Reno Collective Version 3.0 Coming in June

May 16, 2013 in Announcements

Been hearing rumors that the collective is moving? Curious about the quiet here on our own little blog? Well it’s time to end the silence and say

Let’s Dance!

We’ll be moving our feet down the street to our new digs at 100 N Arlington Suite 100, a.k.a Arlington Towers, a.k.a. “the Fishbowl” at the end of the month, with all our space powers focused on a June 3rd opening. Our members are rallying, the furniture and toys are piling up, excitement is building. We’re going to make a splash in our bowl by the river downtown if we have our way.

Fishbowl Front

Curiosity piqued? We’ve got new membership plans posted and parking arranged at the parking gallery next to Silver Peak brewery. If you want to know more contact us and stay tuned!

Town Hall Meeting on July 13

July 11, 2012 in Announcements

It’s been six months since our last Town Hall meeting and a lot has happened around the Ol’ Collective. Members have come and gone, bills have been paid, art shows have opened, paintings have been put up and taken down, Colin and crew came back, and flowers were planted out front (Thanks Jared!).

Let’s get together this Friday and talk about what has been going on and what we have planned. We’ve got a couple of big announcements to make and we’d love to have you involved.

When: Friday, June 13, 2012 @ 6:30PM
Where: Reno Collective Upstairs
Why: The Collective is changing and growing
Who: Members and Non-members are welcome

Let me know if you have any questions or specific items you’d like to discuss at the meeting.

Collective Desk #9: Rigorous Proof

June 6, 2012 in Announcements, Events

I’ll know I’ve really made my way when there are lots of boys who want to see me naked.


I’m just goofing on Rigorous Proof’s single, “Carolina,” but all silliness aside – the boys have some chops. Heavy on the reverb and peppered with distortion, it’ll be interesting to see the group’s acoustic adaptation for CDC9 this Friday at 5 p.m. at Reno Collective.

Come on down. We can have some Beer:30 action at 4:30 p.m. then listen and watch these Reno locals put on a groovtacular show for us.

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Collective Desk #7: The Deadly Gallows

May 8, 2012 in Announcements

Got scurvy? Well, The Deadly Gallows just might have it too.

Whether or not you’re getting the right amount of citrus in your diet, come down to The Collective for Beer:30 and CDC #7 – with one of Reno’s own land-lubbin’ pirate bands.

Sure we’re not at sea, and yeah, they’ll be unplugged, but close your eyes and imagine you’re hoisting the mizzenmast. That’s a thing, right? The mizzenmast?

The Deadly Gallows have been rocking Reno since 2008 – like true pirates, they’re born out of recession. The quartet are forever in search of booty to plunder, so leave your treasures at home.


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Collective Desk #6: The Kanes

April 27, 2012 in Announcements

In a punk-rock river run dry, The Kanes just keep swimming. The Reno band boasts a home-grown punk feel with some psychedelic overtones. Come see them at the Collective Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m.–as per usual–for CDC #6 and yes, just like The Kanes, Collective Desk Concerts keep on keeping on.

If you like music, bring your ears. If you like punk rock, gel up that safety hawk and squeeze into those tight pants (Don). If you like psychedelic overtones, well, that’s just, your opinion, man.

Come down and celebrate CDC’s melodious mission to bring local bands up close and in your face. Have a beer at Beer:30 (every Friday at 4:30 p.m.) and hang out with the collective crew and the guys from The Kanes.

Afterparty TBA.

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Andrew Chang: In The Eyes of a Stranger

April 25, 2012 in Announcements

We are very proud and excited to have some new art hanging in the space. UNR’s Andrew Chang will be showing “In The Eyes of a Stranger” from April 25th – May 9th. This photographic exhibition is an editorialized exaggeration of the duality of man and how we never truly know a person – whether they be family members, friends or significant others – until we take a closer look into their eyes.

Andrew says, “For me, I’ve always learned from experience that the eyes of a person can tell you everything you probably need to know about them. Eyes have the power to reveal, to inspire, to envy, to confide in, to withdraw, or the power to conceal – making it that much harder to trust the people around us. Have you ever met somebody that seemed great on the surface, but as time went by their true identity revealed itself as being otherwise? I think all of us can relate to this concept on some level.”

