• 29 Jul

    Tonight’s your last chance to hang out at OpenSpace with Joseph until 8pm- starting on Monday, August 1st, our hours will switch to 8am-6pm.

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  • 26 Jul

    Did you know that you can request OpenSpace Amenities, such as a locker or a parking space and now 24×7 Access!, all with the click of a mouse? Log into your account and click the Amenities tab at the top right.

    With the new time change, Unlimited Members can have 24×7 Access to OpenSpace, whether you’re working late or at 6am, it’s no additional charge (this doesn’t apply to Team or Occasional Plans. If you are on a Team or Occasional Plan and are interested, please see us at the Hello! Bar).

    If you are an Unlimited Member, just request 24×7 ACCESS under the “Amenities” tab when you login to your account online. For those of you who already have requested the 24×7 amenity, we will be hand-delivering your fob along with the link to the 24×7 Guidelines ( Basically, we just want to remind you to “play nice.”

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  • 26 Jul

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    Just a friendly reminder, this is the last week of our old business hours! Starting next Monday, August 1st, our new hours will be 8am-6pm, Monday through Friday.

    Want to work past 6pm? If you are an Unlimited Member, just request 24×7 ACCESS under the “Amenities” tab when you login to your account online. Not an Unlimited Member, but want to be one? Just login to your account online to change your plan!

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  • 21 Jul

    Wine bloggers! Looking for a quiet place to work during Screen shot 2011-07-21 at 1.31.53 PMthe Wine Bloggers Conference? Come by and see us today and tomorrow- show your credentials and get a Free Day Pass!

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  • 21 Jul

    For those who were unable to attend Monday’s event, the vote is in: Effectuation is one hot topic!

    OpenSpace hosted a vibrant group of over 50 individuals during our first talk on Effectual Entrepreneur Programs. Lead by our very own Ian Ayers, the evening session focused on Effectuation: Learning the Decision Framework of Expert Entrepreneurs, based on research done by Darden Business School’s Dr. Sarasvathy.

    This interactive group discussion – with the help of 6 entrepreneurial-minded audience members – was energizing. One by one, they pitched their business ideas to the crowd with ideas, suggestions, real-time feedback confirming that co-creation works! It truly was Effectuation in action!

    If you missed out on this awesome event, rest assured that there’s more to come! We’re working on establishing an ongoing schedule of Effectuation talks at OpenSpace.

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  • 20 Jul

    Here’s the story: You know that we love having our Screen shot 2011-07-20 at 4.26.39 PMOccasional Members here. However, we’ve started to get lonely after 6pm every day. So, we looked at the data and realized that over an 11 month period, only .05% (that’s not even one complete person) of our Occasional Members spent time with us after 6pm.

    You also know that we’re definitely into efficiency (as are most of us entrepreneurs and small business owners). So, after looking at the data, it only makes sense that we change our normal operating hours EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1ST to Monday – Friday, 8am to 6pm.

    Exception #1: If you already have something scheduled on the OpenSpace calendar for after 6pm, and you’re an Occasional member – not to worry. We’ll make sure your meeting goes off without a hitch (as usual).

    Exception #2: If you want to schedule something later than 6pm, just contact us at We’re happy to work with our members on a case-by-case basis.

    Want 24 x 7 Access? If you’re an Unlimited Member, just request 24×7 ACCESS under the “Amenities” tab when you login to your account online. Not an Unlimited Member, but want to be one? Just login to your account online to change your plan!

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  • 18 Jul

    Screen shot 2011-07-18 at 4.30.49 PMReminder! Come meet all of Charlottesville’s young and aspiring entrepreneurs at OpenSpace and learn how EXPERT entrepreneurs make decisions with the Effectuation workshop. It’s FREE and will be over by 6:15 or so. Swing by! Doors open at 5:00, talk will start at 5:30. Hope to see you there!

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  • 14 Jul

    Who: Ian & Chip

    At first glance, Chip Ransler andScreen shot 2011-07-14 at 4.30.28 PM Ian Ayers look relatively tame – maybe even harmless. But look closer, and you’ll see two dynamic Wahoos, saturated with an awesomely creative entrepreneurialism.

    While pursuing independent ventures, Chip and Ian also collectively focus on spreading a new theory of entrepreneurial thinking called effectuation. Ever wonder what distinguishes an average entrepreneur from a really, truly, great entrepreneur (like all of you OpenSpacers)? Well, a Darden professor named Sarasvathy conducted research and determined the answer for us.

    “[Master entrepreneurs] constantly assess how to use their personal strengths and whatever resources they have at hand to develop goals on the fly, while creatively reacting to contingencies.” –Inc. Magazine

    Inc. Magazine featured these results last February in an article called, “How Great Entrepreneurs Think.”

