Free Coworking Drop-in Week

January 11, 2010 in Announcements

All this week, come work at the Reno Collective for free! We’re offering free drop-ins all week from 8am to 6pm. No appointments or reservations needed- just show up, grab a cup of coffee, plug in your laptop and crank away!

So far, we’ve had a broad range of people trying out the community, so you’re bound to meet a few new faces you might be collaborating with in the future!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment!

The Collective will open in ONE WEEK!

December 28, 2009 in Announcements

From Concept to Implementation

And so it begins- what began as a dream while working days in a coffeeshop booth has now become a reality. The Reno Collective will be opening in the first week of January at 250 Bell St., otherwise known as the Cathexes building!

We’re extremely excited to announce this, as Colin and I have been wrestling for the last year and a half to secure a building, generate interest and find the funds to open the doors.

Come Check out Our Digs

So, while we work to ready our space for the community, you should come down and check it out! We may be putting furniture together or working on Lively Labs projects, but Colin and I are available to take you on a tour! Either contact us via twitter, email, or phone (775-393-9560) and we’ll make sure we’re ready for you.

Give us a test drive

All next week, starting January 4th, you can come in to work at the collective for free! No drop-in fees, no contracts- just stop by, plug your laptop in and go to it. Just stop by any time from 9am to 5pm and we’ll show you around and then set you up in our cafe membership area.

Watch out for more!

We’ve got a launch party scheduled for January 21st here at 250 Bell, and next week we’ll be having a open house on the evening of the 7th. In addition, we’ve already got the next Reno Ignite coming up on January 14th and many more community events in the works!

Thank you to the Reno tech community, as well as the coworking community at large, who have all given us your generous support as we’ve worked to get this started.

Canceled: Freelance Camp Reno on November 7th

October 23, 2009 in Announcements, Events

We unfortunately must announce that Freelance Camp Reno-Tahoe 2009 has been canceled due to only a small number of registrations for the event. Anyone who already registered will receive a refund this week.

The event will be rescheduled for sometime in the spring so we hope you can join us then!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Colin Loretz at

Reno Collective Benefit Show at Amendment 21

June 30, 2009 in Events


Mike and Nate over at Amendment 21 have been more than good to us as we’ve collaborated on events in the past such as the themed bar crawls, geek nights and Lunch 2.0. We are now doing a benefit show on August 1st featuring Black Rock City All Stars and Bohemian Burlesque.

The all-ages event will kick-off outside Amendment 21 at 7pm with Black Rock City All Stars, hula hoopers, Bohemian Burlesque, booths from local community organizations, and more. At 10pm, we’ll bring the party inside for a 21+ performance by Bohemian Burlesque.


Get in the door with a $5 donation that will help us develop and continue hosting wonderful resources and events for the Reno community. Drink specials include $5 PBJ’s.

Come join us for some fun and learn more about Reno Collective and how you can help make Reno a better place to live, work, and, of course, play!

Downtown Reno – A Place to Live, Work and Play

June 25, 2009 in Announcements, Coworking

A great video created by the City of Reno. This is exactly why we have been working so hard to bring coworking to Downtown Reno through the Reno Collective.

“The lastest renaissance in downtown Reno began in the late 90s when City leaders focused on revitalizing the Truckee River corridor. The vision was to create a downtown where residents would live, work and play. This video highlights residents who are living the new downtown experience everyday through their investment in a condominium, business or leisure activity. The redevelopment agency completed a number of projects, including retrac, century riverside theater, palladio, special events center, ballroom, city plaza, whitewater park , west street market and other attractions.”

37 Signals: Natural evolution from side project to full-time business

June 25, 2009 in Entrepreneurship

37 Signals is known for advocating solopreneurs, side projects, freelancing, and more. They also have observed the natural progression that occurs in starting a side project WHILE still at a full-time gig and how that project can evolve into a full-time job or product. Basecamp started out as a side project for DHH with 37 Signals and look how far it has come.