“I’ve had many examples in my life where that has happened to me and during those encounters I managed to look into their eyes and I saw a completely different person from the one I knew before. It’s amazing how such a small organ of the body has the ability to yield such power for discernment. Which begs the question, how do we truly know which eyes to trust especially if our eyes hold such power to go either way for good or for evil? Every day, we make these moral judgments about the eyes of the ‘strangers’ around us and in return we have to decide – at some point – for ourselves whether to stay in contact with that person or to run away from them. My project is an exploration of that social phenomenon about the ‘strangers’ in our lives and how the eyes truly are the windows to the soul.”

Heady stuff, eh? Andrew came in over the weekend and now we have thirteen pairs of eyes peering out from the South and East upstairs walls. The show opening is tonight from 8PM to 10PM and you can enjoy his artwork anytime you come by the Collective until May 9th.

Calling all RNO Nightowls

April 3, 2012 in Announcements

You “wake up” after the sun has set. Your best work happens when the rest of Reno is in bed. The glow of your laptop screen fuels late night hack sessions. Your brain just functions better in the dark.

Did any of that sound familiar? Yeah, you’re a Nightowl.

Until now you’ve had to labor away in your kitchen or den into the wee hours of the morning but starting Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 (that’s tomorrow!) you can stay up late with us! You see, Flash Mallach, our resident denizen of the night, wants you to know you’re not alone. He is convinced that there is a small cadre of you that shun the ball o’flame in the sky and still crave the same collaborative environment the day-walkers enjoy.

With that in mind, he has arranged to host a Reno Collective Nightowl night every Wednesday from 6PM til 12AM. Wednesdays are already pretty busy around here so we thought “why not finish the day with a bang?”. Nightowl nights also coincide with Hacknights every month which allows us to keep the doors open even later for the hacking.

So, Nightowls start every Wednesday at 6PM and go until 12AM. This event is included with your Reno Collective membership. Not a member? (You should fix that!) If you come in after 6PM the drop-in rate will be $5. We’ll keep the doors open for a couple of hours then you’ll need to use the doorbell to get in.

See you Wednesday night?

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The Collective Crew

February 8, 2012 in Announcements, Profiles

If you’re familiar with the Collective at all, you’ve probably met or at least heard of its fearless founder Colin Loretz. And maybe you’re now wondering why you haven’t seen him around as much. He’s not a fictional character that we made up – he’s just off on a new adventure. Colin and Collective Co-Manager Chris Yoder are off building up a technology company in an undisclosed place in the US. (OK, it’s Texas) Knowing them, we know they’ll be highly successful and will be returning in April to a ticker tape parade, or at least a handful of confetti as they walk through the doors of the Collective.

In the meantime, two illustrious Collective members are running the show. Don Morrison and John Jusayan were integral in setting up the first annual Hack4Reno back in October and the Collective wouldn’t be the same without them. If you haven’t met them both, say hi next time you see them and in the meantime, here’s an informal introduction.

John @jrbj



John Jusayan helps manage the Reno Collective and writes iOS and Mac apps for his company, Treeness. A UNR alumnus, he earned a B.A. in Creative writing and an M.A. in Computer Science while attending there. In what remains of his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, and listening to music. He’s lived in Reno since 2000, after falling in love with the place.



Don @elskwid



Don Morrison works with Amphora Research Systems and is a community manager at the Reno Collective. He is a family man and long-time denizen of Reno, Nevada. He spends his time programming, mostly in Ruby, and drumming, mostly on DW drums. He loves Reno, open data and has a new love affair with the martial art Aikido.


Reno Collective Town Hall Recap

December 21, 2011 in Announcements

The Reno Collective Town Hall was held on Dec. 15. We had equal parts members and non-members in attendance. (Lots of people from Hack4Reno!) Here’s a recap of the announcements we made, topics we discussed and some insight into our vision for the future of Reno Collective.

