Cubicles 🚮 // Coworking 🔥🔥

July 25, 2017News

Cubicles suck. Enter: Coworking.

I think the fact that Buzzfeed put out an article of 54 ways to make your cubicle suck less is pretty telling. I’ve worked in plenty of cubicles in my short career and I’ve already had enough. When I moved into the coworking space at The eFactory, I felt like (spoiler alert) Andy at the end of Shawshank Redemption.


*Sidenote: I hesitated putting spoiler alert because if you haven’t seen Shawshank Redemption by now, you must hate movies.*

So why do I enjoy coworking? Here’s a couple of reasons why working in a coworking space is infinitely better than a cube farm.

Networking in a Comfortable Environment

We’ve all gone to networking events. I hate the feeling of forced conversation over bagels and coffee, people politely listening to your hot takes (pun intended, it’s mfing hot in Springfield) on the weather while scanning the room for someone more important to talk to; it’s a mess.

Working in a coworking space is super chill and allows you to meet people at your own pace. People in this environment are looking to collaborate and get to know one another. One of the best things about The eFactory’s coworking space is that you’re exposed to the many events that The eFactory puts on every month.

Coworking Kills Isolation

Oh, you freelance? It gets pretty lonely in coffee shops doesn’t it? Kinda loud too, huh?

Come join us. There’s something about working among a group of people that’s eerily calming even if you don’t know each other. I’ve found myself to be more productive working at my coworking desk than I do at home. I don’t have the urge to turn on Netflix, eat mindlessly, or pass out on my couch. This environment is perfect for fostering creativity and productivity.

It’s Like Having a Giant Office Building Without the Expense

If you’re just starting out your company but don’t want to shell out a crapton of money to rent out an office space, furniture, internet, coffee machines, lights, chairs, desks, etc. you should probably consider a space like ours.

Do It For the Culture

*shouts out to Migos*

Rather than subjecting my eyes to the painful views of cube farms, I see a field of sleek desks, standing desks, a pool table, a ping-pong table, beautiful art, and more. People here enjoy coming to work and you are plugged into an awesome community.

We do “Free Fridays” where you can come in and work at one of our desks on a Friday and see what the hype is all about.

Are you convinced yet?

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Speaker Series Recap: Reflections on Building a Creative Startup

July 6, 2017News

Culture Flock is local indie clothing and accessories brand located in downtown Springfield. They believe in equality for all, being kind to others, protecting our planet, and having fun everyday. This past week, they joined us at The eFactory to share their story and things that they have learned while building a creative startup.

Side note: Did you know that The eFactory has awesome events like this every month? Keep an eye out for our monthly Speaker Series on our Facebook page!

Summer and Brittney will tell you that they wish that had an awesome story of how Culture Flock started. They talked about how they were both at a transition point in their lives and it made sense to take the opportunity to start this clothing company.

They shared a series of lessons that they learned firsthand while starting their company. Here are a few of my favorites:

Moving Through Fear

Summer and Brittney spoke at length about what it felt like “moving through fear.” Culture Flock started by attending a local festival with only five designs. Five! This was the first time that they put their artwork out there in public to be critiqued.

Making Mistakes

Do not be afraid to make mistakes! There’s a bigger chance that you will learn more from your mistakes than you do your successes. Culture Flock can attest to this. Trial and error is really the best teacher.

Importance of Community

This was probably my favorite point that they made. Community is vital. Whether in business or in your personal life, there’s nothing like knowing you have a group of people that’s ready to have your back and support you in the things that you’re pursuing. Culture Flock raved about the art and creative community that is thriving in Springfield and they are honored to be a part of it!

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Huge shoutout to Culture Flock for coming over to The eFactory to speak. We loved having you!

Don’t miss any of our upcoming events at The eFactory!

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Member Spotlight: Double Jump Media

April 17, 2017News

Have you shopped at Ruby’s yet? Have you even heard about it?!

This post isn’t about Ruby’s but about the people who created this video. Double Jump Media is a video production company that services businesses and organizations that don’t have in-house video teams. After catching up with Ben Clayton, founder of Double Jump, it’s clear that they are doing something right.

“We answer the phone.”

Simple enough, right? When you ask Ben about the best advice he’s received in terms of starting a business, he talked about things like treating people right, developing genuine connections, and putting the customer first. This simple mantra has allowed Double Jump to land projects for national brands like Forbes, BNSF Railway, and DIY Network in addition to prominent local companies such as Murney Associates, Redneck Trailer Supplies, and Pyramid Foods.

