Member Spotlight – Scot Duke and Mark Neace

Venture X Member Spotlight - Scot Duke and Mark Neace

Coworking spaces offer countless businesses a home while in the growing phase and really are a budget-friendly way to get things off the ground. Scot Duke and Mark Neace, business partners and members at Venture X Dallas North – Alpha Road, TX. Duke is Chief Operations Officer and Operations Director for SyncLab Media while Neace is Co-Founder and Creative Director.  We spent time getting to know these members and their role at SyncLab Media.

What does SyncLab Media do?

SyncLab Media is a video-centric digital marketing and consulting firm that helps organizations synchronize their digital marketing efforts with their business objectives to achieve better outcomes.

We asked Duke and Neace some quick Q & As to get to know them and their career journey. Here’s what each had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

Duke: I enjoy Social Media and like project management, plus I have been in operations management for over 40 years.

Neace: I helped a friend out on his thesis film project during my freshman year at the University of Hawai’i and immediately changed my major to communications with a film and television focus. After many years of working in the industry, I had the unique opportunity to help beta test the YouTube platform. That experience opened my eyes to the impending need for businesses to have the right strategy and content to market their products and services directly to their prospects online.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Duke: To see the look on our client’s face when they see the finished video we produce.

Neace: I’m a serial entrepreneur and small business owner. The most rewarding thing I can do every day is help another business owner achieve their vision of success through what we do at SLM.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

Duke: The biggest challenge is getting our story told to the professional who makes the decision on a business’ digital marketing strategy. We have not found a way to overcome that . . . looking to recruit a sales influencer who would fit on our team.

Neace: Many entrepreneurs and independent business owners face the challenge of wearing too many hats, but feeling insecure about bringing in partners to share the load. One of the best business decisions I have made was asking for help and bringing on partners that share the same vision.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

Duke: Always get help with your marketing. A business has too much invested to let poor managed digital marketing bring it down.

Neace: Be authentic and sincerely care about bringing value to each relationship. Communicate your “Why”.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

Duke: I enjoy helping Venture X develop its digital footprint.

Neace: We just became Venture X members, but are already expanding our network with great connections and finding out we can add value to the community.

A Personal Look at Scot Duke and Mark Neace

While getting to know Duke and Neace, we asked who or what had been their greatest inspiration and were surprised and impressed to hear Duke say Google . . . “Google contacted me to ask if I would be interested in partnering with them to launch Google+ and YouTube. I was impressed that the local staff had been following my blog for 6 years. It inspired me knowing that someone noticed what I do and LIKED it. I must be doing something right.” Neace said, “My parents have been my greatest inspiration. Sounds cliché, but they exemplified the character traits of integrity, hard work, caring for others and entrepreneurship.”

In their spare time, both Duke and Neace enjoy playing golf. Duke says he likes to travel to other states to play golf. We know golf requires incredible strategizing and concentration so we weren’t very surprised to hear that’s their sport. Interestingly, though, Duke also enjoys playing blues guitar. Maybe we convince him to play something during our next social event at Venture X Dallas North – Alpha Road. Neace makes it a point to go camping at least once a month with his son’s Scout troop and also spends time volunteering with his Rotary club and their Scout district and council. He also used his love of golf to work as a professional caddie with well-known golfers and celebrities during Web.com, Futures and LPGA tours, and many Pro-Am events.

Are you full of ideas and looking for a convenient and fun place to spend your working hours each week? At Venture X, you’ll be able to network and share ideas with creative people like Scot Duke and Mark Neace on a daily basis. Venture X has new locations opening each month. We would love nothing more than to watch your business or startup take off within our office spaces. You’ll love working at Venture X with our affordable and flexible membership plans.

Contact Venture X today and schedule a tour!

