Here’s a letter from Michael C. Bush–a highly successful entrepreneur from Oakland, CA, the Founder of the8factors.com and the teacher of ICA’s Business Growth Strategy Series–asking you to pledge your support to change Oakland’s entrepreneurial future.
The world of Oakland not being a start-up HUB will be over. In 5 days HUB Oakland will meet its Kickstarter goal if you want it too.
If you want to change this city, and many others like it, this is the chance. Click here to make it happen!
I have worked to help Oakland entrepreneurs and small business in other cities like Oakland for 20 years. This is the missing link, a place where people can physically office together, work together, ideate together, share short cuts together, and do it themselves.
As James Brown said, “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Just open up the door and I’ll get it myself”.
Oakland’s HUB will be similar to many others that exist in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and other major cities. What will be totally different is that it’s being launched by the people of Oakland doing what people in Oakland do . . . getting great things done without tons of dough.
When you give your $25, $50 or $100 dollars you will be getting a huge return–a stronger city, a safer city, a city less dependent on government handouts, and most importantly a HUB approach that will be replicated in other cities that people habitually drive past.
Across this country in HUB-like environments, entrepreneurs are getting the benefit of working side by side with other entrepreneurs who are changing industries via technology. They share ideas, work with the cities to get restrictive laws changed that will support company growth, get on-site legal accounting support, and the intangible benefits that come from convening likeminded people. The HUB becomes the “go to” place that people can support each other and save time and money by smartly creating business opportunities while discarding bad ones.
Ron Conway, the most successful tech Angel Investor of our time says that he invests based on 2 things: 1. the entrepreneur and 2. the entrepreneur.
Well, if he was as interested in changing cities and communities as he was in “high multiple capital returns,” he would certainly invest in HUB Oakland.
The two lead entrepreneurs, Konda Mason and Lisa Chacon have, along with their team, been obsessed with one thing and one thing only the last couple of years. The idea of bringing a HUB to Oakland because they believe this will create sustainable change from the inside out.
They have pursued this with no less vigor than great entrepreneurs like Rob Davenport (BrightPath Capital, Sungevity), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Elon Musk (Tesla, Solar City, Paypal, SpaceX, this guy is a baller), Stacy Brown-Philpot (Google, TaskRabbit).
The only difference is they can’t offer investors “super capital returns” because their vision is to create an environment where other people can do that . . . and a lot more. They are “Elon Muskish.” They are using business to solve vexing problems that face our communities. Problems like access to capital, access to education, access to mentors/advisors, things that entrepreneurs need to change lives and the communities they live in.
Others cities have proven the power of this idea and how it changes lives and communities while providing hope to all who are exposed to it. Why Oakland? Why not Oakland. When HUB Oakland launches and succeeds, there will be similar HUB’s in Richmond, Concord, Watts, North Northeast Portland.
What will make Oakland very different than other HUB’s is that the Oakland entrepreneurs that Konda and Lisa attract are driven by social and economic change. Making tons of dough as the sole objective has been done. This new breed of entrepreneur will make money but will build its community and strengthen the planet at the same time. It’s more complex, but that’s what people in Oakland do. We work here and we live here. It’s what people will do in Pittsburgh, Macon, Vallejo, Detroit, and so on. Who knows, maybe Ron Conway will invest!
When you act and give you will drop a boulder in the pond and it will ripple nationally then globally. We all know you can make anything successful in a major city that has tons of capital flowing in it. Oakland’s HUB, which will be opened where the city needs it most–Downtown–will ring the bell that says if you create a space for committed people, give them the same support that others get, great things will happen. Did I mention what James Brown said?
Let’s open this door. Click here to make this happen!
Michael C. Bush