#RaisingTheProfile: Vote Green Chair Recycling for BC’s Best Community Impact award

Keeping the areas clean in our lovely coworking spaces is a challenge in itself, but imagine what it takes to clean up after city-wide events while recycling as much waste along the way. Fuelled by people power (the cleanest energy there is!) #ProfileMember Green Chair Recycling has rocketed themselves into the press and into the local business awards.

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You can help support this awesome social enterprise, by voting Green Chair Recycling for the Small Business BC Awards’ Best Community Impact.

We caught up with the founder of Green Chair Recycling Liliana Segal (pictured left), who can be found hotdesking at our Gastown location.

TeamProfile: What have been some of your biggest successes to date? 
Liliana Segal: We’ve had so many different kinds of successes it’s hard to pick one! At a few events, we have actually achieved 100% diversion which is always exciting. We have to thank the event organizers as they worked with us to ensure vendors followed our recommendations to make this happen. Cooperation is so important in our field. We love educating people about what they can recycle and how to avoid things you can’t. Every time a volunteer, outreach student or event goer says “I didn’t know I could recycle that!” we consider it a great success too! It takes everyone making changes to make the big change and we value all changes big and small.

Take a (small) breather and surround yourself with positive people and get back at it. We’ve got a world to change!

Green-Chair-Recycling-volunteersTP: What advice do you have for others in Vancouver’s social enterprise sphere? 
LS: Just keep at it.  It can be difficult at times to stay motivated; doors close and money can be lost but it’s not over! Always remember your mission and why you started doing your great work in the first place. Take a (small) breather and surround yourself with positive people and get back at it. We’ve got a world to change!

TP: How can people get involved with Green Chair and your mission? 
LS: Lots of ways! We always enjoy having new (and old) volunteers join us at events. Volunteers bring a great energy and it really adds to our fire. We post event opportunities and when we’re out in the community doing shoreline cleanups or similar events on our website and Facebook page so everyone is invited to follow along. But the most important thing anyone can do to get involved with our mission is to care for the environment! Educate yourself on where our materials come from and where they go. Refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle whenever you can and show people a zero waste (or minimal waste) lifestyle is possible!

We’re always learning and always growing

Green-Chair-Recycling-volunteers-2TP: What’s next for Green Chair Recycling? 
LS: Well we’re really crossing our fingers for this award! After that we’re doing a bit of restructuring based on what we’ve learned through experience and some business classes; we’re always learning and always growing. We’re going to up our social media presence and become a source of information about recycling and our environmental impact for everyone, not just those who deal with us directly such as event organizers and schools we’re delivering outreach to. We want to expand our reach to everyone!

You heard! Vote for Green Chair Recycling now and help them on their crusade to keep Vancouver green by following them on the socials, on Twitter and on Facebook  where you can hear more about their time at The Profile! Alternatively, book a tour on The Profile website, and come by The Profile Gastown, 375 Water St #200, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan

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Raising the profile: Build your own city with Mythical City Games’ new VR game, Skytropolis

Here at coworking and office space provider, The Profile, we talk commuter’s hell, the race to grab space, and the high-rising costs of skyscrapers. If you’re like us and have always wanted to put in your two cents about the design of Downtown, you can now put your money where your mouth is! Vancouver-based Mythical City Games has launched Skytropolis, a Virtual Reality (VR) vertical city building game where you create a mega skyscraper that contains an entire city inside of it.

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Mythical City Games is a game development studio with a focus on intuitive and immersive VR design. Their new VR game that was created at The Profile Gastown this year has just launched on Steam and speaks to all Vancouver’s design dreamers and those city-centric.

We caught up with ProfileMember Jedrzej Jonasz (pictured left), founder of Mythical City Games, at our own Gastown location.

“[Vancouver] is the best place in the world to run a VR or AR startup”

Jonasz tells us,”Vancouver has an amazing indie game scene where the community helps to support studios and developers of all sizes. The VR and AR community has also grown over the past year to be one of the leaders in these industries and is the best place in the world to run a VR or AR startup.”

For those who want to know how to find TeamMythicalCityGames, they are in the room right beside the Express meeting room. Stop by and say hi, and try it out!

Have a go at playing God

Skytropolis-Screenshot02Want to know how to play? Here’s the story so far – You have secured a contract to build the world’s first vertical megacity. Start with a plot of land in the center of your city and build upwards into the sky, designing your ideal Skytropolis tower. Decide everything from the architectural design to every part of the interior. Do you maximize profit and use up resources from the surrounding city? Or balance sustainability by providing eco-friendly interiors and your own power generation. Be warned, the higher you build the more complex the city’s needs become. [TeamProfile: We think coworking spaces are an excellent solution to this problem!]