    Chip and Ian have since taken action to translate Sarasvathy’s findings into teachings. They did so by participating in the Society for Effectual Action, a common meeting ground for people working to “change the way entrepreneurship is taught and learned.” They’re making great waves in the business world, advancing effectuation over causal reasoning, one entrepreneur at a time. Pretty bold!

    Who: Ian AyeRs

    Not surprisingly, Ian’s latest business venture, Configment, further represents his interest in effectuation. Configment is loosely described as a ‘pre-startup workshop company’ that prototypes businesses in their earliest startup phase. Recognizing that ideas move forward best through a process of rapid co-creation, Ian ‘configures’ solutions for any startup problem based on existing means, preferring to assemble self-selecting partners and do the doable.

    Before jumping on the effectuation wave, Ian developed a background in tech-related ventures. He had founded and sold an ISP before finishing high school and eventually, as a systems engineer, found himself tinkering with the latest Internet protocols on projects for the NSA and CIA at L-3. Next, after running a business incubator in Sweden, he started an innovative talent recruiting company called Nova Global, where he assumed the role of CTO.

    Who: Chip Ransler

    Before enrolling in business school, Chip had a software (digital publishing) company for five years. Then he started a nonprofit called The Second Road, a supportive online community for people suffering from addiction. While in business school, Chip founded a power company in Rural India called Husk Power Systems. Though he’s no longer involved on a daily basis, Chip describes the experience as being pretty significant and life-altering. Check them out here in Fast Company Magazine — it’s an awesome read!

    Most recently, Chip collaborated with the Navy to change the way people interact with technology on submarines. He spent a whirlwind 2 days creating 12 concept designs in hopes of updating a nuclear sub control room. Then Chip studied potential real time challenges, and the ways people would interact with the room to overcome them. This 2-day challenge turned into something pretty remarkable: it is now run throughout the year as a totally new way to design ships.

    Why OpenSpace

    Ian and Chip agree that OpenSpace offers them freedom from the “mental stuckness” of working at home. They can break away from the “mental prison” and escape to a place that’s organized, open, dependable, smells nice, and is distracting at the right times. The serendipitous meetings they have had here have been an added perk.

    Chip notes that, “truly, there are connections that happened at OpenSpace that otherwise, I never would have made.” He and Ian see OpenSpace as providing a beneficial “creative ecosystem.” People elsewhere strive to create something like it, but only at OpenSpace does it become a reality. We think that’s pretty great!

    And for their final words? On working at OpenSpace: “From an economic standpoint, it easily makes sense. For the amount of water, nuts & internet I consume, I’m actually making money by being here.” Hmm.

    What You Might Not Know About Ian

    He was a professional cyclist for 3 years. And, remember those rickshaws that used to shuttle UVA students around grounds and downtown? Well, you can thank Ian. The Happy Rickshaw Company was his business.

    What You Might Not Know About Chip

    He played in a college band. That band was so good, in fact, that they placed second in the 1998 College Band Search… and landed a spot on Conan O’Brien. Nice! Chip was also a moderately early adapter of OpenSpace. He once carved out an area in our pantry to store his Kashi breakfast cereal.

    One final note …

    Always full of ideas that they’re not afraid to share, both Ian and Chip are “sick” drummers. They want to bring in dueling drum sets and battle it out at OpenSpace. Anybody game?

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  • 11 Jul

    Find out on Monday, July 18th!


    If scientists use the scientific method, what do entrepreneurs use?

    Why do expert entrepreneurs hate market research so much?

    Is your idea an opportunity just waiting to be found, or made?

    You can now supercharge your entrepreneurial IQ, thanks to intriguing research led by UVA Darden Business School’s Dr. Sarasvathy, which provides fundamental insights into how expert entrepreneurs think. After 10 years of research and over 50 publications, the word is officially out! Inc. magazine’s February cover article about effectuation, “How Great Entrepreneurs Think,” was its most popular of all-time!

    Effectuation: Learn the Decision Framework of Expert Entrepreneurs

    Monday, July 18th at OpenSpace

    Doors at 5pm, Talk starts promptly at 5:30pm

    (Sponsored by OpenSpace)

    RSVP requested (but not required) – let us know that we’ll see you by emailing us at

    The 45-minute session teaches powerful principles & tactics for both experienced entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs – and people who want to infuse their lives & work with an entrepreneur mind-set.

    You’ll learn:

    • What to do when prediction is impossible
    • The five principles of effectuation
    • How to achieve external propulsion
    • How to minimize risk in venture growth
    • How to co-create opportunities with partners
    • How to invite surprise into the startup process

    Attend this session if you wish to find out more about the special Effectual Intelligence coaching pilot program. There are only 3 spots in this program, and you need not have a business idea to apply. Individuals or startups of up to 10 people can apply. More information will be made available at the event.

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  • 01 Jul

    Reminder, we will be closed this coming Monday for the Fourth of July!

    But, that’s not say all you cool Unlimited members with 24×7 access can’t still work if you want to! Just remember to leave some time for all those cookouts and fireworks.

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