Coworking Spaces: Top 5 Reasons They are Good for Growing Your Brand

Top 5 Reasons Coworking Spaces are Good for Growing Your Brand

Coworking spaces, by design, are good for growing your brand, offering versatility and functionality that just can’t really happen in traditional office environments. As your business grows, you can scale up to meet the needs of your developing team or split your team into smaller groups to work on various projects. Coworking spaces allow your business to expand in place, without the disruption of moving your staff and environment to a different, larger location. Getting back up to speed in a new office can take a while and take your focus off growing your brand, in addition to the expenses incurred.

Coworking spaces work well in many ways for emerging businesses and those ready to make the move to their next phase of success. The top 5 reasons coworking spaces are good for growing your brand include:

  1. Huge savings on startup costs

    Moving into your own office space just when things are starting to click can slow your forward momentum down to a slow, angst-ridden crawl. From locating an ideal space to negotiating long-term leases, outfitting an office can derail the attention your expanding business needs to stay on track. When most of your resources and time are spent meeting with designers, engineers, IT installers and service vendors, who has time to think about new products and such? Coworking spaces, with affordable monthly leases, allow you to keep all your moving parts in motion. Working in a comfortable, well-appointed space eliminates the awkwardness of getting accustomed to a new environment. Also, you don’t waste a lot of time discussing who’s going to buy the bottled water, who’s going to buy the coffee, and who’s going to keep your new office clean and pristine.

  2. Flexibility and scaling

    Because you’re growing, your needs may change as you move into uncharted waters. At coworking spaces, flexibility is key to getting things done right in a timely fashion. You can move to a larger semi-private space to work on team projects or rent just a shared desk space for remote employees and staff that can work independently, such as an IT person or a contract copywriter. Whenever your business’ needs change and you need more space or you need a conference room to present a new project or campaign, coworking spaces provide facilities with laser-fast Internet, as well as hi-tech video and audio capabilities for live or Skype conferences.

    Additionally, you can work with a combination of different spaces. You may need a private office for the long-term and add semi-private spaces when projects call for them. Corporations are getting into this act, as well, renting shared desk space for remote employees and larger, more private spaces for think tanks and for holding monthly meetings with tech staff, who don’t need to go into an office every day.

  3. Great Locations

    The coworking spaces began to take hold in cities with large urban centers, such as San Francisco, New York, and Seattle. Centrally located in the hub of activity, coworking spaces are relatively easy to find for the occasions when your clients need to visit you. Because new businesses often can’t afford an office in a nice neighborhood, coworking spaces offer the luxury of a good address in a good neighborhood. Your clients will be impressed when you meet with them in design forward, contemporary office spaces. As part of the larger community, coworking spaces fit into the bustling commercial vibe, where most businesses are tuned into promoting growth in the area and supporting social action initiatives, such as poverty and homelessness. Supporting business and social initiatives in your community helps establish your brand loyalty and generate greater exposure to potential customers.

    Moving your business into a coworking space also gives you plenty of time to look for the right neighborhood and location when the time comes to move into your own space. By joining a coworking space, you can leisurely get to know the neighborhoods that you might like to settle in when your business grows up.

  4. Networking Potential

    The most obvious way coworking spaces work well for growing your brand revolves around the inherent nature of coworking spaces. Surrounded by like-minded professionals, growing businesses learn from other business professionals about different aspects of their enterprises.

    Suffice it to say, many an in-the-same-boat scenario from a more experienced business owner has helped fledgling businesses navigate their way through uncharted waters. By getting to know your fellow coworkers in a working environment, who knows what can happen? An idea from a passing conversation can turn into a new enterprise. Coworking spaces and collaboration just work like that. You can also increase your brand presence, building relationships with other members who will spread the word about your business to people they know, and so on.

    Also, as your business expands, you’re going to need more staff. Additionally, you may need an e-commerce site, product photography, or an SEO copywriter to add content to your website. Your search for employees and contractors you may need for projects you may not want to tackle yourself are right at your fingertips. Any number of coworking professionals, including independent attorneys, publishers, healthcare professionals, as well as financial consultants and marketing professionals, may become your go-to for legal matters, as well as for creative and IT services.