Skytropolis-ScreenshotThe Profile has seen past successes from Mythical City Games including when their first VR game Snow Fortress was selected by HTC to be one of their official demo games at all Microsoft and Gamestop stores across North America. So we can all look forward to their future works! Jonasz adds, “We are currently in development on new VR titles, such as our upcoming WW2 strategy game “Battle Fleet: Ground Assault” and the release of our game “Snow Fortress” on Sony’s PSVR platform.”

You can get the game with a 15% discount here: Skytropolis, or connect with Mythical City Games and hear more about their time at The Profile! Alternatively, book a tour on The Profile website, and come by The Profile Gastown, 375 Water St #200, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan
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UPDATED: Quick! Opportunity opens to have access to prestigious Vancouver address

Desperately seeking office space? The Profile Coworking Business Club helps Vancouver’s demand for office space with new wing expansion.

As Vancouver’s business ecosystem grows with a booming startup scene and SMEs becoming more M than S, the demand for deskspace in downtown Vancouver is also growing.

With Amazon on the lookout for a base for their second headquarters, which will be the HQ for 50,000 high-paying jobs and a $5-billion US investment, the property grab for office space in central Vancouver is on!

To quell the thirst of remote workers, startups, micro-businesses and small businesses, coworking office space provider The Profile is expanding its downtown location (535 Thurlow St) with the opening of a new wing.

The Profile Downtown’s new wing includes seven new private offices due to be opened November 1st, but if you want one you’ll have to be quick, only two remain! (You can get in touch here.)

The expansion comes in quick succession after only having set up shop in the new location in July, but reaching capacity for resident offices just three weeks after.

We spoke to Executive Director, Sunny Hundle, who tells us, “Collaboration is synonymous with the ecosystem, that’s why it’s important to have a blend/variety of companies, and flexible office space allows that to happen. In addition to our popular resident offices, we have opened a 3000sq/ft members lounge for those who need even more flexibility!”

Each of the new offices can fit three-four members and has two tall windows with a view of the hubbub on Thurlow St. There is a special corner office still available for companies looking for that extra level of prestige.

Hundle adds, “We are Vancouver’s newest and only modern social business club. Our Resident Membership consists of more than just private offices and workspaces for teams, it includes access to our social business club lounge, the ultimate casual workspace, event venue and meeting space to drive innovation. It’s where the creative minds in business, art, tech, and innovation come to meet.  We create, we work, we entertain, we host and by sharing, we are making best use of the space.”

Like what you hear and want to see it for yourself? You can book a tour through The Profile website, with prices available on application. The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow, V6E 3L2. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan

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Great places to eat within meters of The Profile Downtown

Here at coworking office space The Profile, we know that coworkers are a wonderful species, they have the amazing ability to turn pizza into code, tacos into text, and sushi into business strategy.

Good food can mean good work, that’s why we have found some of our favorite places within meters of our new downtown location (535 Thurlow) where you can eat delicious food till your heart’s content, or at least until lunch break is over.

Advice from a pro: If you’re short on time, why not call to order ahead and skip the queue?

Tacofino

Tacofino-Oasis-near-The-Profile-Downtown122-1050 W Pender, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3S7

(604) 428 8453

We love a bit of local! Being a local provider of coworking space, we wholly support other BC-based businesses. Our friends at Tacofino have swam over from the island and landed just 500 meters away from us.

Best known for burritos, these generously portioned wraps come in duck, beef, pork, chicken, fish, bean, and cauliflower & beet.

Inside and outside seating is limited, but they are well wrapped so will stay warm while you walk back to your office.

Yes they provide catering, yes there are a few other locations you can find them, yes we love their Mexican Pozole feature soup, made from pork and hominy stew, avocado, cilantro.

Chewies

Chewies-Restaurant-near-The-Profile-Downtown1055 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9

(604) 620-7634

Take a seat at the bar and watch the servers shuck oysters! Chewies are well-deserved award winners for their oysters but did you know their fried chicken is a knock out too? This rich food will impress clients and is at the higher end of the market.

Seating inside is all on tall chairs with a fantastic view out to the harbour. Sit down for a while and let yourself be tempted to try those oysters.

