After taking some time to pause and reflect about the 11th year of running thinkspace, the thing that I’m most grateful for are the relationships with new customers and my team. I’m so thankful for our new members who have entrusted and believed in us to help support them with their startup and businesses; it has given me and thinkspace so much purpose. Success for us is seeing the launch, lift off, and growth of your companies. It means a lot to me and my entire team to be an extension of each of the companies we support and to be a part of their journey. This last year in particular has been great to have two Location Managers, one in Redmond and Seattle, who have been managing the spaces and teams. It’s a really great feeling to have a strong team around each of these locations!

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with one of my past employees who stopped by. Alyssa Galios (Magnotti) was one of my first employees when she started working here in 2009. I attribute a lot of the hard things that I’ve push through in the last decade to Alyssa because of the things that she allowed me to walk through with her and her late husband Nick’s cancer.

When Alyssa walked into the Lake Union location, she said, “Wow this is everything you dreamed about creating!” It was pretty awesome to hear her say that and it also helped me pause and reflect too. Alyssa was really helpful to me in the early days of thinkspace and was instrumental in helping create the product, lead the team, shape the core values, and build the company culture to what thinkspace is today.

I had the opportunity to ask Alyssa about her company, Made for Brave, that she has since started up, how her entrepreneurial journey has been, what she is most grateful for in her life, and what are some of the positive and negative things that have shaped her to be who she is today. Alyssa is also author of a new book “Made for Brave: A Journey Through Devastating Loss and Infinite Hope.” You can listen our StoryCorps conversation here!

The entrepreneurial journey is full of ups and downs but remember its about the journey not the destination. 

Best,
Peter Chee
CEO of thinkspace

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