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    It’s Friday…Need a Nap?

    We made it through the week!  And here at Grind, Friday afternoons mean one thing…power nap time!  Not sure if you’re in need of a midday snooze?  Sarah Klein of The Huffington Post is breaking it down for you….read on to find out if it’s time for you to recharge. 

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    Life Cycle of an Entrepreneur–4th Installment

    We’ve got an awesome fourth installment of our Life Cycle of an Entrepreneur series coming to Grind this Wednesday, July 16.  This time around, we’ll be focusing on the hot topic of real estate.  Micaela Brown of the Minority Report will moderate our panel of experts.  Get your free tickets here and read on to find out more about our amazing panelists. 

    Micaela Brown
    Micaela Brown knew she wasn’t the only go-getter in town. She created the “Minority Report” video series with the Chicago Sun-Times to showcase the city’s vibrant community of entrepreneurs and professionals of color. Micae also hosts the twice-a-month episodes, which feature business-minded interviews with guests as diverse as Chicago Treasurer Stephanie Neely, advertising executive Sherman Wright and media lawyer Daliah Saper.

    Along with her work on the “Minority Report,” Micae is an interactive account executive for the Sun-Times, where she creates advertising strategies for clients like Comcast, Macy’s and the Chicago White Sox.

    Micae is a Chicago native and graduate of DePaul University and the Sandler Sales Institute. When she’s not making connections for the Sun-Times, she’s taking care of her two Yorkshire terriers, Bentley and Studley, and planning her next travel adventure.

    Tim Ryan

    Benjamin Dyett
    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 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. It’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).

    Has three locations now : Grind Park is located at 29th and Park Avenue South in Manhattan, Grind Broadway at 39th and Broadway, and Grind LaSalle at 2 N. LaSalle in Chicago, IL.  Each space has 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). Other Grind locations are in the works for Los Angeles, Washington DC and London.

    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.

    Jud Henry
    Jud has structured real estate transactions for publicly traded companies, not-for-profit organizations, privately held companies, law firms and technology start-ups. Prior to heading up EnTrust Tenant Advisors, Jud represented landlords and tenants throughout the Chicagoland area at both NAI Hiffman and CBRE.

    In 2009, he was named CBRE “Rookie of the Year” for the Oak Brook and Chicago Region. Over a period of 12 months, he completed 51 transactions totaling over 300,000 square feet. His extensive list of clients includes such blue-chip firms as GE, State Farm and Private Bank.

    Jud is a wannabe marathon runner, competitive sushi eater (45 pieces in one sitting), father of four and an avid fisher of sharks who once caught an 8 foot Blacktip (okay, it was actually 5 feet) in the teal blue of the Bahamas.

    Amy Mahjoory

    Aryn Shaw
    Aryn has been in the design and sales industry for over 15 years and has her degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She has experience with all elements of the desig field as well as a varied background consisting of Project Management, detailed reconfigures and working with architectural and signage details among many more. She has experience managing National corporate accounts while creating and maintaining client and vendor relationships. She has a passion for providing the best design solution.

    Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next installment!

    Exit/Succession Planning - Wednesday August 6, 2014


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    Happy Birthday, Broadway!

    It’s hard to believe that our second location, Grind Broadway, is turning one today.   It’s been an unbelievable year for our Broadway baby and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for it.  A huge thank you to our amazing members for all of your support.  Here’s to many more years of coworking and collaboration!



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    Featured Grindist–Christine Mortensen

    We’re always excited to see what LaSalle Grindist Christine Mortensen is working on in the space, so we decided to sit down with her and find out where she gets her inspiration.  Check out her thoughts on coworking and creating a business below…and when you’re finished with that, check out her awesome company, Sprk’d!

    What made you decide that a coworking space was the best fit for you? Why Grind?
    I love being at Grind 3-4 days a week because I get to be in an professional setting when I want or when I need to (e.g., meetings). It’s like having co-workers on demand (and ones you actually like too!). There’s a really diverse network of business owners at Grind and it’s been incredibly helpful to bounce ideas of each other and exchange advice across industries. Everyone has been incredibly helpful and friendly, especially the community managers here. There have been a few occasions where I’ve had “one of those days” where nothing seems to work out in your favor and you just feel like throwing in the towel but coming back to the office and being greeted by the friendly faces at Grind reenergizes and has helped to snap me out of it and get back to business!

