I'm thinking of a mashup, maybe, of TinkerMill (our local makerspace-provides membership/volunteerism) crossed with NPR (provides individual sponsorship and business underwriting).
Why does this matter? Because our local news just no longer cuts it. It's not local, it's not community focused and it's gotten to the point where it's close to useless.
Yes, I'm aware that local news products meant to displace existing media has been tried before. Places like the for profit Backfence, funded with millions of dollars, failed. There are, of course, organizations that are trying to figure this out, but no real solutions seem to have come from it.
Those that are left, objectively, aren't doing a very good job of it. As an example: NPR and PBS. Both are very good at what they do, but, is there an NPR reporter in my home town? No. Have they done a story on my home town? The last one, I think, was in September of last…
So, our second board meeting for ClickCaster was yesterday. We had everyone in attendance: Myself and two of my folks (Pete and Marsha) and our directors, Brad, Niel, Jerry by phone, and a guest (David, one of our investors) who's likely to join the board shortly.
We went over some of the mechanics (approving the minutes from the last meeting with some input on how they should be short and highlight via bullet points what was discussed, how to best report finances consistently, etc.) and then went over the current state of the business.
This was an excellent discussion. We went over our activities over the last month such as development, new product capabilities, growth, status of existing customers and contracts, and results of interviews with potential customers but we spent the bulk of our time talking about where the business should go.
We looked at competition and determined we were well positioned. We looked at and discussed other companies our board members were familiar …
Lately, a bunch of people have been asking me about hackerspaces and makerspaces (same thing, different feel to the words, go with whatever you prefer).
I guess it's because I was a member of Denver's hackerspace (denhac) and on it's board of directors. I also started the Longmont Hackerspace (TinkerMill) in the spring of 2013 and have learned a bit about the current state of hackerspaces, getting them started and running them. This post is about starting the basics of how to start one with some specifics and some examples. I may do more on running them in the future, but for now.. just get started.
A bit of background:
There was a time, 5-6 years ago, when it was hard to get people to understand what a hackerspace was. That time is no more. It's significantly easier to start a hackerspace today than it was even a year ago.
The two things that have changed are awareness of what a hackerspace/makerspace is, and tools for gathering like minded folks to help get it g…