Happy Holidays From Cohere: Thanks, Reflection, Future

As the year comes to a close I wanted to take some time to thank you, reflect, and give you a preview of what’s coming in 2015.

Thank You.

I never say it often enough but you make Cohere possible. You choose us. You work with us. You laugh with us. You grow with us. Maybe you’ve been a member for 5 years or for 5 days. You matter. You are important.

Without you, Cohere is just an empty shell, a real estate transaction and a line item on someone’s budget. WITH you, we become a community, a pivot point for new friendships, and a platform for personal growth and change.

Let’s Reflect.

In December of 2009 we started out coworking in a donated reception area once/week. On the 5th week we ran out of chairs (14 of them) and broke the internet.RMI2 coworking test In March 2010, we opened our first location in Old Town with 4 members. Coworking-Cohere

In January 2012 we moved to the Howes location. Last December we had 39 members and 1 location. This December we have 75 members and 2 locations. That’s double. That’s huge. And we’re set to double again in 2015. Whether you told a friend about Cohere or posted an update on Facebook, many of our new members come from word of mouth and it makes a difference.2014-11-07 13.17.06

What’s Next.

2015 will bring Cohere to its final space frontier: Cohere Bandwidth, shared rehearsal space for musicians inside the amazing artist ecosystem that is the Downtown Artery. We’re looking forward to creative new connections between the artists of the Artery, the musicians of Bandwidth and the nerds of Cohere.

While Bandwidth may be located at the intersection of Linden and Jefferson we’re really at the crossroads of combining art, music and brains in brand new ways.

Here’s to 2015, may it bring you meaningful connections, amazing independence, kindness and love.

Love, Angel

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Ps. Hat tip to Julie who’s been with us every step of the way from our first pre-community meeting to today.

 

Cohere Bandwidth: Work Interrupted

 

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As independent professionals, we all hit a point where taking conference calls at our coffee table no longer makes sense for our brand or our sense of accomplishment. It’s the same for musicians. At some point aimless noodling doesn’t make sense for the band or great accompaniment.

Freelancers join coworking communities to add some routine to their day. It turns out that musicians need the EXACT SAME THING. A little structure in rehearsal makes all the difference.

So we wondered, what happens when a band goes from no plan to A Plan? I interviewed Shane since Wire Faces has a pretty great rehearsal system to get songs from draft to DONE.

What elements make your rehearsal so damn effective?

  • Shane-The most important thing is having a consistent schedule. Randomness does not breed harmony. We plan ahead what we’re going to work on: whether it’s to work on these specific songs or to work on an idea. I also prep the practice space in advance to record the rehearsal or we plan to rehearse acoustically depending on what type of venue we’re practicing for.
  • The next most important component is to set a goal: several rehearsals lead up to a finished product whether that’s a finished song, a finished album or prep for a show.
  • We email/text/call in advance what we’re going to be doing so everyone has the right equipment and can prepare. Depending on what we’re preparing for (a show or the album) we’ll practice the whole set from start to finish (and edit accordingly) or record and tweak a song over and over to get it right. There is tremendous value in listening as “3rd party” objective listeners and giving feedback to one another or myself to make revisions. It’s a very iterative process. Someone has to be the engineer to keep the process moving forward towards the goal.

What made you start taking yourself seriously?

Shane-I like to get things done and have finished products. I want to have something to show for all the work and time put in. It’s fun to capture the moments in your life as they go by. They reflect the different eras of my life.

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How will Cohere Bandwidth support musicians in this process?

Shane-The best thing about using hourly rehearsal space is taking all the members out of their comfort zones (living rooms) and into a more neutral space so everyone is more focused. There are fewer interruptions from neighbors, friends and family.

You’ve had some experience at an hourly space in Denver. How was that for you?

Shane-Paying for this great hourly space made us even more focused and we got more done than usual. We were able to stay  on task better because we knew how valuable the room was. You get too comfortable when you live with your jam space. Interruptions would happen all the time: neighbors dropping by, looky loos, they don’t realize that this practice isn’t just a hangout, we’re working.

Shane-The most valuable part of adding Cohere Bandwidth to Fort Collins will be having a sense of insulation from outside distraction in order to focus and create. It’s nice when people can’t drop in on you because they think there’s a secret venue that they’re missing out on.

If your band is ready to take it to the next level, sign up on our wait list. You’ll get first dibs at our schedule when we open. Meantime, enjoy this lovely from Sour Boy, Bitter Girl.

Join Cohere At The Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair This Weekend!!

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not come hang out with Cohere and support lots of other awesome Northern Colorado businesses at the annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair?!

Although the Sustainable Living Fair has taken place in Fort Collins for over a decade, this will be the very first time Cohere is participating. In case you’ve been living under a rock, “the fair offers a weekend of solution-based, interactive, family events designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about sustainable living practices, renewable energy, green building, natural health, social responsibility, organic and local agriculture and more,” reports the Coloradoan.

True to form, Cohere will be hosting an “emergency charging station” full of a plethora of solar chargers as well as traditional outlets. The idea is that people suffering from low battery levels might like a place to pop a squat, juice up, and chat with other technology geeks (that’s us!). We’ll be giving away a few free coworking memberships, and spreading the word about all the different ways our space can help support sustainability and the local economy.

We’ll also be raising awareness about the Cohere Bandwidth project and crowdfunding campaign which will be in its final hours during the Fair! There have been rumors that Angel will be delivering an interpretive jazz flute performance as a way to rustle up donations. Tell your friends, they won’t want to miss it.

