For our next post in our “5 Questions With” series we talk to Nicholas Andryc of FullBottle Group. FullBottle Group uses data science to help brands target the right audience with social video campaigns.
FullBottle Group, and my title is Account Executive. I work with brands helping them understand and use social video platforms to authentically connect with their consumers through top performing influencers.
TruMaker. Interesting concept that could benefit marketing to millennials on platforms like Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Not only is it blocks from where I live, but also the best neighborhood on the north side.
Old Town Pour House.
Learn more about FullBottle Group at www.fullbottlegroup.com.
For our next post in our “5 Questions With” series we talk to Adam Marshand, Outreach Director at Educators 4 Excellence.
Educators 4 Excellence is a teacher-founded, teacher-led organization focused on ensuring the voices and ideas of teachers shape the policies that impact their classrooms and careers. My role as an Outreach Director is to organize like-minded teachers who believe that education policy is created without a critical voice at the table—the voice of classroom teachers, and who want to lend their voice to proposing policies that would better work for their students and their profession.
We enjoy meeting with any companies who share our work space but would be most interested in any companies that works in the education sphere, or anybody who work with teachers
Rocking out to music, a friendly smile from one of our Assemble neighbors, and sharing a Zen Moment every Monday. Any day where we are able to visit teachers in schools is a guaranteed productive and rewarding day.
The convenience of CTA and this workspace is amazing! As a group that was here early on, we’ve been so impressed with the upgrades, decorating, and thoughtfulness put into this great workspace. The lake view is also something we’re happy about. Also as a new non-profit to Chicago, it helps that we’re able to have our members here and join us for events (not always an option when we were downtown).
Answers from our three Outreach Directors
Adam: In Lakeview there is a quaint Irish pub called Brendan’s which is cozy, comfy, welcoming—who wouldn’t love it? I’ve celebrated my birthday there for 3 years now!
Becca: I always like to venture down to iO Chicago to perform or watch improve comedy. You can always find a good laugh there 🙂
Felicia: Rajun Cajun in Hyde Park is my go to spot for some delicious grub. The tandoori chicken and the veggie samosas are amazing and perfect for a day at nearby Nichols Park.
Learn more about Educators 4 Excellence by visiting their web site at www.educators4excellence.org
For our next post in our “5 Questions With” series, we talk to Kristen Opsahl of k101 Agency.
k101 Agency, I serve as Senior Publicist for our Chicago location. I oversee PR, Social Media and Marketing for every account and manage the entire Chicago team.
k101 Agency is an integrative marketing and PR agency, we help clients create and cultivate new brands and assist those who are already established turn UP the volume. Our services were specifically designed to launch and promote lifestyle brands to their target markets and speak to them in a language they understand. We offer a wide variety of services – from traditional advertising to virtual solutions – to help our clients stay relevant in today’s complex marketing landscape.
I would love to learn more about what everyone does. I am particularly interested in the company next door, their logo isn’t printed outside their door, so mysterious!
Comfy clothes, if it were socially acceptable to come to work in footie pajamas… I would. Podcasts, there is some form of Adam Carolla talking in my ear at all times. A little tuneage, usually a 90’s mix with the occasional show-tunes takeover. And when all else fails anything caffeinated and/or carbonated.
The food! So many options, so little room for my waistline to grow…
Speaking of… I am obsessed with The Berkshire Room for a quiet drink and intimate conversation. And for a good meal I love Nico Osteria, the lobster spaghetti will change your life.
Learn more about k101 Agency at their web site, k101agency.com.
For our latest post in our “5 Questions With” series, we talk to Dan Salganik of ParadigmNEXT.
Hello! My name is Dan Salganik and I am the Project manager at ParadigmNEXT, a digital branding and marketing consulting company. My job is to oversee operations and make sure that all of our projects run smoothly and efficiently. No two days are ever the same at Paradigm.
