Modfit Pilot Clinic at Gangplank Chandler

Guest Post by
Chris Adams,

We are excited to announce the October 17th launch of the Modfit pilot clinic at Gangplank Chandler!  Modfit is a Chandler based startup building personalized clinics for today’s desk-bound workforce, and are equipped with the latest fitness technology to help you lose weight, alleviate stress, reduce pain, and power through you workday.  Recharge & refresh in a comfortable setting and refuel with a healthy beverage and snack.

This pilot clinic is open to the entire Gangplank community as well as your business associates, friends, or family.


Participants are asked to commit to THREE 15-minute sessions a week for 30 days starting the week of October 17th.  We will have an on-site coach MondayFriday from 1-5pm, and we have lots of goodies & giveaways for participants too!

This is a pilot clinic, so all we’re asking for is your honest feedback on how we can make our clinics better, and referrals to other business owners who might be interested in a clinic for their workspace.

Download the Modfit app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores to schedule your first session.


GangplankMondays@4:Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business, October 17, 2016

Can games bring in more customers and boost sales? Can augmented reality lead users to patronize small, local businesses they otherwise might not visit?

Join Carol Stambaugh & Kameron Williams Monday, October 17, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank Chandler for a talk about the phenomenal success of Pokemon Go and how startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses can capitalize on this and other trends in the gamification of business.


Carol Stambaugh, Principal and Owner of FreeUp Web Studio, is the current Arizona WordPress Meetup Organizer with a membership of 1400+ around the Phoenix metro area. FreeUp Web Studio handles website design needs from concept to full implementation, hosting and ongoing management.

Kameron Williams is the Creative Director and originator of Lillimedia. His passion is to tell the stories of the businesses that Lillimedia works with, and to provide web based solutions to help businesses grow.

Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the talk.


Gangplank Mondays@4: Machine Learning with Chris Murray, October 10, 2016

Can we build never-ending learners? Can machine learning theories and algorithms help explain human learning?

Join us Monday, October 10, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank Chandler for a talk about Machine Learning, exploring the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data, with Christopher Murray of Gangplank resident company Hiring Solved. The talk is part of our Gangplank Mondays@4 series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers.


HiringSolved makes it faster and easier to find the right person for any job. Its people aggregator gathers data from across the web and filters the most relevant information into a database of candidate profiles.

Chris will discuss HiringSolved’s artificial intelligence tools as recently profiled in FastCompany as well as address the future of machine intelligence for small business.

Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the talk.

Upcoming Gangplank Mondays@4:

Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business with Carol Stambaugh of FreeUp WebStudio, and Kameron Williams of Lillimedia, October 17, 2016.

Gangplank Mondays@4: The Business of Podcasting, October 3, 2016

Join our panel discussion with local podcasters: How do I get started podcasting? How can I use podcasting to highlight my business or passion project?

Join us Monday, October 3, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank Chandler for a panel discussion with local podcasters, part of our Gangplank Mondays@4 series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers.

Our panelists will include:

Jason Gunn of Gangplank anchor company, Attribytes. Jason produces the Talking the Plank podcast;

Garret Godfrey of the Crowdfunding Christian Music Podcast, “On this video and audio podcast, I cover active crowdfunding campaigns and pre-orders for bands & artists worth backing & believing in so you can find and fund the music you love. Great music doesn’t ‘just happen’. I help you get involved;”

Robert Tabb of ConAirRadio, a podcast for friends of conventions. “If you’re into ComicCons, SciFi Cons or Media Cons, this is the podcast for you. “

Gangplank Chandler provides a podcasting studio and equipment for public use as part of the Gangplank Studios Initiative. The Studios Initiative strives to build culture and vibrancy in cities, creating cities where people desire to live, work and play.

Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the panel discussion.

Upcoming Gangplank Mondays@4:

Machine Learning with Christopher Murray of HiringSolved, October 10, 2016.
Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business with Carol Stambaugh of FreeUp WebStudio, October 17, 2016.


Chandler Innovations, city-wide business incubator, seeks inventors, builders and creators

Christine Bailey, Executive Director, Chandler Innovations

Christine Bailey, Executive Director, Chandler Innovations

Guest post by
Christine K. Bailey
Executive Director
Chandler Innovations

Have a business idea? A prototype? A minimum viable product? Or perhaps you’re getting ready to sell or trying to sell into your target market. Struggling with the next steps? Have you found that your product (be it hardware or software) or service isn’t quite getting the traction, interest or investment dollars you were hoping for? We can help.