 

Poke Time

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Burrard Skytrain Station, #148 – 1055 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, .V6C 2L1

(778) 379-7187

Reap the smug points and the likes on insta, this colourful and large lunch will leave you feeling healthy and content. For experienced poke eaters, this poke place is more fruity than usual with mandarine and pineapple add-ins. Top tip: always go pre-marinated.

FYI: Masago = orange fish eggs.

 

Sciue

Scuie-pizza-near-The-Profile-Downtown1115 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 0B7
(604) 558-3337

Could it be any closer? Just a couple of lengths of stretch pizza and you’re there. This Roman style cafe, is the easiest way to get an express lunch.

Get the mozzarella laden cold slice to take away, blast it in the micro for a min and you’ve got yourself some string cheese sorcery!

 

Fujiya

Fujiya-near-The-Profile-Downtown#112-1050 W. Pender Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3S7
(604) 608-1050

Quite possibly the cheapest sushi around, however this tag line means that you have to face a huge lineup. Everyone trying to get in on the $2.95 trays of 9 piece California Rolls or the $5.95 Beef Yakisoba Box

How do they do it so cheap?  Because this is a branch off from their much larger flagship superstore, which you can find close to the East Van sign +. Fill up on the $1.95 sake salmon sashimi without spending the whole of your daily calorie allowance or breaking the budget.

Meat & Bread

Meat-&-Bread-near-The-Profile-Downtown
1033 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2M6

Once was only available to our Gastown family, now we get the good stuff too. You have to wait till it opens at 11am to get your hands on their daily freshly made bread and sandwiches. But oh my, when you do, you’ll never look at meat and bread in the same way.

Pick The Porchetta with salsa verde and crackling, at $9.50 it’s best kept as a treat.

I rate it 5 out of 5 hip-stars.

 

Heritage Asian Eatery

Heritage-Asian-Eatery-near-The-Profile-Downtown1108 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4J6

(778) 737-1108

Just look at those dishes! Need I say more? You can find our Executive Director Sunny Hundle with a bao in one hand and a spoon full of salmon roe in the other while posting to the socials about how goooood it is.

 

 

Have we missed out your favorite? Or if you’ve got some good suggestions to add to the list, get in contact. Our roving reporter Natasha is more than happy to do the field work!

The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow, V6E 3L2. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan

 

 

 

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4 takeaways from Vancouver Startup Week 2017

Content creator Natasha Baer from coworking office space provider, The Profile, shares her experiences of Vancouver Startup Week 2017 (#VSW2017).

Fresh off the back of one of the busiest and buzziest events, we caught up with one of the team involved in setting up and hosting daily events.

Natasha Baer: VSW2017 was surely one of the greatest ways for me to see the very best of what Vancouver has to offer the startup sphere. Being a newcomer to this city, I am really keen to understand the business community here and get to know all the exciting companies. VSW2017 was an amazing platform to showcase that.

The Profile celebrated the opening of its new downtown location in time with VSW2017, and we gifted the space free of charge because we genuinely believe that it’s a great cause.

Being involved in running the space meant more than just unlocking the doors, during the week people needed our space for all types of events. Including, but not limited to: VSW2017 headquarters, panel events from WIT Regatta, key speeches from TechStars‘ superstars, workshops from Talent Collective, Manning Elliott’s open office hours, the #TELUSpitch contest, a Blockchain bustout presented by Blockchain at UBC, our own Social Happy Hours, and break out space for all attendees. Our space allowed for all these different awesome ideas to have a home and become a reality.

Here are 4 takeaways I learned while on the job:

  1. Have something ready to offer: We took no payment, so what was in it for us? The chance to meet hundreds of potential clients and partners, and to offer our members access to any of the entertaining and informative events happening in our space. Engaging with people is why we were involved so we are talking to attendees all about our campaign to help entrepreneurs by helping them crowdfund the money to pay for office space. You can find out more about how you can use crowdfunding to pay for a membership here.
  2. Social media: Be all over it. As a venue people can check in and post from our location on Facebook and on Instagram. Every time someone tags us, make sure to like and/or reply. It’s great when someone takes the time to include us in their post, we get to reap all the likes!
  3. Food & drink: Jesus may have been able to feed the crowds with 5 loaves and 2 fish, no one else can. We would recommend booking catering through the venue. With great event experience, comes great event knowledge and having an experienced eye run over your catering order might just save the day, #hangry.
  4. Keep the flame burning: Just because VSW2017 is over doesn’t mean that’s the last we will see of VSWers. As part of our commitment to help grow the ecosystem, we are giving all VSW attendees 1 x week free community membership. This allows you to have 24/7 access to the lounge, free coffee, and networking with all of our coworking friends. Simply contact us to activate your free community membership.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and some new ones too!

