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Re: La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

nsours.larson
 

Thanks for this, Rob. I really appreciate your organization and leadership on these issues.

Nicole

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On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 3:32 PM Nikki Francis <nikki@...> wrote:
Thank you for your time to attend and for the feedback Rob.

-Nikki Francis

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 2:26 PM Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

 Thanks for your interest and support @Wendy Kitts@Peter Scheir  and @Nikki Mayer 

The meeting was interesting - certainly a good networking opportunity if nothing else.

It was hosted by Mission Edge, the Columbia Venture Community and the Honor Foundation. I knew a little bit about Mission Edge - they provide consulting services to non-profit organizations and I had arranged for their CEO to speak at this year's San Diego Startup Week. I didn't know anything about the Columbia Venture Community though.   It is made up of alumni of Columbia University in New York City - apparently there are several thousand of them here in San Diego and this is a new group here in San Diego.

Nor had I heard of the Honor Foundation.   It provides training for U.S. Special Forces - like Navy Seals - who have left the military and want to start careers in business. That struck me as rather strange - why just special forces? Aren't they the elite of the military? The facility was super nice but I wondered if normal grunts who leave the military have the same opportunity. I am sure there is some reasoning behind this but I wasn't able to talk to anyone in that organization.

As for the presentation there was lots of good information - the main one being from Mission Ventures that provides financing for social ventures. My take was though that most of the projects they support were a little too "picture perfect" - a non-profit that provides markets for artists in Africa and business development for Somali immigrants. Good stuff- but I was left with the impression that something was missing and there should have been projects that were more broadly inclusive.

Also, I had gone to their (now defunct) Meetup group about six months ago and realized they were trying to serve three fairly distinct groups. Non-profit organizations - some of which are fairly big and well funded, philanthropists and investors who want to support social ventures, and entrepreneurs who may have ideas or small startups in the social venture space. These three groups have different interests, and it will take more than a meeting once a year to find common ground and get them connected.

All in all though it was a good meeting - I learned quite a bit, met some interesting people and had some good wine and food. This is probably something to keep an eye on. The social venture community in San Diego is not well established yet so it will be interesting to see how things develop.  

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NIKKI FRANCIS
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Agent Leadership Council
Keller Williams Realty La Jolla
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Re: La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

Nikki Francis <nikki@...>
 

Thank you for your time to attend and for the feedback Rob.

-Nikki Francis

On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 2:26 PM Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

 Thanks for your interest and support @Wendy Kitts@Peter Scheir  and @Nikki Mayer 

The meeting was interesting - certainly a good networking opportunity if nothing else.

It was hosted by Mission Edge, the Columbia Venture Community and the Honor Foundation. I knew a little bit about Mission Edge - they provide consulting services to non-profit organizations and I had arranged for their CEO to speak at this year's San Diego Startup Week. I didn't know anything about the Columbia Venture Community though.   It is made up of alumni of Columbia University in New York City - apparently there are several thousand of them here in San Diego and this is a new group here in San Diego.

Nor had I heard of the Honor Foundation.   It provides training for U.S. Special Forces - like Navy Seals - who have left the military and want to start careers in business. That struck me as rather strange - why just special forces? Aren't they the elite of the military? The facility was super nice but I wondered if normal grunts who leave the military have the same opportunity. I am sure there is some reasoning behind this but I wasn't able to talk to anyone in that organization.

As for the presentation there was lots of good information - the main one being from Mission Ventures that provides financing for social ventures. My take was though that most of the projects they support were a little too "picture perfect" - a non-profit that provides markets for artists in Africa and business development for Somali immigrants. Good stuff- but I was left with the impression that something was missing and there should have been projects that were more broadly inclusive.

Also, I had gone to their (now defunct) Meetup group about six months ago and realized they were trying to serve three fairly distinct groups. Non-profit organizations - some of which are fairly big and well funded, philanthropists and investors who want to support social ventures, and entrepreneurs who may have ideas or small startups in the social venture space. These three groups have different interests, and it will take more than a meeting once a year to find common ground and get them connected.

All in all though it was a good meeting - I learned quite a bit, met some interesting people and had some good wine and food. This is probably something to keep an eye on. The social venture community in San Diego is not well established yet so it will be interesting to see how things develop.  

honor 1.jpg
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NIKKI FRANCIS
Broker Associate
Agent Leadership Council
Keller Williams Realty La Jolla
Luxury Homes International/ Commercial
7817 Ivanhoe La Jolla CA 92037
CALBre1951844
619 634 4330


Remote Workers Meetup #coworking #meetings #remote

 

This is a new Meetup group that I think has an interesting concept and might be worth checking out. It is for people who primarily work "remotely" - which applies to many (but by no means all) self-employed professionals. They meet in different coffee shops around San Diego so that people who usually work alone have a chance to meet other remote workers. It is not a big group but the founders seem dedicated to what they are doing and have even designed an app (now in beta) for coworking in coffee shops around town.

