Tag: Hudson Valley

The Science Building at SUNY New Paltz

Connecting Hudson Valley Entrepreneurs with the HV Venture Hub

This week, I had the privilege of repping Talentbase at the first ever Leaders’ Forum of the Hudson Valley Venture Hub. The Venture Hub, a new initiative from SUNY New Paltz, is working to connect local organizations that support entrepreneurs and businesses in the Hudson Valley.

It was encouraging to see how many groups are dedicated to growing and connecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Hudson Valley. There were venture capital groups and coworking spaces, online communities and physical ones — all bent on making it easier for startups and small businesses in the Hudson Valley to thrive.

It’s only been a few months since Hudson Valley Talentbase launched publicly, and I was thrilled to see that it’s already on the radar. Several people approached me at the forum to let me know how much they’ve been enjoying it — one even told me that he’d hired someone he found on Talentbase!

Talentbase is built to connect creative individuals (and soon organizations) in the Hudson Valley, and that includes disciplines like entrepreneurship that aren’t always considered creative. Creativity doesn’t only include the obvious things like art, design, music, and filmmaking — I define creativity as the impulse to take the spark of an idea and turn it into something real. What’s more creative than having an idea and building it into a business?

I’m looking forward to watching the Venture Hub grow and develop, and I’m even more excited to see what new ventures emerge from connections made on Talentbase. I’ve already started to hear from people who found work on the site, or who needed someone with a very particular skillset and was able to find them on Talentbase. Part of my intention with Talentbase was to create a platform on which people could find their next collaboration, and these stories thrill me. But as much as I love seeing people finding work on the site, I’m even more looking forward to the next step: people forming companies and projects with people they met on Talentbase. I think we can help foster the next crop of creative endeavor in the Hudson Valley, and I can’t wait to see what we make.

Sign up for Hudson Valley Talentbase to have a ringside seat to our economy’s creative development. We’re waiting for you!

?Science Hall at SUNY New Paltz, from here

The Bear Mountain Bridge at Night

The Vision for Talentbase

The Hudson Valley has an incredible creative scene, but unless you already know about it, it can be hard to find. For someone who’s just moved to the area, or who’s just returning after college, how do you connect with all the interesting people doing interesting work nearby?

Events like the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup have done wonders in getting the local creative community connected, but they only happen monthly, and no single event can capture the full the spectrum of people who are interested — there will always be people who either can’t make the drive, or have to work, or just aren’t up for spending the evening with hundreds of strangers.

I’m a firm believer in the power of serendipitous connections to drive economic growth — get new people with new ideas talking to each other, and great things can happen.

In cities like New York or San Francisco, this happens naturally — just walk into your corner coffee shop and you’ll meet a dozen potential collaborators. But the Hudson Valley is more widely spread out, and our distributed geography requires a distributed network to connect people.

I built the HV Talentbase to be just that — an online creative network for interesting people doing interesting work in the Hudson Valley. Anyone with a Hudson Valley zip code can create a profile and share snippets of what they’ve been working on — screenshots, photographs, writing samples, video, audio, or anything else they want the world to see. It’s for sharing all kinds of creative work — design, tech, visual art, music, food and drink, writing, crafts, and things I haven’t even thought of.

I already know of at least one user who’s gotten work inquiries through Talentbase, just by filling out their profile and sharing some of their work. There’s a huge need for talented, capable creative workers in the region, and I’m continuing to add features to make collaboration and hiring easier than ever. Talentbase will make it possible for freelancers to find their next job, local firms to find their next employees, and outside companies to recognize the value of hiring in the Hudson Valley.

As Talentbase grows, we’re starting to see a digital map of our region’s creative talent emerge. I think a lot of us have the feeling that something special is happening in the Hudson Valley right now, and this will enable us to better understand and articulate it. I suspect we’ll find that the creative scene in the region is even broader, deeper, and more dynamic than we already know it to be.

Ready to join? Go to hvtalentbase.com to sign up!

The Shawangunk Ridge over the Wallkill River from New Paltz

Peak Foliage

Peak foliage is always my favorite time to be a Hudson Valley resident.

I take special pride in seeing the lines of cars making their way through New Paltz into the mountains, and I’m sure many of you saw similar sights throughout the region. There’s nothing like the leaves changing to summon the tourists out of the city.

We haven’t gotten much of a Fall this year, and I suspect this weekend was both our first and last perfect Hudson Valley autumn Saturday of the year. Even Sunday’s wind and rain couldn’t take away from the glow it left me with.

I launched HV Talentbase just a few weeks before my wedding. Between that, the honeymoon, and the past few weeks of getting back into the swing of things with both work and life, the Talentbase release schedule has been quiet. That was my plan all along — release the beta version, get people using and testing it, and then jump back in refreshed and ready to go.

There are lots of new features coming soon, as evidenced by the project roadmap. I’m aiming to take some of the fiery Peak Foliage energy I always get in the Fall and turn it into shiny new toys for the Hudson Valley creative community to use.

Let’s go!

Copyright 2018 Talentbase, Inc. Made with 💚 in the Hudson Valley.