In July of 2008 I started a co-working space here in DUMBO that over the years has grown from a 4 people space into a 50+ creative force called Studiomates. With our office building going condo, this beautiful chapter is coming to an end.
Over the past 7 years I have learned so much about what it takes and most of all, what defines a thriving co-working space. I believe in keeping the community small and carefully curated. I believe in balancing out the trades and skills of that the community members bring to the table. To me, a co-working space is about community, about being surrounded by folks that are talented at what they do, passionate, kind and low in ego. Being around my studiomates elevates my game. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of my studiomates. They made me feel safe and gave me confidence in moments of doubt. They pushed me when I needed to be pushed. And they were able to connect me with accountants, lawyers, printers, you name it when I needed it. The value of a likeminded community like Studiomates is hard to put into words.
I gave the next chapter of Studiomates a lot of thought and am thrilled to announce that 17 of us are moving to a new space in Boerum Hill in beginning of April. We are taking a floor in The Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill, joining the impressive artist community Lucien Zayan has so masterfully curated over the last 5 years.
The new space will have a lounge, a full kitchen, phone booths, a conference room. We are going to feel so grown up! Yay! Construction is starting mid February and move in date is end of March. Doors will officially open on April 1st.
We are currently taking applications for the remaining desks. (If you’re interested, apply quickly, the desks are almost all gone. Psst… Developers are high on our wish list!)
At this point we are Studiomates, starting April, we will be FRIENDS.
With all that I have planned for 2015, I might need a bigger boat, metaphorically speaking, of course. Happy new year to you all. Thanks for reading and taking part in this little (blog) world of mine. Also, happy my birthday to you!
(Illustration by Martina Flor)
Seriously thrilled about this TechCrunch feature on my temporary tattoo company Tattly.
This morning I got up early to watch MSNBC’s Your Business with the delightful JJ Ramberg. My heart was bursting of excitement when the above feature on Tattly came on. My little company on national television! What an exciting day!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Johnathan Fields, force behind the wonderful Good Life Project. Here’s our conversation:
I recently gave a talk at the wonderful 99u conference here in NYC and am thrilled to see it just went live. This is probably my most polished talk to date. Makes me happy. Hope you enjoy.
I had the pleasure to fly out to San Francisco for SF Design Week and appear as guest on Chase Jarvis LIVE. The fine folks behind CreativeLive work crazy fast as the conversation is already up on YouTube. How pro is Chase at this interview thing? Impressive, right? Hope you enjoy!
I am ridiculously excited to be today’s guest on Chase Jarvis LIVE.
You’ll be able to watch the Live Stream today, Wednesday, June 18th, noon SF time (3:00pm NYC time or 20:00 London) here: www.chasejarvis.com/live. It’s free — anyone can watch and Chase and his team will be taking your questions via Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #cjLIVE
UPDATE: You can watch the interview here.
Not familiar with Chase’s Live series? Check out some of the previous interviews, i.e with Brené Brown or the really insightful conversation with Tim Ferris. Chase is a famous photographer, entrepreneur extraordinnaire and founder/CEO of CreativeLive.
I was stuck on the highway yesterday and noticed a disco ball (!) on the side of the road.
A DISCO BALL!
How does one loose a disco ball on the highway? I can’t stop thinking about possible scenarios. Life is so wonderfully absurd at times, isn’t it?
Me: “What do you think I do at work all day?”
Ella (8): “Sit at your computer and laugh!”
Dead on. The fact, that Ella knows my job makes me happy, is the *best thing ever*. Now I just have to help her find her path…
Really honored to be a mentor in this year’s Shopify Build A Business Competition. As a previous winner, it’s really wonderful to be able to connect with and help new entrepreneurs. Did you start a e-commerce business this year? Built on Shopify? Make sure to enter the competition.
And thanks to Huffington Post for this feature.
Today Fast Company launched the Most Creative People in Business 1000, a resource that defines an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe.
They’ve dedicated a special section to the MCP 1000 on FastCompany.com and created profile pages for each MCP 1000 honoree, including biographical information, social streams, and an archive of Fast Company articles in which they are mentioned.
Ridiculously excited that I made the list.
YAY! I am so totally turning 40 today! And I am taking the day off, pampering myself to a fun day in NYC! Happy my birthday to you!
Thank you for reading my blog. Please accept a virtual hug.
A few months ago I had the absolute honor to attend the Do Lectures USA, a conference that was originally started by David and Clare Hieatt. I publicly admitted in 2010 that it was indeed my dream to attend one of these intimate retreat/conferences. Being invited to speak pushed me into complete happiness overload!
There’s nothing that compares to the 3 days I spent at Campovida with all the fine folks of the 2013 Do Lectures. If you have the chance to attend one of these, be it in Wales, California or now in Australia, do yourself a favor and just do it.
