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Juicy Journals

Hey everyone,

Juicy Journals is a log of my trip for the Global Coworking Unconference. It’s been two years since Tony and Rechung attended Juicy, so I thought, “Why not me, in 2014!” To and from the unconference, I’ll be stopping where I can, and visiting spaces along the way. This is somewhat of an ode to last summer, and my failed attempts at the Millennial Trains Project. I hardly raised a fraction of my goal, but my two supporters and the MTP journey inspired me to jump on a train anyways (something I’ve been wanting to do since stumbling upon Silver Streak one late night on AMC). 

Below are the cities and coworking spaces visited in the order of travel.

Britney T-M


Juicy Journals

NextSpace (Venice)
Blankspaces (DTLA)
Kleverdog Coworking

– GCUC | 5/1・5/2 ・5/3
– ThinkBig
– Port
– Spring Accelerator
– Google Fiber

– Nebula Coworking

– The Bureau




Will Reppun
BoxJelly member since: March 2013
Position/Title: Senior Developer
Company: Outside Intelligence

Meet BoxJelly member Will Reppun. He’s currently jelly-ing in Istanbul, so before he went off into the world, we wanted to catch up with him through our new blog series: WORKSPACES.

What do you enjoy most about coworking at the BoxJelly? One of the big stigmas about working remotely is that you end up talking to yourself and living in your underwear with a beard that doubles as a napkin.  The BoxJelly keeps me using real napkins. The cloth kind. Lux.

Fill in the blank: “When I’m not working at the BoxJelly, I’m ____.”
Hiking.  Or sailing.  Sometimes camping.  Probably sailing though.  Or out at my uncles’ farm.


Favorite item on your desk:  My desk is lame.  Right now I have a computer, a Starbucks iced coffee filled with water (+1 re-use), a pair of sunglasses that I found in the middle of a highway in Colorado (they still had the price sticker on them — $5!), a whole bunch of change that someone stacked neatly when I was gone (and which I promptly knocked over), a monitor, Stephen King’s “11/22/63” (not a good book, but an excellent monitor stand), and a mostly full BoxJelly notebook.  The notebook.  That’s my favorite.  Stylish and useful.


Ah yes, stylish and useful; just like the BoxJelly. In the upcoming months, you mentioned a stay/work-cation in Istanbul; cheers to you! Could you tell us a little more about what you’ll be doing, and how you ended up going to Istanbul?
The company I work for is based in Toronto.  Whether I’m in Honolulu or Istanbul, it’s all the same to them.  I think.  They haven’t complained about it yet.  But they wouldn’t like if I took 2 months off work to go travel, so instead I’m going to head over there with my girlfriend, and work while I’m there. That’s one of my favorite parts about the BoxJelly life — work wherever you want to.  Some days I work from home.  Some days I work from the North Shore.  I’ve worked while traveling in New York.  This is just another (rather drastic) extension of that.  And working on the trip makes it more financially feasible — instead of burning through the cash reserves I hope to at least break even.  Before taxes.  And I get to live in Istanbul.  And maybe Morocco for a month. Super excited.

We’re excited for you too Will!


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BoxLunch Vendor: Laverne’s Lunch Wagon

BoxLunch is a lunchtime series featuring food vendors in the BoxJelly storefront from 11am – 3pm. Click here for the list of schedules. Laverne’s will be at BoxLunch Monday’s.

LavernesTruckRene Paulo first opened Laverne’s Restaurant and Catering in Waipahu over 10 years ago. Rene’s son Travis manages the lunch wagon (now operating for over 5 years) and catering services, with Rene and Laverne cooking all the food. You may have seen Laverne’s at the last luau, birthday, wedding or graduation party you went to; the month of June alone, they served over 7,000 people.

Laverne's manager Travis Paulo (left) and Brandon.

Laverne’s manager Travis Paulo (left), and Brandon.

Although they are phasing out the restaurant, you may see them soon at your grocery store. Within the next year, Travis is looking to package their squid luau and smoked meat, and bottle their sauces. “A lot of people from the mainland ask us to box it up and ship [the squid luau] to them, so we thought it would be a good idea to expand into the retail sector.” As a graduate of University of Las Vegas who studied Finance, Travis brought his skills back home and contributes his knowledge towards building the family business. With Rene’s recipes and Travis’s finance skills, we can look forward to sharing in many more memories with Laverne’s.

