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Grind: The Future Of Work?

June 16th, 2012 by Jeremy

According to Grind’s website, grind is “a 22nd century platform that helps talent collaborate in a new way: outside the system.  It’s a members-only workspace and community dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of working the old way and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine.”  The first Grind location opened at 419 Park Avenue South and is available to those who are approved via the application on their website.  Once  approved, the location is $35 a day or $500 a month.

I love disruption of industries, especially when the disruption causes a more open, ethical, responsible, collaborative, and efficient result.  I think what Grind is doing is great and I’d love to hear from those who have worked there.  I am intrigued by this model and would be interested to see if it is a trend that continues.  Until today I hadn’t heard about Grind but I had heard about what Phillip Rosedale, the creator of Second Life was doing with his model called Coffee & Power in San Francisco (blog here).  Kevin Rose does a great series called Foundation and below is his interview with Rosedale which covers Rosedale’s career and future vision of Coffee & Power.

I can think of a few hybrid models of what Grind and Coffee & Power are creating, but each admittedly have their advantages and disadvantages.

  • Model #1: A way for businesses or individuals to lease unused real estate to those who need a space to create and collaborate.  This is already happening today and if you Google “unused office space” you can see this model already “has legs”.
  • Model #2: An online solution for people to collaborate real time on their projects.  A way for people to recruit others to help with their cause and benefit from the result of the effort.  We have GoToMyPC, Skype, and other real time collaborative solutions, but one might argue that the efficiencies of collaborating in the same physical space can’t be replicated or matched with such tools.
  • Model #3: A family friendly version of what Grind & Coffee & Power is doing.  Think Grind meets Gymboree where moms and dads don’t just work and grow their careers, but their kids grow alongside them.  Families can take their kids to work with them and be as much of a parent, or as close to their kids as they choose.  Many parents already have daycare costs.  I would love to have my son close by so I could eat lunch with him, take him outside with me as I went on break (if I took breaks…which I would if I could be with him for a few minutes), and just be with him as much as possible.  I think many professionals fear that having a family will impact their career options.  Most families these days work, and I’m a big proponent of moms and dads both working if they choose to, but at the same time I think we can find a family friendly model to careers and family in modern day society.  I think moms and dads should be given a better alternative to working where work/life balance isn’t where you can work less hours at the office so you could have a better balance at home, but the home and the office are as seamless as possible.  At many companies and start-ups today there is a stark contrast between work and family.  Can you tell which of the models I’m most passionate about?
  • Model #4: A combination of 1, 2, and/or 3.
  • Model #5: ?

Posted in My Blog Posts on June 16th, 2012 by Jeremy at 5:56 pm with (60 views)

Do We Need To “Save” More Words?

June 9th, 2012 by Jeremy

I found SaveTheWords.org which lists uncommonly used words.  If you select one of the words it defines the word and allows you to adopt it meaning you “hereby promise to use the word, in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible to the very best of my ability”.  I like the site and I love learning in general, but the site got me thinking that if you need to define the words to 99% of the people you communicate to, do we “need” to save them?

If I use a word like coquinate, mulomedic, or algotrophy I may seem more intelligent, but if you need to lookup the meaning are we asking that society save (and learn) a set of words we we don’t need to communicate efficiently? Language can be a beautiful thing.  Shakespeare and many others have taught us language is an art form but language constantly evolves.  If you look at how youth in the world communicate it is short, abbreviated, and to the point.  Are we better communicators for using less words, or should we save coquinate, mulomedic, and mulomedic?

I like to think we have a brilliant community who frequents this site so if you have a thought on this, let me know what you think!

Posted in My Blog Posts on June 9th, 2012 by Jeremy at 11:15 pm with (71 views)

Career Advice

March 28th, 2012 by Jeremy

Our internal blog recently asked employees for the best career advice they would offer to others.  Below is my response which I wanted to share. My hope is you will in turn offer your best advice.

Set a plan for what you are looking to do with your career. Many people don’t have a plan for where they are looking to go and their career path often demonstrates that. Have short, medium, and long term goals. Make sure and consider family choices/decisions as those need to be factored into career planning as well. Once you have your plan be ready for the opportunity when it comes because when someone answers the door you’ve been knocking on, be ready to articulate/show you have what it takes! Also, you have to knock on some doors many times for the opportunity to present itself. Don’t give up.

Don’t let anyone tell you can’t be successful at something. There are going to be times in your career when you may not succeed. When you don’t succeed some may stop believing in you, but never stop believing in yourself.

What is your career advice?

Posted in My Blog Posts on March 28th, 2012 by Jeremy at 11:42 pm with (54 views)