EVO3 Members Found Startup to Provide Responsible Agent Services

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By Philip Mervis

As the premier collaborative coworking space in Summit County, EVO3 Workspace has always sought to foster a creative environment where its members can collaborate, share ideas and innovate.  Since its inception, many of its members have leveraged this environment to either grow existing or create new businesses and nonprofits. The latest example is Summit Local Agent, a Summit County startup founded by longtime EVO3 Workspace members, Brian Carisch and Philip Mervis.

 

Brian owns a Summit County software development business that develops custom solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.  He also owns and manages multiple Airbnb and VRBO listings throughout Summit County.  Philip is a Summit County realtor who possesses extensive knowledge of the local real estate, short-term rental and property management markets.  He also serves as a co-director of the EVO3 Foundation nonprofit.  Brian and Philip originally met and became friends as EVO3 Workspace members.  They eventually ended up working together on the sale of a local short-term rental unit.  And, they’ve been bouncing various business ideas off of one another for quite a while now.   

 

Recognizing issues attendant to the explosion of local short-term rentals, the Breckenridge town council recently passed a Breckenridge responsible agent requirement for owners of short-term rentals.  In addition to Breckenridge, Summit County and a number of local towns are currently considering the adoption of regulations with similar responsible agent requisites.  A responsible agent must generally be available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week to respond to any complaint filed with the local government about the operation or condition of a short-term rental.  A responsible agent must respond to a complaint within 60 minutes and may also be required to visit the short-term rental property.

 

Recognizing a potential business opportunity, Brian and Philip started attending community meetings regarding the new short-term rental regulations.  When the Town of Breckenridge passed its new regulations, Brian and Philip began forming the business structure for Summit Local Agent and planning how they might provide responsible agent services in Summit County.  Asked about the reason they felt compelled to start the business, Philip said: “We are enormously supportive of property owners who are remote but believe they can best manage their own short-term rentals.  Our goal is to provide these owners with a cost-effective means of complying with the new regulations so they can continue to maximize their short-term rental income.” In the spirit of the tech-centric focus of Evo3 Workspace, Brian and Philip will deploy an array of digital tools to maximize efficiency and client satisfaction in their complaint response.  Another conviction, strongly encouraged in EVO3 Workspace, is giving back to the local community. In this regard, Brian and Philip quickly agreed to partner with the FIRC Housing Works Initiative, which bolsters the availability of long-term rental housing across Summit County.  Summit Local Agent has committed to donate 5% of its net proceeds in support of this fantastic local objective.            

Evo 3 Workspace in Frisco taps into the co-working world

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(Original article 2/3/15) http://www.summitdaily.com/news/14912482-113/evo-3-workspace-in-frisco-taps-into-the-co-working-world

There’s a new breed of tech-minded entrepreneur in Summit County and Aaron Landau is building them a home.

As founder of Evo 3 Workspace, an alternative office space in the spirit of Denver hotspots like Galvanize and Industry, Landau has spent the past five months toiling inside the 4,000-square-foot space on the corner of Seventh and Main Street. The main entryway, where a tiered wooden kiosk will replace a live assistant, is still blanketed in sawdust and surrounded by sheets of plywood. It won’t be ready for another month or so — organizers are still waiting on final items like furniture and town licenses — yet the space is coming together, slowly but surely, and the founder is nearly giddy with excitement.

“Literally, every morning I get out of bed, I’m so excited to go in because I have no idea what that day will bring,” says Landau, a former medical device sales representative who’s now tied to the Colorado tech and startup community. “I know it sounds cliché, but that’s something that really drives entrepreneurs.”

Take the Evo 3 construction: Since purchasing the space in late August, Landau has been a combination business founder, general contractor and project manager. He has no background in any of those fields, but he wanted to oversee the entire project, from drawing a floor plan with office suites and meeting rooms to personally drilling lighting fixtures. It was yet another hands-on learning experience for a self-proclaimed “corporate refugee” — a new breed of business junkies who are disillusioned with the cookie-cutter mentality of most corporations. It starts with the Evo 3 name: “Evo” for evolution, “3” for the third industry to thrive in Frisco after mining and tourism.

Evo 3 is Landau’s baby, and like all entrepreneurs — or at least the successful ones — he’s willing to try anything and everything to make it stand out from the rest, including his co-working neighbors down the block at Elevate CoSpace, the first alternative office space to open in Summit County.

“For someone like me, I absolutely love learning,” Landau says. “I decided I wanted to be my own general contractor, my own project manager, and that’s allowed me to learn the process and adapt. I can make changes and pivot on the fly.”

Landau shares that mentality with the untapped community of alpine entrepreneurs he hopes will flock to Evo 3. He believes there’s a healthy corps of young, hungry, talented programmers and developers who want to work where they live and play, not several hours away in a cramped, inner-city office. And he wants to give them a space to call their own.

“This model is not, ‘If you build it, they will come,’” Landau says. “The philosophy is build the community first, then build the clubhouse. We followed that — it’s an organic, grassroots type of approach, but that’s one of the most rewarding things about it. We built the community and now we’re building the clubhouse, and I have to tell you, it’s incredible.”

