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Faces of Shift with Hailey Hart Law

Our relationship with our members is of the utmost importance to us here at Shift. Each month, we ask one of our cherished members to tell us a little bit more about themselves and their company. This month, we had the pleasure of speaking with our members for Hailey Hart Law. Continue reading to learn more about what drives them to help others:

Tell us about the work you do at Hailey Hart Law.

We’re an award-winning women-owned law firm for plaintiffs.  We handle cases involving serious personal injury and significant insurance disputes.  We represent clients injured in automobile, trucking, bicycle, construction site, and workplace accidents.  In addition, we help policyholders collect benefits owed under homeowners, commercial property, disability, auto, and health insurance policies. 

What about this business/industry motivates you?

We’re motivated by helping regular people have equal access to the justice system for civil wrongdoings.

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

Our core values are wellness, efficiency, and excellence. As a women-owned and operated business, our goal is to deliver excellent results consistently to our clients. We must deliver the best version of ourselves in all that we do.

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

There probably isn’t one key to success. We feel that our devotion to clients, collaborative approach, and experience has all contributed to our law firm’s success over this past year. 

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

We loved the idea of working in an open and collaborative environment. The shared spaces and amenities are managed through Shift, which frees up time for us to do what we love – practicing law and helping our clients. Also, the snacks are always delicious!

What do you and the team enjoy doing when you are away from the office?

Liz enjoys spending time in the mountains with her children, dog, and husband. She also loves trying new restaurants, snowboarding, and hiking in the backcountry.

Melissa is an animal-lover who likes to spend most of her free time outdoors in the sunshine.  She and her husband enjoy good food and wine, hiking, and camping.  She walks her pack of three dogs daily and enjoys running, yoga, and kickboxing.

When Randy is away from the office, he can typically be found traveling internationally and fly fishing. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their dog, Charlie, grandchildren, and attending the Bravo! Vail Symphony Festival.

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.

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

The Art of Giving Back: How to Find and Pick a Charitable Organization to Donate to

Holiday Season is officially upon us. It’s a time of giving, of inflection, and of being thankful. Many individuals and organizations take this time of year as the opportunity to give back to their communities and place their money where their heart is.

However, when giving back or donating to charitable organizations, individuals and companies should use their heart and their head. For one, donating money or goods can help businesses and individuals get a tax cut. For another, it’s important that you know your hard-earned money is being well-invested and that you’re giving to a legitimate charitable organization.

Charity Navigator lists five key steps to informed giving to make sure that your donation goes to the right place and creates maximum impact.

  1. Be proactive.
    Instead of waiting around for charities to reach out to you, investigate causes that are close to you, your employees, and your clients. Find out which organizations work towards that cause and research them; find out what their work is, what their focus is, and what type of help they need (financial, volunteers, consulting services, etc.).
  2. Research the charities you pick.
    Unfortunately, there are scams that target individuals and companies that want to give back. To avoid falling prey into one of these scams, make sure you research your chosen organization thoroughly. Here are some things you should look at: that the organization is tax exempt public charity, that they have their employer identification number listed, and that they are accountable and transparent with their books.
  3. Start a conversation.
    Once you’ve selected an organization, reach out to them and start talking. Take some time to ask about how long they’ve been operating, what are some of their biggest achievements, what their goal is, etc. This will help you make sure that your donation will be used for the right cause and mission.
  4. How to give.
    You may want the charity to use the money you give for a specific project or you might want to give them the flexibility to spend it as they see fit depending on their current needs. Establish the amount you want to donate and the timeframe in which you want to give it (over a year, a quarter, a month, etc.)
  5. Follow your donation.
    Keep your communication with your charity open, making sure you follow-up with them and their activities on a regular basis. Ask them to give you reports on how your money was used and if you like the impact their creating, support them for the long haul.

