Five years of brainstorming, planning, and implementing the best programs and events we can think of to support Jackson, West Tennessee, and our whole state of entrepreneurs, future web developers, robot creators and more.Read More
Five years ago, theCO was just starting out and not nearly as well-known. Austin Thompson, one of theCO’s earliest members, sat down to tell us how he got involved all those years ago and why he continues to stick around. Austin has two companies, Thompson Industries, where he does social media marketing and small business consulting, and Random Pieces of Wood, which he started while at theCO, where he crafts laser engraved gifts.Read More
Dev Catalyst is rooted in developing student coders who are marketable in today’s workforce and we offer three high school competition categories: Hardware Development, Novice Web Development, and Data Development. Over two hundred students submitted competition entries this year alone. Eighty students were named code leaders and invited to celebrate at Awardaganza hosted at theCO.Read More
Chances are if you can dream it, Trista Havner can make it. As the owner of Hub City Love, she makes a business out of rescuing forgotten treasures and returning them to their former glory. “No piece of wood, old window, canvas, or even t-shirt is safe with me,” says Trista. If it will hold still, you can pretty much bet she is going to paint it.
Derrick Smith has a background in counseling and wanted to study psychology and sociology to better understand how people work, an interest he transitioned from counseling into starting his own marketing service to help businesses communicate better and stand out in the marketplace to consumers.Read More
It’s time again to reflect on all the goings on from the past year at theCO! Last year we saw some impressive growth from many of our members’ businesses, and this year we tried to take a page out of their business strategy books. We have tripled the size of our team in 2018, adding many new positions and expanding theCO in some amazing ways.Read More
There’s kind of an infamous group of five at theCO, a couple of which share the name Ben, but mostly they’re people who had a hand in the opening of theCO. We call them CO:founders.
Ben Harris, COO of theCO, is also a CO:founder, and has been an integral part of theCO’s function and operation since the beginning.Read More
Jackson will see it’s first ever Hackathon starting in August, and theCO is excited to host it. But you may be thinking, what is a Hackathon? A Hackathon is pulled together from the words “hack” and “marathon” and typically last several days while people, in this case developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and engineers, meet to collaborate on computer programming. This Hackathon will be an entire weekend event, lasting from Friday, January 18th at 6pm to Sunday, January 19th to 7:30pm with the theme being “It’s Always Been Done This Way” in an effort to encourage hackers to use their ingenuity and creativity to come up with new and improved tech solutions to old problems.Read More
Anyone who stays late at theCO on Thursday nights knows all about the stream of kids carrying robotics equipment to the event space. These students are a part of the CO:bots Meetup hosted by theCO, in partnership with Vex Robotics, and come to practice their skills.Read More
If you ask anyone at theCO what the hardest part of their job is, most would likely answer, “explaining theCO to people who have no idea what it is.” Even though that seems trivial, coworking spaces are relatively new, especially to the United States. It wasn’t until 2005 that Brad Neuberg named and created the San Francisco Coworking Space, and even then, the idea wasn’t popular. It took a few months for people to catch on and utilize the space. Now there are just shy of 4,600 coworking spaces in the United States, and still it can be a hard concept to explain.Read More