Freelancers Meetup: Setting Boundaries with Demanding Clients, November 2, 2016

Freelancers Meetup
Every First Wednesday of the month, 5:30pm
250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

November 2nd discussion topic:
How to set professional boundaries with demanding clients.

December 7th discussion topic:
How to craft a compelling “About Me.”

Freelancers Union SPARK is not your average “here’s my business card, we should talk” networking group. We seek to inspire, so we work together to ensure everyone leaves with insights and connections that will help their business thrive.

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and learn stuff like how to turn pro at filing quarterly taxes! #FreelanceSPARK



For more info, message Eileen.

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.


Gangplank Mondays@4: The Business of Storytelling with Amber Pechin, October 24, 2016

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a business who heard the distress calls of a community in need of a solution. Donning their suits of armor, they put their helmets together to develop a solution to save the day.

Fighting dragons and evil witches, pressing forward for months of sleepless nights and endless cups of coffee, they climbed mountains and forged rivers to bring forth a product that would change the world… if only the world would listen then we would all live happily ever after.

What strategic story should you tell to reach happily ever after for your business?

Join us @4 p.m. Monday October 24 at Gangplank Chandler for an interactive business storytelling workshop with Amber Pechin from Amplitude Media.


Simply publishing content isn’t enough to reach your business goals. Crafting the right story and telling in the right tone of voice and in the right places is key. In this interactive workshop participants will join Amber from Amplitude Media for a crash course in strategic storytelling for business.

The workshop is part of Gangplank Mondays @4, as series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers.

Amplitude Media is a strategic business communications agency, partnering with businesses to share strategic stories that make a difference.

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.


Gangplank Mondays@4: Dynamic Equity with Diana Wilson, September 26, 2016

How do you divide the startup sweat equity pie? What’s fair and how do you keep your decisions transparent?

Join us Monday, September 26, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank for “Dynamic Equity” with ProFile Sports Founder Diana Wilson, part of our Gangplank Mondays@4 series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers. ProFile Sports develops technology tools designed to showcase athletic achievement and promote continuing education.


Diana draws from Mike Michalowicz’s Profit First and Mike Moyer’s Slicing Pie to power Dynamic Equity, a concept for startup and other businesses to use when deciding how to value sweat equity, cash investments and profit sharing. Diana will discuss how she uses time trackers with remote teams as well as banking products to organize an early stage startup.

Diana has worked with several Fortune 500 companies including Adidas America, Hewlett Packard, Disney and Intel. Over 25 years at the helm of Media, Design firms and Live Corporate Events. She is passionate about helping families afford higher education and athletic opportunities for their children.

After the presentation, we’ll have Q&A, discussion, light refreshments and networking.

Upcoming Gangplank Mondays@4:

Podcasting for Business with Jason Gunn of Attribytes, October 3, 2016.
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.

GP Brownbag: Chad Smith & Open Forum

When you think of animation, most likely the first image that pops into your head is either a Disney or Pixar character. Ever since that black and white mouse came onto the screen as Steamboat Willy, animation has taken a place in our minds as an entertainment medium.

Yet, there is so much more to the animation field than we are aware.

Chad Smith of Being Studios, will be our featured speaker for Wednesday, June 30th’s brown bag presentation. Smith has recently taken up residence at Gangplank and has already created a series of hilarious cartoons based on the regular activities taking place inside our walls.

More than that, Smith will be talking about the many opportunities available in the animation field, and how businesses can use the medium to tell their stories. Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about animation will be answered, and perhaps you’ll even end up as part of Smith’s Gangplank cartoon collection.

Something a little different

Some of you may recall that a few months back, Derek held an informal discussion about the future of Gangplank after a brown bag. We are planning on making this a regular occurrence, to hear your thoughts and share updates about Gangplank. These open forums will take place the last Wednesday of the month, before the brown bag presentation.

This open forum is for the curious, new members and Gangplank veterans alike. Want to know what Gangplank is? We’ll cover it. Want updates on the move? Come and ask. The open forum will begin at 11am. Stick around to catch the brown bag.

