FamiLab Startup Culture!!!
Almost every time we're at the lab during the day, someone shows up, and eventually we realize we're all entrepreneurs. Most of us have started within the last few months, but some folks, like Les, Lance, and JohnSoucy, have been in the game for years and have tons of advice and support to offer.
I know of 5 RECENT startup companies just from lab members alone!
I realize downtown Orlando and UCF already does a ton to support startup culture, but I think we have something unique to offer. For one, their communities are sort of insular. They manage to accomplish a lot more than we have so far, but it's still many of the same people. In contrast, our lab is so open most of us don't even know all of the members
. In a way, that's a good thing! We can inspire people outside of our traditional groups to start companies, provide support, guidance, community, etc, and add to the existing startup culture in ORL. What I think we can do about this:Coworking:
Urban Rethink has a specific membership level of $108 for the 'coworking' membership. I'd like some formalization of the coworking culture at FamiLab, maybe not a new dues level, but an extra bullet point to the Maker level membership? Working space is often a struggle for startups, and Coworking Days!
People do coworking days at coffee shops and book stores downtown all the time. I wouldn't mind some nose-to-the-grindstone coworking buddies
A section on the website for FamiLab's startup culture. I want to write a blog post about FamiLab's Startup Days, but I am honestly just too busy with all my client work! Startup Days!
There's probably also room for a general startup meetup group. There are already startup and entrepreneur groups in Orlando, but many of them are on the business end of the stick. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but personally I want to see more socially awkward hackers stretching themselves and learning to change the world
. Who better to reach out to the lonely hackers of CFL than us! It's time to finally admit it
Central Florida IS a Tech Startup hub. There's no doubting it any longer.