This end of the year season, Shift Workspaces is working with two charitable organizations. Our Shift Bannock location will be doing canned food drives for Food Bank of the Rockies, while our Shift Corona location will be collecting items for pets for Dumb Friends League, whose mission is to end pet homelessness and animal suffering.

If you’d like to join us in giving back, let us know!

Faces of Shift with OnPoint Intelligence

(Pictured from left to right: Mark Goldfarb, Clinton Hughes & Geir Boe)

About OnPoint Intelligence?

Onpoint Intelligence is a boutique consultancy based in Denver, Colorado. We work with industry leaders to streamline their planning and analytics through the implementation of new practices, processes, & technology. Onpoint has over 20 years of experience across multiple platforms and numerous industries. Some of our recent customers include Stanford, Crocs, and Digital Globe.

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

We had worked from another co-working space in Denver and decided to look around to see what other spaces had to offer. We toured a few and really liked the professional atmosphere of Shift offered. Plus, the Bannock location is conveniently located for all our team.

How do you see the company expanding in the next 5 years?

Currently, we are working on our first product: Onpoint Planning. We have partnered with a large enterprise planning software company and are developing a product on their platform, which we will offer to smaller clients who wouldn’t normally be able to afford such software. Ideally in five years we will have numerous clients running on our product and will have grown to 15-20 employees.

What does your ideal weekend in Colorado look like?

Our entire team likes to take advantage of the outdoors here in Colorado. You will find some of us enjoying the different golf courses around the state, while others will be riding bikes and hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter. We all also enjoy the food scene in Denver.

What is your #1 bucket list item for this summer?

Climb a 14er that we’ve never been up and launch our product and sign our first client.

You can learn more about On Point Intelligence at http://onpointintel.com/

Faces of Shift with The Social Agent

Jake Deschene (pictured left): I am a Colorado native who grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. So, I am a Cornhusker but a Broncos and Rockies fan through and through. I am married to my beautiful wife Kristin and my favorite hobbies are golfing, skiing, sailing and attending concerts and comedy shows while building an advertising agency. Outside of those things, I consider myself a foodie and love to cook. Currently I am always craving steak from Guard & Grace. When I am not around the Denver area, my wife and I love to travel. Since she is from New Orleans we find every excuse to get back there and always in search of the next place to wine, dine and explore. Recommendations always welcome!

Jack Kristie (pictured right): I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, a majority of that time in Wheaton, IL. I am married to Jamie and we are approaching our 9th wedding anniversary. We have four kids Drew, Cash, Capri and Sienna. My favorite hobbies are sports, fishing, hiking, reading non-fiction, being with my kids and the new and evolving industry of Digital Marketing. My favorite restaurant in Chicago is Portillo’s and my favorite restaurant in Denver is Snarf’s sandwiches (mainly because my oldest daughter’s nickname is “Snarf”). Our favorite place to vacation as a family is in Destin Florida.  

Why did you choose Shift?

Jake Deschene: When I went out on my own and started this agency, we were looking for a great community to network and the flexibility to grow as needed. Shift has changed a lot since I started, and it’s been a great environment that fuels a collaborative and creative work environment.

Jack Kristie: I didn’t actually choose Shift, that was my partner Jake as I was working remote when we made that decision. However, this is the best atmosphere I’ve ever worked in. Everyone is respectful, the amenities are great, and the staff have become my friends. There is a ton of opportunity to network and create valuable, professional relationships.

How has Shift helped support the growth of your company?

Jake Deschene: Shift has provided us with the space and the resources to grow our team from 2 solo entrepreneurs to a full team in the years since we have been here. The keg, snacks and massages are a nice bonus too!

Jack Kristie: There are challenges that all small businesses face, and Shift minimizes those challenges tremendously.

What inspires and motivates you?

Jake Deschene: When I set out on this endeavor, I was looking to do something special for the right clients and ultimately make an impact through housing and the real estate community. We are excited as we are partner with New Story in the near future to sponsor 3D Printed Homes for families in El Salvador and Haiti and this motivates us to be able to provide safe homes to families.

