By Phil Gibbs on April 24, 2010
Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Nashville. Although the number of venture backed start-ups that make headlines may be down, there are many entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams. Nashville’s support for entrepreneurship is evidenced by the many organizations that provide resources and support for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Perhaps most notable is the recent launch of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center by the Chamber of Commerce and its Partnership 2010.
By Phil Gibbs on April 16, 2010
We hear a lot about entrepreneurs—their inclination for risk-taking, never ending ideas, confidence in those ideas, determination, stubbornness and boundless optimism. Get a group of them—OK, I should say us—in a room together and it can be scary. Ideas are bouncing off the walls, plans are written on napkins, funding options that will never fly are presented as done deals, and new ventures are being pitched before the last one is off the drawing board. It is the nature of the animal. And I must confess it is fun.
By Phil Gibbs on April 9, 2010
With Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, GoToMeeting, and new applications constantly coming online, is there still a need for face-to-face meetings? The truth is probably not as much as a few years ago. However, all you have to do is stop by any coffee shop or office building, and you will see a few people working alone, but many are meeting with another person or small group. There are those times when a face-to-face meeting just seems to be required. It is how business gets done, not to mention the social dimension of working directly with others.
By Phil Gibbs on April 8, 2010
Jim Lackey, Chairman and former CEO of Passport Health Communication, www.passporthealth.com, has been named Chairman of the E|SPACES Member Council. In this role, Jim will lead a group of members representing different segments of the E|SPACES membership. The role of the council is to provide feedback on all aspects of the E|SPACES experience, provide suggestions for improving service and offerings, and promote this new concept of the office among colleagues.
By Phil Gibbs on April 7, 2010
Construction on E|SPACES has started! Josh and I visited the space today and saw the floor plan that we have been looking at on paper laid out on the concrete floors. It looks great–very few walls, large spaces, high ceilings and great light. We took some video and should have it up soon.
By Phil Gibbs on April 6, 2010
Only 87 days until mobile, connected professionals in Nashville have a new home. So what is a mobile connected professional? It is pretty simple–they move around a lot in their work and they stay connected to their colleagues and clients through the Web and cell technology. They are consultants, sales reps, writers, designers, real estate agents, drug reps, entrepreneurs and even lawyers and accountants. Virtually every area of business and the professions has a growing number of mobile, connected professionals.
By Phil Gibbs on April 5, 2010
Wow, only 88 days left to the opening of E|SPACES. This will be a really big week. We should sign off on the buildout of the space, continue to work on the Web site and marketing materials, as well as add to the Member Council. It is an exciting time.
By Phil Gibbs on April 4, 2010
Well it is official, E|SPACES is a Nashville-based startup. That is how the Tennessean described us. It is really exciting to get our first mention in the press. On Monday, an article appeared in the Tennessean about the Hill Center at Belle Meade being almost full, and we got a mention. See – http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100329/DAVIDSON/100329010/Hill-Center-Belle-Meade-is-near-capacity And, the really amazing thing is that they put the pipe (|) in E|SPACES.
By Phil Gibbs on April 3, 2010
We are a day closer to the opening of E|SPACES in Nashville. I met this morning with a friend in the music marketing business. He really liked the concept and especially liked not having to sign a lease and the fact that parking is free. He thought it was a good value and immediately identified two people for whom he thought it would be a fit. He thought we should offer support for entrepreneurs as they work to get new businesses off the ground.
By Phil Gibbs on April 2, 2010
This is the first of 91 blog posts to count down to the opening of E|SPACES on July 1, 2010. This blog will chronicle the life of entrepreneurs as we create and implement a new concept. We will share the excitement and the anxiety of a new venture. A lot of dreaming, planning and work have brought us to this point, and we still have a lot of work ahead of us, and hopefully more dreaming.