Diary of a Startup: Benjamin’s Desk Set for Expansion

As noted in Benjamin’s Desk’s previous entry, the co-working space will be expanding to an additional floor at its 1701 Walnut Street location — opening up a world of possibility and productivity for its resident-workers. Region’s Business caught up with the team to see what — and who — has been penciled in on this month’s calendar.

Courtesy: Benjamin's Desk

Courtesy: Benjamin’s Desk

In their words:

It’s been a crazy busy (but always productive!) month at Benjamin’s Desk. The eighth floor continues to make progress, and it’s expected to open in the next few weeks with ample room for additional entrepreneurs, innovators and startups that are serious about launching or growing their business and making an impact in Philadelphia.

We’ve recently welcomed new members, Zaahah and LifeVestHealth. Zaahah, a social media site, builds your network based on interests and encourages community building and collaboration with others. Something that we can definitely relate to at Benjamin’s Desk. The guys of LifeVestHealth recently moved back to their hometown of Philadelphia after spending some time in Denver, Colo.

LifeVestHealth lets you earn money for staying healthy and meeting you goals. Think of it as investing in stocks for your health. We’re really stoked to have them both working out of our space.

Our second Startup Grind Philadelphia event wrapped up on June 5 with Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and Founder of Top 5 global search engine, DuckDuckGo, bringing in another packed house of doers in the city eager to hear about Gabe Weinberg’s commitment to continuing to build his business in the Philadelphia area and mentorship programs for startups and entrepreneurs.

Next month we will host Apu Gupta, CEO of Curalate, followed by Alex Hillman, founder of IndyHall, and Bob Moul of Artisan.  All events are 6-9 p.m. at Benjamin’s Desk, and additional information and tickets can be found at www.startupgrind.com/philadelphia.

Rounding out the month, 5-6:30 p.m. June 28, we will host authors of the book, Social Media Engagement for Dummies, Aliza Sherman and Danielle Smith. The book covers the nuts and bolts of authentically and effectively engaging with your audience on an ongoing basis.

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