A new generation of community-based companies is just getting started. Think Kickstarter, Uber, NextDoor, etc. For these enterprises, community capital is becoming more important than venture capital. By bringing together and focusing the talents, skills, and values of our community, we believe that many more community-based enterprises will become possible. Parents building mobile apps that strengthen family ties, local journalists creating new media that informs and lifts a community, working mothers developing messaging platforms that connect families across generations, and doctors partnering with farmers to create food systems that strengthen local communities. These and other sorts of community-based innovations become possible when we start looking at companies through the lense of community valued interactions rather than market valued transactions.
This new way of thinking speaks to a need in all of us to participate in something larger than ourselves. Meaningful connections and working in a way that complements and supports our needs as parents, professionals, and investors rather than constantly struggling trying to balance life and work. How do we define success?
First and foremost, we take a growth mindset approach. Raising children, starting a business, changing careers, creating positive change, all of these are hard, ongoing challenges. The CoLaunchpad is a safe place to recognize these struggles, admit that everyone falls down at some point, and to learn from each other how to pick ourselves up and get better. We also share in each other's success. Most directly, we benefit from the shared learnings and positive interactions with other members.
We believe that family and community connections should be a source of strength, not a hindrance for pursuing personal and career goals. So we encourage you to bring the kids and invite them to engage in making a space of their own. The "Salon" building at the back of the property includes a multipurpose room that can be set aside for children during member events and workday hours. This building is next to the building with the workspace and meeting rooms. During some events and work hours we plan to have caregivers on site to help supervise and engage with your children. At other times we may ask for your help in making suitable arrangements. This is an area where we will really need to learn from you and each other how to best meet the needs of your whole family.