Media Intern

 

Do you love Social Media? Marketing? Do you want some experience not only working among startups in a collaborative coworking space but also working for a startup?! We're looking for interns who live in the Dallas area who would love to join the TreeHouse team to help make a difference in the BOOMING startup community in Dallas. Sound like you? Send an email to shelley@addisontreehouse.com for more information!

Below are the who, what, where, when's, and why's of this position:

Who/Where: The Addison TreeHouse (the TreeHouse), 14681 Midway Road, Second Floor, Addison, TX 75001

What We Do: The TreeHouse is a 501c3 nonprofit resource center for startups. We exist to help entrepreneurs, start, build, and grow their businesses through Mentorship, Education, and Community.

When: Summer 2016 Semester

Credit: Can be used for course credit, unpaid, part time. Approx: 12-15 hours/week

Position Description: This internship will include learning the responsibilities and tasks of Marketing and Social Media for The TreeHouse.  This skill set is perfect for those who wish to: 1) Learn more about the start-up scene in the DFW area, 2) put their marketing and social media expertise to practice, and 3) those with a passion for improving their community through non-typical routes, being that The TreeHouse is a 501c3 organization that helps entrepreneurs. Tasks will include, but not be limited to, managing the marketing content calendar, connecting a comprehensive outreach plan to social media vendors, scheduling outreach on social media channels, and helping to lead social media outreach for the purposes of informing, recruiting entrepreneurs, and fundraising for The TreeHouse.

Qualifications: The TreeHouse is looking for an energetic, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and inquisitive student who is willing to learn. The TreeHouse works with start-ups and entrepreneurs, and the ability to adapt to a fast-paced, changing environment is necessary. Excellent verbal and written skills required. Attention to detail and ability to plan ahead is also needed. Internship requires approximately 12-15 hours per week. Some of this work can be done remotely, as approved by the direct supervisor.

And there you have it! If you are interested in working for a nonprofit, this could be the internship for you. If you are interested in being an entrepreneur, this could be the internship for you. If you have always wanted to work for a startup, this could be the internship for you. If you want to surround yourself innovative and inspiring people who are changing the world we live in, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. If you want to gain skill sets that will be invaluable to your future career, this is not something you want to pass up.

Please send all resumes and inquiries to shelley@addisontreehouse.com.

PICKUP Graduation

Brenda Stoner is a serial entrepreneur. Her moment of inspiration came back in 2014 when she was trying to move a bunch of stuff across town and could not fit everything in her car . . . and she had an idea. Why wasn’t there a way to call someone to come do this for her? Sure, most “friends” with bigger cars or trucks hide from you when it’s time to move heavy things, but what about a professional service? Voila! PICKUP is born.

PICKUP was launched in 2014 and is an on-demand pickup and delivery service. Drivers are the local “good guys” such as off duty fireman and veterans, people you know you can trust.

When PICKUP was underway, utilizing the Addison TreeHouse as a resource and office space was a no-brainer. “When you are starting… you need a physical place to land. The TreeHouse was a springboard for raising capital and getting operations started.”

Brenda, Founder and CEO, continues, “The other great thing about the TreeHouse is location. It’s central to the metroplex, and in our case that was the perfect venue for performing driver on-boarding sessions. Tons of great meeting spaces and good energy.”

The TreeHouse is a 501c3 nonprofit and prides itself on providing the resources to startups that they need to be successful. This comes in the form of educational programs and mentorship, as well as community. Another way the TreeHouse separates themselves from other coworking spaces in the community is that it is a partner of the Town of Addison Economic Development & Tourism (Addison ED). Having them as a partner in the TreeHouse’s vision is extremely helpful to entrepreneurs in that Addison ED has their own relationships with local entities, as well as its own PR, and sponsorships for awards. The TreeHouse and Addison ED gave PICKUP “more help than we could take advantage of.”

Town of Addison partnered with the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (the DEC) to help boost economic development in Addison. PICKUP is the perfect example of that goal being met- they started in Addison and they grew in Addison. Addison ED gave PICKUP introductions to local hotels and even to the fire departments. Those introductions have led to economic growth; the local hotels are used when drivers come to town for on-boarding and Addison firemen are becoming drivers when they’re off duty.

This is a win-win-win. The Town of Addison met their goal by boosting economic development in Addison not only by introducing PICKUP to local entities, but PICKUP is leaving the TreeHouse for continued growth in an office in Addison!  As for the TreeHouse, PICKUP is a success story. They started out as an idea and moved into the TreeHouse to develop that idea. They utilized TreeHouse resources and that helped on the road to success.

And PICKUP has the biggest win of all- they are a successful startup that has outgrown their space at the TreeHouse and is moving on to the next stage of their business development! More employees, more revenue and more growth.

After a year at the TreeHouse, PICKUP has graduated. What’s next for them?

“Continued growth and geographic expansion. We’ll keep our home in Addison for the foreseeable future, we feel really welcome and supported here thanks to a great on-boarding on the community.

The TreeHouse, as well as the rest of us, can’t wait to continue witnessing PICKUP’s growth in the future.

Join us in celebration of PICKUP at their Graduation Happy Hour, Wednesday, April 20th, at 5:30pm at the TreeHouse. RSVP here.

 

The TreeHouse is a 501c3 nonprofit founded to be a resource to the startup community in Dallas through education, mentorship, and community. Help us support your community by donating here.

 

 

January 2016 Newsletter

 

As we wrap up 2015 and move into 2016 there is always much hope and good plans to begin the New Year. Some of us redo our goals (personal and professional) while others focus on their New Year's resolutions and attempting to increase the good habits and cut back on the bad ones.  For The Addison Treehouse, our hope and goal for 2016 is to continue to serve this community and support entrepreneurs as they start, build, and grow successful ventures that raise money, created jobs and change the face of the North Texas entrepreneurial community to the rest of the world. So let us start out this new year together with a shared vision and mission to "give first" and help our ecosystem continue to grow in 2016.

