August 11. 2014 By: Tonya O'Dell
July 7. 2014 By: Tonya O'Dell
Interview Re-cap: LPR’s Steve Scott Interviewing ROC CEO Ron McElroy
In a recent revealing interview on Leadership Point Radio, Steve Scott more than interviewed but challenged ROC CEO, Ron McElroy, to critically analyze exactly what ROC is, does and stands for.
“Work environment is not about four walls anymore,” ROC provides workspace -“evolved”.-Ron McElroy
June 5. 2014 By: tonya
The majority of Entrepreneurs work more than 40 hours per week and are available, or in the office, virtually 24/7. This is not to point out that being a ‘work-a-holic’ often goes along with the job description for most successful business owners, but being available whenever the need dictates has become a more productive way of accomplishing more goals in a given day, week, or year. This ability is sometimes directly related to conducting international deals as it relates to the time difference of “normal business hours”, yet even those that primarily do business locally utilize these zealous productive traits. Of course none of this would be possible without the progression of technology which now fully and reliably supports a 24/7 work schedule, and since technology has yet to master being able to allow us to be two places at the same time (TuPac and Michael Jackson aside) working with virtual tools is not just a convenience, but a necessity for success. It's safe to say that virtual working, is working.
Working Remotely or Remotely WorkingA decade ago working “remotely” was more like “remotely working”, where employers and clients were still hesitant about the freedom, independence and reliability of a company or its employees, today “flex” jobs are much more mainstream and even favored to a business with set hours of operation only. Multi-tasking has been under attack for decades, and like wine, one day its good for you, the next day it’s not, and there’s no avoiding the need for this skill when working virtually. Not everyone can or wants to work remotely or even off-site because of the distractions and lack of supervision, so working virtually does not work for all employees or companies as a whole. Being independent, self-motivated, technically savvy, having prior remote working experience and proven time management capabilities are all specific traits that should be proven prior to a virtual working relationship.
Technology and international business are changing, evolving and growing faster than the boom of the Industrial Revolution and it’s perfectly normal to think the way we work nowadays is a little crazy. Have you seen the new treadmill desks? We all want to be more productive of course, and the physicality of the new workplace emerging out from the cubicle has been coined the “third age of virtual working”, it too is still evolving.
Back in a 2012 article, Forbes noted that the New World of Work emerging was working virtually and they even predicted that by 2016 as many as 63 million Americans will be working virtually, a dramatic rise from the roughly 34 million accounted for in 2010. According to the most recent statistics from Global Workplace Analytics the national “Telework Force” as of September 2013 continued to rise between 4-8% and small businesses to large corporations are catching on. The Global Workplace Analytics website has a wealth of resources relating to the benefits and potential profit boosting strategies, including a Telework Savings Calculator that will tell you just how much in real dollars changing the way we think about work can positively affect our bottom line.
Working virtually doesn't even mean alone at home, in your pajamas (although its still a nice image to conjure up), in fact those that work remotely often have very busy (if not busier) face-to-face time schedules and they appreciate (often get more out of) that personal interaction a bit more than the average office employee. Balance is the key to effectively juggling all the balls that life throws at you. Managing your working relationships and work time also require a balance of independent working and co-working. Catching on to this trend early, all of the ROC locations offices are designed specifically with the new workplace and "third age of virtual working" in mind.
June 3. 2014 By: tonya
What’s hotter than Comic Con in San Diego? San Diego Startup Week is quickly becoming one of the hottest passes to possess and for good reasons, professionally speaking. Of course Comic Con highlights the creative genius of the under and other worlds, San Diego Startup Week focuses on the real world of entrepreneurialism and it is the “region’s premier catalyst for innovation”, as the event is described on the official event website. As you can surmise, this is not a single day event. San Diego Startup Week kicks off June 17th and runs through Saturday June 21st with a huge lineup of events, mentoring, product demos and highlights, parties, friendly competitions and networking opportunities galore!
As of today the Early Bird Passes have been completely sold out for the 5 day event, and tickets are going fast. The Standard Week Pass for SD Startup Week is just $55.
Where there is an innovative buzz, ROC is always present, and SD Startup Week is certainly no exception. ROC will be co-sponsoring SD Startup week and an event on June 20th for #GOSAN DIEGO DAY in which Startup America CEO Scott Case will be both in attendance and a guest speaker at.
The $184.9 million project of the newly redesigned San Diego Central Library was just completed September 2013, boasts of utilizing the latest in innovative technology for its applications will be the site for a special gala and pitch session for San Diego Startup week. This brand new modern accommodation is the perfect backdrop in showcasing San Diego’s finest minds and brightest stars in business and is a great networking opportunity as well a chance to explore the new library if you haven’t done so yet.
This generation knows it's chic to be geek-even for ladies in the startup scene, Geek Girl Tech Con is one networking alliance group that will be holding an event that is open to all, men and women alike. During San Diego Startup Week on June 21st at 12 noon those in attendance will embark on a daylong conference devoted to empowering and enabling successes for women in the tech field. This is an all inclusive event with 30 workshops, a “Sharkette Tank Pitch Fest”, a Hackfest, panels, keynote speakers, one-on-one mentoring and you even get lunch and a “swag bag”!
Back in March, Forbes designated San Diego as the number 1 location to launch a startup, pointing out that San Diego already holds the title of "5th best business community in the country". While those of us that live here have already picked up on this "emergence of small enterprise", the pressure to perform now lies with our entrepreneurs. Considering the growing attendance and demand for events like Startup San Diego holds, such as the upcoming San Diego Startup Week, there is nothing Comic-al about the rise in leading innovators in the cleantech, biotech, defense tech, mobile tech, cross border manufacturing, and online marketplaces.
According to Forbes as well, San Diego's very own Comic Con is the "largest convention of its kind in the world", and while the San Diego Startup scene is still in its relative infancy, its growth potential is vast and international influence even greater-considering San Diego's glowing reputation among professional circles.
Now for some name dropping-the San Diego Startup Team is spearheaded by the following roster of players; Brant Cooper, author of ‘The Lean Entrepreneur’, Melani Gordon, CEO at TapHunter, Tim Ryan, Founder of ValuNetwork, Denise Gitsham, Principle at 7 Second Strategies, Eric Otterson, SVP Business Development at Cooley LLP, and Austin Neudecker, a self proclaimed Startup Fanatic.
Feature image San Diego Library By Nserrano (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.