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Faces of Shift with Design Like You Mean It (DLYMI)

We love the great relationships we foster with our members at Shift Workspaces. This month, we had the opportunity to meet with Jesse Weaver and Michael Dusing to learn more about their company DLYMI. Continue reading to discover their unique story.

What inspired you to start your own company, and do what you do?

Design Like You Mean It (DLYMI) is a digital product design firm. We focus primarily on user experience design for mobile and web applications. As co-founders, we’ve been in this industry for over 30 years combined. We’ve seen the positive things that can come from digital technologies for both people and businesses, and we’ve also witnessed the pitfalls. We believe that we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible, and DLYMI is an opportunity for us to help a lot of companies deliver truly positive outcomes for their customers and themselves. It’s also our opportunity to build a diverse, highly experienced team of designers who aren’t just consultants, but who have all worked within companies and understand the day-to-day challenges it takes to grow and succeed. Our mantra is great people, great clients, great work.

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

The speed of change and the scale of impact that can be achieved in the digital industry is mind-blowing. There are so many opportunities to bring benefits to people’s lives. Witnessing that benefit in others and knowing that, when something isn’t working, we have an ability to make it better is the driving motivator for us as a company.

What is something about your business that most people do not know?

While you might only see two of us in the office we actually have a growing team of 12 designers and engineers and can scale to meet any project need. One benefit of 30+ years of combined experience is a huge network of very talented people.

What are your business’s long-term goals?

Our goal is to build a portfolio of clients that are truly long-term partners. While we can (and do) take on “one and done” projects, we know the path to success is long and winding. We have a holistic approach that works best when we can be a part of that longer journey and continually improve products alongside our partners.

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry?

For new designers, it’s easy to get hung up on learning the latest design software and obsessing over the latest aesthetic trends, but the real value you can bring is in paying close attention to what’s happening around you. Tools change, aesthetics shift and while important, these aren’t the underlying drivers of good design. If instead, you can take the time to understand what makes a business tick, from finances to engineering to customer service, and what makes a customer tick, from motivations and goals to life circumstances, then you can become a bridge between those worlds. That’s where the true positive outcomes are created.

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

We both have families with amazing kids. A work-life balance is a huge part of our business goals and original motivations for starting DLYMI. Building something of our own gives us more flexibility to live life outside of work.

What types of activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?

In cliche Colorado fashion, we both love being outside. We do a lot of biking, hiking, and skiing. Michael is a major bike commuter, and Jesse is a terrible fly fisherman who mostly just stands in the water but for some reason still enjoys it.

How has coming to Shift Workspaces contributed to your growth and success?

Shift has been a huge benefit for us. Especially starting out, it would have been very hard to afford a space with so many amenities and support on our own. It’s really been an awesome experience so far. We love it because it gives us a place to meet face-to-face and work through the challenges of growing a business. While remote is great and most of our client work is remote, it can be easier to work through hard problems in person.

To learn more about DLYMI, you can check out their website or follow them on Instagram.

Best Ways to Exercise in Nature

With the winter weather starting to break, there will be more opportunities for getting outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures. The cold months spent mostly indoors can lead to weight gain, boredom, and even depression for many of us. Now is the time to begin the shift to exercising in the fresh air, a time of rejuvenation, clearing our heads, and preparing for the promise of spring.

Those working from home or within a community workspace like Shift Workspaces may have more autonomy with their schedule and excellent amenities. Yet, many neglect the needs of their bodies and mental health. Regular exercise gets the muscles moving and is good for maintaining heart and mental health, staving off chronic diseases, lowering high blood pressure, and burning calories.

What’s Your Favorite Outdoor Exercise?

When you find a physical activity that you enjoy and combine it with nature, it can be a win-win situation, encouraging you to be more consistent and motivated. Explore the nature trails in your area to find the best surfaces and surroundings for your chosen activity, and first, make sure that you have the proper shoes and gear as necessary.

Diehard enthusiasts take advantage of the winter months and get their exercise with outside sports like skiing and skating, while for others, a brisk walk on safe surfaces is gentler to the joints while still providing health benefits. Early spring offers more opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors while giving your body a workout.