Their next coworking session is Wednesday, December 5th at Lestat's Coffee in Hillcrest from 9am till noon. Follow them on Meetup.com if you are interested and come back and let us know how it went.

https://www.meetup.com/fleqs-co/events/256780559/?rv=me1&_xtd=gatlbWFpbF9jbGlja9oAJGI2OGM2MTZmLTljNzQtNDQyYS1hMzA0LTcyYjJkNDE1YWVjNA


Re: La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

 

 Thanks for your interest and support @Wendy Kitts@Peter Scheir  and @Nikki Mayer 

The meeting was interesting - certainly a good networking opportunity if nothing else.

It was hosted by Mission Edge, the Columbia Venture Community and the Honor Foundation. I knew a little bit about Mission Edge - they provide consulting services to non-profit organizations and I had arranged for their CEO to speak at this year's San Diego Startup Week. I didn't know anything about the Columbia Venture Community though.   It is made up of alumni of Columbia University in New York City - apparently there are several thousand of them here in San Diego and this is a new group here in San Diego.

Nor had I heard of the Honor Foundation.   It provides training for U.S. Special Forces - like Navy Seals - who have left the military and want to start careers in business. That struck me as rather strange - why just special forces? Aren't they the elite of the military? The facility was super nice but I wondered if normal grunts who leave the military have the same opportunity. I am sure there is some reasoning behind this but I wasn't able to talk to anyone in that organization.

As for the presentation there was lots of good information - the main one being from Mission Ventures that provides financing for social ventures. My take was though that most of the projects they support were a little too "picture perfect" - a non-profit that provides markets for artists in Africa and business development for Somali immigrants. Good stuff- but I was left with the impression that something was missing and there should have been projects that were more broadly inclusive.

Also, I had gone to their (now defunct) Meetup group about six months ago and realized they were trying to serve three fairly distinct groups. Non-profit organizations - some of which are fairly big and well funded, philanthropists and investors who want to support social ventures, and entrepreneurs who may have ideas or small startups in the social venture space. These three groups have different interests, and it will take more than a meeting once a year to find common ground and get them connected.

All in all though it was a good meeting - I learned quite a bit, met some interesting people and had some good wine and food. This is probably something to keep an eye on. The social venture community in San Diego is not well established yet so it will be interesting to see how things develop.  

honor 1.jpg


Re: La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

nikkimayer
 

Appreciate the head up Rob. Unfortunately my client appreciation event is tomorrow eve. If anyone discovers something of interest, I don’t mind the short notice so post as desired.

On Nov 27, 2018, at 4:45 PM, Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

Really short notice - this is tomorrow early evening - but I think I am going to go to this.   It is about social entrepreneurship and impact investment   It is being put on by Columbia Venture Community and Mission Edge and looks like they have some interesting speakers lined up.  It's $25 - and like most of you I prefer free - but this includes dinner and drinks and it looks like there will be some interesting people there.   Here is the Eventbrite link for more information ot to buy tickets.  Please let me know if you are thinking of going.  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cvc-sd-making-money-with-meaning-business-as-a-force-for-good-tickets-51674728504

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Re: La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

Peter Scheir
 

Thanks Rob, though I can't make this it's very interesting and I love that you continue sending these sorts of opportunities, it's a great service!


Peter Scheir
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AuthentiBrand Inc.

On 11/27/2018 4:45 PM, Rob Gordon wrote:
Really short notice - this is tomorrow early evening - but I think I am going to go to this.   It is about social entrepreneurship and impact investment   It is being put on by Columbia Venture Community and Mission Edge and looks like they have some interesting speakers lined up.  It's $25 - and like most of you I prefer free - but this includes dinner and drinks and it looks like there will be some interesting people there.   Here is the Eventbrite link for more information ot to buy tickets.  Please let me know if you are thinking of going.  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cvc-sd-making-money-with-meaning-business-as-a-force-for-good-tickets-51674728504


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Re: La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

Wendy Lynn Kitts <info@...>
 

Thanks for sharing, Rob – can’t make it though, have a class.

