ThinkHouse Collective & Two Years of Bull

by Jeremy Maron on February 25, 2014

One of the events we do here at ThinkHouse that I just love is our weekly Bull Session. And I can’t believe that January marked its two year anniversary.

The Bull Session at full steam

The Bull Session at full steam

The concept was simple: host a meeting where ThinkHouse members and non-members can get together, share thoughts and ideas about doing business in Sacramento, and get feedback from each other. We started a Meetup Group, Sacramento’s Creative Class and got to work.

Over the two years, the group has evolved into two formats:

1. Nuts & Bolts

Nuts & bolts is the discussion centered around little (but important things) that it takes to run an independent business. Everything from effectively using your Facebook page to whether Groupons really work and the newest (and best) business apps. Attendees find this format really helpful. It’s a great reminder that as freelancers and independent business people we are not alone. There is a supportive, entrepreneurial community in Sacramento willing give you the benefit of their experience for the asking.

2. The Greater Discussion

The greater discussion is my favorite–we talk about Sacramento and the things we would like to see done in our town. From events and business practices to the Kings and development on K Street (or should I say, The Kay). These are the discussions that get heated. Lot’s of opinions and passions get expressed. It is great to see Sacramentans talking about their town on a higher level and with great aspirations. It inspires me.

In the two years that we have been hosting a weekly Bull Session–every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.–we have helped people transition from corporate work to freelancing; we’ve helped people find jobs; we’ve helped people brainstorm creative solutions to hurdles with marketing; we’ve connected people who created successful ventures together; we’ve supported people by creating a clean and safe space where all creatives can be as productive as possible. We have even seen Bull Sessions be successful on the other side of the world in Africa, which we’ll be posting about in the coming weeks.

What I love most about the Bull Session is that it creates an opportunity for people of different backgrounds, industries, and skill sets to come together in the spirit of community to help each other succeed.

It’s what I love about coworking.

It’s what I love about ThinkHouse Collective.

I invite you to come share that spirit with me. Attend one of our Bull Sessions. You just might find a beer or a glass of wine waiting for you. You definitely will find a community ready and willing to share their experience with you.

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