Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Palm Coast Entrepreneur Night Recap | November 2011

2011's last Palm Coast Entrepreneur Night took place on November 29th, 2011.

Nearly 50 entrepreneurs from Palm Coast and Ormond Beach, along with folks who provide support to entrepreneurs attended the event. It was great being among a diverse group of peers, exchanging ideas, and just being able to relax and enjoy ourselves.

We have uploaded the pictures and a video from the Entrepreneur Night to our facebook page. And here is a video recap of the event:


Next event will also be the first event of 2012. It will take place at Europa Lounge and Bistro in European Village on January 31st, 2012 between 5:30 and 8:30 PM. For more information on the event call 1.888.533.4889

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Great Infographic on How Google Adwords Works

Excellent infographic on how your keywords vis a vis your landing-page content affect your Google Adwords performance: How does Google AdWords work? - infographic
Source/Infographic by Pulpmedia Online Marketing

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An awesome video on Coworking comes from France

Good video from Mutinerie --a coworking space in Paris, France:

...very well done, kudos!

Friday, November 18, 2011

How to properly send off a team member

Our time with Chelsea was as sweet as the cupcakes we had in her honor yesterday.

While she was a team-member, she's completed her studies, passed her exams and she's now moving on towards her chosen career-path in the health-and-wellness field.

In her exit interview, Chelsea said:

"I've been here a short time, but I definitely feel I've been a part of something so much bigger than I am."

You are a very special person...

God Speed Chelsea!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Where in the world is coworking?

Number of coworking spaces worldwide as of October 2011 is 1,129.

North America still has the largest number, 531; and a healthy year-over-year increase of 76% (Oct 2010 vs. Oct 2011).  The numbers and this beautiful map is from the 2nd Global Coworking Survey.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Word of Mouth Marketing Online or Offine -- Infographic

Excellent infographic from WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association):

Monday, November 7, 2011

Coworking Membership Benefits and more - Survey Results

Global Coworking Survey by DeskMag shows individuals increase their productivity and networks by joining a coworking space:

  • 93% of repondents said their social circle had increased a lot
  • 86% said their business network had grown
  • 76% reported an increase in productivity
  • 88% said their isolation had decreased.

Excellent work by DeskMag!

Here's the full presentation on the Global Coworking Survey Results.

Monday, October 31, 2011

One key element in Marketing Effectiveness is...

One key element in marketing effectiveness is right timing --that is right timing for the target prospect to notice and/or consider your offer.  The wisdom in repeating your ads/marketing messages is in that if you do it right, you're increasing the chances of finding that right timing for your audience to notice/consider your offer.

Key reasons to repeat your message are:
  • Your audience tends to forget what they see and hear within two to three weeks.
  • The market constantly changes: New products, new competition, and new needs are constant.
  • Your brand and offers are more likely to be remembered when the timing is right for your audience (meaning they ARE ready to buy, rather than you are ready to sell). If you are seen frequently that helps.

But repeat your message without being repetitive!

Yes, doing it over and over again does help; however you must try to repeat your message without being repetitive.  Hang on: "Repeat your message without being repetitive" sounds like an oxymoron; doesn't it?

The idea is to create different versions of the marketing message so that you are conveying variations of your message.  If your print ads, banner ads, website always look and feel the same, then the audience is likely to block the message.

Any thoughts?  Feel free to chime in through the comments below, or share your thoughts with us on our facebook page, here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Coworking Jelly in Japan? Yes, there is a MAP for that!

Jelly is a casual coworking event to work alongside other technical, creative, professional and business people in a welcoming environment. Jellies have taken place in over a hundred cities where people have come together to work for the day.

For those who are in Japan, here's where the Jellies take place today:


Are you interested in Coworking in Florida? < check out the link!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Palm Coast Entrepreneur Night is on October 25th

Join fellow Palm Coast and Flagler County business owners, current and aspiring entrepreneurs, and folks who support entrepreneurs on Tuesday, October 25th at The Humidor in European Village.