  5. Balancing work with play

    Let’s not forget about other networking opportunities that help balance your work with your play. It’s not all work, work, work in coworking spaces. Most coworking spaces are designed to encourage break taking, featuring food venues and catering events and also hosting educational, social networking events, where members mingle and have the opportunity to get to know one other better. Some coworking spaces feature yoga classes, guided meditations, and other rejuvenating amenities to help keep members motivated and balanced.

These 5 reasons coworking spaces can help grow your brand merely scratch the surface of the benefits of moving your growing business to a coworking space. At Venture X, we connect members to the spaces they need to efficiently grow their brands in a motivated atmosphere that promotes collaboration. Connect your expanding business to your local business community. Contact Venture X to discuss the features of our coworking spaces or to schedule a tour and discover why you just can’t afford not to grow your brand at one of our exciting locations!

One Year in a Coworking Space – How it Can Help Your Business

How coworking space can help your business

It seems that coworking spaces have made inroads into all workplace scenarios today. Initiated as a way for startups and entrepreneurs to sort out their business plans and work around other interesting, like-minded professionals, coworking spaces offer something for everyone, so it seems.  Small companies with a couple of employees can turn into a company with eighty employees, ready to make the move to open an office of their own. Instagram, Uber, and Spotify, among other mega companies, all started in coworking spaces. Other corporations are finding a niche in coworking spaces, as well. What can a coworking space do for your company in a year’s time? Plenty.

Easy to launch from a coworking space

Most companies and individuals just bringing their visions to life don’t feel the need to throw all of their efforts and a scary amount of money into sourcing an appropriate office space, building out a space and keeping up with the day-to-day of running and maintaining an independent office.

Save so much time and money getting up and running

Not only do young companies get a pass on deciding how they want to look when they grow up, but they also don’t have to worry about who will keep up with the coffee, water, and amenities they need for each day at the office. Ultimately, businesses working out of a coworking space save a ton of money, time and energy getting on their feet.

For larger established companies

Saving money on office overheads works great for new companies but coworking spaces are also popular with large companies, as they can save money not opening branch offices, as well as saving money not flying people into their corporate headquarters. Satellite offices work well in coworking spaces, where corporations can schedule a space for monthly meetings or provide a place for teams to work on a daily basis, with flexible monthly contracts.

Flexible monthly contracts let you grow at your own rate

Eliminating rigid, long-term leases can allow companies to grow organically, not restricted to fashioning their businesses around a space they may outgrow. Purchasing equipment and the most current technology, plus installing and setting up technology becomes a non-issue, saving on those giant purchases until you can actually afford them. Coworking spaces feature laser-fast Internet with all of the technology you need to run a business figured into monthly contracts.

Connecting to the community

Working at a coworking space for a year connects you not only to other business professionals in your area but the entire community as a whole. Building relationships with other coworking members can lead to new client introductions and/or potential team members for your business.

Networking

Networking events at coworking spaces go with the territory and help businesses grow, as well as providing social networking opportunities for members. Business-oriented workshops can provide insights into something you just can’t quite wrap your brain around about your business and connect you to other members who’ve been down that same road and are willing to share their experiences. Some coworking spaces offer their community areas as event spaces outside of business hours, providing an excellent venue for product launches and other promotional events for your business, with full-service kitchens for catered events.

Healthy food on the premises and catered in

A lot of coworking spaces feature their own full-service cafes and some provide catering every day or on certain days. Readily available, healthy food choices can keep teams on track when needed and can offer a way to relax and take a break from working.

Recruiting team members

Because coworking spaces offer a look into how people work, they are valuable over a year’s time in connecting you to the people you want on your team. When you already know someone’s work ethics and abilities, you can approach them for services you need and don’t want to master, such as web design, photography for your website, marketing, SEO content writing for your blog, and other various components you will find you need as your company begins to grow.