As of right now, things are trending up for Double Jump but it wasn’t always like this.

“I started off working as a freelance videographer and things just didn’t work. Out of necessity, I transitioned into a full time job but after having a taste of working for myself I absolutely hated it. I decided to try my hand again at video production but this time, building a company instead of a freelance career. Eventually, business grew to where I could leave my job and focus on Double Jump full-time.”

Double Jump’s ascent started out in the corner of his guest bedroom, moved to the coworking space at The eFactory, and then into one of the private offices. This space has allowed Ben to grow his company to 4 people and have the ability to tackle new projects with increased efficiency.

Do you have any video needs for your company?

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Week 10 – Top 5 Ways You Can Help Cohort #2 This Week

April 10, 2017News

Oh, hey there, Week 10.

Demo Day is right around the corner and the companies are feverishly working on their presentations. Here’s a couple of things that you can do to help them out!

Make Some Room On Your Phones

If you’re looking for great restaurant deals in the Springfield area, download Reaction Surveys app available on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Sales Help!
Solely Jolie is looking for a commission-only sales person but before that, they want to know HOW people go about hiring a commission based sales force. If you’ve been in this position before and want to help out, please do!

Penne For Your Thoughts

(^^ you like that?) Are you awesome at cooking and want to share with the world? Get connected with Pull Up A Seat now!

Beta Users

Let’s Do Lunch is seeking Beta testers for their app! Beta testing will start next week.  Peep this video to learn more. 👇👇👇

 

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Week 9 – Top 5 Ways You Can Help Cohort #2 This Week

April 3, 2017News

Welcome to Week 9.

Here’s how you can better assist the accelerator companies! Side note: We’re 28 days away from Demo Day. GET YOUR TICKET!!

Mailing List
Apt Crowd wants you on their mailing list! Feel free to sign up to hear about all the progress that they are making.

Need A Coupon?
Reaction Surveys has officially launched! If you’re looking for great restaurant deals in the Springfield area, download their app available on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Sales Help!
Solely Jolie is looking for a commission-only sales person but before that, they want to know HOW people go about hiring a commission based sales force. If you’ve been in this position before and want to help out, please do!

Beta Users

Let’s Do Lunch is seeking Beta testers for their app!  Peep this video to learn more. 👇👇👇

 

Social Media Action
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Week 8 – Top 5 Ways You Can Help Cohort #2 This Week

March 28, 2017News

Week 8 is here. Here’s how you can better assist the accelerator companies! Side note: We’re less than 6 weeks away from Demo Day. GET YOUR TICKET!!

Mailing List
Apt Crowd wants you on their mailing list! Feel free to sign up to hear about all the progress that they are making.

Restaurants
Reaction Surveys has officially launched! If you’re looking for great restaurant deals in the Springfield area, download their app available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Sales Help!
Solely Jolie is looking for a commission-only sales person but before that, they want to know HOW people go about hiring a commission based sales force. If you’ve been in this position before and want to help out, please do!

Surveys
Let’s Do Lunch is super close to their survey goal. Help them out by taking this survey and pass it along to your peers!

Social Media Action
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Week 6 – Top 5 Ways You Can Help Cohort #2 This Week

March 13, 2017News

Week 5 ✔️. Time to get into how you can help Cohort #2. These companies are on the pursuit of greatness. LeBron James once said, “Greatness is defined by how much you want to put into what you do.” No one starts a company with the goal of mediocrity.

Here are some of the ways you can help Cohort #2 this week:

1. Sign-ups on sign-ups on sign-ups

Apt Crowd wants you on their mailing list! Feel free to sign up to hear about all the progress that they are making.

2. Survey Says!

Our friends over at Let’s Do Lunch are looking for feedback. Take this survey and pass it along to your peers!

3. Restaurants

What if I told you that instead of just giving away a coupon to drive traffic to your restaurant, you can also get inside your customer’s mind? Reaction Surveys is looking for more and more restaurants to join their movement. Their app allows you to fill out a survey for any participating restaurant and you’ll be gifted with a coupon.

4. Let’s Talk Sales

Solely Jolie is looking for a commission-only sales person but before that, they want to know HOW people go about hiring a commission-based sales team. If you’ve been in this position before and want to help out, please do!

5. Follow for follow (shout out to MySpace)

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Week 5 – Top 5 Ways You Can Help Cohort #2 This Week

March 8, 2017News

We’re on Week 5 of Cohort #2 of The eFactory Accelerator and if feels like we’ve only just begun!  We’re kicking off a new series on how YOU can help the accelerator companies. The purpose of this series is to gather pro-tips from those that have been there and done that.