Palm Coast Entrepreneur Night Features:
  • Complimentary Appetizers
  • Complimentary Pizza from Mezzaluna  
  • Great people to chat, relax & network with
  • Win Prizes (Raffle)
  • $2 Draft Beers (Yuengling)
  • Red and White Wine Selection
  • Premium Cigars, including Padrons, Fuente, Aston, Rocky Patel, Cohiba and many more! (Popular Special: Save 25% when you buy four cigars)  
  • A chance for you to deliver an elevator pitch on your company/business to an open and receptive audience... 
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
5:30 to 8:00 PM

The Humidor at European Village
101 Palm Harbor Pkwy | Palm Coast, FL | 386-445-2221

PS: In case you can't make it, there will be another event on Tue, Nov 29th, so save the date! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Email Marketing: Fundamentals, Best Practices, and More

Email Marketing Seminars and Workshops are descending on Palm Coast and Flagler County's Business Community this October 2011.

Constant Contact's Pamela Starr will present two back to back sessions at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce on Wed, October 19th.

The main session starts at 2:00 PM, and it should not be missed if you really want to understand the 5 Ws of Email Marketing:
What, When, Where, Who, Why...

The Power of Email Marketing (2 pm - 3:30 pm)
  • How email marketing can help your business grow
  • How to target prospects and customers
  • How to avoid being seen as a “spammer”
  • The best ways to build your email list
  • How to come up with effective content for your emails
  • How to help ensure your emails are opened and forwarded
  • How to incorporate Social Media into your Email Marketing Campaign

The cost is $10 for Flagler County Chamber of Commerce members; and $15 for non members.   The Venue is the Flagler Room located at the Flagler Chamber of Commerce.

Space is limited.  You must call 386.437.0106 to reserve your space.

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A second, bonus session will follow right after, at 3:30 with Pamela getting into the basics of Constant Contact, if that is a platform you would like to use.

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Another bonus is offered by Office Divvy ™ as a Constant Contact Business Partner in Flagler County, whereby we will hold not one, but two FREE Constant Contact Clinics the following week to help you get started off on the right foot.

We will at no cost setup your account, help you import your database, design your template, and send out your first email free of charge along with a FREE 60-Day subscription depending on the size of your database.   You will walk away not only with actionable learnings, but totally setup and ready to go for your email campaigns.

The FREE CLINICs will take place at Office Divvy on Thursday, October 27th (5:30-7PM); and Saturday, October 29th (1 - 2:30PM).  To reserve your space in these bonus free clinics, call 386.445.4153

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Business2Business Expo at Hammock Beach Resort

Newly opened Palm Coast Business Assistance Center is holding a Business2Business Expo held at the fabulous Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.  The one-day expo will take place on Friday, October 7th, 2011; from 9:30AM to 6PM, and will feature:

  • Vendor Floor with Booths
  • Lunch
  • Cocktail
  • Keynote Speech
  • And Breakout Sessions

For more information and to register online, visit the Palm Coast Expo page.

Office Divvy has prepaid 3 full participation spots including a vendor booth, and we're raffling those.  If you'd like to enter the raffle, you could do so here: Palm Coast Business Expo Raffle.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Facebook makes further changes to its photo utility

Back in April 2011, Facebook bought the photo-service divvyshot; a company launched within the Y Combinator --a California based private incubator/startup accelarator.

Divvyshot allowed group photo sharing: with capability for multiple users edit albums, particularly grouped around various events and places. As part of the acquisition, the service has shut down (and the domain now points directly to facebook).

So the move in purchasing divvyshot was more about acquiring talent, than needing their services as they provided them.

Soon after the acquisition facebooks photo improvements started, including a lightbox (non-intrusive second layer pop-up) viewing experience.

One thing most folks liked about the google plus' photo experience has been photos and videos looked larger in one's timeline.  Some of the changes facebook released recently adopted capabilities first launched with google-plus, and now, visually multiple photos look better and more predominant in the facebook timeline as well, with larger photo viewing:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A productivity tool to manage your tasks: Hourglass

Lifehacker has an interesting article on how to use a timer to get more things done by creating a system whereby you dash through your-to-do list; and keep the time as you do it.

Here's an excerpt from the original article: Stop Procrastinating and Dash Through Tasks with a Timer

Trick yourself into starting by deciding to work on the task for just a handful of minutes and guarantee yourself a break at the end of that time. For example, commit to work on your task for 10 minutes. Ten minutes! That's one minute for each finger on your two hands. Anyone can work on anything for 10 minutes, and that includes you and that thing you're putting off. 

