HPA Office Hours

We tried our first office hours today from 9-12 and it was a success. At least we think it was a success and we would like to do it again. However, we would like a location better than the Starbucks on Clark and Hubbard. Something with a little more space, and a little less noisy so we can interact better. Remember, this isn’t about us, it’s about you and your business plans.

 

Does anyone from the entrepreneur community have a place they think is a great place to hold office hours that’s in the city, central and easy to get to? Where do you think the best spot to host our next office hours is? Do you like the morning time, or would you prefer we change it up and have afternoon or evening hours? How often do you think we should do it? Quarterly? Monthly? Bi-Monthly? Weekly?

 

Thanks to all the entrepreneurs, angels and associates who made the trek out today in the rain. I hope it was worth it for the entrepreneurs. It certainly was for us.

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7 thoughts on “HPA Office Hours

  1. sharchristi says:

    Annette,<br><br>I have not responded at all today. I did earlier let them know for suggestions a place other than Starbucks and someplace where you can hear each other!<br><br>It was great to be with you as always. I am sorry if you feel it was a waste of time. Part of me feels the same way and the other I learned something.<br> <br>I feel you have a better chance to get funding from them for your endeavor. You have 15 years of success. I have almost 4 years of hell and not much to show for it.<br><br>Have a good eve and tell this Damn rain to go away! Enough already! Will talk soon.<br> <br>Much Love,<br>Christian

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  2. No suggestions on locations, because I’m fairly new to Chicago, but I’d suggest holding them weekly for a while. I suspect you’ll have high demand in the beginning. If you see that demand tapering, you could always cut back. So, with that said, when is the next round? I’d love to come by!Deb AroraHunybe Labs, Inc.http://angel.co/hunybe-labs

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  3. Investinabiz says:

    At least bi-monthly at a good coffee shop, not Starbcks.

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  4. jmavi44 says:

    If Excelerate Labs doesn’t work then the Gleacher Center would be good. I feel like coffee shops are more for individual meetings between 2 people only. I would like to see them either in the afternoon or the evening. I would try either monthly with a lot of your angels available to speak or bi-weekly with a smaller group. Thanks again for trying this. I appreciate that Jeff and Doug were willing to speak to an intern who didn’t know a lot of specifics and showed his nerves. You guys totally schooled me on start ups and angel investing in the short time we talked for and it was awesome!Thanks,Jesse

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