Fred Medlin recently tipped me off to a great idea from Seattle called Noonhat.
It’s the business lunch equivalent of a blind date. You enter your email address and location, and a day that works for you, and Noonhat automatically pairs you up with other people in the same area.
I think this is a great way for like-minded individuals to connect. It doesn’t appear as though many folks from Raleigh are signed up yet, so I didn’t get a date… If you feel like breaking up my pity-party, sign up for Noonhat…
There are a number of other ideas out there like the OpenCoffee Club that I think have a lot of value.
These small social interactions are the building blocks that can lead to vibrant and strong local community. It takes some commitment from people to actually show up a few times, but I for one think it’s worth the investment.
So in the spirit of building the community and my Coloradofication post, I’m open to having lunch with anyone in the RTP area that is an entrepreneur or is thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. You can reach me through the contact form on the home page of our website.
We need to build a this community. Are you in?
Thanks for giving Noonhat a try, and mentioning it in your blog! Hopefully other people nearby will sign up soon. If the do, you should get another email letting you know.
Thanks for stopping by. Noonhat is a great idea — a nice complement to the other ideas out there. I have a couple of thoughts for you — will email them shortly.
Hey Nick, you know I’m definitely interested in community building in the RTP area, especially where it concerns startups and entrepreneurship. I’ve love to sit down and have lunch with you (and others) sometime soon and chat about what things we can do.
Shoot me an email, or give me a call if you’d like to set something up.
Heh. That’s what I get for getting so behind on reading blogs. I’d be interested in lunch sometime too.
If I’d read this in a timely fashion, I would have just tried to tag along with Phil, but he tells me you already had lunch. But, just feel free to e-mail me and if you’re still open we can figure out a time.