First, get a timer—an egg timer, a digital watch, a cell phone timer, a software timer, the kitchen timer, whatever's available. Pick your biggest, scariest, most put-off task. Choose the next action, set your timer for 10 minutes, start the timer, and begin.

When the timer goes off at the end of the 10 minutes, stop. Get up, walk around, get a drink, and pat yourself on the back for what you've just done: you stopped procrastinating and got started.

Then, do it again.

I thought this was a fantastic Idea!

So I put it to the test.

We have these great hourglasses at Office Divvy.  We typically use them to keep the time in a meeting, facilitated session, panel discussion etc.  But today I grabbed the 30-minute and the 5-minute hourglasses to manage my day and tasks.

First, I allowed myself only 30 minutes of play time (which includes having my coffee, checking my facebook and twitter accounts, and writing this blog post).  You will see below --from the large hourglass, I'm doing well, time-wise.  :)

By the time the hourglass runs out, this post will be up; and I'll move on to my to-do list, using a combination of the 5 and 30 minute hourglasses for different tasks.

What do you think of the idea of keeping a timer as you run through your to-do list?

Do you have other proven methods to effectively manage your day and tasks?

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Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci | Co-Founder, Office Divvy ™ 
published on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Connect:  Ky on Twitter  |  Office Divvy on Twitter  |  On Facebook

Cigars, Drinks, and Entrepreneurs: Not to miss in Palm Coast!

Join fellow Palm Coast and Flagler County entrepreneurs on September 27th at The Humidor  in European Village for this special event:

Free to Attend!

September 27, 2011

5:30 to 8:00 PM

Enjoy free appetizers, $2 drafts, a large selection of premium cigars, and great people to meet and network with!  RSVP here

This event is proudly sponsored by Office Divvy, and hosted at The Humidor at European Village.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Targeted Facebook Status Update Sharing is not so targeted

Facebook made a slight improvement to its "update status" module: Who to share a post with is now a little more visible; however the ability to share a post with a "list" is still not there.

Currently, you can decide who to share a facebook status update with based on the following selections:

  • Public (meaning everyone can see it)
  • Share it with your facebook friends only
  • Or a custom selection, such as:
    • Share with friends AND friends of friends
    • Specific people (name who to share with among your friends)
    • You can also name to hide a post from certain people

These are obviously useful selections.  Sometimes you can decide to post something only to a few people; or hide a post from someone else (i.e. your mom).

However the ability to share a post with a list is still not there.

As you know you can put your facebook friends into different lists (i.e. family, classmates, coworkers etc. etc.) and "listen to" a particular list when you choose to; but cannot post a status update that goes to the members of a particular list as of yet.  Google+ Circles has still that advantage on facebook.

There is no doubt facebook will allow the function of sharing with lists; it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.  And in this case the sooner is the better.

UX Industry: What is it? Where are the jobs?

You've heard the term, UX which stands for User Experience, and refers to the architecture and interaction models which affect user experience of an application or device. Here's an awesome infographic showing different kind of careers that exist in interactive device and application fields.

Notice where the jobs are and big gaps of (sometimes several states) in between. Essentially these jobs can be done from anywhere with today's technology. Our challange as a country and business community is to see that done. :)

UX Career Guide

Credit and Kudos to go to:
Copyright © 2011 by Onward Search. Kudos, and thanks for allowing this infographic to be shared.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How to Use Twitter to Ask Questions and Get Answers

Twitter is terrific to get answers on things you want to know/learn about. If you have a large following, hopefully you already know that a large following helps because it would get your question on the radar (timeline) of people who are following you.

But what if you have a small number of people who follow you?

Then you have to use the magic of direct-mentions (i.e. "@OfficeDivvy I have a question for you: ....") or the power of hashtags (i.e. "What is the best #Smartphone to buy out there?").

Here's a terrific infographic on how twitter is being used to ask questions:

Twitter Loaded Questions: How People Ask and Answer Questions on Twitter

PS: We do not encourage ask questions by DM (direct message) especially to those folks whom you do not know in real life; or have a strong connection with on twitter. Reason why? It comes across spammy.

