Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ohours Tops 1 Million Minutes of Community! What’s Next?

Congratulations! Together, we’ve connected for face-to-face conversations for more than a million minutes. That’s like me and you talking constantly for two years straight. Luckily, the whole Ohours community helped out, and we still have vocal chords.

I wanted to take a second to recap some of the things we’ve all accomplished and to make a big request.

  • You’ve given and received mentorship, career advice, life advice, and even relationship advice.
  • You’ve found new jobs and hired outstanding new team members.
  • You’ve connected with teams through our Ohours Groups including TechCrunch, NYC Government, Net Impact, TechStars, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Firstmark Capital, and more.
  • You’ve met investors and even closed Seed and Series A rounds from conversations on Ohours.
  • You’ve met and introduced each other to friends, business partners, advisers, co-founders, and investors.

High-five the next person you meet on Ohours, and congratulate them for helping us get to 1 million minutes!

What’s Next for Ohours?

After countless enjoyable otter drawings, I (Nathan) am taking a step back from day-to-day operations at Ohours to focus on another venture. Nate, Vanessa, Anni, and I look forward to seeing Ohours continue to inspire meaningful face-to-face connections in the long term, so we are looking for someone to take my place running, improving, and loving Ohours.

We have a great set of partnership and product improvements lined up for the right person to run with, and we think the best place to find that person is through you, the Ohours community.

Are you the next Ohours visionary? Do you know someone who should be? Reach out and let us know at hi@ohours.org.

To a million more meaningful face-to-face minutes,
Nathan Hurst
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
When you first meet Frank, you’re struck by his radiating warmth and immediately grasp how aptly he was named as genuine and good. Uncovering the vast array of talents, ideas, and projects of this modest soul takes a little longer: Songsicle founder, Picsicle, StartupThreads, SongVoodoo, and SingSend builder, Startup Digest curator, Microintern mentor, and hiphop maestro – to name a few!  Then, once you really get chatting, you might end up discussing hope, happiness, ethics and Kantian moral philosophy. Truth be told, it’s kind of a categorical imperative that you meet Frank - you might even get a hug :)!
Until then, take a peek into Frank’s Oworld:
How I came to Ohours…
I first heard about Ohours when Nate [Westheimer] tweeted so I checked it out and saw some interesting people. Also, if you sit in a two-hour meeting, only about 15 minutes of that time is productive. Ohours is really productive for me because I can block a chunk of time every Friday and meet people for 20 minutes. Plus, I like meeting people! I’m even excited about a no-show because I get an extra 20 minutes free.
The first person I met…
Walter Chan from IDoneThis (via Skype)!
A favorite chat…
Whitney Hess - she’s a UX God! We share an old friend from Carnegie Mellon and we had a great conversation. In fact, I tried to meet her a second time but she was saving the slot to meet someone new!
Why I’m a fan…
Ohours is targeted - it shows me people I’m looking for based on interest.  Most of all, it is convenient. I hate email so it’s great that I can post my own hours via the calendar system at my leisure. After a story in Startup Digest, for example, it was easy for people to find me on the site and sign up for my Ohours.
What I’d like next…
Just to connect and meet more new people – specifically targeted to my interests, of course!

When you first meet Frank, you’re struck by his radiating warmth and immediately grasp how aptly he was named as genuine and good. Uncovering the vast array of talents, ideas, and projects of this modest soul takes a little longer: Songsicle founder, Picsicle, StartupThreads, SongVoodoo, and SingSend builder, Startup Digest curator, Microintern mentor, and hiphop maestro – to name a few!  Then, once you really get chatting, you might end up discussing hope, happiness, ethics and Kantian moral philosophy. Truth be told, it’s kind of a categorical imperative that you meet Frank - you might even get a hug :)!

Until then, take a peek into Frank’s Oworld:

How I came to Ohours…

I first heard about Ohours when Nate [Westheimer] tweeted so I checked it out and saw some interesting people. Also, if you sit in a two-hour meeting, only about 15 minutes of that time is productive. Ohours is really productive for me because I can block a chunk of time every Friday and meet people for 20 minutes. Plus, I like meeting people! I’m even excited about a no-show because I get an extra 20 minutes free.

The first person I met…

Walter Chan from IDoneThis (via Skype)!

A favorite chat…

Whitney Hess - she’s a UX God! We share an old friend from Carnegie Mellon and we had a great conversation. In fact, I tried to meet her a second time but she was saving the slot to meet someone new!

Why I’m a fan…

Ohours is targeted - it shows me people I’m looking for based on interest.  Most of all, it is convenient. I hate email so it’s great that I can post my own hours via the calendar system at my leisure. After a story in Startup Digest, for example, it was easy for people to find me on the site and sign up for my Ohours.