    What inspired you to found Sprk’d?
    I started out doing web design about ten years ago and while working at a few agencies I kept noticing that at each we were great at creating beautiful, user-focused websites but there wasn’t much attention being paid to what happens after launch and how to keep people interested in coming back again and again. In short, content strategy and marketing weren’t considerations and when social media just started to come around I began shifting my focus to what those channels could do for business. Sprk’d focuses on creating content that people want to see and the design to support that content and strategy.

    Is this something you were always interested in being a part of?
    From a very early age I was always to creating things. Wether it was your traditional lemonade stand, making and selling bracelets and other arts and crafts to schoolmates, to organizing my grade school’s first year book. I always wanted to run my own business but as an adult, I was just always too scared to make that leap. That was until about two and a half years ago when my father was placed on the heart transplant list.* It solidified for me that life is SO short, I’m not getting any younger, and don’t have children yet. It felt like if I didn’t do it now, I’d never do it. I also didn’t know of any job that would let me have the kind of flexibility I wanted in order to be there for my parents, for doctor’s appointments, and to just enjoy having them in my life. So I finally started Sprk’d and haven’t looked back!

    What’s your favorite part of what you’ve created?
    So many things! The people I’ve met in the past couple of years have been so amazing and encouraging. I love the flexibility I have now to work from home when I want, to give in to my night-owl tendencies and work until the wee hours (although I do probably sleep a lot less than I used to but it’s of my own accord and because I love what I’m doing). Never sitting in rush hour traffic anymore is also a huge plus.

    I also love that I have a great network of contractors that I get to work with on a variety of projects from site redesigns, content strategy workshops, blog post writing, infographics, etc. They’re really wonderful people and I’m so glad that I get to hire them and essentially help fund their lifestyles. This obviously isn’t charity but does feel a little like paying it forward.

    Do you have any advice for others trying to start their own company?
    There will never be a perfect time. Just start. Don’t wait. Start what you can while you still have that “day job” so you can save some extra money because you’ll need it. Things hardly move as fast as you plan them to—especially at first.

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    Coming to Grind–#Rethink Coding with Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code

    Join us on Tuesday, July 8 for #Rethink Coding, featuring Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code!

    Did you know that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs open in the computing fields, but women educated in the US are only on pace to filling 3% of them? In 2012, Girls Who Code surged onto the tech scene to close the gender gap and empower young women with high quality computer science education. Join us on Tuesday, July 8th and find out why the largest tech companies in America are backing Girls Who Code at #Rethink Coding with Reshma Saujani. 

    8:00am – 8:30am - Breakfast and Coffee
    8:30am – 9:00am - Reshma’s Presentation
    9:00am – 9:30am - Discussion, Q&A, and Networking

    Eventbrite - #Rethink Coding with Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code

    Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. In her groundbreaking new book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course — personally and professionally.

    After years of working as an attorney and supporting the Democratic party as an activist and fundraiser, Reshma left her private sector career behind and surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman in the country to run for US Congress. Following the highly publicized race, Reshma stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and most recently running a spirited campaign for Public Advocate on a platform of creating educational and economic opportunities for women and girls, immigrants, and those who have been sidelined in the political process.

    Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She has recently been named one of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, Ad Age’s Creativity 50, Business Insider’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State’s Rising Stars, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.

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    The Future of Work…According to Benjamin Dyett

    Want to get a little peep into the mind of Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett?  Micaela Brown of The Minority Report recently sat down with him to get the scoop on what he sees as the future of work…and she managed to draw out some additional life insights along the way.  Check out the interview here!

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    Introducing the New Moonlighter Plan!

    Some of the most brilliant ideas are born after hours, which is why we decided to create a new membership plan for all of our friends who burn the midnight oil or who have a cool new side venture.  Introducing the Moonlighter Plan!  For just $250/mo, you’ll get: 

    -’After-Hours’ access to either NYC location Monday – Thursday (5pm – Midnight)
    -All day access to either NYC location on Fridays
    -Saturday access to Grind Broadway (8am – 5pm)
    -$20 monthly printer allowance
    -Lowest conference room rates
    -Ability to receive mail at Grind

    If you’d like to upgrade to a Moonlighter membership or just have general questions about it, feel free to email cassidy@grindspaces.com.