PPS: Isn't this a pretty cool infographic?  The credit goes to InboxQ. And kudos to them for allowing us to use it here, too. :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Social Media Panel at Flagler County Chamber of Commerce

On August 11, Palm Coast Chamber hosted a social media panel to a full-house audience of 60 people from Flagler County business world. The panel was moderated by Andy Rice of Creative Consulting and the presenters were:

  • Ky Ekinci - Office Divvy ™ (on twitter)
  • Kelly Lohman - SocialSmidge (on facebook)
  • Cindy Dalecki - Marketing2Go (on YouTube)
  • Connie Rice - Creative Consulting (on LinkedIn)

Here is a fun, condensed version of Ky's portion on twitter:


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Twitter launches its own built-in photo-sharing functionality

Twitpic was a great concept.  It's timely launch was admirable.  It rode the waves of success thanks to solving a problem on twitter for years. The problem it was solving was the picture sharing on twitter. Then others came, yfrog, instagram, and the like.

Now twitter launches their own built-in photo sharing functionality powered by photo-bucket:

You can learn more about twitter images here.

Happy International Coworking Day!

August 9th is designated as "International Coworking Day" to celebrate the culture of coworking worldwide!   Today you can come in and join other professionals free of charge in our coworking lounge in Palm Coast.  Just grab your laptop and join.  

We also offer a limited time free coworking in Florida program for anyone to discover the benefits of coworking based on their own schedule.   Just follow the above link to obtain your coworking pass(es). 

Happy Coworking Day!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Are you too old to be technical?

Last night a tweet exchange led to a fun new twitter hashtag: #2old2bTech, and a bunch of fun tweets from various users.

Here's the original exchange:

This is how a hashtag was born. According to TweetReach, #2old2bTech already reached nearly 30,000 people in less then 24 hours.

Check out these fun tweets:

Chime in and keep the new fun hashtag alive if you will, that is if you aren't 2old2beTech. :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

7 Things that Randy Pausch Knows About Time Management

Most people saw Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture through the YouTube videos going around in 2009, 2010. 

His book The Last Lecture gives a little more depth to his presentation, his principles, and his life.  An interesting chapter in his book is when he talks about what he knows when it comes to time management.

Here are the 7 things he outlines (with some added thoughts):
  1. Time must be explicitly managed like money:  Hard to argue against this one; basically his advise is not to invest time on irrelevant details.

  2. You can always change your plan, but only if you have one:   Dwight D. Eisenhower says "The plan is useless but planning is essential."  Randy is a big believer in to-do lists (and most successful people are) because it helps us break life into small steps/projects to get what we want (or have to) done.

  3. Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things?  You may have causes, goals, interests.  Are they worth pursuing? 

  4. Develop a good filing system:  Sounds a bit trivial; but indeed having a good filing system (whether it's in your file cabinet; or in some cloud-filing-solution) proves efficient and leads to increased productivity and decreased frustration.

  5. Rethink the telephone:  Living in a culture of excessive holds, voice-mails, conference calls; it's best to have strategies to deal with these situations.  There is a very funny cartoon-story by Oatmeal, check it out: 10 Reasons to Avoid Talking on the Phone.

  6. Delegate!  We all know that we have to delegate more.  Some know more than others; that helps in life and business to learn to delegate better.

  7. Take Time Out:  It's not a real vacation if you're reading email or calling in for messages.
Randy Pausch says:

" Time is all you have.  And you may find one day that you have less than you think."

You can get his book here: The Last Lecture

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dont' Complain, Just Work Harder ~ Randy Pausch

"Too many people go through life complaining about their problems.  I've always believed that if you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you'd be surprised by how well things can work out."
Randy Pausch

You can buy Randy Pausch's book here: The Last Lecture

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Where do you go when you really need to get work done?

37 Signals Founder Jason Fried says that the your regular office isn't a good place to do get work done. Your regular office may include your brick-and-mortar daily office location (including your home office).

Where do you really go
when you really need to
get some serious work done?

Fried says he typically gets three kinds of answers to the above question, and the answers refer to either a place or a location, a moving object, or a time of day.

Such as:
  • A Place: Porch, Kitchen, Coffee-shop, or Coworking space
  • A Moving Object: A train, an airplane
  • or A Time Slot: Early morning, Late night etc.
The common thread in these answers is that your regular work environment is not always conducive to get serious work done.  In a traditional office there are interruptions and distractions mostly due to managers or scheduled or last-minute meetings.  In a home office there are interruptions and distractions such as the clutter in the office, the kids, the pets, the TV, the food in the refrigerator, the chores etc.