The great American philosopher, Kanye West, once said “Reach for the stars so if you fall, you land on the clouds.” We’re all pursuing our dreams and reaching for the stars. This series hopes to aid in that quest.

1. Connections

It’s all about who you know, am I right? Two of our companies, Solely Jolíe  and Reaction, are looking for introductions. Solely Jolíe has developed a makeup palette that is the water-free solution to keeping makeup brushes clear and clean. They’re looking for connections to makeup retailers or someone connected with Ulta Beauty.

You know when you order your orange chicken combo from Panda Express and on the back of the receipt, there’s an option to fill out a survey for a free entrée but you never fill it out? Reaction has created an app to help solve this issue. Their app allows you to fill out a survey for any participating restaurants and you’ll get a coupon for your troubles. They’re looking for connections to restaurant owners and managers.

2. Feedback

Everyone wants to know how they’re doing. Our friends over at Let’s Do Lunch are looking for feedback. If you could take this survey and pass it along to your peers, you’d be our best friend.

3. Updates

If you’re ever wanting to know what’s going on with our accelerator companies, you’re in luck. Apt Crowd wants you on their mailing list! Feel free to sign up to hear about some upcoming exciting announcements.

4. Tips

Raise your hand if you’re incredible at all things marketing. 🙋 If you have any helpful information about connecting with distributors, effective branding, and things of that nature, Solely Jolie would love to hear from you!

5. (Social) Support

Did you know that seven in ten people use social media to connect with one another, engage with news content, share information and entertain themselves? If you’re reading this (most likely on your phone) and haven’t followed our companies on social media, stop what you’re doing and do it.

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The eFactory Partners with CoxHealth on Second CoxHealth Innovation Accelerator

January 23, 2017News

Media opportunity: Come watch the CoxHealth Innovation Accelerator in action on Tuesday, Jan. 24 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (while teams develop their ideas) at The eFactory. Please call 417-813-8915 if you plan to attend. CoxHealth leadership will be available for interviews.

In 2016, the first CoxHealth Innovation Accelerator brought 50 employees – from entry-level to executive – together to share their ideas for how the health system could be more innovative in its way of working. Due to the success of last year’s event, the second annual Innovation Accelerator is set to begin today.

“We were thrilled with the ideas everyone brought to the table during last year’s event,” says Scott Rogers, CoxHealth’s system director for Performance Integration and Innovation. “They really offered a new, ‘outside-the-box’ perspective that resulted in concepts that we wanted to implement.”

Many of those ideas saw follow through: More than 20 percent of the ideas pitched during the 2016 event have been, or will be, implemented. An example is the winning idea – offering delivery service to health system employees from the newly rebranded CoxHealth Pharmacy – which has been launched to great success.

“Employees are thrilled that this service is now available to them, and it’s something that might never have come about if not for the innovation accelerator,” says Rogers. Many other ideas, including those on clinic flow and expansion of other ancillary health care services, are still in the pilot phase and continue to be developed.

2017’s Innovation Accelerator is shaping up to offer more great ideas. Practically speaking, here’s how it works: Employees applied for the event, after which 50 were selected to participate. Those people will gather at The eFactory on January 23 and 24, each given one minute to present their best idea for innovative improvement.

After that, the participants will select between 5 and 7 of the top ideas to workshop with the help of local business coaches, all of whom are members of the CoxHealth Board of Directors:

  • Churck Chalender, agent with American Family Insurance
  • Kurt Hellweg, chairman of International Dehydrated Foods and American Dehydrated Foods
  • Jim Hutcheson, president of Jim Hutcheson Realtors, Inc.
  • Bob McDowell, owner of McDowell Consulting LLC

The next afternoon, each group will present their idea to CoxHealth leadership including Steve Edwards (president and CEO), Jake McWay (CFO), William Mahoney (president of Cox Medical Center Branson) and Karen Kramer (CNO). They will be joined by Joe Turner, J.D., president and CEO of Great Southern Bank and chairman of the CoxHealth Board of Directors, and Jack Prim, executive chairman of Jack Henry & Associates, who is also a member of the CoxHealth Board of Directors.

Ultimately, 2017’s winning ideas – as well as others suggested – will likely become implemented throughout the CoxHealth system. “One of our goals is to always improve, and the results of this event will offer a new way to do that,” says Rogers. “Based on last year’s success, we’re even more excited about what 2017’s event will bring.”