1.     Walking

Current guidelines recommend thirty minutes for a brisk daily walk, with the target of five days per week. Walking is easiest on the joints and helps to build up bone health and cardiovascular endurance. Keep in mind that the longer you walk, you burn more calories. All that’s required is a good pair of athletic shoes.  

2.     Hiking

Hiking uses a lot more leg muscle due to more varied terrain and provides a wonderful outlet for relaxing in nature while enjoying cardiovascular benefits. Research to find the best hiking trails suited to your level of ability. More preparation is needed, from equipping yourself with the correct footwear to a supply of water, bug repellant, and layered clothing.

3.     Jogging or Running

Either jogging or running is excellent for improving stamina, burning calories, and strengthening your heart and lungs. Although a great way to lose weight and strengthen your core, there can be a downside. Muscles take longer to adapt to the demands of running, and jogging can be jarring on the joints, so start off slowly and build up your resistance. Good quality running shoes and a sports bra for women are highly recommended.

4.     Cycling

With a comfortable, adequately sized bicycle, cycling can be exhilarating. Great for the quadriceps, cycling combines the added health benefits with more expansive scenery. Some even ride their bikes to work. There is a more significant initial investment, and basic bike repair knowledge is strongly recommended. It is advisable to seek out a reputable bicycle store to fit your machine, helmet, and gloves properly.

5.     Water Sports

The warmer weather invites water activities, from the pleasure of lake or ocean swimming to more costly water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and water skiing.

Whatever your choice, being out in nature is a great way place to get some exercise, even if you are performing annual spring chores or taking a short break from work. Not only are there excellent physical health benefits, but we also can explore our local landscapes while experiencing the uplifting effects of sunshine, warmer breezes, and the sounds and scents of nature reawakening.

Introducing the Team at Cyberhawk

We value our members here at Shift Workspaces, and love getting to know them better. This month we sat down with Chris Fleming. His company, Cyberhawk is a leader in drone survey and inspection for the energy industry, helping clients assess the condition of their assets which allows them to make evidence-based decisions. Continue reading to learn about his unique experiences with the company.

 

What inspired you to start your own company and do what you do?

It was not my idea. In fact, two of my friends convinced me to join Cyberhawk and invest. At the time, I knew relatively little about drones and software, but it sounded exciting, so I jumped in headfirst. I quit my job, sold a property, and invested over $100,000 of my own money. To say I was naive is an understatement. However, once I had committed, I gave it 110 percent. Thankfully, I knew a bit about inspection, so my skills were useful, and I soon learned a lot about drones.

 

What about your business and/ or industry motivates you?

We are truly disrupting normally conservative industries. We are doing things that have never been done before, and that keeps us motivated and fresh. By using remote technologies like drones to inspect assets, we are undoubtedly keeping people safer, which is a great thing. I’m also motivated by the stories and memories that we create as we go on this journey. We have worked in over 35 countries, and we all have great stories to tell about the places we have been.

 

What is your business’s long-term goals?

We strive to continue growing, and we aim to become a global brand that helps energy companies digitize their assets.

 

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

I’m motivated by adventure and new experiences. I enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles, and doing things that give me a thrill. Two of my most memorable trips include riding motorcycles through South Africa and Morocco. I have tried dog sledding once and would love to do that again. I also learned how to fly a plane, skydive, and scuba dive!

 

What does your ideal weekend look like?

I would go to see U2 at Red Rocks on Friday night. Saturday morning, we would take a private jet up to the mountains, avoiding the traffic, go heliskiing with friends and family in fresh powder all day. As the sun starts to set, we would take the dogsleds to a remote deluxe cabin with magnificent views across the mountain tops and enjoy a fine meal with some karaoke. On Sunday, we would grab the snowmobiles, head out across a frozen lake to meet with the ice rally team, and drive like lunatics around the frozen lake. A fixed-wing plane would bring us back to town in the afternoon, and we skydive out the back. We land in a field where Fat Boy Slim is just starting his first set, and the crowd is starting to go wild.