Last week they launched my talk in which I speak on the 4 core principles I base all of my life decisions on and why I believe in labors of love.
Make sure to dive into their talks archive. So many gems.
Thank you David and Clare for starting something truly beautiful.
PSFK has a lovely profile series called Free Radicals in which they profile ‘courageous creatives whose bold thinking freed them from business as usual”. I am honored that they believe I fall into this category. Managing editor Dory Carr-Harris sat down with me at Studiomates a few weeks and you can read the essence of our conversation in this blog post.
A big thank you goes to Catalina Kulczar who managed to so wonderfully portray Studiomates and Tattly.
I am so honored to be featured on Warby Parker’s fabulous blog. A big thank you to Liz Furze.
It’s been a little over a year since the CreativeMornings Kickstarter when we were humbled by the response from our 1200 backers. And today is the big day, where we unveil our new site. And yes, I am about to burst of excitement. I am incredibly moved by what CreativeMornings has turned into.
What started exactly five years ago in my studio has grown into a 57 chapter strong global organization, featuring speakers from Milton Glaser and Seth Godin to Jessica Hische and Erik Spiekermann. Obviously, I never could have imagined what CreativeMornings has become. Ever.
The new site was carefully handcrafted by my extraordinary studiomates of Oak Studios. And, in true CM spirit, the site translation into 10 languages was done by our chapter organizers! (You can change the language selection in the footer of the site)
The new website features include a full, searchable, sortable archive of every CreativeMornings talk. Every chapter now has a dedicated chapter sections to stay up to date with your local event. Take a look at Berlin for example. You now have the ability to live tag quotes from a video, post comments, save talks to watch later and ♥ favorite videos. But my favorite part of it all is the People section filled with attendee profiles from around the world. (Notice the ‘single’ filter? Grin!)
Today’s launch also marks the announcement of CM’s Official Partners: MailChimp, Shutterstock, and Squarespace. These like-minded companies support our growth and are a key reason why CreativeMornings can exist worldwide, for free. They make sure CreativeMornings is in good hands with an amazing full-time dedicated team: Kevin, Carly, Sally and Kate.
Enough with words! Have a look at the new site, play around, claim your username, and make a profile! This is only the beginning.
A big giant thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers that made this new site possible. An special thank you goes to 4ormat, Mailchimp, Squarespace, RISD and Andrew Zuckerman for the extra generous contribution.
A day ago our internets mysteriously broke down at the place we are staying here in Switzerland. This means, no blogging after the kids are in bed.
I typed this brief blog post on my iphone, half-annoyed and half-amazed. How incredible are these devices in our pockets? (I remember the days when I used to race home to check my email! )
This little family is not without internets for much longer as we will be traveling back to the U.S. on Thursday.
And, I’ll be back in the office on Friday with a rather spectacular announcement. I am bursting of excitement just thinking about it!
Until then! And, by the way, you look great today!
I am currently enjoying a family vacation in the Swiss Alps, which means postings will be light this and next week. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite online destinations that will keep you plenty entertained: Brain Pickings, Minimalissimo, Seth’s Blog, Kottke, Coudal, it’s nice that, but does it float, The Kid Should See This, Doobybrain, Laughing Squid, Explore, Co Design, Smitten Kitchen, design milk, the loop, it’s ok to be smart, 99u and a Cup of Jo.
Tina Roth Eisenberg – Like Knows Like from Like Knows Like on Vimeo.
The talented and wonderful folks behind Like Knows Like invited me to be part of one of their beautiful mini documentaries. Back in June, Bas and Marije visited me in Brooklyn and followed me around for a day. Like pretty much any Dutch person I’ve ever met, they are a delight to hang out with and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them.
And now that I’ve seen the result (above) I can’t help but feel a bit speechless. What a gift to be given such a wonderfully, personal mini documentary. G and my kids approve as well and it makes me so happy that all of them make an appearance.
Filmmaker Bas Berkhout and Photographer Marije Kuiper sure know what they’re doing. I wish I could watch a Like Knows Like on my parents. How precious would that be?
Check out all the other Like Knows Like documentaries! My personal favorite: Jessica Hische.
Swissmiss is turning 8 today! I can’t help but wonder what that amounts to in internet years!
Thank you for reading and happy my blog birthday to you!
That birthday cake is a creation of Ella (7), Parker (8) and Jen (29+).
I was expressing how much I respect Neil deGrasse Tyson to my team this morning. I ended my admiration-rant in saying “I wish I had a Neil deGrasse Tyson doll!” which prompted Bekka to swiftly Google just that, and five minutes later I had a paper doll of Neil with two outfit options on my desk. I love the internet, so much.
Also available are Carl Sagan and Jane Goodall.