As the start-up community in Dallas continues to grow and mature, more events are starting to take place where entrepreneurs, those aspiring to start companies and others who are curious and want to learn more come together to share ideas and conversations. This morning, many gathered at the Global Peace Coffee Factory in Frisco to do just that. The event is called Open Coffee Club (OCC) (in Dallas, affectionately called #BigDOCC) and it originated in Boulder, Colorado – home to a buzzing start-up community and the renowned TechStars incubator.
Michael Sitarzewski, originally from Dallas – transplanted to Boulder and back again – is the seed to this recurring event. OCC will happen weekly and rotate between the north area of Dallas and the south/central area of Dallas. Next week, OCC will be held at Ascension located on Oak Lawn Avenue in the Design District on Tuesday September 10 at 8:00am. Going forward, the event will be every week; alternating between central Dallas and North Dallas in the locations noted above.
The event is simple –
- New people introduce themselves and tell how they came to know about the event
- Any open positions with companies related to the attendees are shared openly
- Current items of interest in the tech or start-up community are discussed
The process builds camaraderie and gets the day moving. The meeting/event lasts until 9:00 am with a hard stop then. As Michael said this morning – “We could all sit here and talk for another 2-3 hours about anything and everything, but we all have things to do.”
And off everyone went…until next time!!
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