A NEW OFFICE CULTURE

In the past three to four years, alternative office spaces — or co-working spaces, as entrepreneurs know them — have become wildly popular. Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins are home to five large-scale spaces, and big players like Galvanize already have plans for three new locations across Colorado by 2016.

Yet mountain towns have been a bit slower to catch on, despite evidence that communities like Summit County are teeming with talented tech entrepreneurs. Thanks to new events like Breckenridge Startup Weekend in August and improved wireless infrastructure across resort towns, those entrepreneurs now have access to the technical perks previously only found in major metros.

“We weren’t really sure who was out there in Summit County,” Landau says. “Soon enough, we started seeing the tech side of things. We know they are out there, but we didn’t know where to find them. We’re now taking an economy that was nearly nonexistent and giving it room to grow.”

Evo 3 will use the same monthly rent arrangement as spaces like Galvanize, albeit more expensive — it’s still the mountains, after all. Single “seats” (essentially access to basic amenities) start at $215 per month, followed by private desks for $418 per month and two- to three-person suites for $605. A basic membership at Elevate begins at $225.

Evo 3 will have all the basics and more — desks, office chairs, wireless Internet, a printer and copier, kitchen space with a range and fridge — but like the majority of workspace founders, Landau sees amenities are just a means to an end. The community and its interests come first, like a potential production studio he’ll build in the basement once the upstairs is finished.

“Normally, folks would have to go to Denver for this kind of space,” Landaus says of the production studio. “All they need is to bring their equipment and we have the rest, like lighting and other production gear. I think there is a huge need for that kind of a space in Summit County.”

This past May, several months before Landau found the Frisco space, he invited a handful of interested entrepreneurs to his home in Keystone for a laid-back barbecue. Just four people came that first month. By June, nearly 30 people dropped by to hear his thoughts on Evo 3 and give input.

Landau was all ears: Before delving into the general contractor world, he reached out to dozens of co-working pioneers, including the founders of Galvanize and Jasper Welch, a Colorado-based entrepreneurial mentor and founder of the alternative office Durango Space.

“He has been a mentor, a friend, a confidante, just somebody who believes in our vision,” Landau says. “He’s given me tons of great feedback and advice, as well as being a great piece of my support system.”

Longtime New Yorker Mark Bellnkoola was at the first barbecue in May. He and Landau immediately started brainstorming ways to improve the Evo 3 concept, and with the opening date just a month away, Bellnkoola is committed to a year-long lease in a private suite. Landau expects suites to be fully booked by the time doors open.

EVO3 Workspace in Frisco taps into the co-working world

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SD_landau_kiosk_large(Original article 2/3/15) http://www.summitdaily.com/news/14912482-113/evo-3-workspace-in-frisco-taps-into-the-co-working-world
There’s a new breed of tech-minded entrepreneur in Summit County and Aaron Landau is building them a home.

As founder of Evo 3 Workspace, an alternative office space in the spirit of Denver hotspots like Galvanize and Industry, Landau has spent the past five months toiling inside the 4,000-square-foot space on the corner of Seventh and Main Street. The main entryway, where a tiered wooden kiosk will replace a live assistant, is still blanketed in sawdust and surrounded by sheets of plywood. It won’t be ready for another month or so — organizers are still waiting on final items like furniture and town licenses — yet the space is coming together, slowly but surely, and the founder is nearly giddy with excitement.

“Literally, every morning I get out of bed, I’m so excited to go in because I have no idea what that day will bring,” says Landau, a former medical device sales representative who’s now tied to the Colorado tech and startup community. “I know it sounds cliché, but that’s something that really drives entrepreneurs.”

Take the Evo 3 construction: Since purchasing the space in late August, Landau has been a combination business founder, general contractor and project manager. He has no background in any of those fields, but he wanted to oversee the entire project, from drawing a floor plan with office suites and meeting rooms to personally drilling lighting fixtures. It was yet another hands-on learning experience for a self-proclaimed “corporate refugee” — a new breed of business junkies who are disillusioned with the cookie-cutter mentality of most corporations. It starts with the Evo 3 name: “Evo” for evolution, “3” for the third industry to thrive in Frisco after mining and tourism.

Evo 3 is Landau’s baby, and like all entrepreneurs — or at least the successful ones — he’s willing to try anything and everything to make it stand out from the rest, including his co-working neighbors down the block at Elevate CoSpace, the first alternative office space to open in Summit County.

“For someone like me, I absolutely love learning,” Landau says. “I decided I wanted to be my own general contractor, my own project manager, and that’s allowed me to learn the process and adapt. I can make changes and pivot on the fly.”

Landau shares that mentality with the untapped community of alpine entrepreneurs he hopes will flock to Evo 3. He believes there’s a healthy corps of young, hungry, talented programmers and developers who want to work where they live and play, not several hours away in a cramped, inner-city office. And he wants to give them a space to call their own.