 

How has coming to Shift Workspaces Littleton contributed to your growth and success?

It is new for us to have a space that allows us to get together in Denver. Most people were working remotely, so having a beautiful, collaborative space has helped the team gel and be inspired by such a remarkable space. We have an office in Edinburgh that is awe-inspiring, so I thought it was going to be tough to find something comparable in Denver. Despite my doubts, I think we have. The surroundings and aesthetics of the working space are important to me, and Shift delivers in every way. I love the delectable food, the welcoming staff, and the ambiance in general.

 

If you want to learn more about Chris Fleming and Cyberhawk, you can check out his website

Faces of Shift with the team from Vinyl Me, Please

We take pride in the great relationships we create with our members at Shift Workspaces. This month we are highlighting the team from Vinyl Me, Please from Shift Bannock. Continue reading to find out all about the unique products and services VMP offers.

How would you describe VMP to someone who had not heard of you before?

VMP is a community of explorers and storytellers seeking tangible music We offer a monthly record subscription, an online record store with exclusive pressings, and a multitude of editorial content and events. There’s no algorithm: just people picking albums they think everyone should own and care about.

What about your industry motivates and excites you?

One of the biggest joys of our jobs is supporting artists through our vinyl products and online Magazine — everyone from Usher to St. Vincent to unsigned artists (via our Rising program). We work directly with management teams and labels to honor their music via the vinyl format and support the record with editorial content such as interviews with the artists, photo essays, and a robust digital marketing campaign that introduces new fans to their music.

Another thing that motivates and excites us is vinyl resurgence. Being a leader and integral part of the vinyl resurgence poses exciting opportunities, yet also challenges us to overcome obstacles as we scale our customer base and vinyl production. It’s a very exciting time to be producing vinyl and, in many ways, leading the charge.

Over the past 8 years, we’ve cultivated an audience of music superfans who trust our curation and are open to exploring new music spanning all decades and genres. This makes our job really fun.

What does the VMP team enjoy doing in their free time?

The VMP team attends a lot of live music (sometimes all together!), listening to records, and exploring our various cities since we’ve become a remote workforce.

What drew you to Shift Workspaces and how has it helped your team?

Like many businesses, VMP became a fully remote company during the pandemic. Once COVID-19 vaccines were readily available, we were looking for a space to come back together to continue developing relationships with each other, which in turn makes us a stronger team. Shift has been a great place to facilitate that reunion and professional development.

What do you see for the future of VMP?

We hope to continue to trailblaze the vinyl resurgence and create solutions for the music industry as demand continues to grow. As music lovers, we all have our list of dream artists that we’d love to partner with and hope to one day make our vinyl wishlist come true with VMP exclusive pressings and partnerships. 

If you would like to know more about VMP, you can visit them on their website, or check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

Faces of Shift with C10

At Shift Workspaces, we take pride in fostering great relationships with each and every one of our members in the Shift community. This month we are highlighting the C10 team out of our Littleton location. Continue reading below to find out more about C10 and their commitment to successful and fun relationship-building within their industry. 

What about your industry motivates and excites you? How have you seen your industry change in the past year?

Our team helps people connect in a human way that brings people together to accomplish great things. We make networking and executive relationship-building accessible and enjoyable. CIOs are pitched all the time by technology organizations seeking to foist their products onto them. We transform this typically tedious, unproductive and business-focused pursuit into a relationship-centered opportunity that actually works. IT representatives benefit from the opportunity to connect with CIOs on a deeper level through carefully planned, exciting events. During COVID we pivoted and started doing virtual events. However, we have found that people more than ever are missing that in-person connection, so we are back up and running doing events in over 22 cities across the United States.

What is your biggest piece of advice for someone who wants to get started in your field?

Understanding that your network is your net worth. If you were to ask a top IT leader of any fortune 500 company how they got to where they are they will always say ‘the connections they made along their career.’ Our events are all about real relationships, good times with family, and making IT work better for all of us. At C10, the focus is firmly on the people, as genuine relationships are key to the sale.