The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow, V6E 3L2. To keep up to date with all things coworking, why not follow us on Twitter @theprofilevan, like us on Facebook @TheProfileVancouver, and add us on Instagram @theprofilevan. Or take us up on our offer of free membership, no need to book just pop in! 

 

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The Profile welcomes Harper Grey as Gold Sponsor

Local law firm Harper Grey has come on board with coworking office space provider The Profile to strengthen the ecosystem here in Vancouver and further afield.

In celebration of the launch of The Profile’s new downtown location, you can catch the Harper Grey team at 535 Thurlow and find out how they can help you and your business.

We spoke to Harper Grey’s Prentice Durbin, “Great to see everyone who attended our workshop yesterday. See you this afternoon at The Profile – a great spot to check-in and catch-up!”

Harper Grey’s involvement with helping businesses grow ties in with the ethos of The Profile. Prentice tells us, “We see a synergy between our entrepreneurial spirit and flexible approach and The Profile’s vision of providing entrepreneurs with the resources and community they need. We help entrepreneurs achieve their goals through creative and practical solutions.  It is a natural fit. We are delighted to support The Profile in bringing entrepreneurs together.”

Founder of The Profile, Kevin Penstock says, “Our ecosystem doesn’t exist without our sponsors, so they deserve a huge thank you, everyone is really excited to be involved and help big ideas become big business,” says Penstock.

Durbin adds, “We are a local firm with global reach, our clients often work internationally.”

The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow St, VSW2017 25th-29th Sept. Want to get in touch with Harper Grey directly? You can find out more information from the Harper Grey website. Want more from The Profile? If you like a bit of social media, you can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and add us on Instagram.

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Meet our Gold Sponsor ModernAdvisor

Friends of The Profile, ModernAdvisor, have come on board with the coworking office space provider as Gold Sponsors.

ModernAdvisor provide their customers with investment management fintech, and to celebrate the opening of The Profile’s new downtown location they have a generous offer for members!

We spoke to Navid Boostani cofounder of ModernAdvisor, he tells us, “For ModernAdvisor, it all really started at The Profile. We have now grown to a team of almost 10 people, and help thousands of Canadians reach their financial goals. But to this day, my fondest memories are from the time we spent at The Profile building the product and pitching and demoing to investors.”

The Profile is a hub for like-minded entrepreneurial people and this week it is the headquarters for Vancouver Startup Week 2017. In a similar vein, Navid tells us, “For any entrepreneur, the first few months of a new venture can feel a bit lonely. It’s great to be able to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who are all working hard on a new, exciting idea. Nothing gives you more energy than having a group of motivated individuals working around you.”

He adds, “What I liked the most about The Profile, aside from the great vibe and atmosphere, was the collaborative mindset of everyone. The ability to walk up to someone and get useful feedback on a design or product feature is invaluable. We did that all the time when we were at The Profile. A lot of good ideas came out of those sessions from our office coworkers.

“Now that we have grown to a more established company and have become one of Canada’s top fintech startups, I’d love to give back and support entrepreneurs who are just starting their journey. Being involved with The Profile is a great way for me to do that and support the tech startup ecosystem in Vancouver.”

Thank you, Navid, for your time! For those interested in a smart, simple way to manage your investments, you can sign up at modernadvisor.ca with the promo code TheProfileFTW to get a $50 signup bonus. Not sure what your financial priorities should be or need help getting started? Book a free consultation with ModernAdvisor via their Hubspot link.

You can meet the teams from The Profile and ModernAdvisor by coming along to Social Happy Hours at The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow St, VSW2017 25th-29th Sept. Want more from The Profile? If you like a bit of social media, you can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and add us on Instagram.

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Crowdfund your Profile membership!

True to their ethos of giving back and strengthening the ecosystem, coworking space providers, The Profile has launched a campaign to help you pay for office space and much more.

Having a membership at The Profile means having access to lounge workspace 24/7, joining in on member events, and having a unique address and mailbox at any of the three prestigious Vancouver locations.

Simply sign up using the online form and The Profile will give you a platform to start sharing your business story with people who believe in you. Launching your crowdfunding campaign through The Profile means that you will be connected to their network of investors and partners. And help is at hand! The Profile commits to helping you achieve your cash goal by spreading the word through their community.

