The thinkspace 1st Annual Golf Tournament was played at Suncadia.  The course is absolutely beautiful and scenic.  There’s nothing like playing golf in that kind of surrounding.  The one thing that I really enjoyed was getting a chance to know the thinkspace members and learn more about each of their businesses.  It was also great to see members finally take a break from growing their companies.  Everyday I see how hard everyone works and how much of themselves that they pour into their business to make it successful.  Everyone deserved a nice break!

Paul Anderson, Robert Freid, Howard Mahran, Scott Lief

Rick Lawton, Justin Pino, Al Franz

I also want to say a big thanks to Rick Lawton.  His company, Resort Homeshare, sponsored the event and was able to get us on to the Prospector Course.  We were also treated to a wonderful lunch inside the lodge.

Here are a few more photos from the day:

An interesting thing happened at thinkspace a few weeks ago.  I was talking in front of one of Paul Anderson’s ProLango Career Seminars and happened to meet a person in that group.  We had a very casual conversation in the elevator and struck a common connection as she was talking about SQL Server.  I’m a ex-SQL junkie, so naturally we had nice conversation and decided to meet up and talk more later.  To make a long story short, we ended up having a short meeting in my office, which led to writing a business plan and within three weeks of having an elevator conversation we had a signed our first client to a multi-month consulting contract!

This is really a unique story, because it goes to show you that during this recession it’s things like that which make things special.  While I can’t say what will happen next with this business idea, I certainly think it’s got a chance.

After reflecting back on what had transpired, I had realized that thinkspace had just incubated a new business doing so with zero overhead.  This is the birth of a new program called “Thinkubator”.

The requirements of the program:

  • You must be unemployed.
  • You must be attending a ProLango Career Seminar.
  • The business idea, product or service, must have a cash conversion cycle of 60 days or less.
  • This idea does not require a large cash investment.
  • This can not be a MLM idea.
  • This can not rely on advertising revenue.
Whoever’s idea is picked will be allowed to plan and execute their idea inside thinkspace for two months free of charge.  We will meet at minimum of twice a month with this person to review their ideas.  The purpose of this is to help a person that is thinking of starting their own business work through that process in a community of entrepreneurs instead of being alone in their home.  The other benefit is to have people to bounce their ideas off of and perhaps even leverage the expertise of the community to jump start their idea.

Last week we had record heat and we also had a bunch of people come to use thinkspace for the first time due to my “beat the heat” tweet.  People came as far as Everett, Seattle, Bellevue, and Sammamish to get out of the heat and try out our coworking space.  We also got a nice plug from Seattle Times Reporter Lindsay Toller who saw the Twitter tweets and re-tweets.  Seattle Times article titled: “Talk of triple-digit temps creates tweet wave on Twitter“.

I really enjoyed the interaction that occured between complete strangers.  It’s sweet how things like extreme heat can bring people together that would have never have otherwise met.  Throughout the week we had ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, creamsicles, watermelon, and lemonade.  Here are a few photos and a videos from the week:

Top row: Sign says temp is 119; Kate Walling, Tom MusicDave Manningsmith
Middle row: Dustin Johnson, Sean O’Driscol, Kory Gill, Loan Gordon, Jason Preston
Bottom row: Steve Doherty, Carrie, Dawn Mertens (behind Marius), Marius Nita, Steve Broback, Phuong Plagge

While some of the discussions were about business models, one conversation was about when was your last date.  Here’s a little 30 second random video featuring Kate Walling, Jason Preston, and Steve Broback.