You’re about to read a list.
Moveline; The Black Sheep; Heyo; BeHealth Solutions; VirtualU; Marketing Stick; Skill-capped; Ace of Sales; Rural System and Koofers.
What do these have in common? They are all IT start-ups and alumni of TechPad in Blacksburg. There are actually many more companies listed, but they either didn’t have clickable links from TechPad’s member page or the links were dead.
Even if you don’t know anything about these companies or their viability, that is a pretty impressive list.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this. It would be tempting but lazy to compare TechPad with CoLab in Roanoke and say, “See! Blacksburg is a more natural fit for tech start-ups; just look at that long list and compare to the – shall we say – meager start-up offerings on tap at CoLab!”
That would be a jerk thing to do, though, because all indications are that CoLab really is succesful. They don’t turn paying members away at the door just because their business ideas don’t revolve around disruption and/or unicorns (those are buzzwords, y’all). CoLab is a place for all kinds of workers and small businesses. It’s inclusive!
So, yeah, why AM I writing about TechPad…maybe if I keep tapping away at the keyboard there will be magic. Beep boop bop boop beep… Nothing yet… Oh, I know: coworking. Yeah…yeah! Here’s the thing, right, about coworking or whatever: ::: :::fuck it, I lost my train of thought. Did I mention that I hit my head doing pull-ups at the gym tonight? True story. I pulled my head right up into the bar. And I’ve got beastly strength, too. Probably gave myself brain damage like a boss. Write more tomorrow? Question mark…