“And it’s true that building a business requires plenty of time and effort. But the idea that you need to quit your job to do it right is misguided. If you quit your job, you shift everything. You don’t gain time, you lose it. You put a shot clock on your business. You box yourself into a position where you have to profit immediately or the whole thing goes under. You’ve got to make it work now or give up forever.”

Read More at 37 Signals’ Signal vs. Noise

Reno to join the Lunch 2.0 movement at Amendment21 this Thursday

May 27, 2009 in Announcements

Want to learn about SEO, Web Architecture and Social Media? Next Thursday, you’ll get the chance at Amendment21 as they host Lunch 2.0.

For those who don’t know, Lunch 2.0 began as a bunch of Silicon Valley techies who began crashing tech companies’ cafeterias to scarf free food and socialize- and morphed into a business lunch with a tech bent. The San Francisco Chronicle describes the luncheon with the following:

…a small group of high-tech go-getters, determined to get inside Silicon Valley companies, decided to reinaugurate the business lunch. They created a loose-knit community in search of a free lunch — and social interactions with their peers. They call it Lunch 2.0. Their slogan: “We really want to eat your lunch.” Read on for more info >>

This techie lunch may not occur at a free cafeteria, but it’s being hosted at one of our favorite places to eat and talk tech. Hosted by Reno Passport, this luncheon will feature Tommy Inglis, describing the organic growth of through the use of WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and other tools. As the developers of the Reno Passport website and close friends of both the Passport and the Amendment 21, the Reno Collective is very excited about this new tech event in Reno.

So don’t miss out on Lunch 2.0 next Thursday at the Amendment 21. We’ll see you there!

For more info and to RSVP, please go to the Facebook Event here.


Announcing LaidOffCamp and FreelanceCamp Reno

May 20, 2009 in Announcements, Entrepreneurship

Reno Collective is very excited to announce that both LaidOffCamp and Freelance Camp are coming to the Reno-Tahoe area. LaidOffCamp and Freelance Camp are ad-hoc gatherings of unemployed and self-employed people (including entrepreneurs and startups) who want to share ideas and learn from each other. We believe that this will be a great event to help individuals find or create jobs for themselves amidst our struggling economy. An exact date and venue for the event are still being determined.



Job Search & Freelance Tips

10 Reasons that Freelance Camp Ruled

Freelance Switch

Northern Nevada Unemployment in the News

“Jacobs was among the estimated 3,000 who had turned out by noon – some with young children in tow – in search of one of the 700 jobs expected to be available when the $1.2 billion Legends at Sparks Marina shopping and entertainment center begins to open this summer.

Sponsors said they expected two to three times that number by the time the event was to end at 7 p.m. in a state where unemployment climbed to 10.4 percent in March, the highest in a quarter century.”

Thousands at job fair for Legends at Sparks Marina [via Forbes]

Want to help in sponsoring LaidOffCamp Reno?

There are many opportunities to sponsor the first-ever LaidOffCamp and FreelanceCamp Reno. Please contact us via our contact page if you are interested.

Sponsorship of LaidOffCamp can include volunteering for the organization and execution of the event, presenting a session, or corporate fiscal sponsorships of $250 and $500.

Corporate sponsors, depending on tier level, will be granted promotion on the following:

  • Website
  • Event Schedule
  • All Marketing and PR Materials
  • Email lists hitting over 3,000 business owners
  • Blogs Posts and Articles
  • T-shirts
  • Sponsor signage at the event
  • A short timeslot at the beginning of the event to promote your company
  • Distribute of promotional materials for discussion and networking

WordCamp San Francisco on May 30th

May 19, 2009 in Events

The Reno-Tahoe WordCamp that took place in April was very successful and now a caravan of WordPress geeks will be heading down to San Francisco for the weekend of May 30th to attend WordCamp San Francisco.

I personally look forward to attending the conference because I didn’t get to enjoy the speakers as much as I could have while trying to orchestrate our Reno-Tahoe event. There are a few things we’re working on that we look forward to sharing while we’re down there.

Are you going to be at WordCamp SF? Follow us on Twitter and come find us!