100State’s executive director is young and in love with 100State.
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IB: What have you learned in your new role?
Seidenberg: That starting a business is hard and scary! There’s no guarantee and you need to look failure in the eye if it doesn’t work. That’s why having a space where entrepreneurs can support each other and feel excited about what they’re doing is so valuable.
IB: Tell us about 100State.
Seidenberg: 100State focuses on entrepreneurial development and engagement, community development, and equitable access to entrepreneurship to engage and attract more entrepreneurs to the area. As a membership organization, people pay on a month-to-month basis, like a gym membership, for flexible space at a reasonable rate because I strongly believe that financial status should not be a barrier to anyone’s entrepreneurial aspirations.
Our programming might include meetups, workshops, seminars, lunch-and-learns, and panel discussions. In five years, we’ve had about 1,100 people use our space.
IB: Who are your members?
Seidenberg: It runs the gamut, from entrepreneurs with great ideas to people launching a second career after 20 or 30 years in one industry. A big part of our population is remote workers and freelancers who want to be connected to the entrepreneurial community.
IB: What are your goals for 2019?
Seidenberg: We’re focused on telling our story better. In the past five years, 100State members have significantly impacted this city and beyond, so now it’s time to share our success stories, and I’m excited to do that!
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