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Re: [opencoffee-hobart] OpenCoffee is 3 (months). It's time for a review...

From: Byron T.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:20 PM
Hi fellow entrepreneurs!
I've got a few ideas up my sleaves and have spoken to quite a few ppl outside our group who are keen to come along to our meetup event. Am preparing to leave for SF Friday, leaving for Sydney tonight. Otherwise I would love to come along tomorrow in person and hang out with you awesome people again. Seeing that's the case I might as well share my thoughts here:
1. Agree with Brett, a 4pm or 5pm time will be awesome. If it's 5pm I could easily get?people at work to turn up. That's potentially?3 extra people.
2. Got in contact with a very interesting individual who works in animation and is looking for jobs at the moment. He worked on?quite a few?animations/cartoons that you and I have seen on TV. Definitely worth having him come along to our meetup event.
3. On that note, in Sydney they have a Silicon Beach event every Friday afternoon held in collaboration with a local bar and they serve happy hour drinks specially for Techies. I could help organise that for us probably at somewhere quiet enough to talk which means the business owner will love us for it (quiet Friday evenings =?probably not doing very well, note i say probably). Anyway, a great way to wind down the week and hang out with people with similar interests.
4. Also got to know a good marketing guy who co-founded Also told him about it and he's keen.
Alright that's it from me. Will be back in 3 weeks and I'll make sure I come along to the meetup then. All the best.

On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 6:13 PM, Brett W M Young <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Oliver

Congrats, so far so good. From my perspective, it is almost impossible to find time during the workday to attend a meeting. I don't know how many others are in that situation, so I may well be the minority, in which case its just my bad luck.

Suggestions for alternate times / days:
  • 'end of day' session around 4pm - ish
  • A combination of alternating 10am then 4pm sessions
  • A Sunday Salamanca Session once a month as well, maybe a breakfast meetup at Machine, great brekkie eggs with a group of entrepeneurs, not a bad way to chill out, quite literally, during Winter. In that respect Machine is great in Summer, but somewhere warmer would certainly be more practical during Winter...OnBar upstairs in North Hobart is roomy and warm!
Regarding promotion, I believe you need a consistent core of people who regularly turn up and are keen to keep doing so, you may have that now of course?! Then promotion makes sense.

I personally think that if people have more time to relax and discuss then more can come of these events, even if people come and go but the 'core' remain for some reasonable amount of time, then discussions will become more meaningful and 'actionable'. I believe some collaborative efforts may be achievable bewteen attendees if they are given more time and scope to thrash out projects and intentions? In this situation of cooperation, it would also allow for more specific activities such as 'Pitch Sessions for Practice' and 'Presentations for Practice' etc.

Hobart is a small place I think we should consider more collaborative efforts rather than just bouncing ideas around indepently, although, that is certainly fine as well!!

My thoughts and mine alone :)


Brett Young
CEO Exergaming Australia
skype: exergamingaustralia

On 13 April[masked]:20, Oliver George <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Everyone

OpenCoffee is officially 3 months old. We've had some great events and it's time to review and see how we can adapt and improve. I'm interested in hearing your feedback: What's worked and what could we do better? How would you like to see OpenCoffee evolve?

Some thoughts come to mind...

  • Run as a breakfast meeting or after work drinks.
  • Run more or less frequently.
  • Actively promote in the local media to attract new members.
  • Report on more local relevant industry events.

What do you think?

cheers, Oliver

PS. The next OpenCoffee event is scheduled for this Thursday. Please make sure to RSVP if you're interested in coming along.

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