Interview with Rene Paulo, owner of Laverne’s Restaurant and Catering:

The mahi plate - mini.

The (mini) Mahi plate – a favorite among many.

How did your concept come about?
I used to work for the state, Department of Education. I worked in food service, first as a cook, then a manager, and operated cafeterias. Then I decided to start my own restaurant back in November 2000.


The Teriyaki Chicken plate – mini (with sauce on da rice!)

What are some of the biggest/most unexpected challenges you face?
Getting good workers. Besides doing the food, it’s finding good, dependable workers. We are pretty well established as far as catering, but the success of your business depends on the kind of workers you have.

BoxJelly members, cruising on Kamani!

BoxJelly members Jo Anne, Danni, & Chelsea, cruising Kamani St. with Laverne’s!

What are the most rewarding aspects of your business?
Just hearing the comments from people. That’s the highest compliment I can get – “Oh your food is so good!”, or “Your smoked meat is the best!” In restaurants, the bottom line is your food. If you have great service but bad food, great spices but bad food, then you really don’t have anything.


Laverne’s Restaurant and Catering
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Monday’s: BoxLunch (307 Kamani Street)
Wednesday’s & Thurdays.: Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, Engineering Building
Friday’s: Oceanic Cable Mililani Tech. Park
Mon. – Fri.: Campbell Industrial Park
Events: Eat the Street, the Food and New Products Show


The Simple Magic with Denny McDonough


Win-win[-win] situations are magical, but how to create them? Here to teach us is Denny McDonough, adjunct professor at Chaminade University and President of Attitude & Response Management System. In this weekly workshop, Denny will teach the strategies and skills for effective persuasion. Unlock your potential by expanding skills and knowledge in persuasion, communication, and networking to get people to do get what they want (and what you need done).
Previous groups of Denny’s programs include the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Hawaii and the Rotary Club. Join us as we welcome Denny’s workshop series at the BoxJelly!
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 21, 28 & Sep 4
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Box Jelly – White Box
Event Description: DO NOT MISS THIS! We are excited to present this 4-week workshop series with top sales and leadership coach Denny McDonough. Whether you do sales or not, Denny teaches you easy to use strategies to get what you want and a whole lot more.
Open To Box Jelly Members?: Yes
Open To Public?: Yes. Invite your friends!
Price: FREE 1st class for BoxJelly members


DMV (Pt. I)
By Britney T-M

TRIPPIN’ is a summer blog series featuring coworking spaces, as BoxJelly intern Britney T-M travels to attend George Mason University’s Social Innovation Program. Follow the trip on Google Maps.

The Social Innovation Program (at George Mason University)


SIP 2013! Photo cred: Katie Rendon (Program Director)

From our first day: touring the campus.

From our first day: touring the campus.

So this is it; the reason I’m TRIPPIN’. I approached The Social Innovation Program with the question: “How am I going to learn more about social innovation?” The answer: by doing it. The first week was packed with speakers that presented on everything from accounting to the “myths of social entrepreneurship“. Then for the following four weeks, we broke out into teams and performed consulting projects and created our own lean-startup models. Our team consulted for a performing arts organization and a service center, and attempted to address the gap in technology education for undeserved communities. Other consultation projects included work with organizations from farmers’ markets to community discussion platforms, and lean startups that addressed issues of ex-offender re-entry and social innovation education at the elementary school level. What a trip!


Waitin’ for the metro.

Co-living and co-working is a large part of how we were able to deliver so effectively in such a short period of time. We’re seeing this paradigm shift of the way we work, which also includes shifts in the way we live.

InterGen Care at Graduation/Pitch Fest!

InterGen Care at Graduation/Pitch Fest!

By living this way for the 5 weeks of the program, I was confronted by my expectations, and the unexpected. Expectation: I won’t use Twitter until more of my friends do. The Unexpected: I’ll make new friends that will prompt me to up my Twitter game, and I’ll realize how much professional potential there is to unlock (thanks Ramzy!). Expectation: I’ll get to know my roommates, and we’ll learn to live with each other. The Unexpected: My roommates will get to know me, and we’ll have to learn how to live without each other. As a graduate with no “real job”, it was discouraging trying to find opportunity. Having all securities such as prospects, predictability, and instantaneity fall from under you is admittedly scary. But the thrill teaches you, and in the clarity of zero gravity, I have come to what so many others realize: opportunity is created. Expectation: The world is a big place. The Unexpected: The world is infinite.



