NextSpace Effect

NextSpace Member Spotlights: David Dodds and Laurie Peterson

By Andy on Aug. 19, 2016

The NextSpace Effect™ is what happens when you put a couple hundred smart, creative people together in a curated community. In every NextSpace, members get to know each other: They’re part of a community, after all. They bump into one another over coffee. They sit next to one another. They talk. They connect. And something new and amazing happens. In our continuing series of NextSpace member spotlights, we talked with freelance animator and designer David Dodds working out of NextSpace Los Angeles and Laurie Peterson of Build and Imagine- a toy startup working out of NextSpace Berkeley about their experiences working out of NextSpace and what it has done for their respective businesses. 

Ns La David Dodds

Please tell me briefly about you and your work.

My name is David Dodds. I am a freelance animator and designer currently living in Los Angeles. I create Motion Graphics for the entertainment, film and education industries. I also animate short films and design graphics for clothing and much more. When not pushing pixels around I like going dancing, watching movies and visiting art galleries. I love telling stories through animation and have had the privilege of working on big projects for Disney, NFL Networks and Netflix.

How long have you been coworking at NextSpace?

A little over a year now.

What do you like most about it?

I love the environment. I really think the space is conducive to creativity. There are cafe tables to sit or stand at. There are comfy sofas to sit on. There are also lots of great places nearby to eat at as well. There are great conference rooms that are available. Phone booths to hold important calls. I love all the different types of work areas. Depending on your mood you can choose different spot to work at everyday!

How has coworking impacted or informed your business?

Coworking is a great place to focus on creativity. I can’t recommend it more enthusiastically for creative types like myself. It's great to get out of your apartment and have a neat spot to come work at everyday, any time of the day. It’s really helped me expand my ideas of what is possible for myself professionally and personally.

I completed an animated short film while working here at NextSpace. I was working an eight-hour shift Monday through Friday and came here to continue working on my film after hours. NextSpace helped me stay focused on my project. If I had gone home after work, I would have just turned on Netflix and not got anything done. So NextSpace provides a place I can come and focus on whatever it is I'm working on.

NextSpace has a strong focus on community. How important is that community to you and/or your business?

The community environment is extremely important. The disadvantage to coming here after a long day at my job was I missed a lot of the community. But now I'm back to a regular day schedule here at NextSpace and I love it.

It’s great to be surrounded by really smart, driven people. Even if I don't talk with everyone, the energy is everywhere. The super driven startups and the passionate teachers inspiring their students really motivate me. It’s also great to get feedback on my projects from objective people. And I love to test out an app for a genius new project. The community is definitely a great support network where we encourage each other to pursue our goals!

Beyond the community, what business benefits are there to coworking at NextSpace? For instance, lower business expenses, access to facilities, etc.

Working here makes me think of myself as a business. I am surrounded by all the materials I need to run a business: fax machines, copy machines, a business address and conference rooms. So I think it’s a real benefit to my business having a dedicated professional work space to be productive. I don't know if I can put a price tag on that. I think it’s more a quality thing. The quality of my work is better here.

Coworking is a great place to focus on creativity. I can’t recommend it more enthusiastically for creative types like myself. It's great to get out of your apartment and have a neat spot to come work at everyday, any time of the day. It’s really helped me expand my ideas of what is possible for myself professionally and personally.

— David Dodds

To contact David for all things animation and design email: doddsdavid54 at yahoo.com

Ns Be Laurie

Please tell me briefly about yourself and your work.

My toy startup, Build & Imagine, was previously a part of UC Berkeley’s accelerator program SkyDeck, where we coworked with other startups founded by alumni and received coaching and support.

How long have you been coworking at NextSpace Berkeley?

Just a few weeks now.

What do you like most about coworking at NextSpace?

Moving across the street to NextSpace following graduation from SkyDeck has allowed us to carry forward that sense of community that contributes to the feeling that anything is possible.

How has coworking impacted or informed your business?

Being an entrepreneur is challenging. It’s helpful to be surrounded by other founders making it work. Additionally, the NextSpace office space is very appealing, helping me to attract talent to join our team and motivating me to work. A shared space gives people the sense of being a part of something larger.

To learn more about Laurie and her startup Build and Imagine, visit her website!


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