“This model is not, ‘If you build it, they will come,’” Landau says. “The philosophy is build the community first, then build the clubhouse. We followed that — it’s an organic, grassroots type of approach, but that’s one of the most rewarding things about it. We built the community and now we’re building the clubhouse, and I have to tell you, it’s incredible.”

A NEW OFFICE CULTURE

In the past three to four years, alternative office spaces — or co-working spaces, as entrepreneurs know them — have become wildly popular. Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins are home to five large-scale spaces, and big players like Galvanize already have plans for three new locations across Colorado by 2016.

Yet mountain towns have been a bit slower to catch on, despite evidence that communities like Summit County are teeming with talented tech entrepreneurs. Thanks to new events like Breckenridge Startup Weekend in August and improved wireless infrastructure across resort towns, those entrepreneurs now have access to the technical perks previously only found in major metros.

“We weren’t really sure who was out there in Summit County,” Landau says. “Soon enough, we started seeing the tech side of things. We know they are out there, but we didn’t know where to find them. We’re now taking an economy that was nearly nonexistent and giving it room to grow.”

Evo 3 will use the same monthly rent arrangement as spaces like Galvanize, albeit more expensive — it’s still the mountains, after all. Single “seats” (essentially access to basic amenities) start at $215 per month, followed by private desks for $418 per month and two- to three-person suites for $605. A basic membership at Elevate begins at $225.

Evo 3 will have all the basics and more — desks, office chairs, wireless Internet, a printer and copier, kitchen space with a range and fridge — but like the majority of workspace founders, Landau sees amenities are just a means to an end. The community and its interests come first, like a potential production studio he’ll build in the basement once the upstairs is finished.

“Normally, folks would have to go to Denver for this kind of space,” Landaus says of the production studio. “All they need is to bring their equipment and we have the rest, like lighting and other production gear. I think there is a huge need for that kind of a space in Summit County.”

This past May, several months before Landau found the Frisco space, he invited a handful of interested entrepreneurs to his home in Keystone for a laid-back barbecue. Just four people came that first month. By June, nearly 30 people dropped by to hear his thoughts on Evo 3 and give input.

Landau was all ears: Before delving into the general contractor world, he reached out to dozens of co-working pioneers, including the founders of Galvanize and Jasper Welch, a Colorado-based entrepreneurial mentor and founder of the alternative office Durango Space.

“He has been a mentor, a friend, a confidante, just somebody who believes in our vision,” Landau says. “He’s given me tons of great feedback and advice, as well as being a great piece of my support system.”

Longtime New Yorker Mark Bellnkoola was at the first barbecue in May. He and Landau immediately started brainstorming ways to improve the Evo 3 concept, and with the opening date just a month away, Bellnkoola is committed to a year-long lease in a private suite. Landau expects suites to be fully booked by the time doors open.

Summit County’s 2nd Annual Startup Weekend

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startupweekend-frisco-evo3Here at Evo3 we’re big fans of creative thinking and innovation. In fact, that’s why we do what we do. We believe that innovation and creativity grow exponentially when in an environment of collaboration instead of lone efforts.

If you’ve ever started a business, you know that the beginning stage is rife with false starts, heaps of trial and error and an overwhelming sense of uncertainty. You are forced to learn all sorts of new words such as Business Model Canvas and MVP. It can be a daunting task but it can also be exhilarating. Startup Weekend makes the process of building a business just a bit easier.

This is why we were stoked to cohost Summit County’s 2nd Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend is a global 54-hour event where talented, entrepreneurial people come together to launch a startup- in just one weekend. Participants will pitch their great ideas on Friday night and team up with developers, designers, marketers and the like to work their butts off all weekend making those ideas come to life.

This past weekend, we were able to be a part of this event. The energy going around was amazing and it was exciting to see the process each team went through.

Here are a few of the teams.

adrenaline-escapes_largeAdrenaline Escapes, the first place winner, is a web platform that connects local talent with travelers. Vacationers looking for something a little more adventurous than a week at the beach can connect with locals. The locals, who create profiles on the site, can show them all the hidden gems their home has to offer, give lessons in their favorite sport and help them make the most of their experience.

 

malaria-team_largeMalaria Detection Systems. Currently, malaria is detected by analyzing a blood sample for 30 minutes by a trained professional. This yields about a 60% accuracy. This team wrote software (in a weekend!) that can detect infected cells in a fraction of that time, with a much higher accuracy rating. Talk about a game changer!

 

team-savvy_largeSavvy is an on-demand helpline aimed at college students. They can text, call or chat their questions to trained professionals and get advice exactly when they need it. Colleges will purchase credits for their students to subsidize the costs.

 

Each team spent the weekend formulating their business model, writing marketing plans, doing market research, creating a budget and of course, developing their product. The coaches, volunteers from different local businesses, were on hand to offer their expertise in marketing, finance and graphic design.coaches_large

The amount of creative energy at Evo3 this past weekend was amazing and we were excited to be a part of it. Innovation, growth and collaborative entrepreneurs: that’s what we are about!