ParadigmNEXT works with companies ranging from start-ups to multi-national corporations on building their digital presence. We begin by learning as much as possible about your organization, your industry, your customer, and you. After that, we help lay out a marketing and digital plan based upon your goals. Once we establish a plan, we then implement it to the highest degree of quality. We have worked with building and designing mobile apps, websites, company branding, company development, search engine optimization, social media, and so much more.
We would definitely be interested in talking to everyone here at the office. Co-working spaces are all about working together to build out our companies and helping each other grow. We dedicated all of our hallway-facing windows so that people can write about their companies, resolutions for the company, social tags, etc…! Stop by and say hello!*
*We will be adding a write-up on it to the ParadigmNEXT Blog.
Music. Most days here are quite hectic and we are doing 50 things at once. I think music can really set a tone or mood for the workplace so we typically play music that the whole team enjoys. I would also include just having that drive to come into work and do your best each day. It’s all about learning, self-improvement, and making waves!
I love this neighborhood. I didn’t think I would end up working walking distance from the my college! I would say some of the best perks of the neighborhood are the convenience to everything- whether it is food, public transportation, the beach, or anything else, you are always centrally located.
Personally, I head to the West Loop and West Town because the bars and the food in the neighborhood are great. I think that the the environment is perfect at many of the local restaurants and bars there.
Learn more about ParadigmNEXT at their web site, www.paradigmnext.com.
We spoke with Teresa Mui, founder and president of Art of Freedom, for our latest post in our “5 Questions With” series.
Art of Freedom is a non-profit humanitarian organization that creates awareness of human trafficking through art and fashion, providing lasting solutions and effective means for the prevention of trafficking and to empower victims who are most vulnerable and at risk.
Art of Freedom. I am the founder and president of the organization.
I don’t have one company in mind. I do like to connect with other members in the space. I am an advocate in helping one another to succeed and grow together in business.
Early in the morning, create a list of important priorities and phone calls for the day.
Parking accessibility, CVS runs for items and Treasure Island for good food.
Slurping turtle is a great spot of a good bowl of seasoned brussels sprouts, spiced ramen noodles and to close the meal with vanilla puff ice cream. Fig and Olive for brunch is a good option for ambience and great crafted fancy food. Howl at the moon, Bub city or Second City are my picks for a good fun night out.
Learn more about Art of Freedom by visiting their web site at aof-chicago.org.
Our “5 Questions With” series highlights one of Assemble’s members. We ask all members who participate the same five questions. For our latest post in our “5 Questions With” series we spoke with Justin Apuli of Caviar.
Caviar, Inc. (acquired by Square, Inc. in August of 2014). Caviar partners with the best local restaurants to delivery favorite foods across each of our markets. Caviar provides the infrastructure for delivery that many restaurants don’t have the time to set up for themselves providing an additional revenue source. At Assemble, Caviar Chicago’s team is comprised of two General Managers and one Operations Manager. Stop by!
We’d love to learn about every company at Assemble! Let’s grow the community.
Fresh jams and a hot cup of coffee.
We have the hustle and bustle of the Loop without the traffic or congestion.
XOCO (which can be delivered on Caviar!). Great drink? Anywhere with an empty seat, Lagunitas on tap, and a TV to watch the games.
Learn more about Caviar at their web site, www.trycaviar.com.
We spoke with Chris Hartman from SpaceWays for our latest post in our “5 Questions With” series. SpaceWays provides Chicagoans with on-demand, valet self storage services.
I lead the Chicago market for SpaceWays, an on-demand, valet storage service. At SpaceWays, we provide a simple on-demand storage solution that no longer requires customers to haul stuff back and forth to a self-storage facility.
Here’s how it works: simply go to www.spaceways.com and indicate how many storage boxes you need or which bulky items (golf clubs, skis, etc.) you want to store and our drivers will deliver heavy-duty containers to your doorstep. When you are finished packing the boxes all your items are collected and stored in SpaceWays secure facility. When you want your items back, simply request a return delivery through our website and you’ll have everything back within 24 hours.
We’re always up for chatting to likeminded individuals from other companies, especially startups who operate in similar circumstances. We’re all facing unique challenges but also have some common themes and success stories to share – so any knowledge exchange or networking opportunities is very important to us. A couple we would be interested in learning more about are for instance Mobile Doorman and Postmates.
A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and regular exercise are always a great start. Organization and structure, at least from a schedule standpoint, can provide focus to my day. I try to place time blocks on my calendar for specific tasks such as: proactive phone calls, follow up emails, expense reports, etc. Having the time block allows me to focus on that task exclusive rather than several tasks in tandem.
The Gold Coast/Old Town neighborhood offers many conveniences. There are numerous restaurants, coffee shops, fitness facilities and retail stores all within a short walking distance. Public transportation is abundant and cabs are regularly in the area.
This is a tough question! Chicago is a wonderful city, full of great nightlife and amazing restaurants. That said, a few of my favorite restaurants are Antique Taco, Farmhouse, Piece Pizza, Trenchermen and GT Fish & Oyster.
Learn more about SpaceWays at their web site, www.spaceways.com.
Assemble recently welcomed Windy City Lab to our shared office. Windy City Lab is an iOS development shop and digital technology learning center. They develop applications for iOS devices and also provide workshops for individuals of all-ages to teach them how to prototype and build Internet of Things (IoT) devices, robots, etc.
We caught up with Kevin McQuown, the founder of Windy City Labs, right before they moved into Assemble. Below are his answers to our five questions.
Windy City Lab. My role is the founder.
Not sure of the mix yet as I haven’t quite moved in yet. Will be moving in on Monday.
Quiet workspace to work, coffee, pleasant surroundings.
Convenience to public transportation, places to eat for lunch.
Learn more about Windy City Lab by visiting their web site at thewindycitylab.com.
Welcome to our second post in our “5 Questions With” series, where we showcase an Assemble member by asking them a handful of questions.
For this post we’re featuring Graham Gilbert of Mobile Doorman. Mobile Doorman provides branded, mobile-focused resident communication tools for student housing, multifamily apartments and condos.
Mobile Doorman. I do a bit of everything: a handful of marketing and PR, a splash of customer service, a pinch of product development, and a dash of sales.
Educators 4 Excellence. They have nothing to do with our business but I’m always curious about innovation in education.
Waking up at the end of a sleep cycle.
It’s not downtown.
A spinning class at Go Cycle followed by sushi from Bob San.
Learn more about Mobile Doorman at their web site, www.mobiledoormanapp.com.
We’re excited to announce our new blog series, “5 Questions With”. Each post in the series will feature a member of Assemble answering five questions. We hope this new series will allow you to learn more about the many great companies working out of Assemble’s shared offices.
For the first post in the series, Gillian Wu of Postmates answers our questions.
Our company’s name is Postmates. Dan and I are Courier Community Managers – we handle Postmate’s daily operations in Chicago.
Postmates is an on-demand app-based delivery service. We deliver anything from any restaurant or store in Chicago 24/7 in less than an hour. You’ve probably seen members of our fleet in and out of the office, and our training sessions in the conference room!
SpaceWays sounds awesome! Our office is pretty crowded and storage on-demand sounds like a really good solution! Plus, we could definitely partner for storage box deliveries. Match made in heaven.
Biking into work every day is how we wake up! We also like working while jamming out to good music, too. And mixing it up- working in a new spot, rearranging our schedule, all of that keeps us productive. Also, cookies.
We love how central and convenient the location is. Can’t wait for the summer when we can head straight to the beach after work!
Nothing better than leaving the office early and hitting the arcade. Headquarters Beercade has a ton of great craft beer and free pinball and arcade games for times when we just want to hang out.
Learn more about Postmates by visiting their site at postmates.com.