Here is the video from TED tals titled: "Why Work Doesn't Happen At Work:"

If you are a home-based business owner, a creative or tech freelancer, or if you even are a slave to a traditional office in Palm Coast and Flagler County landscape, try Office Divvy's private offices or coworking models to increase your productivity and get some serious work done.  

For a limited time we're giving away free coworking pass << so click on this link and get yours to try it out.

Monday, June 13, 2011

One More Short Blog Post On Success and Failure

" It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not have lived at all, in which case you failed by default."

JK Rowling

Watch this terrific piece on failures ranging from architecture, business, automobiles, politics and more, with the highlight of JK Rowling's speech at Harvard at the end:

...so, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

Related Blog Posts on Success and Failure

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tony Bacigalupo on "Co" in Coworking Movement

Successful movements change the status-quo. Coworking is absolutely one of those movements.

Working independently, alongside others is a simple way of defining coworking. Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home (such as the TV, chores, refrigitator, pets etc.).

Here is a true co-working pioneer Tony Bacigalupo on New Work City (NWC) and Coworking as a Movement:

By the way, if you are looking for Coworking in Florida, we're now offering free coworking passes this Summer. Do click on the above link to get your free coworking pass now from Office Divvy in Palm Coast, FL!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Twitter's email notifications for mentions, retweets, favorites

Last week I wrote about how twitter announced the upcoming email notifications feature for Retweets, Mentions, and Favorites in my blog post titled "Twitter deals with the shortcoming of new retweet format."

The time seems to have come; the notifications are now active as of June 2, 2011.

Here's the notification received from twitter when our new twitter friend, Mr. Ian Leslie favorited one of our tweets:

Below is a comprehensive overview of the newly introduce notifications, why they have been put in place, and how to ensure they are setup to receive them:

Do you like this blog post? Then "Like" us on facebook.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Are you obsessed about delivering value every day?

Great advice for Entrepreneurs from Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing Inc on Focus:

"Obsess about delivering value daily! No matter what you're selling, this is the most important thing you'll do.
It's about showing up. Treating their business as your own. Constantly thinking about their objectives and how to achieve them (including and beyond the scope of the product or service you're directly offering).
Value isn't defined by you, it's defined by the customer. Or the prospect who might still make a referral. Or the past customer who has a new project for you. The best entrepreneurs I know obsess about value and it permeates their organization."

...very well said Matt!  Kudos!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ashton Kutcher -- the Startup Investor

Charlie Rose interviewed Ashton Kutcher at the Katalyst Media TechCrunch Disrupt, which took place in NYC on May 24, 2011.

Its not exactly in the interview below, but according to the New York Times, Ashton Kutcher said:

I look for companies that solve problems in intelligent and friction-free ways and that break boundaries.

Now that's pretty specific, smart, savvy and mature. Kudos Mr. Kutcher!

If you're curious about which startups Ashton Kutcher invested in, they include:
  • Airbnb 
  • Foursquare
  • Path
  • Flipboard 
  • Fashism
  • Skype

...on a side note, at Office Divvy we're courting some international web startups; to bring them to the United States, with the early stage investment and launch done in Palm Coast, FL.  So if you have any ambition to become an Angel Investor for investing in Web & Tech Startups, you should contact us. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Palm Coast Small Business Assistance Center Manager Joe Roy visits Office Divvy ™

City of Palm Coast recently established a Business Assistance Center, affiliated with the University of Central Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network.

Established as a UCF SBDC sub-center, under the umbrella of City of Palm Coast, the sub-center will be managed by Joseph Roy.

Joe is a Palm Coast resident. He will be the first new area manager for the SBDC at UCF at Palm Coast.

Joe brings thirty years of executive management and operational experience, along with his own entrepreneurial venture experiences to his new position at the Business Center. He served as President, Senior Vice President of Operations, Director of Manufacturing and Plant Manager for several large companies across the United States, improving profitability and bringing forth fresh perspectives and ideas to improve business performance. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Norwich University, Vermont, and an MBA from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Joe was at Office Divvy ™ today, meeting with Ky Ekinci, co-founder of Office Divvy ™. Joe and Ky exchanged ideas on how to nurture and embrace an entrepreneurial, startup, and small business culture in Palm Coast and Flagler County. Joe also met several Office Divvy ™ members in technology and green energy fields.