Hanover/Madison, IN
By Britney T-M

Hanover/MadisonTRIPPIN’ is a summer blog series featuring coworking spaces, as BoxJelly intern Britney T-M travels to attend George Mason University’s Social Innovation Program. Follow the trip on Google Maps.
Student Activities Center at Hanover College

The Center was donated by Jo Ann Flubaucher Withrow ’63 in honor of her late husband Ward Withrow ’60. 

Usually those tables aren't there, but there was a banquet going on (versatility!)

This area doubles as event space (versatility!)

Being so close to my alma mater and hometown-away-from-home, I had to visit good ‘ole Hanover and Madison, Indiana. I’m glad I did because Hanover College has coincidentally implemented the perfect coworking environment. Admittedly, I was rejected for a grant to study the application of coworking in the design of public campus spaces at HC, but so was Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural proposal, so I digress.

This used to be a laundry room.

This used to be a laundry room.

Our Sociological Research Methods class (led by Dr. Robyn Ryle) formulated recommendations for renovation implementations. “Back in my day”, (as in 2012) Phase I of the “SAC” (as we endearingly called it), had a few pool tables, some flat screens, a few ping pong tables, and a ‘theater’ (bunch of sofas in front of a huge flatscreen).

With the completion of Phase 2, there is now a computer lab, a stage with a green room, open area space where pool tables and ping pong tables, meeting rooms, common areas, lunch nooks, and organizations such as the Haq Center lining the first and second floors (yes, BOTH floors are now in use!) which include the student life offices.

This used to be underutilized storage area.

This used to be underutilized storage area.

There are now countless possibilities for interaction with all of the diversity in space – student organizational meetings, class project work sessions, networking over ping-pong – the list is endless! A lot of conversation could occur between coworking spaces and institutions with spaces such as the SAC. I am jealous of, but more so very excited for, all future Hanoverians.

Second floor common area.

2nd floor common area.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Take advantage that costs such as ‘membership dues’ are already factored into your tuition, and quarters aren’t required to operate the pool tables (billiards skills are ESSENTIAL to connect with local sub-cultures of the nearby town of Madison, IN). 

NOTE TO ’12 CLASSMATES: If you need to find me during Homecoming, I’ll be on the beer tour at The Shoebox, or hustling pool tables in the SAC.

Madison, IN

The Broadway Fountain

The Broadway Fountain

In front of the Lanier Mansion.

In front of the Lanier Mansion.

I don’t have much to say (there are no coworking spaces here), except for my expressions of affinity for this little river town. It’s got so much heart and soul if you look, and it unfortunately took me 4 years to find it. It’s a small town, but there are a lot of professionals that are either located here or pass through because of behemoths like the power-plant, that would/could use coworking; not to mention the population of tourists, and community opportunities that coworking spaces tend to bring. The question of coworking in rural areas always tugs at my interests because of Madison being my home-away-from-hometown. If you’re interested in this conversation too, please, get @ me.

Next stop: Social Innovation Program at George Mason University



Louisville, KY
By Britney T-M

Louisville, KY

TRIPPIN’ is a summer blog series featuring coworking spaces, as BoxJelly intern Britney T-M travels to attend George Mason University’s Social Innovation Program. Follow the trip on Google Maps.


“Louisville is extremely strong in the manufacturing, distribution, and long-term healthcare sectors. How do we cross-pollinate and innovate around them?” – Vik Chadha (director of iHub)


iHub is a coworking space within Nucleus (a research park), located in downtown Louisville. For just $80/month, membership grants you access to the entire space (which includes mailing services, meeting rooms, and events), free coffee, and free parking.

My host, Vik (director of iHub), was inspired by the cross-pollination and networking aspects of coworking, and in six months time, turned around what used to be a storage building for Nucleus into a coworking space. For Nucleus, it’s a great way for vertical industry cross-pollination, and can act as a sort of feeder into their main facilities, which include office spaces, laboratories for research, and business management and consulting services.