What I’d like next…

Just to connect and meet more new people – specifically targeted to my interests, of course!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What’s your O-story?

We’d love to hear where your Ohours chats have taken you!

With each tale, you make our hearts dance and we want to get you skipping along too :D. We’re also keen to learn why you use Ohours, who are the people you want to meet, and your ideas to enrich the overall experience.

So, dear user, if you’d like to be featured in an Ostory, just send a note to Anni – our roving reporter – or sign up for her Ohours.  You can also reach any of us via the Oblog or Twitter.

Until then, we’re psyched to hear more about your adventures, passions, and aspirations!

The Oteam

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ohours Debriefings (without losing your pants)

We’re excited to launch a new Ohours feature to help you:

  • learn what others think are your best topics
  • tell others about your awesome conversation(s)
  • stay in touch with each other over time
  • let Ohours know if issues arise

After your Ohours meeting, you’ll receive an email request for feedback. You can then send a follow-up message, share appreciation with your host/guest, or inform Ohours of any issues.

When you share appreciation, Ohours showcases the recipient’s relevant Ohours interests more prominently!

We’ve also made it easy to stay in touch with a host or guest after your meeting. With just one click, you can follow each other on Ohours or Twitter, connect on LinkedIn, or opt to receive a follow up reminder from Ohours in a few weeks.

We’re always thrilled to hear from you! We’ve received a ton of help from the Ocommunity (special thanks to Anni, Net Impact, and Andrew) and we’d love to know your thoughts too. Contact us any time at feedback@ohours.org.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Promote your open hours with Widgets, Buttons, and Links

Thanks to feedback from dedicated Ohours members, we’ve created a few tools to help you share your open office hours more easily with your community. 

Visit your Ohours widgets page to grab the code for a widget, button, or link to include on your own website, blog, or event. Let us know if you run into any trouble or would like help customizing your widgets.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Next Phase for Ohours

Hi Ohours Friends, Hosts and Attendees!

I wanted to share some exciting news with you today.

Hirelite, the “speed interviewing” platform doing amazing things in the developer job search industry, has acquired Ohours and is now dedicating itself to supporting and growing this incredible community you all are a part of.

What does this mean for you? Great, great things, of course!

For instance, if you head over to Ohours.org today, you’ll notice a super fun, easier to navigate, new design, and a number of the longest lasting bugs cleaned up.

With Hirelite now taking custody of Ohours, you’ll only see more improvements in the coming weeks. Finally, someone will be loving this community back in the way that it deserves, and I couldn’t be more excited.

As for my ongoing involvement, I’m not going anywhere. While Nathan Hurst and team take full ownership of the community (go meet Nathan!) I’ll still be around hosting Ohours myself and helping Hirelite and you all in our collective efforts to promote the Open Hours revolution.

Lastly, let me take the opportunity to thank all of you. Your support of this community and belief in the power of opening our doors for others have been why this community is what it is today. I’m thankful to have you a part of Ohours’ first chapter, and I can’t wait to be a part of its second chapter right along side you as a user of the platform.

Many thanks,

Nate Westheimer

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hosting my first Ohours

garychou:

I held my first Ohours last Friday.

What did I get out of it?

- Some great blogging tips
- The opportunity (and fun) of participating in some product brainstorms
- Stories of lessons learned from some entrepreneurs
- A ton of great restaurant recommendations that I look forward to trying out.

Thanks to everyone who came out—as someone relatively new to NYC, I genuinely enjoyed meeting you all.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My First Ohours

reecepacheco:

I’m not super successful, nor am I even some sort of expert (yet), but I’ve been in the game long enough to have learned a lesson or two and I can at least help you avoid making the same mistakes I did. Hit me up, it’ll be fun.

Say hi to Reece here.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Office Hours Post Mortem

brycedotvc:

Turns out, I haven’t met all of the awesome people in the world yet and I had a chance to meet 5 more of them over the course of an hour.

Read Bryce’s entire post. It’s great!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Office Hours

sitarteli:

I don’t completely understand the trend of VCs having office hours - meeting entrepreneurs, etc on a regular basis is what I’m supposed to do all the time, so having a dedicated time for it seems a bit strange. That said, I appreciate that approaching a VC at a networking event or emailing them without an intro is hard for a lot of people (as a self-diagnosed introvert, I particularly appreciate it) and having open office hours is one solution. So I’m going to give it a go - sign up here.  Looking forward to meeting you!

Sitar touches on one of the issues I’ve heard from several VCs: “Shouldn’t we be open and available without Ohours?”

Yes, of course. But Sitar also gets it right here: Not everyone feels like they’re entitled to an hour of your time. They’d love to meet, and so office hours contextualizes that interaction.

It’s not an either or. It’s both.