This morning I received an e-mail from George Bennett, the chairman of the Valley Innovators. George pointed out that starting your own business is not only about good ideas but also about building relationships.
Below is an excerpt from his e-mail:
“It takes a Village to raise a business”
More precisely, it takes a culture, a group of mutually supportive people willing to share their talents to make things happen. We know you want to start a business. It’s a big job. If we work together, though, we can become much bigger than we are as individuals.
As you work on your ideas, I ask you to think about the cost in time and effort it takes to find good people, set up contracts, negotiate terms, and settle problems that come up.
If you help build the Village, the people you need will already be there. Their reputation will be known in the Village. Everybody benefits.
I ask you to be a part of the startup culture. Come join us; see what we’re doing to grow great things in the valley.
And George is right you can’t do it all on your own, you need a network of smart people around you, not only to help with the technical elements of your design but also with the business aspects of your new business.
By Starting Valley Innovators, George is creating a village of people that you can depend on, and a slew of services that can help you get ahead faster. To support the community the group will have their next get together on June 13rd and are sporting some interesting speakers, Lloyd Roberts the brand new Director of Business for DeviceLab will be speaking about Turnkey Manufacturing and Jill Addison will be talking about Online Video’s and how they can help you grow your business.
Besides all of that, just some good friends that help motivate you to do better, encourage you when you feel down and perhaps just take you out for a glass of wine at one of our beautiful wineries or a cup of coffee away from the office once in a while to relax, isn’t a bad idea either. Because you can’t always be working, right?
With that in mind every Saturday the Temecula Valley Software Developers Meetup organizes the Twin Cities Tech Coffee Meetup, an informal gathering of Temecula / Murrieta area Technology Entrepreneurs to share knowledge and experiences, for brainstorming and mentoring.
The intention of this meetup series is to “cowork” in a collaborative environment. There is no agenda, or round table, no formal introductions or preset discussion topics, but sharing knowledge and experiences and brainstorming & mentoring is encouraged.
Bring your laptops or iPads, have a cup of coffee or two and talk about topics that interest you, perhaps even while getting some work done! This Meetup is be held each Saturday from 9am to about 11.30am at It’s a Grind in on Murrieta Hot Springs.
Want even more opportunity to cowork in a collaborative environment? Check out “The Coworking Connection” in Murrieta.
Although coworking has many benefits, people often times have a hard time understanding exactly what it is. Wikipedia defines “coworking” as “a style of work which involves a shared working environment, sometimes an office, yet independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization.
Dione Moser the founder of The Coworking Connections explains it as follows “Coworking is most closely related to purchasing a membership at the local gym: you have a pass for the plan you purchased and use the facility according to your plan terms and needs. People workout side by side, not necessarily with each other but can benefit from each other when the need arises… it’s the same scenario for those in a coworking environment”.