Gianpaolo, Oct 10 2014, Description of the Ideal Entrepreneur Environment
(Originally written on Hackpad in 2014, pasted here on June 2nd 2017 after Hackpad shut down)
Cowocondo is the coworking condo: the ideal entrepreneur environment having the mission to:
- generate startup models (conception),
- make them ready to live alone (weaning)
- generate new cowocondos (life cycle).
Cowocondo accomplish this mission executing 5 key steps, one step at time.
1. Merges two groups of smart people: Innovators and Facilitators. 2. Makes co-work and community extremely valuable. 3. Introduces Innovators to potential partners & investors. 4. Supports key startup steps with seed money injection. 5. Becomes home of Innovators and Facilitators.
- Step 1 - To merge two groups of smart people: Innovators and Facilitators.
Innovators: people apt to conceive new product/technology. They want to make the future a better world by developing new tools. They will share future % with the co-working community, facilitating future cycles of innovation. Facilitators: people apt to support innovation by mastering current tools. They help the Innovators to craft a prototype. In addition, they work for externals and share % revenue with the co-working community, making the current innovation process more sustainable. Goal: attracting 12 Innovators in 6 months. Not impossible: we are in 6, we could recruit 2 each. Goal: attracting 18 Facilitators. This requires more thinking. We need masters in culture, conversation, chemistry, biology, agronomy, design, prototyping, App dev, storytelling, accounting, marketing, user testing, sales. Note: Innovator/Facilitator is not a label, and most importantly, it is not a rank. It is a function that might be attributed also to the same person.
- Step 2 - To make co-work and community extremely valuable.
Goal: To favor internal collaboration, disfavor internal competition. Goal: To make one's success the success of all the co-workers. Strategy: To protect and favor uninterrupted creative work. Manage all external money flow (bills, invoices). Manage in/out parcels/trash. (some reagents are shipped frozen) Make easy to satisfy body requests (hungry, sleep) Strategy: To favor internal money transfer (bitcoin?) Implement leverage between Facilitators & Innovator (see example of trading platforms)
- Step 3 - To introduce Innovators to potential partners & investors.
Example/Inspiration: YC weekly dinners. https://www.ycombinator.com/atyc/#dinners Goal: 6 hr / month of external mindshare. Goal: Demo day at the term.
- Step 4 - To support key startup steps with seed money injection (not default).
Goal: to find people investing in Cowocondo first! Strategy: investing chunks of 15,000 CHF for 1% ownership
- Step 5 - To become home of Innovators and Facilitators.
Inspiration: Unmonastery. http://unmonastery.org/ Inspiration: Paul Graham "I'd advise most startups to avoid corporate space at first and just rent an apartment" http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html "You want to live at the office in a startup, so why not have a place designed to be lived in as your office? [...] The key to productivity is for people to come back to work after dinner. Those hours after the phone stops ringing are by far the best for getting work done. Great things happen when a group of employees go out to dinner together, talk over ideas, and then come back to their offices to implement them." Inspiration: Yesteday's Nobel prize. In 2005, two unemployed guys craft a microscope in their apartment. Today (9 years later) they win the Nobel prize. Their miscroscope (PALM) break the Abbey limit paving the way to super-resolution optical microscopy. If they could make it at home, what could we do in a coworking condo? Long-term Goal: Cowocondo = co-working + co-housing = co-living space Provide a 7/7 24/24 source of inspiration. Provide a 7/7 24/24 peace of mind. Provide a 7//7 24/24 working opportunities.