We at Office Divvy ™ wholeheartedly support City of Palm Coast's efforts in Economic Development and Small Business Assistance. These good moves and all this work may not yield immediate results, but certainly they are excellent steps in the right direction. Have no doubt, good things will happen and results will come, particularly with the help, support, and the involvement of the business community.

Here's Joe's contacts if you have any questions, have a business need or dilemma, or would like to extend a warm welcome to him:
Joseph Roy, Area Manager
Palm Coast Business Assistance Center
UCF Small Business Development Center
At the City of Palm Coast

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Twitter deals with the shortcoming of new retweet format

I objected to the new twitter retweet format early on; mainly because it was 'harder' for me to find out who was retweeting my tweets.   As time went by, I kind of got used to it.  Also the new retweet format made one's twitter stream more colorful.  What's that mean?.. It means that I believe a more colorful stream is somewhat an indication of a person who is listening, and who is likely to be a more genuine user.   It's just one more way (yes there are other signals) of instantly knowing who is a genuine twitterrer versus a broadcaster or spammer. 

See my twitter stream here.

However there has always been one serious shortcoming with the new retweet (aka RT) format, that is the burden is on you to find out who retweeted you.  To do that, you gotta log on to the twitter web interface, click on "retweets," and then click on "Your tweets, retweeted." 

In the original format when someone retweeted you, it would appear as a mention (i.e. RT @KyEkinci) immediately on your radar.  The new retweet format doesn't have that ability to signal the original twitterrer. 

Why is so important to know who retweeted you?  Because it is!

Well, obviously it is important, that now Twitter recognized the shortcoming of the new retweet format, and announced that they are enabling email notifications for those who retweet you as well as those who favorite your tweets.

As someone who doesn't want to get many emails (I get enough), I will not utilize this feature; but it's a positive step to recognize an issue, and try to fix it.  A better fix would have been a standalone "retweet" notification on twitter and hootsuite, and tweetdeck etc.  -- you get the idea.

Related posts:

Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci | Co-Founder, Office Divvy
published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Connect:  Ky on Twitter  |  Office Divvy on Twitter  |  On Facebook

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday, May 20th: It's Work from Home Day!

Today (May 20, 2011) was Work From Home Day!  ....okay, it was really celebrated only in the UK this year: May 16th to 20th was officially "Work Wise Week 2011" leading to the finale: "National Work from Home Day" which was today, Friday, May 20th.

If you did go to the office today, you missed out on a great excuse to stay at home and enjoy a day working from home.

British newspaper, The Guardian, just published an article titled: Work from Home Day: Let's Do It Again and announced:

" Working from home is a growing trend, with plans to give every employee the right to request flexible working by 2013."

About 50% of the Office Divvy members work from home full time, occasionally dipping in to take advantage of their business location with private offices, conference and presentation rooms, and coworking space within Office Divvy.   

Good idea, and Smart campaign!  
We hope it gets adopted in the  US in year 2012 and onward. 
We'll do our share and help for that.

Logo sourced from Public Sector Nomads.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

6 Simple Rules for Talent in Business

UK Mogul Felix Dennis says there are six simple rules
concerning talent:
  1. Identify it.
  2. Hire it.
  3. Nurture it.
  4. Reward it.
  5. Protect it from being poached.
  6. ...and when the time comes: Fire it!
Common Rookie Mistakes that Start Ups Make is a great article by Herb Schaffner published on BNET. You'll enjoy reading it.

...and remember:

There are six simple rules concerning talent: identify it, hire it, nurture it, reward it, protect it from being poached. And when the time comes, fire it.

Email Productivity Tip (for Desktop Email Clients)

Email and I are not friends... Aside from the fact that I find email a weak way to communicate (particularly when you're dealing with multiple team-members), I just think that there is just too many of it.  Plus it's a constant interruption.

I use Microsoft Outlook, and like most people when a new email pops up in my computer, I see it pop up, and feel obligated to look at it; which creates constant interruption in my world, which is not what I need.

So I developed a new method to deal with this issue, which I think can pass as a productivity tip.  It's new for me, but it's been working so far...