Do something this year that matters. Do something that makes a difference. Try something new and get out of your comfort zone to push the limits of what you can accomplish. There is no better place in the world to start something than DFW and there is no better time to get started than now!

Wishing you the very best in 2016.

Here is a RECAP of some of the great things that came out in the 2015 State of Entrepreneurship Address:
 

  • Dallas Innovates video that highlighted 6 entrepreneurs in our community that represent their categories of focus on the new site (Launched this week.) Find out more on Dallas Innovates at www.dallasinnovates.com.  
    • Creative, Invention, Education, Enterprise, Social, Startup
  • Mend announced their partnership with a key health care institution (later revealed to be Children’s Health.) Find announcement in D Healthcare Daily.
  • The Dallas Festival of Ideas announced their keynote speaker, Russell Simmons (@UncleRush) and panel for the “Entrepreneurial City” tract that will be taking place in Fair Park on February 19-20, 2016. The panel includes Nina Vaca, Salah Boukadoum, Gail Warrior and Trey Bowles.
  • The DEC announced its Third Floor expansion, the Innovation Hub, at 311 N. Market Street in the West End. This will be a place for companies that are exceptionally innovative and are moving beyond the need for coworking space. If you are interested in applying for space in the Innovation Hub, please email us at innovationhub@thedec.co 
  • Between Two Palms (#btwn2palms) with guest entrepreneurs: Nick Kennedy of RiseBen Lamm of Chaotic MoonMolly Cain from Tech Wildcatters and the rambunctious Craig Lewis from Visage Payroll
  • We unveiled the 2015 State of Entrepreneurship Data Visualization piece titled “The Lifecycle of an Entrepreneur”. This showcases data about our community and the organizations and capital sources that support it. You can find this interactive model at soe2015.thedec.co

The Addison Treehouse is excited to announce that Utah-based, industry leading coding school, DevMountain, has chosen to host their 16-week part-time course here at the Treehouse! Anyone who completes the course will receive $50 off of a Treehouse membership! Please click hereto find out more about this partnership and program being offered to the DFW startup community.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY:



1 Million Cups Dallas 
Every Wednesday at 9 a.m. (starts back January 13th)

Dallas New Tech
Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Model Sales Group: "Entreprism"
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

EO Dallas Nominating Lunch
Friday, January 29th 2016

The DEC's Whiteboard Sessions
Ongoing, Sign Up Now!

SXSW Interactive Community Meet Up
Tuesday, January 12th 2016

 

 

Announcing DevMountain "After Hours" Code Class at Addison Treehouse

*Please note that this content is an original announcement from DevMountain. To find out more information on DevMountain, click here.

 

After many inquiries, we’re excited to announce that DevMountain will now offer its After Hours Web Development course for the Dallas area. The class will be made possible through a new partnership with the Addison Treehouse. This will allow us to continue our mission of bringing together a world-class education and affordability to empower the next generation of coders and entrepreneurs.

DevMountain initially started with part-time classes, so we understand how important it is for many who don't have the means or resources to quit their full-time jobs to pursue their desire to learn to code. Offering this part-time class helps achieve our goal of making learning to code both accessible and affordable to everyone in the North Dallas area.

The Details

We're giving the best of what we've been working on so hard for the past two plus years: a modernized, ready-to-use curriculum, excellent instruction, invaluable mentorship, assessments, and a learning environment that's built to maximize learning potential.

Why After Hours?

With work and school, many individuals don't have the ability to drop their commitments and participate in our full-time immersive course. The After Hours Model allows students to keep their daytime commitments and learn a new skill that will transform their careers. With more than 200 students over the past two and a half years, we've had amazing success with our After Hours classes in our Utah locations.

For this course, we use a flipped classroom learning model. In traditional teacher-centered classrooms, the teacher is the primary source of information and students are expected to finish take-home projects on their own. In flipped classrooms students prepare for class by watching or reading lesson materials prior to class and in-class time is spent exploring the topic in greater depth through projects, collaboration, and one-on-one mentoring.

Partnership with Addison Treehouse

The Addison Treehouse was founded by the city of Addison and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center to be a resource centered co-working space focused on providing aspiring entrepreneurs with education, programing/events, and mentorship that are vital for the growth and sustainability of businesses.

The Addison Treehouse was a clear choice to host this course for a few reasons; the location is near the homes of working professionals, they have amazing resources and space that will better serve our students, and they are dedicated to making sure entrepreneurs succeed. Current members of the Addison Treehouse will also receive a discount on tuition.

Why Dallas?

DevMountain thrives where tech, entrepreneurship and community intersect. Dallas is the second largest city in Texas and the eighth largest city in the States, but it also boasts a thriving business community with a vibrant entrepreneurial vein. Dallas also has the largest urban arts district in the nation.

By opening an After Hours course in Dallas, we want to further enrich the area’s vibrant developing community and we hope to see many new programmers and entrepreneurs emerge from our coding bootcamps.

Just like its western counterparts, the Dallas After Hours cohort will last for 16 weeks and is perfect for those who are just beginning to code as well as those who already has some exposure to coding. We want passionate, hard-working individuals who want a life-changing experience.

Throughout those 16 weeks, students will learn front-end development including basic HTML5 and CSS3, advanced programming concepts using JavaScript, source control with Github, Javascript frameworks such as AngularJS and ReactJS. Students will build multiple applications before the end of the course.

Where can I find more info?

Check out the full description of our After Hours program here.

Where do I sign up?

Easy. Here.