Collaboration

The motivating atmosphere in coworking spaces can get creative juices flowing and after getting to know other members, ideas for other companies may hatch into a business when members’ talents converge. Your best idea yet may come to light with the help of another member’s perspective.

Learning about your surroundings

If it’s your dream to find the perfect space for your company when you’re ready to move out on your own, you can take advantage of your coworking friends’ knowledge about good neighborhoods, buildings to avoid, nearby dining, shopping and entertainment venues and other things, such as parking availability in different areas.

Coworking going strong

Remarkably, coworking spaces grew from one space in 2005 to 14,411 spaces today, according to an allwork.space article. Once a trend bunking traditional office environments, coworking spaces have changed the way we do business. So well-received, large companies are taking advantage of the flexibility coworking spaces offer, with low overheads, well-appointed surroundings, and monthly contracts.

Join us at Venture X

Venture X makes a great starting place for your small company to get its feet wet, as you develop your company into a business that needs its own space. Spending a year or so at Venture X, you’ll be rubbing elbows with an impressive list of business owners from many industries, including tech innovators, financial planners, health and fitness publishers, independent attorneys, healthcare professionals, marketing pros, as well as freelance designers, photographers, writers and others, all working together in an atmosphere that inspires productivity and collaboration.

Come grow with us at a Venture X location near you. Contact us to request a tour!

Member Spotlight – Lindy Singer

Venture X Member Spotlight – Lindy Singer

Coworking spaces have grown tremendously in popularity in recent years and are the perfect solution for the changing needs of startups and other small businesses. Lindy Singer, a member at Venture X Richardson, TX, is Chief Marketing Officer and Chief of Staff for Modo. We spent some time getting to know Lindy and her story.

First things first, who is Modo?

Modo is a disruptive payments technology startup that “has been making waves in the payments industry since 2010,” shared Lindy. Lindy went on to explain, “We are focused on reducing friction throughout the payments industry in order to do the most good for the most people. Modo works to reduce the friction between payment connections for some of the largest players in the game including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, FIS, and Klarna.” There is no doubt that the way we make payments on a personal level and as entrepreneurs is changing tremendously.

Modo at Venture X Richardson, TX

Lindy shared that Modo moved into their Venture X space in Richardson in April 2018. They enjoyed customizing their space to fit their needs. Lindy said, “We have a different set up than most because there are 15 employees working out of our Venture X office. We have our own conference room and a central meeting area in a dedicated Modo office within Venture X.”

We asked Lindy some quick Q & As to get to know her and journey with Modo better. Here’s what she had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

    I wasn’t looking for a job in the payments industry, but am so happy that the opportunity came my way. Fintech is buzzing because of the constant innovations we’re seeing in online and in-store checkouts and the changing ways people are sending and receiving money all around the globe. Although we are seeing tons of innovation, the legacy players such as banks and the networks still make up the backbone of the industry. Modo comes in to manage and optimize the connections necessary to bridge the gap between the old and the new.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

    Since Modo is still a small company with 28 employees around the globe, the work we are doing is setting the stage for the future of something greater, and we all truly believe that. That belief means that we are constantly testing our offerings and pushing the company into the next phase.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

    Modo’s technology can enable a wide variety of payments products and services, but that doesn’t mean we have the resources and bandwidth internally to pursue every project that comes our way. Knowing what challenges we should be focusing on and constantly aiming for excellence in our deliveries has given us a reputation for impressive and rapid deployments and has left us with a list of very happy clients.

  • Who or what was the greatest inspiration on your journey?

    One of our advisors is Dee Hock, CEO and Founder Emeritus of Visa. He is one of the most interesting people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The way he organized Visa in a ‘chaordic’ way was the inspiration behind many of Modo’s organizing principles. Modo employees (or ModoNauts as we call ourselves) are given a lot of freedom to make decisions and act on ideas.

