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.Â Join us for a Small Talks that will discuss the importance of great spaces and help you plan effectively for a variety of zones and postures in your office. Come with questions, leave with answersÂ…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, letÂ’s change the future of work. So, along with his friends, Stuart and Karina, and Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might and 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. ItÂ’s dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of the old work experience and 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 and Park Avenue South in Manhattan.Â Grind #2 is located at 39th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Â Grind #3 is located in the center of downtown Chicago (2 N. LaSalle Street). Â All have 100+ workspacesÂ—from desks you can crank at to couches you can lounge on to conference rooms you can kibitz inÂ—and a lot of really big windows (light is good).
Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, and has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet.
Rachel Brooks, Founder, Citizen Made
Rachel Brooks is a technology entrepreneur and expert in digital product experiences and manufacturing innovation. A self-described Maker of the Digital and Physical, Rachel is founder of the ecommerce software company Citizen Made, where she makes it possible for brands and 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 Â“Founder to WatchÂ”, a Root 100 honoree as one of 2013?s most influential African-Americans, and a top technology innovator on the Dell Inspire 100 list, which recognizes thinkers, designers and risk takers in four categories: World Changers, Entrepreneurs, Creatives and Tastemakers. Her strategy work reaches notable brands such as Reebok, Target, Gatorade, Discover, Weight Watchers, and Got Milk?.
Mark Karten, Associate Broker, Highline Commercial
After working for home buyers and sellers for over a decade, Mark Karten discovered his true passion - helping startups and 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) Â– named one of NYCÂ’s coolest co-working spaces byÂ Time Out New York Magazine. Mark happily gives out free day passes to give Ensemble a try (just ask him!)Â Mark is also the founder of the 'NYC Startup Conversations for Success' meetup that gives monthly presentations to motivate and educate startups on issues and concerns regarding their growth and success.
Janette Kim, Designer/Director of Urban Landscape Lab, Columbia University
Janette Kim is an architectural designer, researcher and educator based in New York City. Janette teaches design studios in the Master of Architecture program and a history/theory seminar on architecture and political ecology. Janette also directs the Applied Research Practices in Architecture program and the Urban Landscape Lab, and is principal of the research and design practice All of the Above. JanetteÂ’s research work focuses on design and ecology in relationship to public representation, interest, and debate. Her research work has involved partnerships with Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York, the City of Newark, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and has been awarded by the Graham Foundation and the Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship. Janette holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
George Valdes, Co-Founder, Feather and Mint/UX Designer, Augmate/Founder, BUILT-IN:Architechture and 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 and George are also co-organizers of Built-In -- a meetup that focuses on the intersection between the A/E/C industry and startup culture.Â
Thank you to our host, FLOR!