 

Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien

 

From: sdibp@groups.io [mailto:sdibp@groups.io] On Behalf Of Rob Gordon
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 4:45 PM
To: sdibp@groups.io
Subject: [SDIBP] La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

 

Really short notice - this is tomorrow early evening - but I think I am going to go to this.   It is about social entrepreneurship and impact investment   It is being put on by Columbia Venture Community and Mission Edge and looks like they have some interesting speakers lined up.  It's $25 - and like most of you I prefer free - but this includes dinner and drinks and it looks like there will be some interesting people there.   Here is the Eventbrite link for more information ot to buy tickets.  Please let me know if you are thinking of going.  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cvc-sd-making-money-with-meaning-business-as-a-force-for-good-tickets-51674728504


La Jolla Innovation Meetup: Social Enterprise - business as a force for good #events

 

Really short notice - this is tomorrow early evening - but I think I am going to go to this.   It is about social entrepreneurship and impact investment   It is being put on by Columbia Venture Community and Mission Edge and looks like they have some interesting speakers lined up.  It's $25 - and like most of you I prefer free - but this includes dinner and drinks and it looks like there will be some interesting people there.   Here is the Eventbrite link for more information ot to buy tickets.  Please let me know if you are thinking of going.  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cvc-sd-making-money-with-meaning-business-as-a-force-for-good-tickets-51674728504


New platform for independent business professionals #open

 

Hi Everyone -

Thanks for sticking with us during this transition to a new platform This is the replacement for the Google Group used by BASE (Beach Area Self-Employed). That group is still active, and still meets monthly in Pacific Beach (with the exception of December) but this service is being opened up to all self-employed and independent professionals in the greater San Diego region.

This was happening anyway. As I mentioned ino my last message people already were driving from other parts of the county to come to our meetings, but in a region as geographically spread out as San Diego that is inconvenient at best. This will hopefully let us have better discussions and information exchange between meetings and for those in other parts of San Diego.

To accommodate this change the name of this online group is being changed to "San Diego Independent Business Professionals" - which is a bit long but captures the diverse nature of our member base. Messages from this group will show up with [SDIBP] preceding the subject line so you can use your email filters as you see fit. In addition, there are a large number of user controls so you can manage what you see from this group - including the ability to mute threads and topics that don't interest you.

The discussions on this platform are organized by hashtags which are put right at the end of the subject line - like a tweet. We have predefined about 30 tags we think cover just about everything that could be of interest to independent professionals that you can see at this link, but you can also make upi your own: https://groups.io/g/sdibp/hashtags These tags are not required, however, and they can even be added after the post has been published so don't be shy about posting here - anything related to self-employed or independent professionals is "on topic".

This is just the first step - now that we have this initial group transferred we can invite more people over time, and there are other services we will likely add later - for example a Slack integration that could make it even more useful. There are bound to be some glitches - but this should be much better for discussions and information exchange. Let me know if you have any ideas or questions.

Rob Gordon


Yesterday's BASE meeting

 

Hi Everyone,

We had a nice meeting of the Beach Area Self-Employed group yesterday.  Ten people were at the meeting - about average for this group, but the discussion was really interesting - people seemed to open up about what they are doing and what they need.  

Tamira Benitez, the representative of the Small Business Development Centers gave a nice presentation and engaged everyone who was at the meeting.   She addressed many of the concerns I had from an earlier attempt to work with this agency specifically:

1.  That their services were "one off" - meaning you just got one meeting with an "expert' who gave advice about our business.  I am convinced that this approach simply doesn't work and that any kind of business help needs to be part of an ongoing process.  She made it clear that you could have multiple meetings with different experts there.  

2. That you would just be given one meeting with a counselor assigned to you and if it doesn't work tough cookies.  This seems to be one of the problems with the SCORE program that a few people mentioned at our previous meeting.   They now seem to have more flexibility in letting you select the counselor who is best for you.

3. That you would only have access to one person.  They have 12 advisors on staff and other experts - marketing, finance, technology, etc - as well as relationships with other agencies with expertise in government contracting and international trade that they can tap into.  They say they will make these experts available to you as needed.

4.  That you have to travel to meet with them.  San Diego SBDC is headquartered in South San Diego near the border.  Even the closest office to us on the USD campus is not all that easy to get to.   While doing the first meeting in person is probably a good idea, Tamira made it clear that follow on consultations can be done by phone, email or video conference.

They also seemed more understanding of the environment many self-employed people face - often with multiple projects, ventures and gigs hammered together to make things work.   I am not sure they are quite there yet but they do seem to better understand the realities many of self-employed people face. To book an appointment with SBDC visit this link http://sdivSBDC.org - be sure to come back and let us know how it went.

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As I mentioned there will be no meeting in December - that month is just too crazy for most people, so the next meeting will be January 10th - same place, Charlie's Best Bread, as long as they will have us.

As I also mentioned though, I would like to put together something better for online communication and discussions.  While Google Groups does have some decent features, that really never happened here so I don't think there is much to lose in trying something else.   I have selected a platform called groups.io - it has much better user controls plus integration with Slack and a few other features I like.  I believe I can do this transfer without anyone needing to take any action but if you would like to get an early start and help us test please request an account at this link: https://groups.io/g/sdip  

For those I don't hear from until next year, I wish you great holidays and wonderful success in business and all you do.

Rob Gordon

Phone Number:     858-848-5001
Business Email:     rob@...
Website URL:        http://Action.Associates    

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