What do you all enjoy doing in your free time?

We are all are big travelers and adventurous. We love being outside, Pilates, visiting our favorite restaurants as we consider ourselves ‘foodies’ and enjoying times with friends and family.

What drew you to Shift Workspaces and how has working here helped your team?

The atmosphere and amenities are definitely what drew us to Shift, as well as the people. Everyone is genuinely so nice and helpful. Also, Shift helps keep us productive and connected to the people in the office. It’s a community that has opened up opportunities where we have been able to work with people in the office.

What do you see for the future of C10?

In 2022, C10 is planning on doing 22 events in 22 cities. We will continue to connect with Fortune 500 executive decision makers nationally peer-to-peer and grow into new markets. We’re going to continue featuring our Spotlight Thought Leaders in a personal way to find their meaning of LEGACY both personally and professionally.

If you would like to know more about C10, you can visit them on their website

Faces of Shift with Avenue Logistics

At Shift Workspaces, we love getting to know each of our members on a personal level. This month we had the opportunity to sit down with the team from Avenue Logistics to learn more about them and what they do. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about this amazing team as much as we have!

 

Tell us about the work you do at Avenue Logistics.

We are a freight brokerage that offers a full suite of logistics services to shippers of all sizes in all major industries. We specialize in full truckload, partial, LTL, warehousing, consolidation, and freight management services. We thrive on bringing new technology to old relationships, and our focus at Avenue is on using our proprietary load matching software to reduce waste in the supply chain without losing a personal and familiar touch.

 

What about this business motivates you?

The personal connection and friendships we make with our clients, we thrive on these partnerships. We are constantly being met with new challenges and opportunities for growth. Every day we are given the chance to bring new transportation solutions to our clients. This keeps our days interesting, fun, and very fast-moving!

 

What are your company’s core values? How do they inform how your company serves clients?

At Avenue Logistics we understand that it is important for our clients to connect with a live person 24/7/365 and we recognize that every interaction matters. We specialize in faster and more efficient coverage, and optimized transportation costs, all with lower environmental impact. We focus on Dedicated Carrier Opportunities and use proprietary matching technology that allows Avenue Logistics to quickly and effortlessly find opportunities that fit in a carrier’s network. Innovative and forward-thinking technology designed by in-house experienced professionals is advancing our growth exponentially. We know that it takes a team of amazing people to make each of these avenues a success. We deliver our best at all times and through all modes, it’s the Avenue way for transparency in transit with a partner you can trust!

 

What has been the number one key to your company’s success throughout the past year?

Our people, we have a team of truly dedicated supply chain professionals here to provide the best solutions. The dedication our team has to supply chain solutions and our strong relationships with our clients is what keeps us successful!

 

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company here in Denver?

We are happy to call Shift our home base for our Denver CO branch. We were drawn to the high-energy environment and convenience that Shift offers. We have been happy to interact with and meet people from many different industries here on a day-to-day basis. We also love the amenities and bright offices. full of natural light and fun outdoor spaces.

 

When you and the team are away from the office, what do you enjoy doing?

We all enjoy the many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer! In our spare time, we enjoy camping, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. We also have a member of a Colorado-based band on our team, check them out! 3420 out of Fort Collins, CO.

 

If you would like to learn more about Avenue Logistics, you can visit them on their website.

How to Finish Your Year Strong

The end of the year is already in sight. As we prepare to enter Q4 it is a fantastic idea to be proactive and take advantage of this time instead of letting it go to waste. 

Here are a few ideas to help you finish your year strong:

Declutter

Stress management is key to taking full advantage of the last months of the year, and a big source of stress for most people is the clutter in their desks, their computers, and their inboxes. So start by cleaning out your inbox, sort everything in your computer in folders instead of having everything on your screen, and clean everything on your desk. This will make you feel more comfortable in your workplace, and it may also produce the added benefit of providing you with a clear mind as well. 