Jack Kristie: All of my motivation comes from wanting to be a good example to my kids and to provide a good satisfying life for my wife. I also love the fact that we’ve created a company that provides a living to our employees and Jake and I share the same goal of giving back to those less fortunate.

Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?

Jake Deschene: In the next 5 years I see our agency as an established team who is well known as a solution to infuse the real estate agent back into the transaction through awesome tools and strategies while so many companies are trying to replace the real estate agent much like travel agents were replaced by technology once upon a time.

Jack Kristie: Within the next five years I see our company as an innovative leader in all local digital advertising across many platforms for many industries. In doing so, we will be able to give back and truly help people who are without basic needs such as food, water and shelter which is our ultimate goal.

What is something about you that most people do not know?

Jake Deschene: My claim to fame is being named the 1993 Hostess Kid of the Year for the Colorado Rockies.

Jack Kristie: Generally, when I tell people I have four kids, they look at me like I’m an alien.

About the Social Agent

The Social Agent is a thought leader in the real estate industry for connecting with real estate agents and consumers through social media. We are an advertising agency committed to helping the right agent clients connect with prospective sellers and buyers to build value and be the best local resource. Our mindset is to advocate for the real estate agent and infuse them back into the process through social media advertising. Our goal is to provide predictable and profitable results to our clients and consult them on their strategies to get in front of the right people when they are ready to sell or buy. As an agency, we work to create great products and leverage the best tools and strategies. We work with agents and brokers to navigate the fast-changing landscape with the best solutions to deliver prospects that turn into listings for awesome local agents.

To contact The Social Agent, please visit their website at www.TheSocialAgent.com

Faces of Shift with MIQ

Who is MIQ?

MIQ an independent marketing intelligence company with the people and technology that help businesses win. In short, we help agencies and brands with media, analytics and technology.

What is marketing intelligence?

Marketing Intelligence extracts insights from a brand’s data assets to fuel business strategy, rather than just being a vehicle to execute upon. It connects marketing to business outcomes. Ultimately, Marketing Intelligence allows for smart, data-driven decisions to be made in real time, maximizing marketing and media investments and lifting KPIs.

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

As a small and growing local team, we were looking for a place that matched our culture and fun but also hard-working attitude. Shift has been beyond wonderful with accommodating our growing team, constant visitors, and of course the daily food treats are amazing!

How do you keep your team motivated?

Studies show that people produce the best work when they love where they work and most importantly WHO they work with. We hire smart and fun people that not only want to make our customers happy, but have fun doing it!

Is there any exciting news or projects happening within your company?

We just launched our new brand (logo, name and mission) this week! We are also not new to the online advertising ecosystem but new to the western region, so everything is exciting right now!

How do you see the company expanding in the next 5 years?

More people, more revenue, more partners, more customers, more offices, more technology… you name it, we’re growing!

To learn more about this exciting and growing marketing intelligence company; visit their website at www.wearemiq.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

Faces of Shift with Natasha Felton Colorado Commercial Companies

I started my commercial real estate career at Cushman and Wakefield and built an affinity for solving operational problems with creative real estate solutions. Every company’s top two expenses are their human capital costs and their facility costs. Creative management of how a company houses its staff and operations can add to NOI, while also enhancing recruiting and retention of the intellectual capital that fortifies the business.

My firm is Colorado Commercial Companies (C3). We specialize in helping users, owners and investors to infiltrate the difficult to penetrate commercial real estate market. I have handled office, industrial and land transactions for buyers, tenants, sellers and Landlords for over twenty years. My favorite part of the business is solving the puzzle of each unique deal. I work with two awesome professional partners, Ashley Weiler and Jonathan Ungar.

Where are you from originally? Do you enjoy living in Denver?

