Learn about startups, entrepreneurs, and businesses in Denton, TX and how Stoke as a coworking space helps cultivate community and support entrepreneurs.
You have the Sunday blues, dreading Monday and the work week. You’re exhausted just thinking about the upcoming meetings and calls that you’ve scheduled out for yourself. You tell yourself, “this is the dream!” but you’re still yawning. The work that you once approached enthusiastically now seems to require cups of coffee just to open and respond to the emails in your inbox.
Maybe these are exaggerations, or maybe it’s your reality.
Whether you’re an employer, an employee, or self-employed, burnout can have serious consequences for your productivity and work performance, making the difference between operating a thriving business or one that will have to close its doors.
Patrick Peters is our Tuesday mentor at Stoke, here from 12-1 PM in conference room two. He’s had a strong career in media and tech and has founded three companies over the years. Like many of us, he loves a good story.
Read on to hear about Patrick’s experience, what he thinks it takes to be good mentee, and what he loves about Denton!
Valerie works for Clear Measure, a DevOps-Centered Software Engineering company that specializes in Microsoft technologies and cloud-based platforms. She manages DevOps and custom software projects of all sizes. Read on to learn more about how one of our newest Stoke members helped a delivery company save a whopping $1.5 million a year, and to learn about a pretty royal tribute band name hint hint.
Celebrating Stoke’s 3rd anniversary and the thriving culture and economy of Denton, Kevin Roden, VP of education technology startup ReadyRosie, and Heather Gregory, executive director of Stoke, hosted Big Ideas - a lil d creative mixer, inviting community members to deliver three minute pitches about their big ideas for Denton.
Who thought of turning an old warehouse into a pop-up music venue for 35 Denton (and where did they meet?) How do initiatives like beginning a startup and tech nonprofit like TechMill happen? What *finally* brought liquor to Denton County?
Dentonites sharing ideas and making connections at past creative mixers.
Meet Heath: RV Entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder at CampgroundBooking, working in the recreational vehicle and camping industry. Bitten by the travel bug, instead of a traditional honeymoon, Heath and his wife took off on a five year adventure in an RV across the country four days after their wedding. He’s a Stoke member who has quite a story to tell.
Check out Heath’s member spotlight to read about the device he says will make you feel like James Bond and a harrowing experience involving an un-hitched vehicle on I35, along with details on becoming an entrepreneur and what his work life and style looks like.
People choose to live in Denton for advantages like lower cost of living, the unique contributions that higher education institutions offer the community, the vibrant culture and family friendliness; all factors that make it a prime spot for remote workers and people who can choose where they work from or who are deciding where to set up shop.
Stoke mentor, Simon Trask, shares with us what it takes from a mentee to benefit from mentorship and wisdom from his time as a graphic designer and working with small businesses. Read more about Simon in the Stoke blog!
Video game developer, freelance artist and animator, and fellow cat person, Stoke member Jaqueline Gan-Glatz shares with us the joys and challenges of working in her field and offers some insight for those just starting out. Read the full interview!
Read an overview of the member landscape at Stoke from a bi-annual survey, and imagine yourself working in a modern, renovated warehouse space where you, too, can be your most productive self.
You probably spend the majority of your waking day at work, which means your environment affects not only the quality of your work, but also the quality of your life outside of it. The key to a healthy workstyle is changing postures throughout the day, and not sitting or standing for hours on end. You shouldn’t have to feel pain or discomfort to remind you to shift postures or to take a break from what you’re working on, but that’s often the case for people working in traditional offices. [Read on!]
Studies have shown that standing desks are beneficial to your health, and can increase workplace productivity and your own creativity. Increased blood flow while standing = better brain power.
On the other hand, being on your feet the entire day can also be detrimental to your health and is linked to heart disease. What’s the happy medium?
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On April 12, Stoke in Denton will be hosting FlintConf, a one-day, single-track conference for young entrepreneurs of all levels and backgrounds.
Stoke is partnering with the Greater Denton Arts Council and Tech Mill to create a conference that aims to bring young entrepreneurs, freelancers, side hustlers, creatives, and students together to learn more about optimizing any blossoming business ideas.
The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of North Texas is collaborating with the Denton community to launch a new investment group in the North Texas region, emphasizing Denton and operating through Stoke.
Investment, collaboration, corporations and access to talent -- not to mention industry-disrupting, entrepreneurial UNT alums -- are driving innovation culture in DFW with impacts in the state and beyond.
Emily Roden rents the quintessential Denton space for her startup ReadyRosie – its headquarters, situated at 207 W. Hickory St., are smack dab on the Square. It’s the perfect location for a local startup, with passersby catching glimpses of ReadyRosie’s signage as they make their way to downtown’s signature businesses, from LSA to Recycled Books, Records & CDs. But there is a catch...
If you’ve read Launch DFW’s feature on them back in February, you’ll know that Stoke Denton is doing big things both in and for the entrepreneurial community in Denton. With many of their recent events, they’re aiming to draw in those from outside Denton for a visit as well.
With about one-third of the 50 finalists from outside the United States, this year’s competition represents the most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology in the global startup ecosystem today.
Few cities in the metroplex have the reputation and pride that Denton does when it comes to community. From music and arts, to food and education, this often forgotten corner of the metroplex has also been making quite a name for itself within the DFW startup scene.