Back your data up

While it is important to continually back up your data throughout the year, once you clean up your desktop, it is a great idea to create a backup of all your data now that it is freshly organized to give yourself a clean start. This includes your computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Not only should you back up to a cloud storage system, but you should also consider using an external hard drive for additional insurance. 

List your accomplishments

Make a list of your biggest triumphs of the year, and the obstacles you overcame to achieve those victories. The goal is not only to make you feel good about your year but also to think about how you will be able to replicate these achievements next year. Make sure to also mention everybody who contributed to these successful moments.  

Show your appreciation

Use this time to thank everybody that played a key role in your organization’s accomplishments. This can be anything from a personalized thank you email, to a gift basket or a coupon code.

List your failures

On the flip side, it is also very important to list this year’s shortcomings. Making such a list can help you make a more detached analysis of what went wrong, which will, in turn, help you avoid making these same mistakes next year. Remember that the only way to fail is to not learn from your mistakes. 

Review your digital presence

Take this time to review all the elements that form your digital presence. Start with your website, take the time to click each link, and see if they all work. Check if the information provided is still relevant. Analyze if it still looks fresh or if it looks outdated and needs a full redesign. Then head over to your newsletter and see what improvements can be made. Finally, check out all your social media profiles and see if they are in need of an update. 

Of course, as we head into 2022 and beyond, Shift Workspaces will always be here to help and facilitate your success. 

Faces of Shift with Traction Financial Partners

Each month at Shift Workspaces, we have the opportunity to highlight a valued member. We love getting to know our members not only on a professional level but also on a personal one. This month we are highlighting Traction Financial Partners from Shift Littleton. Continue reading below to find out all about their business and what makes them great!

  1. You have been with us at Shift Littleton for the past year now. What has it been like transitioning to a coworking space?

It’s honestly been such a great transition for us! We were a little nervous to make a change from such a traditional office space, but it’s been smoother than we could have imagined. Not only do we love working in such a gorgeous space with everything we need, but our clients are so impressed every time they come in.

  1. How does Shift help you better serve your clients?

Shift has provided us with a gorgeous, centrally located, professional office space for us to serve our clients. It has everything we need from a professional services standpoint but also has provided a calm and relaxing environment for us to connect on a deeper level as well. Eliminating the stuffy traditional office space from such a traditional industry has done wonders for our team and clients alike.

  1. What are your company’s core values? How do they inform how your company serves clients?

Our core values are stewardship, excellence, accountability, loyalty and innovation. We exemplify stewardship by faithfully caring for those we are entrusted with; excellence through our commitment to constant improvement; accountability by always doing what has to be done and communicating the process along the way; loyalty through our care for clients as we are a family and treat our them as family too; and innovation through our continual commitment to learn and advance in every way possible.

  1. What has been the number one key to your company’s continued success throughout the past year? Particularly, through the pandemic.

Communication, communication, communication. We make a conscious effort to communicate with our clients on a regular basis, to begin with, but the pandemic made it an even higher priority. Of course, we updated them on our views of the economic markets and their account status but we made a bigger effort to check in on our clients from a personal perspective too. The last year and a half has been extremely challenging on everyone from all directions so we’ve tried hard to let our clients know that we’re here for them in any way we can be, personally and professionally. 

  1. What advice would you give to young professionals regarding saving for their financial future?

The biggest thing is to just start somewhere. Even if you can’t put away hundreds of dollars a month, you’d be shocked at how much a little bit on a consistent basis adds up to, especially when it’s invested and can have time to ride out the market. The time value of money is huge and starting as early as possible will make a significant impact down the road.

  1. What is the most rewarding aspect of working with your financial clients?

Being provided with the opportunity to walk with clients through all stages of life is beyond rewarding. Helping them plan to buy their first home, save for having kids, and into retirement is such a blessing. Knowing that we can help provide guidance to help financial goals and dreams come true makes this hands down one of the most rewarding jobs out there.

If you would like to get to know more about Traction Financial Partners, you can visit them on Facebook.