(Seriously though, if you haven’t checked out our page or donated a few bucks to the cause, PLEASE think about doing so right now! We’ve got about a week left, and still need to raise $2,000. That’s only 40 people donating $50. Have I mentioned there are kick-ass rewards for every pledge level?!)

Sound like fun? We’re looking for a few Cohere members who want to hang out with Angel in the booth for 1-2 hour chunks on Sat/Sun 10am-5pm. Those who are motivated to tell interested peeps what it’s like to be a member are especially encouraged to stop by.

The deets:

The Sustainable Living Fair will be take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Legacy Park, 300 Woodlawn Drive, Fort Collins.

A one-day pass is $10; weekend pass, $15; VIP pass, $50. Children younger than 12 are free.

Purchase tickets at the gate or in advance at: www.SustainableLivingFair.org

Help Cohere Create A Coworking Space For Local Musicians!

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Good Monday Morning!

A few days ago, Cohere Bandwidth launched a fundraising campaign on Community Funded, a local crowdfunding platform. Our project is just one of a handful that are hoping to raise at least $5,000 through the My5 campaign.

Here’s the catch (aka opportunity): before we can actually begin collecting contributions, we have to gather endorsements. It’s kind of like proving that we have the chops to go far in the fundraising round. You have to have at least 50 endorsements to proceed to the funding stage, and the project that gathers the MOST endorsements gets a special cash prize from Community Funded before the crowdfunding even begins.

Alright, here’s where we stand:

August 1: Cohere Bandwidth campaign launches, begins collecting endorsements.

August 1: You, our awesome community of supporters around the world totally crushes it! Cohere Bandwidth gets 54 endorsements in the first 12 hours the campaign is live!!!

August 5: WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! Every extra endorsement we get from now until August 14th puts us closer and closer to securing the additional $2,000 prize.

(Let’s pause for just a moment and reflect on exactly WHY we were so successful so quickly:

  1. We’ve been building a community of friends and supporters in Fort Collins for over three years. My main goal, when I had the idea to start a coworking space back then was to build a community around independence, entrepreneurship, and collaboration. We started in a lobby, sharing coffee and power cords, but we had a blast! I took the time to let the community tell me what it needed, rather than the other way around. From the beginning Cohere members have had a strong desire to support and help each other, whether work related or not. So, when it comes time to mobilize support for something like Cohere Bandwidth, all we had to do was ask.
  2. We know how to use the interwebs. Social media is INTEGRAL to crowdfunding success. You have to know the right words to say, and where to say them. Not everyone’s on Facebook. Not everyone’s on Twitter. It has to be a multipronged approach, and it has to be genuine (that means lots of shares and request from someone else OTHER than me!), telling the real story of why the project is important.
  3. We made it easy. Any time we asked for endorsements, we kept it short and sweet, and explained what people needed to do once they clicked through to the crowdfunding site. That way, they knew they would have to log in, and they knew what button to look for to endorse us.

Here are some examples of how we mobilized our community to support us through endorsements:

On the Cohere Facebook Page –

Clickity click click please! We’re trying to get 100 endorsements for our crowdfunding project to get Cohere Bandwidth off the ground officially. Can you take 3 minutes to help us out?

We only need 16 more votes to get to the funding round! Can we do it in ONE DAY?! I think we can. Be sure to either create an account with Community funded or LOG IN so your endorsement counts!

7 endorsements away from getting to the funding round for “coworking for bands.” Yeah, you like it and you know it. So go endorse us (but create your account or login first).

On Angel’s Personal Facebook Page –

Oh pretty please endorse our crowdfunding campaign for Cohere Bandwidth: Shared Rehearsal Space for Musicians in Fort Collins. We need at least 50 votes but our goal is 100 so we can get a cash prize to contribute towards the project. You have to create an account but can do so by just clicking the Sign in with Facebook button. Hooray!

On Julie’s Personal Facebook Page –

I had breakfast with Alana Rolfe today, who told me she can’t stand up to play her viola at Stella Luce practice because the ceiling is too low. I think that sucks, and am working with some people to find a fix for such ridiculousness for musicians in our community. We could use your help. If you could take a sec to give us your vote for our shared rehearsal space project, we’ll be on our way to making things better.

And of course, we live-tweeted the entire thing from the @CohereLLC handle:

  • We’re only 14 votes away from getting to the funding round for Cohere Bandwidth:shared rehearsal space for musicians.
  • now we only need 13 more endorsements to get to funding 🙂
  • It’s FIVE now. FIVE! I’m literally atwitter right now.
  • And people wonder how the long process (of community building) actually works. Psshhh.
  • If you’re scrolling twitter right now you have time to be the last 3 endorsements we need.
  • It happened. It really happened. We got to our goal of 50 endorsements for Cohere Bandwidth in under 12 hours. You all rock.

Anyway, now that we’ve spilled our guts about the campaign, WE NEED YOU TO KEEP THE AWESOME FLOWING. We want that $2,000 so bad we can taste it. It will be a most welcome chunk of change and the first resources we really had to take Cohere Bandwidth off the drawing board and into reality.

This is basically a contest about who has the best and most supportive community. We know you’re the best, all you have to do is prove it!!

WE need as many endorsements as possible between now and August 14th to make sure we get the top spot and $2,000 cash prize towards our rehearsal space project. To show your support, click this link, then login with Facebook and click Endorse This Project (it’s a big green button). Easy! http://communityfunded.com/projects/angel/shared-rehearsal-space-for-musicians/

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