Dorit Donoviel (NSBRI Industry Forum Leader) with Mayor Greg Fischer

Dorit Donoviel (NSBRI Industry Forum Leader) with Mayor Greg Fischer

They are very open to first-time users, offering free use of the space to them. Vik emphasized not having to monetize services, by having the right alignment in order to be a magnet for those who will best carry out the initiatives you are trying to implement. In the same way that word-of-mouth is the most effective form of marketing, alignment is the most effective way for a coworking space to exist. “It’s all about identifying the needs for the ecosystem,” said Vik. “Louisville is extremely strong in the manufacturing, distribution, and long-term healthcare sectors. How do we cross-pollinate and innovate around them?” In answering this question, iHub creates a sort of ‘critical mass’, a density if you will, for creativity and innovation, that it will eventually feed into the science park and in turn, serve as a beneficial ‘Nucleus’ (puns intended!) for the entire city.

“We want to create our own future by creating ecosystems for innovation. How can we create a foundation for that?” -Vik Chadha, iHub Director

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Vik and me on TV! (wlky.com)

The launch of XLerateHealth’s Accelerate SMARTCAP Program at iHub could not have been an anymore serendipitous example. Vik extended an invitation for me, as it was scheduled during our time to meet. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was in attendance, as well as Ted Smith, the chief of economic growth and innovation. An initiative of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), the SMARTCAP program will be an accelerator program, with awards in $20,000 to each selected participating early-stage startup companies who address healthcare barriers in space to address problems here on earth, such as access to remote areas, limited resources, and patient evaluation. (Space flight will also turn commercial within our lifetimes, so look out for that as well.) Selected start-ups will also have full access to Nucleus services, and of course, access to a network which includes NASA. They are currently accepting applications. Louisville is a prime location for this program to emerge, not only because of Nucleus, but also because of the city’s rich history in distribution and healthcare.

With all of this wonderful news, I couldn’t help but wonder how all of this benefit would include/enhance the lives of the people living in Louisville, and in Kentucky. The answer? Organic growth (of the economy), of course.

Christopher Davis

Twitter: @cdavis

“The more I explore it, the more I realize that what we don’t have is a space that’s constantly trying to benefit and grow the creative economy in Louisville. That’s what I want to do in this space.” -Christopher Davis

The next “space” that I would visit has not yet opened it’s doors, but founder of what will be Method in Louisville, Christopher Davis, was more than willing to meet with me. We met of course, at the place that parented the whole coworking concept: a coffee shop.

Quills Coffee on Baxter Ave.

Quills Coffee on Baxter Ave.

A young up-and-coming designer and entrepreneur himself, Chris is not only trying to cultivate an industry, but looking to grow the city as a whole. What started out as an initiative to open a coworking space has turned into an analysis of Louisville’s ecosystems and cultures that led Chris to innovate around what so many smaller cities (including Honolulu) experience: the dreaded brain drain. “…it’s harder to find talent here in Louisville, which is so ridiculous because I have so many friends who were, and are, moving to places like the Valley and Austin and Chicago because they can’t get jobs in Louisville. Or, they think they can’t get jobs in Louisville.”

What will be the header for the Method page (in Louisville red!)

The more he looked around, the more Chris realized that Louisville needed a physical space for a designer and developer culture to form (much like what Nucleus is doing for the entrepreneurial, science, and healthcare culture); for people to come, create, build, and ‘”organically” develop the identity of the designer and developer cultures that are not yet in place. Realizing that renting desks would not feasibly sustain a space and distracts from other financial opportunities, Chris wants to build Method with the intentions of it being a creative commons; a place to cultivate creativity in Louisville. “The more I explore it, the more I realize that what we don’t have is a space that’s constantly trying to benefit and grow the creative economy in Louisville. that’s what I want to do in this space.” His ideas build a sort of support matrix that would patch a lot of holes that many urban areas see (such as unemployment, lack of educational opportunities, and outsourcing). Workshops and events open to the public, a three-tiered educational plan, and a “Startup Weekend” type of event to act as a crowd-sourcing program to address the city’s problems.

Chris is one of those people whose emanating love for their city keeps its heart pumping. Literally, a place would only be a bunch of buildings if it weren’t for the initiative of its citizens to contribute to its life flow. As a millennial, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start as our generation ages into the professional world and leadership positions, but there are great examples of peers we can look to for that glimpse of guidance.

Next: How Hanover College is (coincidentally) creating a coworking environment.