Jay Roger’s Brown Bag

Local Motors CEO and Co-Founder, Jay Rogers, was kind enough to come share his vision of the future of the car industry with us last month. Rogers explained the traditional model of car building and how that model is no longer sustainable. He shared the history of Local Motors, as well as how open-source car design localizes a vehicle and involves the purchaser in the process. Below is his presentation for your enjoyment. Local Motors will be hosting an Open House for their new factory in Phoenix at the end of July. Check back for details about the event.

Jay Rogers

Linchpin Meetup Recap

Last night, 40+ people assembled at Gangplank to discuss the book Linchpin, written by marketing guru Seth Godin. The book discusses the idea of making yourself so good at what you do that you are indispensable, and that causing disruption by rapidly eschewing traditional models for new ones is a worthy endeavor.

The Linchpin meetup, put on by Tyler Hurst and Stealthmode, broke attendees into groups to discuss key concepts from the book, including overcoming fear, qualities of leadership, our current education system and the importance of learning to lose. Each group presented on their topics with a discussion portion following each presentation.

Many of the participants had recently left Corporate America and were starting ventures of their own. Their interest in attending the event stemmed from wanting to meet others that were in a similar positions for encouragement, ideas and general networking. Throughout the evening connections were made, relationships were formed and attendees walked away with some insight into their own status as a Linchpin, and where they might improve.

For coverage of the event, as well as an interesting take on startups in this economy, check out ABC 15’s video. Also, listen to Gangplank Studio episodes 35 and 36 to hear attendees discuss what the word Linchpin means to them.

New staff member

Hey, I’m Katie Charland, the new Director of Operations for Gangplank.

Last week, Gangplank welcomed me as its first full-time staff member. Though I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you through various events, I’ve got a long way to go if I hope to get to know the 2,000+ Gangplank members and fans.

Gangplank means something different to each person that walks through its doors. My journey to this position started over 3 years ago when I began teaching.

Fresh off my bachelors degree in poli sci and communications, I was looking for an in to Chicago politics. On a whim, I applied to Teach for America and was accepted as a 7th grade history teacher on the border of Mexico and Texas. This experience forever altered my life, as I became passionate about nonprofit causes.

After my 2-year contract was up, I moved to Arizona to pursue a graduate degree at ASU. My masters program focused on public relations for nonprofits. In May 2009, I graduated and went off into the world.

And what a crappy world it was. Recession, Arizona unemployment hovering around 10% — ouch. Having become involved in the social media/PR scene, I was able to contract myself out for various small projects. It was during this time I was introduced to Gangplank.

At the beginning, I was terrified. Here I am, a tech/social networking newbie and (gasp) blackberry user, surrounded by the hacker elite of the Valley. Intimidated? Hell yeah.

But what’s great about Gangplank is its welcoming spirit. People love to chat and network.

Not only that, Gangplank is an organization with tremendous potential. All I had to do was ask if I could help plan events for Gangplank and was instantly assigned to brown bags.

Now I’m staff (though still not an iPhone convert). That’s my Gangplank story.

I want to hear yours.

Just as Gangplank means something different to each person, everyone has a stake in the organization’s future. What is your experience with Gangplank? What would you like to see it become?

Schedule a chat with me.

GP Brownbag: 'Opportunities in a time of mass upheaval'

Everyone loves free stuff. Unfortunately, most big companies are out to make money and dislike giving away their products for free.

Then Shwaag came along.

The company’s CEO Eric Keosky-Smith has taken local social media by storm with the concept of social powered generosity. His site gives away premium products, such as Amazon Kindle, to encourage real generosity by brands and promote consumer loyalty. Members get a shot at unique, high-quality products and the participating companies get advertising through social media buzz and happy customers.

Keosky-Smith has a long history with developing marketing strategies that break new ground. With over 25 years experience in technology and consumer marketing, he’s been behind some of the largest product launches and initiatives of the past decade.

His extensive history may be why he had trouble picking a topic – there’s just so much be wants to share with Valley-area entrepreneurs! His topic, ‘Opportunities in a time of mass upheaval’ will encompass many of the subjects he wanted to cover, including marketing and relationships in a social media world, as well as how to bridge generation/technology gaps in business.

Wednesday, June 16th @ Noon
Bring your lunch (and questions).