I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Boulder. I spent five years based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and as I was heading into my sixth winter, I decided I needed to get back to some Colorado sunshine. The rest, as they say is history. There is no better place to live than Colorado! In my off time I bike and hike, garden and cook.

Who are a few of your women role models and why?

There are so many feisty, capable female role models in Colorado and nationally. Locally, I have been lucky to be mentored by Colorado standouts including Barb Grogan, LaRae Orullian and Kathy Hodgson. Each of these women established respected, lucrative careers in traditionally male dominated industries. Each built diverse, far flung professional networks that create tremendous value for their clients/constituents.

The ability to bring people together and create unique solutions is fun and it helps differentiate service providers from one another.

What drew you to Shift and how has being here helped reach your career goals?

Shift was a decision that was a long time coming. As a relatively small firm, we wanted a work environment that added a more social component to our business than traditional office space would. We also wanted a platform that could result in increased referral business.

C3 is a small firm. I like to say we are like ants…we lift many times our weight in business annually, but we do it with a small tightly knit staff that believes in work/life balance, prosperity, excellence and fun. We came to Shift to integrate into a larger professional community and have fun working!

As a woman in the work force, what are some challenges and obstacles that you have faced and overcome?

Commercial real estate is a business of extreme competition. There are times when the competition moves from the field to street fighting. I have built a career of choosing ethics over return and it has positioned C3 as one of the top boutique firms in Denver for the last 15 years. Our clients know that we are focused on their goals and the long-term relationship—not our commission.

As a woman in the workplace I have found many challenges, but most of them have been navigable. My industry requires information exchange and flow. My networking is non-traditional. The men in my business do not often reach out to ask me to join a foursome, but I can get the same information in less time with breakfasts and lunches. As in all things, you work from your strength. My career has allowed me to work with many of the top brokers in Colorado. Those historic deals have built a network that I can rely on for information, support and resources.

What advice would you give to women entering the work force?

Do something you love. Making this fundamental choice early on will allow you to take joy in long hours and the challenges that accompany the creation of career. Be willing to sacrifice for what you want to achieve. There are choices every executive needs to make related to work/life balance. Be honest with yourself. Have fun. Work with good people. Build solid teams.

Faces of Shift with Carina Burger of Small Batch Consulting

Where are you from originally? Do you enjoy living in Denver?

Originally born in Moscow, Russia, I moved to Denver at 10 years old. I am the biggest Denver fan girl you will ever meet…I love it here. It’s a fresh city that has a lot of growing to do and I’m excited to be apart of its evolution.

Who are a few of your women role models and why?

All of the women in my life are spectacularly balanced. My mom, a top executive at EY, has never made work an excuse for not taking care of herself. She’s always well rested, beautifully dressed and on her game – that’s my ultimate aspiration.

What drew you to Shift and how has being here helped reach your career goals?

My company was just under a year old when I splurged for an office at Shift. It was easily the best thing for my career because at that point, I was “all in”. In the 6 months I’ve worked at Shift, my productivity has massively increased. Coming to an office base is one thing, but the Shift community really makes you want to stay. Simply being surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs makes you realize that you’re not alone in the struggle and that it doesn’t have to be a struggle at all.

As women in the work force, what are some challenges and obstacles that you have faced and over come?

Out of college I felt the obstacle of being young and inexperienced as grounds for not being taken seriously. Once I got some experience and found my niche, being a young woman no longer felt like an obstacle. It’s all about what comes out of your mouth and what you can show for. There’s nothing more powerful than a well-dressed woman with a sharp tongue – at least that’s what I’ve been told.

What advice would you give to women entering the work force?

Keep your head down, do amazing work, and the rest will take care of itself.

About Small Batch Consulting, LLC: We are food science & engineering consultants in the natural food & beverage industry…and we love a challenge.  

Why “Small Batch” you ask? Our focus is startup companies. With our large network of ingredient suppliers, contract manufacturers and industry specialists, together we can help take you from conceptualization to commercialization.