How Coworking Can Benefit You as a Remote Employee

Working remotely can be a very satisfying experience. You don’t have to deal with long commutes or rush hour traffic jams, you can usually make your own schedule, you have the freedom to work from anywhere in the world, and you have the freedom to personalize your workspace however you want it. 

However, there are a few drawbacks that every remote employee will experience eventually such as feeling isolated and lonely, struggling to increase your productivity, being distracted and finding excuses to procrastinate too often, and having a hard time separating work from home. On top of this, an inadequately equipped home office can lead to physical issues too. 

Many remote workers have found that the best solution is to use a local coworking space to do their jobs. Here are a few ways coworking can benefit you as a remote employee:

Drive productivity

As a remote worker, you have the freedom to set your own schedule and be as flexible as you want with it. But this flexibility often leads to a chaotic routine that impacts your productivity negatively. Using a coworking space can help you lay the foundations of a more structured routine that will in turn boost your productivity. 

Combat loneliness

Working from home can feel very lonely after a while, especially if you are a digital nomad and change homes every few months. By joining a coworking space you get the benefit of being surrounded by like-minded professionals who can make your remote work feel way less lonely. This doesn’t mean that you will get interrupted constantly by other chatty members, after all this is a workplace and people are there to actually work. 

Do what works for you

Coworking spaces are usually set up to accommodate many different styles of working. If you work better in a traditional office, then you can work in a space that emulates that feeling. If you prefer a more relaxed type of setup, then you may want to check out the couches, bean bags, and coffee tables you can work from. Or if you work better outdoors, then there are often decks and terraces you can use. Some coworking spaces even have things like hammocks, giant nets, and other unusual areas for those looking for something unique. 

Work and travel

Nothing disrupts your routine more than traveling, and this in turn has a great negative impact on your productivity. Coworking spaces can help you mitigate this effect because they are literally everywhere in the world, and you can just pop in and get a desk whenever you need one. This means that your routine can follow you wherever you go. 

Be part of a community

Coworking spaces are also known for the strong communities that are formed between their members. They often have activities and events that help you grow your network and connect with others. This is very valuable for remote workers because they are usually not exposed to these social interactions. 

Work whenever you want

The ability to set up your own schedule gives you the power to work whenever you feel more productive. Some people feel like they do their best work during the normal 9-5 work hours. Others feel more productive very early in the morning, and there are also the night owls who like to work very late at night. Coworking spaces can accommodate most schedules, and some are even open 24/7, so you have access to a professional work environment no matter what your preference is. 

Faces of Shift with the Team from Nimble Gravity

Tell us about the work you do at Nimble Gravity?

Nimble Gravity is a data science, digital transformation, and eCommerce consulting company. We help companies create data-driven strategies – which is increasingly important as business accelerates online. We’re geeks who also have business acumen. “Digital Transformation through Data Science” is our tag line. Stop by our office to introduce yourself and we’ll give you a pocket protector that says so! 

What do you think has contributed to your success?

Our team is a group of experienced and proven professionals with high standards. We love to get our hands dirty and enjoy exploring new ways to add value for our clients every day. Although our joke is that it’s all about the beards. 

What do you think the future of your industry will look like?

The insights you can derive as more data becomes available are increasing exponentially. Keeping your business relevant and competitive in today’s digital age will require deeper technical expertise and insightful analysis of the data to predict behavior and identify areas for growth.

How do you see Nimble Gravity growing?

FAST – We’re on track to grow over 500% this year and we’re not done yet!  

What about your job inspires you?

We celebrate the diversity of personal inspiration at Nimble Gravity. Some of us are motivated by solving hard technical problems or geeking out on serverless cloud architectures, or building “trusted advisor” relationships with our clients. Yet we all share a love of the outdoors and for using gravity to descend nimbly – on a bike, snowboard, or skis. 

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company?

We were terrifically tired of being stuck in our homes! Shift is a comfortable and classy place to work with a great location. We’ve found it to be a fantastic environment to grow our business and for our employees to thrive. And Mackenzie’s daily treats can’t be beaten!    

If you would like to get to know more about Nimble Gravity and their team, you can visit them on their Website, LinkedIn, and Facebook.