Tucson’s Xerocraft is having a fundraiser, and they’re having fun raising the funds.
Their Indiegogo site is offering some mighty unusual gifts in exchange for donations:
- a medallion with special optical properties, and…
- a statue of a guy whose butt has dropped off.
In direct sunlight, the 4 inch diameter medallions look like old doubloons hauled up from a sunken pirate ship. The plaster-like castings have been faux-painted to resemble blackened, oxidized metal—each emblazoned with Xerocraft’s x-shaped logo, and the Latin inscription, Facite Vestra Artificium (“Get your craft on”).
But if you look at the medallions under other types of lighting—halogen reflectors, for example—colorful apparitions begin shimmering, gleaming, and sparkling across their unexpectedly shiny surfaces.
This week TOXIC, a team of Tucson middle school students are traveling to Chicago after having been named Finalists for Student Innovator Award at the 2013 Edison Awards. The students, 7th or 8th graders from the Sonoran Science Academy, include Kate Ciaramello, Emma Galligan, Robert Gauthier, Jose Hernandez, Liam Koenneker, Zakaria Lamri, Quincy Lyons, and Nathan Vandivort.
NBC News recently described the prestige of being named an Edison Award finalist as “one of the highest accolades (one) can receive in the name of innovation”. Past business winners of have included Space X, for the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, Ford Motor Company, and 3M.
Team TOXIC was nominated for creating a fruit and vegetable washing solution that they call Non-Toxic by TOXIC. It’s a household food cleaning product that kills the food borne bacteria and mold that is typically trapped between the fruit and the external wax coating.
We are officially in the new space downtown at 100 N Stone, Suite 110! The space does not come without needs, though, to transform it into the physical and social space best suited to grow our community initiatives and provide a collaborative work environment.
We need your help to make that transformation possible. The following is the list of needs for the new space, and if you, your business, or someone you know has the ability to provide the materials or labor listed, please contact our director Aaron Eden at email@example.com to discuss how we can work together. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
Painting (fulfilled) Paint (fulfilled) Internet Networking (fulfilled) Wireless Routers (fulfilled)
Before May 13
Projector Screens & Wall Hangings (labor)
- Stackable Chairs
Garbage & Recycle Bins
Before May 22
- Renovation of Cubicles (labor)
- Floor Installation (labor & materials)
- Security / Badge System (labor & materials)
- Kitchen Sink & Counter Top (labor & materials)
Espresso Machine & Supplies
- Plaques (labor & materials)
- Signage (labor & materials)
This is a post from LeadLocal co-founder and Gangplanker; Robin Breault. Please join us in thanking her and her team for all of their incredible contributions to Gangplank over the last few months.
Last May, I left my boxy little job as University of Arizona faculty to build LeadLocal, a community development organization disguised as a leadership training program—LeadLocal provides hands-on coaching for interns and young professionals as they complete consulting projects for nonprofits or small businesses in town.
Here are the notes from our last 4/12 Standup Meeting on the move downtown to 100 N. Stone Ave:
Lease and Keys
- Aaron will have keys and lease agreement in the early part of the week of April 15th
- Once the lease agreement is signed, the move will take place on Saturday, April 20th
Carpet and Paint
- Discussion was held on renovations that need to take place before the April 20th move
- Carpets may not have not been cleaned since last tenant. Robin has scheduled a commercial cleaner to come in and see if carpet needs to be replaced.
- Aaron met with Holualoa April 9. They are adding approval of modifications to the lease. They are also going to look if they have carpet squares that are used in other parts of the building.
- Paint will be needed for the new space
- Ben and Robin are discussing options with Cox
- Aaron is seeking out Wifi routers
- Paul is coordinating with Jacob and Chad about the moving truck and logistics calculated in their moving plan
- Aaron is contacting current Anchors to box up their personal items
- Aaron is reaching out to volunteers for the take down of the desks and the physical move downtown
- Details of the assistance needed will be forthcoming
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We will only accept 6 teams of entrepreneurs that are passionate, curious and extremely agile. Each team member must be able to commit to 15 hours per week of customer discovery as well as purchase 2 books for the course (noted below).
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- Week 1: 3/30 – What To Expect & First Pitches – 3 hours
- Week 2: 4/06 – Customer Segments – 4 hours
- Week 3: 4/13 – Value Propositions – 4 hours
- Week 4: 4/20 – Channels – 4 hours
- Week 5: 4/27 – Customer Relationships – 4 hours
- Week 6: 5/04 – Revenue Models & Key Partners– 4 hours
- Week 7: 5/11 – Key Resources & Costs – 4 hours
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The Pirate Mansion is a new project fostered in the early days of 2013. We are creating a shared living space that will provide a home and collaboration center for passionate, innovative, and socially conscious entrepreneurs who are starting or have recently started a business, organization, or movement. We are still finalizing the location, but it is likely to be around the Downtown/4th/University area–just a hop, skip and a jump from the new Gangplank Tucson in the heart of our vibrant downtown.
Our goal is to keep rent and maintenance of the mansion low so entrepreneurs can squeeze the most out of their finances and focus on their work. There will also be regular collaborative sessions where all of those living in the house can put their brain power and skills together to help out their roommates on their respective projects. Entrepreneurs will also receive high impact coaching & mentoring from investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
We expect the mansion to be ready for move in around August 1st 2013. We are currently accepting applications from passionate entrepreneurs that want to change the world!
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