Here is what it is:
I setup my email-download-interval at 25 minutes.  

My outlook used to download every 5 minutes.  Now I'm interruption free from email for nearly a half-hour, which is enough time for me to attack most of my daily to-do list items.

The downside?  You'll have to call me if you send me a really, really urgent email.

Check out the settings below, and try for yourself.  If you need help locating these settings contact me through my office or on twitter.

Do you have other practical productivity tips when it comes to using your email and dealing with it?  I'm most interested in hearing about them...

Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci | Co-Founder, Office Divvy
published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Connect:  Ky on Twitter  |  Office Divvy on Twitter  |  On Facebook

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to Build A Local Startup Community in Flagler County

Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci | Co-Founder, Office Divvy
published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Connect:  Ky on Twitter  |  Office Divvy on Twitter  |  On Facebook

The "Flagler County Economic Development Summit" concluded on May 13.   A document compiled by the 5 focus groups was presented on the final meeting.  The five focus groups were:
  • Robust Entrepreneurial Environment & Organic Growth
  • Linked Responsive Talent Delivery
  • Maximize Regionalism
  • Strong Target Industry Investments
  • Exceptional Customer Service

Here is the Flagler County Economic Development Summit Presentation as presented on May 13th; which is a compilation of individual focus group suggestions: 

You may notice that the ideas are not perfectly harmonious.  In that sense, it perhaps is a good beginning than a final product, i.e. a clear road map to success.  But it's important to celebrate the effort, and it did take serious effort.

I was involved in the first group to work on "Creating a Robust Entrepreneurial Environment and Organic Growth."

I'm sorry to say that we perhaps missed an opportunity in the focus group I was a member of, to truly champion ideas involving Promoting Entrepreneurship and Encouraging a Startup Culture as a part of this group's suggestions.  Instead a different route was chosen as a collective, which you may have seen in the above presentation.

Flagler County Economic Development Summit - May 13, 2011

Going back to the idea of How to Build A Startup Community... Just as the "Economic Development Summit" was concluding in Bunnell on Friday the 13th, Mashable (the powerful technology-and-web-news portal), published an interesting article titled: How to Build A Local Startup Community by Travis Oberlander.

Mashable article puts forth 5 tips for creating/building a local startup community:

1. Don’t Try to be Silicon Valley:
This tip makes a point to embrace the uniqueness of one's city or community. Don't try to be some other community you are not.  Instead, focus on what your region is known for and involve the leaders of those industries in the Startup ecosystem.

2. Work Openly
This tip is all about the Coworking phenomenon, which is a tremendous trend in Web and Technology Startup as well as Young Entrepreneur and Creative/Technical Professionals circles.  If done right, coworking spaces become incubators and startup accelarators for new businesses and help drive job growth in the area. At Office Divvy, we have been doing coworking and holding free coworking jellies since 2008, which was the breeding ground to many entrepreneurial connections.

3. Get Creative With Regular Events
In the Palm Coast and Flagler County landscape Mixers and After-Hours parties are plenty. They are familiar concepts, easy to host, and easy to attend.  However they become monotonous as easily, and are not always the best environment for building relationships. Meetups, tweetups, coworking jellies, startup weekends and any event that thinks outside of the box are more attractive for the startup community.

4. Find a Local Evangelist
Instead of (okay maybe it's more appropriate to say in addition to) tooting the horn of government organizations and public-private partnerships, recognizing the local entrepreneurs who are dedicated to spreading the word about our community. Embrace what they’re trying to do and support their efforts. These people will attract fresh talent and reach out to leaders elsewhere to promote your engaged and thriving community.  Influential bloggers, and strong local twitter users/influencers also fall into this category.  

5. Pay it Forward
Realize that as a community we are all in this together. Openly support new entrepreneurs or startups in need of help, and that includes my original idea which I proposed to the focus group: A Pledge to Entrepreneurs and Startups by the Flagler County and the Cities in this county.  Also support and celebrate the successes of others. Sometimes all it takes is one success to raise the tide for others.

Travis Oberlander says:
  There’s never been a better time to foster a local startup community. With the right ingredients of dedication, collaboration evangelism and support, you’ll set your startup ecosystem on a path for continuing success for decades to come."
I wholeheartedly believe in that...