The eFactory is proud to partner with CoxHealth on this innovative event.

Introducing The eFactory Accelerator Cohort #2

January 12, 2017News

We’re excited to announce the companies in Cohort #2 in The eFactory Accelerator that will begin February 6th.

Apt Crowd (Founder – Chad Boschert) is a solution focused text analytics company targeting engineering technical communities. They apply advanced text analytics algorithms that improve Q&A forum outcomes by connecting users with quicker answers, expert users, and relevant vendors.

Let’s Do Lunch (Founder – Hector Cruz) is an effective and efficient way to strategically and intentionally organize all of the important personal and business lunches people should be having.

Pull Up A Seat (Founder – Camille Baker) is a private community marketplace that allows people to find on-demand home cooking for anyone, by anyone.

Reaction (Founder – Stuart Emerson) is a mobile first survey platform seeking to make surveys quick and easy. Surveys take place in the store, on the customer’s mobile device, and offer instant savings.

Solely Jolie (Founder – Amy Blansit) is a water-free solution to keeping makeup brushes clear and clean.

Apt Crowd, Let’s Do Lunch and Solely Jolie are local companies. Pull Up A Seat is relocating from Orlando, FL and Reaction is relocating from Birmingham, AL.

We will be hosting an open house to introduce the accelerator companies (free and open to everyone) on Monday, February 6th from 5-7 pm at The eFactory. Demo Day for Cohort #2 will take place on Monday, May 1st at 10 am at The Gallery at the Gillioz Theatre (free and open to everyone).

You can read the full press release here.

Introducing Rosie

September 2, 2016News

Rosie_Final-01We are excited to announce the launch of Rosie! We’re partnering with The Network on this initiative to help support, assist and serve as an advocate network for current and prospective female founders, business owners and leaders in the Greater Springfield area.

The goal of Rosie is to help connect, partner, collaborate and continue to increase the support and access to resources for women as it relates to professional development, business assistance and leadership. “I’m excited to be able to put additional resources into helping current and prospective female business owners and leaders in Springfield. As a female cofounder of a tech startup, I have greatly benefited from advocates and mentors and want to bring that same support system to other women in our community,” said Rachel Anderson, Entrepreneurial Specialist at The eFactory.

The Missouri State University Foundation received a $10,000 grant from Women’s Foundation for The eFactory to make this initiative possible. “We are very honored to be a recipient of a grant from Women’s Foundation. They have been part of meaningful initiatives producing real change in promoting equality and opportunity for women. It is great to have their involvement in Springfield,” said Anderson.

As a Rosie member, you will be connected to an advocate and mentorship network, business and professional development resources, events, board training and a board pipeline program. “As a leading resource for young professionals in Springfield, The Network is excited to partner with The eFactory for Rosie. The opportunity to connect young women to a network of founders and business leaders for inspiration and mentorship aligns directly with our mission of retaining and engaging great young professionals in our region,” said Paige Oxendine, Program Coordinator for The Network, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rosie is for ALL ages and backgrounds. If you are a current or prospective female founder, business owner or leader in the Greater Springfield area, you should join and be connected with a network of amazing women.

Members are invited to attend the Rosie Launch Party on November 17th from 4-6 pm at The eFactory. Register here (free).

Read the full press release here.

Apply to be part of Rosie!

Introducing The eFactory Accelerator Cohort #1

July 28, 2016News

We’re excited to announce the companies in The eFactory Accelerator Cohort #1! Meet The Daily Scholar, Eagle Speak, MOFIN Labs and ShopZeely.

The Daily Scholar is a comprehensive publication cloud-based software solution for education, businesses and professionals.

Eagle Speak is a unique communication platform for businesses and teams. Unlike most communication applications, it runs behind the scenes, allowing seamless communication without interrupting your concentration or workflow.

MOFIN Labs build solutions for financial institutions to better serve their customers. MOFIN utilizes a research and development business model to build targeted niche solutions for the financial industry space. By providing a laboratory where financial institutions can submit ideas for development and have them group funded they are building what they want at a lower cost.

ShopZeely is an interactive video based platform that allows users to browse and shop for goods at physical stores in real time. Users get a personal shopper to navigate through the shopping venue to show all items available in real time and users are able to make purchases from their mobile device instantly.

The eFactory will be hosting an open house to introduce the accelerator companies (open to everyone) on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 5-7 pm. RSVP here.

The Accelerator program runs from August 1st until late October and will conclude with a Demo Day showcasing the companies in Cohort #1. You can read the full press release here.