Chandler Innovations is a city-wide business incubation and entrepreneurial development program that helps engineers of all kinds turn their ideas into successful businesses. Additionally, we partner with entrepreneurial-minded organizations already supporting business growth and development in Chandler; for example, Gangplank, the Maricopa Small Business Development Center, Arizona TechShop and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

Our clients are inventors, builders and creators who have developed innovative new technology to solve some of the biggest problems we face today. But, they’re not quite sure how to bring these new solutions to market. Simultaneously, they’re also learning how to be entrepreneurs rather than an employees. That’s where we come in. Our four-track incubation program helps our clients:

  1. identify and solve a problem for a specific target market;
  2. evolve their ideas into minimum viable products, test them with the right customers and users, and prepare for investor interest;
  3. create and execute a go-to market strategy that achieves their financial goals; and
  4. grow their startup into a sustainable business.

Plus, our one-on-one coaching and mentoring, carefully-designed workshops and programs, and a network of mentors, investors and technical advisors support each of our clients as they become the entrepreneurs who will lead their businesses to success.

We, too, are entrepreneurs, and have learned from our successes and even more from our own failures. And we’re here to help you navigate the often rocky path of a startup business. If you think you’d like to join our community, check out one of our upcoming events, reach out with any questions via email, or, if you’d like to get started: apply today!

Community Podcast Studio fundraiser, Fundraver, June 10, 2016, Gangplank Chandler

Join us, Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:00PM to Saturday, June 11, 2016, 1:00 AM for Fundraver, an Electronic Dance Music event to raise funds to improve the Gangplank podcasting studio. The podcast studio is part of Gangplanks Studios Initiative which strives to build culture and vibrancy in cities, creating cities where people desire to live, work and play. Fundraver features bass music artist Viperactive.

“We want to build a better sound environment at Gangplank. Gangplank’s sound studio has brought together some of the best groups, podcasts, and solo vocal artists in Chandler,” said Julian Gooden, Viperactive. “Many artists have used this collaborative space to cut their first album in all kinds of genres from EDM and house to rap, R&B and even classical guitar. Many artists have been able to cut their first album thanks to this immeasurable resource.”


“The space has been an incredible help to many artists and collaborators who had the talent but needed a place to make their first professional-level recording,” said Christopher Murray, Gangplank volunteer and Marketing Analyst with Gangplank anchor company, HiringSolved. “Our fundraising goal is $2200 for this project.”

“It’s about time we upgraded the aging equipment at Gangplank studios and create a sound-proof space to encourage more sonic collaboration and creation,” added Gooden. “Our goal is to upgrade the studio by constructing a sound-dampening roof and adding soundproofing material to the studio walls.”

Buy tickets or donate to the cause via the Eventbrite page.

Digital Life Skills for Teens & Young Adults, November 7, 2015, at Gangplank Chandler

You would be hard-pressed to find a teen that isn’t on social media. It’s all fun and games when they begin using it, but did you know there’s another step? When teens enter their upper-class years in High School and early college, how they present themselves online could be the difference in getting an internship or job.

8571247015_b60b0feb92It’s a great time to begin separating the personal from the public, and this event will show you how. We will discuss about how your brain reacts to social media and the science behind it.

Dani Cutler, digital content creator, will also discuss ways to keep public and personal items online separate, and why now is a good time to think about setting up a more professional profile with LinkedIn.

Ruth Carter, attorney who specializes in social media law will discuss privacy online, safety, and the legalities about social media and what potential employers ask for and seek out on their own.

The presentations will be in discussion-format, and there will be time at the end of the event for Q & A. This event is geared toward juniors and seniors in high school and freshman in college, but all teens and their parents are welcome. Join us!

Code Sisters: Closing the Gender Gap

I am happy to announce that Saturday, May 23rd will be the OFFICIAL kickoff of “Code Sisters,” a monthly, structured tutorial/workshop session for women learning to code. Each month, from 9:00 am to noon, we will teach a beginner level web development topic in a workshop/tutorial format. After a lunch break, there will be time for practice, project work, and mentoring.

These sessions are geared to help participants procure valuable skills, as well as gain the confidence to form their own software projects and join the hacker community at large. We expect women who complete these courses will be able to share their own software projects at events like the weekly Hack Nights that Gangplank hosts on Wednesdays.

In the meantime, the more advanced or adventurous have an open invitation to Hack Night and the “Code Purple” lounge, where Code Sisters and their “bros” can network, connect with mentors and project partners, and practice their skills.

If you know of a woman who might be interested in the group, please let her know about it. If you have skills and knowledge you want to share, please contact Ariel Strong <> or one of the people listed below.

We are actively looking for mentors – male or female – and would welcome your input and help as we put together future sessions.

Help from the Pirate Ship

From talking to ‘Plankers the last two months, I’ve gathered lots of ideas on how to structure an initiative to get more women into coding or just tech in general. I’ve heard many (sometimes opposite!) opinions on how to approach putting a Gangplank group together and lined up a number of potential mentors.

