First Hand Advice

First Hand Advice

When Is It Time to ‘Graduate’ From Co-Working to Your Own Office??

SeatGeek's Space at General Assembly, image by Dan Frommer

This is a guest post from SeatGeek co-founder Russell D’Souza.

Prior to moving offices in early June, SeatGeek worked first out of Soho Haven (now Projective Space) and then at General Assembly, two shared office spaces in New York. In the early days of SeatGeek, shared office space was a complete no-brainer, but what was much less clear was when to “graduate” to our own office space. Since many startups have been asking us about this of late, I thought we’d break down some of the criteria we evaluated when making this decision. Read More

First Hand Advice

How to Biz Dev in the Dog Days of Summer

That comic book filter does wonders for the abs

This is a guest post by Alex Taub, who leads business development and partnerships at Aviary. He blogs at

So you’re stuck in NYC for the last two weeks of August (and survived the earthquake/hurricane/tornado/zombie-pocalypse). You work at a startup in business development and don’t want to be dead weight as the summer comes to an end. You could probably convince your CEO that drink-up is a totally worthwhile use of your afternoon, but be honest with yourself, all the important folks are already checking in to their favorite clam shacks out in Montauk and the Hamptons. Here is a list of five things you can do to actually be productive in the dog days of summer. Read More