More reasons to mentor

The more the merrier – that’s our mentoring philosophy for 2011.

We started out with 2 mentors in September 2010, growing that to 8 by December. Already in 2011, we’re up to 17 mentors.

If you’ve been waiting to check out the program, now’s the time.

With the addition of more mentors (and a goal to triple the number by 2012), we’ve changed the structure to make it easier for potential mentorees to choose who they would like to see.

Mentors are now divided into areas of specialty, which currently include:

  • Early Stage
  • Product Development
  • Design & Marketing
  • Operations
  • Technology
  • Legal
  • Finances

Gangplank’s mentors range from successful entrepreneurs to investors and business executives, who enjoy the opportunity to give back to the Chandler community. Gangplank mentors dedicate 3 hours a month, in 45-minute sessions, to helping entrepreneurs succeed in their business ventures.

“A lot of people feel like mentoring services are unobtainable because of the cost involved,” said Chuck Reynolds, a Gangplank mentor who specializes in WordPress and SEO. “Free mentoring lowers the barriers to access, letting more good ideas see the light of day.”

Read about our knowledgeable mentors by visiting our mentoring page and clicking on any of the areas of specialty. Appointments can be booked by emailing the Director of Operations.

If you’d like to contribute to our community as a mentor, email with a little bit about your background and what areas you specialize in.

Weekly Roundup – November 15-21

This week at Gangplank:

Monday, November 15

Tuesday, November 16

Wednesday, November 17

  • (9:00-noon) Mentor Office Hours with Hamid Shojaee [RSVP here]
  • (noon) Brownbag – ‘Guitar History and Performance’
  • (6:00pm) Hacknight
  • (7:00pm) Street hockey

Thursday, November 18

  • (noon) Technical Brownbag – ‘Devise’

Friday, November 19

Saturday, November 20

Sunday, November 21

Weekly Roundup – November 8-14

This week at Gangplank:

Tuesday, November 9th

Wednesday, November 10th

  • (noon) Brownbag – ‘The Business of Burlesque’
  • (5:00-8:00pm) Chandler Start up Drinks
  • (6:00pm) Hacknight
  • (7:00pm) Street hockey

Thursday, November 11th

  • (noon) Technical Brownbag – ‘Functional Programming with Clojure’

Saturday, November 13th

Sunday, November 14th

Street Fighter Tournament Recap

They came to battle. They came to win. But only one claimed the ultimate victory as Gangplank Street Fighter Champion.

The first-ever Street Fighter Tournament brought in more than a dozen enthusiasts to test their skills. The employees of Integrum and Forty sought to maintain their street credit – access to the game everyday demands participation. Gangplank coworkers and community members fought to bring the anchors down a notch.

Battles were close and at times, painful.

But there can only be one winner, and Integrum President Jade Meskill claimed that honor.

Thank you to all those that participated in the tournament and to Jeff Rivers for photographing the event. Feel free to stop in anytime and practice for the next tournament.

Poker Tournament Success!

33 individuals descended upon Gangplank last night for a chance at the Gangplank Poker Champion title…and to donate to a fantastic cause.

The tournament, which lasted into the wee hours of the morning, raised more than $1,400 for our Gangplank Junior Lego League. Thanks to your donations, we will be able to fund not one, but TWO Lego League teams. The donations ensure that we can keep the program free so that all kids can participate, no matter their family’s current economic state. Continue reading

Downtown Chandler Construction – Walkability is Coming!

This morning is a glorious day.  Construction is in full swing for doubling the size of the sidewalks in front of Gangplank 3.0.  It was one of the things that we required to move.  Seeing it be built before our eyes is great.

Normally the sound of a jackhammer would be irritating, but today it is sweet sweet music.  This is the beginning of a new chapter for downtown Chandler and we are excited to be involved.  In a time when other cities are panicking Chandler is preparing for it’s future.

Oh, and by the way, you’ll need to enter from the back door for the next week or so.

Unveiling Gangplank 3.0

You’ve been patient. You waited for us to (finally) move to the new location. You waited for the completion of the fancy project rooms, then the seriously fast Wifi. We’d like to reward your patience and get you excited for the next, and last, step in the evolution of Gangplank 3.0.

Gangplank 3 Rendering

Construction will begin shortly on the 260 building, which will eventually house the anchors, coworking, recording studio and game room, leaving the 250 building open as a full-time event space.

We’ve received several renderings of the planned construction of the new building that we’d like to share with you. Thanks to Chad Smith of Being Studios for giving some life to the design.

Gangplank Garage Update

This afternoon, a small group sat down with Jay Rogers of Local Motors to gather initial ideas on what a Gangplank Garage would look like. Jay is very passionate about innovation in the automotive industry and collaborating to make that happen.

Today’s conversation centered around how to attract the right type of people to work with this level of machinery, as well as be an asset to the Local Motors design community. A community garage of this type would need to send the message that we are about creating new ideas to move automotive forward, as opposed to concentrating on basic maintenance or restoration. We are looking for a group that would manufacture innovation. The rough idea of the garage would be to start with meetings centered around specific projects – a monthly meeting of a dedicated group that would be a ‘hacking time’. Community members would have access to Local Motor’s crew members and tools to work on a specific project.

When the group becomes established, Local Motors may be willing to have 2-3 desks in the Local Motors space that would be reserved for Gangplank Garage members. Trusted members would have access to the desks during business hours to design and experiment. This desk area could be manned by a project coordinator of sorts, who would organize space reservations, request for equipment usage, etc.

There are some fantastic opportunities coming out of Local Motors. DARPA has proposed a project to show the military that an open source design model can make great military vehicles more efficiently than traditional defense contractors. A Gangplank Garage full of innovative minds would be exactly what Local Motors is looking for in terms of proving this point, as well as provide us with the chance to drastically chance the way our government designs, builds and pays for our defense.

You can’t get more dangerous than that.

The next Gangplank Garage meeting will be at Local Motors for their Burgers, Cars and Welding event on Tuesday, September 14th from 6:30-8:30pm. We will be discussing the garage further after 8:30pm, so feel free to come for the entire meeting or after 8pm.