Thank you all. I appreciate the input, especially how to decide on a language and start learning as well as links to resources that we can use.

In fact, the response was so positive with so many good ideas, I wasn’t sure where to begin.

Opening up Code Sisters (unofficially operating at Gangplank since January) to a wider audience seemed like a logical place to start, but we needed a more structured format.

The dilemma was solved on Saturday, April 25th, after a Railsbridge Workshop for women hosted by Infusionsoft. Five Gangplankers attended the introductory Ruby on Rails event – Catherine Leyen, Eileen Kane, Ariel Strong, Trish Gillam, and Christopher Murray (who provided extraordinary technical support!).

There was consensus among Gangplank’s attendees that the format used for Railsbridge would be a perfect fit for Code Sisters’ purposes. The environment was nurturing and proved fruitful for learning a new skill. All of the women left with a decent understanding of the Ruby framework, thanks to the support of the team of volunteers, mentors and organizers who worked with each sub-group of the 50+ attendees.

On top of having a solid structure, Railsbridge provides their coursework online for free. It covers a variety of languages (Ruby on Rails, Javascript, CSS, HTML) and we intend to take full advantage. Soo…

The Shape of Things to Come…

This is only the beginning. We really don’t know how things will take shape, and we will adapt as we go. We want you to join us in this adventure and maybe eventually even steer the ship. In the spirit of Gangplank, we will be dangerous. Yaarrrgh!


The People That You Meet Each Day

I spied him over the top of my monitor. He’d walked in well enough, but I could tell by his confused look that he had no idea what to do now that he was inside. This happens frequently. I’d seen that befuddled look on the faces of Gangplank newcomers countless times.

As a Gangplank veteran, I consider it my duty to make visitors feel welcome. Plus, I needed a break from writing marketing copy.

“Today’s subject is Software-defined Networking, boys and girls!” I’d loudly announced to the 15 odd entrepreneurs working out of Gangplank as I arrived earlier. (The crowd had returned my excitement with odd looks and loud groans.)

“Hi, how’s it going?” I asked as I rose from behind my monitor and walked towards the visitor. Perhaps he was an entrepreneur, looking for a home.

He tells me his name, Todd. He wants to know how much is it to use a computer here. He’d like to download a large file that someone sent him via email.

“You don’t pay anything to use the facilities here,” I tell him. “At least not monetarily.”

His confused look returns.

“Walk with me,” I tell him, laughing to myself. “We’ll get you squared away.”

We walk past the hot desks, large tables with office chairs where anyone who wants to can come in, set up a laptop and get some work done.

“There’s no charge here,” I repeat as we walk. “Because payment is in social capital.”

“Uhhhhhhhh-huh,” he says, in that tone that says “I have no idea what you are saying.”

We walk past the 3D printers that line the back half of the main Gangplank workspace. I continue giving Todd an introduction.

“Basically, if you find Gangplank is a space you like working from, and the people here a community you find valuable, all that is asked to use Gangplank’s resources is that you find a way to contribute something back. What you contribute is up to you.”

He’s not from around here, he says. He’s passing through town on tour. Just wants to use a computer, “How much?” he asks.

I shake my head and chuckle.

We continue straight down the hall, past the free library, buzzing conference rooms, and podcast studio. Finally, we arrive at the Gangplank computer lab. He seems a very nice guy, about 50 years old I’d guess, wearing glasses, a gently worn pair of blue jeans, and respectable short sleeved dress shirt.

I help him log on to one of the eight iMac computers in the lab, all freely available to the public. I make small talk while he accesses his email.

“So what is this file?”

“It’s a pilot for a TV show that I’m in. ” he says.

“Uhhhhh-huh” I say using the same tone he had earlier. An actor, just about to make his big break. Yeah, right.

Todd downloads the video. Over the next 45 minutes I am amazed and delighted at his talent. As we watch, we talk about life, swap stories about our kids, and generally just get to be pals.

The people you meet at Gangplank are random and diverse – and always interesting. I love this place.

Todd Oliver, nationally known comedian, ventriloquist, and past performer on America’s Got Talent.


Novel Critique Group: First Meeting Report

The first meeting of the Novel Critique group was a great success. In it, we defined the terms the group. We covered the difference between a critique and criticism, as well as discussing the submission guidelines and methods. Our group will be using a Google Drive folder to share files, allowing both Word and Google Doc file formats.

We had five people at our group, and we are eager to see how the group grows. Our group size will be limited by the total word count submitted. For now, we will be working under the guidelines for the Aspiring Novelists, limiting submissions to 5000 words, and a total word count of no more than 40K words for each meeting.

We look forward to our next meeting, on March 31st.
For more details, or if you want to join the group, contact David at: