Eugene Tech Switchboard has an awesome launch

March 2nd, 2015

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A few weeks ago we approached the SwitchBoardHQ folks in Portland about setting up a switchboard for Eugene. Switchboard is used by the PDX Startup community and Built Oregon. It works on a simple metaphor of Asks and Offers. CodeChops fields questions on a daily basis from other co-working spaces, local businesses and individuals looking for tech talent. Obviously a self-serve resource for matching need to talent (or Asks to Offers) could work here. After some internal deliberation about whether Eugene could gain the critical mass of users and seeking the advise of about a dozen tech leaders around town we decided to “go for it” and started a soft launch of the Eugene Tech Switchboard at the “Developer Spring Planning” event.  A week later we had more then enough users registered for a public launch and had built a small but impressive team of moderators.  Word was getting out and when approached by the Register Guard for a writeup we said sure.  We are currently ahead of the expected adoption rate for new Switchboards and are optimistic that it will be a great resources for matching local talent to need. You can visit the Switchboard on the web, like it on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.

 

 

How To Begin A Career As A Successful Freelancer

July 13th, 2014

Great article and inforgraphic at MakeUseOf about How To Begin A Career As A Successful Freelancer.  CodeChops caters to remote workers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Freelancers.

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The secret that big businesses should learn from freelancers

July 10th, 2014

Check out this post over at the freelancers union about staying busy as an independent.  We see this in the space all the time.  Folks are constantly making ad-hoc working relationships and splitting tasks on projects.

But if you really want to learn from freelancers, you also have to look at how freelancers sustain their autonomy. How do you get so much done and wear a thousand hats and take on a lot of responsibility without going crazy?

Freelancers create teams.

You can give an employee the power to make their own decisions, but are you giving them the power to form their own teams?

Freelancers wouldn’t call them “teams”. (In fact, they’d probably shudder at the term.) But they form core networks that sustain their business, and then draw on those networks when they have projects they can’t handle. 81% of freelancers refer work to other freelancers, and 54% team up with other freelancers or subcontract work.

 

2 year Anniversary 2nd Floor ‘Block Party’

May 19th, 2014

Just a few short years ago, downtown Eugene was a very different place. Characterized best by open pits, empty lots, and vacant buildings, downtown was far from inviting. Since 2012, local leaders, community members, business folks and have come together to make a significant change and concerted effort to promote economic development downtown. From our lovely view on the 2nd floor of the Broadway Commerce Center (BCC) overlooking Ken Kesey Square, the members of CodeChops have thoroughly enjoyed watching downtown blossom.

The BCC is more than just another professional and office building; it is an essential part of Eugene’s revitalization effort.  Beam Properties close collaboration with the City of Eugene and local businesses to design an attractive, functional space to promote business downtown. CodeChops is proud to be one of the first in the door and to have a close working relationship with our friends and neighbors in the BCC.

CodeChops currently houses 6 full time companies and provides space to nearly a dozen others on a part-time basis.  Amy McCann is the CEO of Local Food Marketplace, a local food market hosted online as an avenue for connecting farmers and consumers. Amy and her business partner, Doug Frazier, have operated out of CodeChops as full-time members for the past 18 months.  

“The space has an easy-going vibe. It’s flexible, democratic, and inviting; there’s a lot of effort to make sure members’ needs are met and feedback is incorporated into the space,” said McCann. “It’s a great place to work, and Local Food Marketplace has really benefitted from sharing space with other folks working in technology.”

McCann’s sentiments are echoed by many, including some companies that grew to the point of needing additional space and room. Companies like InSilico, worked in CodeChops until moving down the hall for additional space.

CodeChops is not just about sharing office space, it also aims to foster a community of creative types, freelancers and independent contractors to share ideas, skills, and collaborate on projects. The spirit of collaboration is a central theme of the downtown revitalization.

Come on by Thursday, May 22 for cocktails, live music, and an all around good time.

Come on by Thursday, May 22 for cocktails, live music, and an all around good time.

To celebrate two wonderful years, CodeChops invites you to come by 44 West Broadway, to check out the view through the amazing arched windows overlooking Kesey Square and have a beer to celebrate. The space will be open at 5:30pm to the public for the anniversary celebration Thursday, May 22. Our friends bell+funk, InSilico, Genius Media Solutions, and Presidio will also have their doors open to celebrate.  Consider it one Block Party you don’t want to miss.

The benefits of hiring remote workers

March 14th, 2014

Adam Bertram from PluralSight.com has an excellent post outlining the benefits of hiring remote workers.  Many area firms are contractor and remote-worker averse and that’s a struggle for, well, contractors and remote workers at CodeChops.  Many (ok, all) of us in the space are primarily working for out-of-town firms that embrace remote working. We’d prefer to be working for local companies but it’s difficult to get traction here at home.

The benefits of hiring remote workers

We are NextStep Recycling drop zone for individuals

October 9th, 2013

We talked to NextStep Recycling as part of its FREE pick-up for local businesses to donate or recycle their unwanted electronics, with NO recycling fees and are happy to be a drop zone for members as well as the greater tech community.  If you have just one or two items and don’t care about the tax credit you can drop them off at CodeChops through October 2013 and we’ll just schedule one pickup. Get rid of that old monitor, keyboard, HDD, CPU etc. and poof! We make it go away!

Meetups Coming Back Soon!

August 28th, 2013

It’s been a great and busy summer. With Fall coming soon, CodeChops is getting ready to start our Meetup Series again.

Our first couple of meetings will be “WTF Are You Working On!” It’s always nice to hear what projects folks are working on and who know’s, you might bump into someone who has a skill that you need.

If you cannot make the meeting but would like to present / guest speak at CodeChops please fill out this simple form below.

Why Downtown Eugene is A Cool Place to Work

January 15th, 2013

Recently the city of Eugene put together a little video about the revitalization of Downtown. This video pretty much tells you why Downtown Eugene is a cool place to work and do business.

[youtube width=”450″ height=”350″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou4vi7zD1yY[/youtube]

Tag Clouds

May 24th, 2012

I asked the current members what technologies they were using and the names of their clients.  Then I made some tag clouds using  http://www.wordle.net

 

 

 

 

Hosted Mixer in May

May 17th, 2012

We are hosting an after work mixer at 5:30 PM Thursday May 24th. Here is the Flyer.