Having already successfully launched a campaign through The Profile, we spoke to Jamie Smith founder of THRIVE Art Studio, who tells us, “Membership to The Profile will also give our artists access to their many workshops and events that can teach valuable business and networking skills. We want to start bridging this gap and with the help of you and The Profile we can start changing the (art)world one artist at a time!”

To support and add to this, Founder of SEO agency Kontakt Digital, Dewan Bayney says, “Having my membership sponsored by those who believe in me gives me the opportunity to develop long-term personal relationships and be part of the thriving tech community in Vancouver.”

Director of The Profile, Sunny Hundle adds, “We are really excited to be offering this opportunity to startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Having worn the shoes of a small business we understand how hard it is to find money for everything you need, this way by connecting people to our own network of investors and partners they will make great contacts, and it provides them with a platform to reach out to their friends and family to help them grow.”

Sign up for Crowdfund your Profile Membership campaign online. Also, why not come along to our next social at The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow St, VSW2017 25th-29th Sept. Want more from The Profile? If you like a bit of social media, you can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and add us on Instagram.

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TELUS pitch competition to win $100000 lands at The Profile!

To celebrate the opening of The Profile’s new coworking and event space, multinational corporate TELUS has brought Canada’s largest small business competition to the  535 Thurlow St location. 

Fancy winning $100000 for your business? The TELUS pitch contest is looking for one passionate entrepreneur to gift with Canada’s most generous prize. All you need to do is come down to The Profile this week, brush up your pitching skills and give it your best shot!

Hurry! You’ve got till Friday to enter! This week The Profile is the headquarters for Vancouver Startup Week 2017, we spoke to Chris Datta director of small business marketing at TELUS, he tells us, “TELUS is excited to bring our mobile, life-size elevator to Vancouver Startup Week and allow local small business owners to enter the TELUS Pitch contest live, given its focus on connecting entrepreneurs with investors and community leaders and celebrating  Vancouver’s innovation and technology communities.”

Founder of The Profile, Kevin Penstock says, “This is an amazing opportunity for any business or startup to get recognition from one of the largest corporate businesses in the country.”

TELUS are joined in excellent company along with gold sponsors, Vancouver law firm Harper Grey, chartered professional accounting firm Manning Elliot, investment management technology Modern Advisor, and visual engagement platform Telemetry TV. “Our ecosystem doesn’t exist without our sponsors, so they deserve a huge thank you, everyone is really excited to be involved and help big ideas become big business,” says Penstock.

Datta adds, “Vancouver is ranked as a top startup ecosystem in Canada and places 15th best in the world, making it a hub for Canada.  98% of all businesses operating in BC are considered small businesses.”

Check out Social Happy Hours at The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow St, VSW2017 25th-29th Sept. Want more from The Profile? If you like a bit of social media, you can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and add us on Instagram.

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The Profile showcases TelemetryTV’s technology

With the opening of The Profile’s new downtown location (535 Thurlow St) TelemetryTV have committed to providing the space with their digital signage technology. 

To celebrate the launch of The Profile’s new downtown coworking and events space, visual engagement platform TelemetryTV has got on board as a sponsor and will be showcasing their tech on the TV screens across all of The Profile’s locations.

This week, The Profile is the headquarters to Vancouver Startup Week (#VSW2017) and you are invited to come along an check out the tech. We spoke to Chris Hilliard, TelemetryTV’s VP for Growth, he tells us, “TelemetryTV is excited to partner with The Profile in delivering live customized content to the Profile’s community of entrepreneurs. The Profile is creating an engaging, dynamic community of entrepreneurs and business owners at its various locations.”

Even if you missed out on getting a badge for VSW2017, you can see the tech in action by coming along to The Profile between 4-8pm everyday this week for Social Happy Hours. Social Happy Hours offers you the chance to come along for casual networking with a drink from the bar!

Chris adds, “In the case of Vancouver Startup Week, the Profile’s members and guests can get access to the information they care about. Through TelemetryTv’s video walls, members can view live panels or participate in pitch contests from other geographic locations and engage with them as if they were in the building. Together, TelemetryTV’s technology and The Profile’s office space and culture deliver a totally unique, modern working environment. It’s the beginning of the Agile Office.”

Check out Social Happy Hours at The Profile Downtown, 535 Thurlow St, VSW2017 25th-29th Sept. Want to get in touch with TelemetryTV directly? You can find out more information from the TelemetryTV websiteWant more from The Profile? If you like a bit of social media, you can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and add us on Instagram.

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