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09 Apr

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Leveling up the Reno Collective network

April 9, 2015 | By |

Reno Collective has been at the “Arlington fishbowl” location now for nearly two years. When we moved in we purchased what we thought were amazing wifi access points, selected the best broadband provider available and lit up some ethernet ports around the space so we could provide some ability to “wire in.”

However, with our new setup, we were seeing a problem. Many of our members work remotely. In doing so, they live and die by VOIP services, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting and other video/audio streaming services to run their business. We started to see a little blip every 15-20 minutes. After talking to a lot of people, this was not uncommon even at their homes with the same provider. The little blip was just enough to knock people off their video calls or kick developers off SSH server sessions. Obviously, this is not ideal for a workspace.

Upgrading the internals

We did another massive upgrade to our network to make sure that we weren’t causing our own issues. First we moved away from our Ubiquiti access points and moved to a much more impressive Meraki access point. Then we upgraded our switch and ran more ethernet cables to rooms that were most likely to use streaming services so we could get them off the wireless network. With all of these changes, we hoped we could made some kind of dent in the problem. Nope. After too many fruitless calls with our current broadband company, we started looking for a new service provider and figured it was time to look for someone who could provide us with a fiber connection.

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Solving the blip: time for a change

In our search for fiber, we discovered that fiber infrastructure was all around our location and potentially available from multiple service providers  but getting it to local businesses remains a “last mile” problem.

The last mile or last kilometer is a phrase used by the telecommunications, cable television and internet industries to refer to the final leg of the telecommunications networks delivering communications connectivity to retail customers, the part that actually reaches the customer.

In our case, it was more of a “last hundred feet” problem but even so, getting the fiber from underground and into the building was going to be extremely cost prohibitive.

We gave up on our quest for fiber until someone unexpectedly reached out to us and expressed interest in what we do for the community and the kind of work our awesome members do each and every day.

Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications & Reno Collective

We’re now excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications (PST) to solve the last mile problem. This will allow us to provide the highest quality service to all of our members and visitors for getting work done, hosting high-tech hackathons, streaming video presentations like TEDxReno, classes and meetups.

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“PST’s partnership with the Reno Collective is hopefully the beginning of a trend. We are very excited about this opportunity,” said PST General Manager, Bob Marshall.

PST has been amazing to work with so far and our entire experience has been a refreshing change to working with past providers and look forward to growing with them in the future. Full speed ahead!

01 Oct

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Kicking off “Meet the Members” with Jeff McDowell

October 1, 2014 | By |

We are so excited to kick off a new video series featuring our amazing members. One of our long-time members and resident video producer, Mike Henderson, has been building up a treasure trove of interviews with folks around the space to find out more about what they do, who they are and how they fell into coworking. Now it’s time to share those stories with the world!

Meet Jeff McDowell. As a remote QA engineer, he is responsible for ensuring the software released by Invision is a great experience for their customers.

20 May

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Introducing Reno Collective’s new logo

May 20, 2014 | By |

One Year in the Fishbowl

We’ve been in the “Fishbowl” for a whole year now. This also starts the six-month countdown to Reno Collective’s five-year anniversary of having a physical space full of talented people who are a part of the future of work. With our 5 year anniversary approaching, we’re excited to announce a new logo.

Elements & Meaning

The Reno Collective name is well known in the area so we decided to go with a simpler logo that allows us to use it in ways that were not possible with our old one.

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The atom represents the most basic unit of matter. Without them, all things can not exist. Enough atoms in the right conditions give way to new and exciting elements and compounds. It is only fitting for the atom to represent collaboration and collision frequency. Put a high density of talented people, companies and ideas into an environment with just the right conditions and new ideas, companies and products will spark into existence.

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The lightning bolt represents a catalyst that causes a reaction or some kind of interaction to occur. At Reno Collective, catalysts can be anyone who is making the space and community more open to serendipitous collisions.

Adaptability & Various Use of Elements

The new logo allows flexibility that we did not have with the old logo. We can now use the various elements: the atom, lightning bolt and wordmark, independently depending on the context in which the logo is being used. The workmark and lightning bolt will be used frequently in website footers or narrow areas. Our new signage and shirts will bear the full atom with variations of the wordmark. The lone lightning bolt, with or without the wordmark, can also be incorporated into collaborative projects with other organizations.

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Looking forward

In the next few weeks, we will be launching some new projects to further help you achieve your goals as independent freelancers and startups. We’ve been talking about some of them for a while so we’re excited to finally make those happen and get them into your hands. Keep your eye here for more details!

01 Nov

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Tis the season for events!

November 1, 2013 | By |

November is here! We’re very excited about what this month holds. Check out the events we are hosting here at the Reno Collective fishbowl, as well as a few great startup events that are happening in Reno!

NOVEMBER
8th – 10th: Node Knockout
11th: Benefit Corporation Workshop presented by B Lab
12th: Reno PHP meetup group
13th: Hacknight
14th: AIGA Reno-Tahoe Pixels of Fury
18th: Reno Javascript meetup group
20th: GirlMade demo day
22nd – 24th: Startup Weekend Reno
25th: Reno Ruby meetup group

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nodeknockout

Fri-Sun, November 8-10th

Node Knockout

Node Knockout is a 48-hour hackathon featuring node.js. It’s an online, virtual competition with contestants worldwide. The event is virtual but Reno Collective is also an on-site location if you’d like to come hack in person! Note: We will not be open 24/7 for this event.

Register and create your team at http://nodeknockout.com


blab

Monday, November 11th 5 – 7pm

Benefit Corporation presented by B Lab

Have you heard of benefit corporations and want to know more? Are you a mission-driven company that wants to bake your values into your legal DNA? Interested in learning about a new corporate structure available for NV businesses?

Register for free at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8875995341


renophp

Tuesday, November 12th 6 – 7pm

Reno PHP Meetup Group

Reno’s one and only PHP meetup group! Check out their website or follow them on Twitter


hacknight

Wednesday, November 13th 5:30 – 10pm

Hacknight

Free and open to the public. Call 775.391.0195 or email futureofwork@renocollective.com for more info.


pixels

Thursday, November 14th 5:30 – 10:30pm

AIGA Reno-Tahoe Pixels of Fury

As AIGA’s Official Sponsor for Creative Inspiration, Shutterstock challenges each “Pixels of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament” contestant to inspire every designer to learn something new. Reno/Tahoe area designers will compete in front of a live audience to conceive and create inspiring posters at breakneck speed. Under the gaze of local superstar judges, the pressure is on to answer the big design challenge: Whose inspiration shines brightest?

Register online. RC Members get a special membership so contact us for more info!


renojs

Monday, November 18th 6 – 7pm

Reno.js meetup group

Reno’s Javascript Meetup group. Come learn more about javascript and meet other fellow javascripters.

Reno JS Github and Reno JS Facebook


girlmade

Monday, November 20th, 7-9pm @ Southside Cultural Center

Girlmade Startup Demo Day

6 weeks, 5 teams, 50 mentors, 1 pitch. RSVP by email to hello@girlma.de and check out http://www.girlma.de


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Friday – Sunday, November 22nd – 24th @ The Freight House District

Startup Weekend Reno #2

Do you have what it takes to be part of a startup? Are you an idea person? Do you like to make things? When asked what you like to do on the weekends do you frequently answer with: “work on a dynamic team to build something great”? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions then you belong at Startup Weekend Reno.

Register by Friday the 8th of November using Discount Code “CollectiveEARLY10” and get 10% off.


renorb

Monday, November 25th 5:30-7.30pm

Reno.rb Meetup Group

The Biggest Little Ruby Brigade will be meeting and talking all things Ruby.