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With Benjamin Dyett (Co-Founder, Grind Space), Rachel Brooks (Founder, Citizen Made), Mark Karten (Ensemble), Janette Kim (Columbia) & George Valdes (Co-Founder, Feather).
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 06:00 PM    Cost: Absolutely Free
FLOR, 142 Wooster St

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It's no secret: workplaces today are changing. As the mobile population skyrockets, those of us who do go to the office struggle to balance collaboration with privacy. In truth, space matters now more than it ever has before. Join us for a Small Talks that will discuss the importance of great spaces & help you plan effectively for a variety of zones & postures in your office. Come with questions, leave with answers…and make a few new friends in the process.


Benjamin Dyett, Co-Founder, Grind Space

Benjamin was a mild-mannered lawyer who woke up one day and, together with some partners, decided, Hey, let's change the future of work. So, along with his friends, Stuart & Karina, & Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might & Breakfast, he created Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system. Built for free-range humans who carry their offices in their backpacks, Grind is the antidote to everything you knew about work. It's dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of the old work experience & pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine (sorry, old work experience, but you had it coming).

Grind #1 is located at 29th & Park Avenue South in Manhattan.Grind #2 is located at 39th Street & Broadway in Manhattan. Grind #3 is located in the center of downtown Chicago (2 N. LaSalle Street). All have 100+ workspaces-from desks you can crank at to couches you can lounge on to conference rooms you can kibitz in-and a lot of really big windows (light is good).

Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated & advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate & corporate law, has represented financial institutions & prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, & has always been at the epicenter of where business & imagination meet.

@BenjaminDyett @GrindSpaces


Rachel Brooks, Founder, Citizen Made

Rachel Brooks is a technology entrepreneur & expert in digital product experiences & manufacturing innovation. A self-described Maker of the Digital & Physical, Rachel is founder of the ecommerce software company Citizen Made, where she makes it possible for brands & makers to sell their custom products online. Her work with Citizen Made is cited as the potential catalyst for mass customization, bringing innovation to manufacturing & supply chain management. Focused on making powerful technology accessible for those who make, Brooks is named by Women 2.0 as a Founder to Watch”, a Root 100 honoree as one of 2013′s most influential African-Americans, & a top technology innovator on the Dell Inspire 100 list, which recognizes thinkers, designers & risk takers in four categories: World Changers, Entrepreneurs, Creatives & Tastemakers. Her strategy work reaches notable brands such as Reebok, Target, Gatorade, Discover, Weight Watchers, & Got Milk?.

@RachelABrooks @CitizenMade

Mark Karten, Associate Broker, Highline Commercial

After working for home buyers & sellers for over a decade, Mark Karten discovered his true passion - helping startups & small businesses find the right office space in Manhattan. Mark is the principal broker for Highline Commercial as well as the manager of Ensemble (@letsensemble) - named one of NYC's coolest co-working spaces byTime Out New York Magazine. Mark happily gives out free day passes to give Ensemble a try (just ask him!)Mark is also the founder of the 'NYC Startup Conversations for Success' meetup that gives monthly presentations to motivate & educate startups on issues & concerns regarding their growth & success.

@SpacesNY @letsensemble

Janette Kim, Designer/Director of Urban Landscape Lab, Columbia University

Janette Kim is an architectural designer, researcher & educator based in New York City. Janette teaches design studios in the Master of Architecture program & a history/theory seminar on architecture & political ecology. Janette also directs the Applied Research Practices in Architecture program & the Urban Landscape Lab, & is principal of the research & design practice All of the Above. Janette's research work focuses on design & ecology in relationship to public representation, interest, & debate. Her research work has involved partnerships with Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York, the City of Newark, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, & has been awarded by the Graham Foundation & the Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship. Janette holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University & a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

George Valdes, Co-Founder, Feather & Mint/UX Designer, Augmate/Founder, BUILT-IN:Architechture & Entrepreneurship Meetup

George Valdes is a design entrepreneur whose work explores the future of spatial design. He is the User Experience Designer at AUGMATE, a New-York based start-up developing an enterprise application builder for the next generation of augmented reality eyewear devices. Along with Adrian von der Osten, he is the co-founder of Feather & Mint, a hospitality service providing locally made goods to the Airbnb ecosystem. Together, Adrian & George are also co-organizers of Built-In -- a meetup that focuses on the intersection between the A/E/C industry & startup culture.


Thank you to our host, FLOR!

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