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    Where’d You Get That, Grindists?

    We think Grind is the best runway….and apparently so does Christal Young of Good Day New York’s “Where’d You Get That?”  Check out our amazing Grindists and their fashion steals in this June 18 segment!


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    Featured Grindist–Yoga Means Business

    Whenever we’re feeling a bit sluggish or out-of-whack, we turn to our good friends Chiyoko Osborne and Jen Kluczkowski, co-founders of Yoga Means Business. Aside from being two of our most centered Grindists, they also have created an incredible new method of yoga for business people that is both invigorating and inspiring.  We recently caught up with them to find out about the road that led them to Grind.

    What made you decide that a coworking space was the best fit for you? Why Grind?
    Enough with the coffee shops and spotty wi-fi! Grind is a perfect home base for us to get focused and get real work done. We love the visual appeal and aesthetic – big windows, clean design, black cubes you can hide out in and phone booths you can meditate in. Need we say more?

    What inspired you to found Yoga Means Business?
    Yoga belongs in the workplace. We both experienced first hand how the practice helped us in our decade long careers in the corporate world. We were fascinated by how meditation improved our work performance by making us more focused; how connecting the mind and body made us more balanced, grounded and effective leaders. We were running from work to yoga and back to work again. We craved a way to incorporate the yoga practice into the workday, not just be outside of it. We knew there had to be a way to do this.

    So we developed the “YMB 30-Minute Method” to be a comprehensive mind-body yoga experience that can be done seamlessly in any office in just 30 minutes. No change of clothes, no yoga mats needed. Stretching, breathing and meditation that’s truly seamless and turnkey for the office. People feel reset, clear and ready to take on the rest of the workday.

    Is this something you were always interested in being a part of?
    Not at all! Chiyoko was hell bent on becoming a big wig in the fashion industry and Jen couldn’t wait to run a sales team at someone else’s startup. How things change….

    What’s your favorite part of what you’ve created?
    Our YMB 30-Minute Method brings teams and companies together in an unexpected, yet awesome way. We’re fans of bonding over the beer cart, but improving physical and mental well-being as a group? That’s pretty powerful stuff. Oh, and anyone can do the 30-Minute Method.   Anyone.

    Do you have any advice for others trying to start their own company?
    Whatever your first really great idea is – know that it’s not going to work exactly how you envision it. In fact, the end result may not look anything like it. Every “fail” is not a fail at all – it’s a refinement for what’s going to one day work and take off.

    Check out this recent Fast Company article on Yoga Means Business and like them on Facebook!

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    Sneakers in the Workplace? Yes, please!

    We’ve got a thriving sneaker culture at Grind, so we were glad to read about the epic rise of office ‘sneakerdom’ in June 11′s New York Times.   Check out what Alex Williams has to say about the workplace phenomenon. 

    The rise of sneakerdom is perhaps most obvious in the modern American office, where sneakers are not just acceptable but, in some places, de rigueur. This is particularly true in creative and web-based industries, where sneakers are part of the modern man’s uniform.

    “You have guys like Jack Dorsey, guys like myself, that are in their mid-30s that are running companies,” said Jon Buscemi of the fashion labelBuscemi, referring to the Twitter co-founder. “I don’t want to wear a pair of uncomfortable shoes by Alden or John Lobb all day.”

    With their historic ties to teen culture and hip-hop, sneakers connote youth and, in the context of the workplace, they are a swashbuckling statement that says: “I’m the new breed. I’m nimble afoot. I’m ready for revolution.”

    The late Steve Jobs was no fashion plate, but he did help set the tone in the late ’90s when he mounted his “Think Different” revolt in New Balance running shoes. Most sneaker-clad professionals, however, take care to bump it up a notch in style from Mr. Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, who can get away with avowedly normcore running shoes and jeans for about 28 billion reasons. It is not a look anyone can pull off, which is the allure for those who can.

    Read the full article here!

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