Reno Collective by the numbers

  • 2 year anniversary in January
  • At our 2nd building, 3600 sqft – moved in January 2011
  • 46 members in the arts, tech and social good

Key points from the Town Hall

  • Colin will no longer be managing the space starting in January as he is temporarily relocating to San Antonio for 3 months to a start a new company that will be relocated back to Reno in April.
  • Don Morrison (@elskwid) and John Jusayan (@jrbj) will be managing the space starting in January
  • Reno Collective is transitioning to a non-profit organization by the end of January 2012.
  • We are exploring funding options through local and federal grant programs
  • New proposed membership plans and prices have been created for 2012 (to be announced shortly)
  • Reno Collective exists outside of the “recession” – we started in the recession and we are still open
  • Several members are contributing significant amounts of money on a monthly basis to pay the bills
  • No one has ever made money from the Reno Collective company
  • We are introducing 2 new conference rooms as of Jan 1
  • An audio/visual studio will be available by February for video and audio work, editing, podcasting, etc.
  • We are reaching out to organizations and community resources for partnerships and collaboration.
  • Developing systems to help answer key business questions: membership levels, income, etc
  • Better automation for building access and security

Keeping the Lights On

As mentioned above, Reno Collective is not making enough money to pay our monthly expenses. Several members have stepped forward to help the Collective through this transition. The Reno Collective is currently open because of significant, monthly contributions from Colin, John, Don and Chris but we are within arm’s reach of being entirely sustainable. While this assistance is not a long-term solution, it does allow this important resource to continue to function. We think the Collective is very, very important and we’re keeping it going. It is common for coworking spaces to not reach break even until after their 2nd year of operation which is pretty much spot on for us.

Recent Fervor for Economic Development

If you’ve been paying attention to our area recently, you have probably noticed that there is a lot of discussion around economic development. Look even closer and you’ll see that this discussion is not just between our elected officials and companies in town. It is taking place amongst the people! We believe that we can have a positive impact on the economic future of this region and are actively pursuing funding to help make this belief a reality.

We see Reno Collective as a model for economic development that puts the focus on opportunity identification, talent incubation, and member support. We are in a great position to be among the first to hear about new opportunities and initiatives in and around our area. We have a core group of extremely diverse and talented members that can mentor, guide and support new companies and ideas. Who better to provide support for people that want to build something for themselves than members of Reno Collective?

Creating an Open Source Community

Most organizations and companies are structured as a hierarchy. Reno Collective is not. We are a community. A collective. Or at least we want to be. This has always been our goal but it’s something that we haven’t done as well as we had hoped. Moving forward, this organizational structure will be a priority. We are going to practice what we have been preaching – we want the Reno Collective members to help shape the future of the Collective. We are transforming the Reno Collective into a decentralized, open source project that allows anyone to contribute at any level. Help grow the community, the workspace, our events and classes.

What does this mean?

Reno Collective is going to be an open source project as soon as we are officially a non-profit organization. Reno Collective will be managed by Don and John – they will make sure the bills are paid, and keep the power, internet and of course, caffeine flowing. To this day, not a single person has been paid a salary to run Reno Collective. It has always been a volunteer organization – we’re just making it official.

Who decides what events/classes occur? What about the direction of the Collective as a whole? Who will pick what projects are started? The answer is: You. Want to see a class taught or have skills you want to share? Create the class, get members to pitch in and make it happen. Do you feel like you’d be a great mentor? Do it. Think the building should be wired with ethernet? Looks like we’ll be having a wire pulling party! If you’re great at speaking to media, we’d love to have you involved in promoting community events and the successes of our members.

Open Direction

The direction of the Collective should reflect the direction of the community and the members within. If we have more technical members that are driving us to do projects and outreach, the Collective will be more technical. If we are full of artists, perhaps we’ll focus more on artistic projects and support. It’s up to us.

Open Dollars and Cents

We value the “open” part of open source and to us it is synonymous with transparency. In keeping with that key tenant, we are going to be transparent about everything. Where we get our money, where that money goes, the impact of our funds, etc. All open for anyone to see.

Open Membership

We are introducing new membership levels to make Reno Collective fit more types of work schedules and be flexible enough to make sure our members love working at Reno Collective.

Open Space

We are actively working on a new system to allow better building access with the eventual goal of 24/7 usage possible for our members.

Open Organization

Running like this, as an open self-organizing collective, we will not only show each other what we are capable of (individually and as an organization) but we will be demonstrating to the city and the region what can happen when you are truly passionate about your craft and the work that you do.

Upcoming Events

Mark these in your calendar!

  • January 27th: Ignite Reno #10 – the big ONE ZERO! We are announcing details and call for speakers next week

Release the Hounds!

Over the next few days and weeks we will be releasing information and behind-the-scenes information about Reno Collective and how it runs. If there is something that you want to be involved with, we invite you to join in and build the future.