A Personal Look at Lindy Singer

When we asked Lindy for business tips she could share, she kept it simple and yet, her message is quite profound, “People need a purpose. Is your company giving them one?” It makes you wonder when you look at your own team, what motivates these people? What drives them?

In her spare time, Lindy enjoys skiing and says she tries to get out to ski in Colorado as often as possible. She also enjoys working out, cooking semi-healthy meals, going on walks and meeting up with friends for meals. It seems to us like Lindy has found the work-life balance that many struggle to find and we hope that working at Venture X contributes positively to that sacred balance. On a lighter note, Lindy is one of 4 daughters in her family and is very proud of each of her sisters. Just ask her, she’ll tell you all about them!

If you’re looking for a great place to work where you can also network and share ideas with other people, Venture X might be just what you’ve been looking for. With new locations opening every month, our network is growing. Need to get your business or startup off the ground without the expense of renting an office space, with long lease commitments? You can’t beat working at Venture X with our easy to understand membership plans.

Contact Venture X today and schedule a tour!

Venture X® Denver Among Key Sponsors of Prestigious Holiday Gala

DMCAR and NAIOP Real Estate Membership Among Those To Attend

Venture X® Denver Among Key Sponsors of Prestigious Holiday Gala

DENVER, CO – Nov. 14, 2018 – Venture X® Denver, a premium membership-based workspace community for entrepreneurs and businesses, has announced that it will be a partner sponsor for the upcoming Denver Metropolitan Commercial Association of REALTORS® (DMCAR), NAIOP Holiday Party. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Archetype Distillery, 119 S. Broadway in Denver.

“It is an honor to be included among the major sponsors of this prestigious event,” said Michael Patton, who along with Kate Patton co-owns the 13,000-square-foot coworking facility in South Denver. “We’ve made a significant investment in the upcoming holiday party, and both organizations are very pleased that we will have a presence there because of the tremendous networking possibilities.”

The Denver Metropolitan Commercial Association of REALTORS® (DMCAR) is the oldest and largest commercial real estate trade association in the United States, and represents 2,000 commercial real estate professionals throughout Colorado. NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use real estate, and dedicated to excellence and the entrepreneurial spirit.

“This holiday gathering of professionals is an excellent opportunity for us to build upon our recent grand opening and spread the word about all that we offer the South Denver business community,” said Kate Patton. “NAIOP is an organization with unparalleled networking opportunities, educational programs, research on trends and innovations, and strong legislative representation.”

Venture X Denver, a brand of the United Franchise Group, is committed to luxury, collaboration, and creativity. Membership services include front desk greeting, a best-in-class network including: hi-speed WiFi service, event space with the latest technology, conference rooms with video conferencing capability, ultra-modern furniture, printing and scanning, concierge-style services, 24/7 keycard access, social events, a café and a lounge. Membership plans start at $40 per month, and vary based on need.

The Venture X franchisees have a combined 50 years of experience in the fast-paced technology market, and experience that uniquely qualifies them to meet needs of members. “We see tremendous growth ahead in the flexible workspace market,” said Michael Patton.  “Our members work within a community of like-minded individuals that take advantage of world-class services in a very professional working environment.”

Inc.  has recognized the Venture X  brand as one of the best co-working spaces in the United States, and additional locations will open by the end of 2018, with more to follow in 2019. Venture X has opened its first international location in Canada, and is projected to expand into Australia in the near future.

About Venture X

Venture X is s a shared workspace and community that is a blend of boutique hotel and modern office styles with a high level of design that feels professional and welcoming. We are designing beautiful spaces and developing an environment and community that people love coming to work to every day. Founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs, father and son, David and Brett Diamond, Venture X is recognized by Inc. as one of the best co-working spaces in the United States. For more information, visit Venture X.com

About United Franchise Group

Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimac, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors, Accurate Franchising, and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. With more than three decades in the franchising industry, and 1,600 franchisees in 80 countries throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.