September 24, 2011
I generally get a lot of requests to meetup with new people over coffee who want advice or to share their latest product or service. I love meeting new people and seeing their products, gadgets and more – and helping others out. But, it can be quite time consuming trying to coordinate schedules and meet everyone that reaches out. I have been toying with the idea of hosting open office hours for quite sometime but had not done so until I found Ohours. Ohours is a product that makes scheduling office hours a breeze. You simply sign up via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and can start scheduling blocks of time in various increments. You can tweet it or share it to Facebook and anyone can sign up to meet with you.
This past week I was in New York so I decided to use Ohours to setup open office hours at the Ace Hotel Lobby Bar. It’s no secret that it’s a hot spot that I love to work from when I am in NYC. Last time I worked from the Ace I ran into Jason Calacanis, Charlie O’Donnell from First Round Capital and Jared Goralnick from AwayFind all within a matter of an hour or so.
I setup office hours for one hour with four fifteen minute slots, tweeted them out and got one taker within the first five minutes of posting. I met with Brian Snyder, the founder of Madbrook Publishing, and he shared his story and latest application. The meeting went great and I was happy to meet this energetic, passionate entrepreneur who is currently creating Everything Butt Art but looking to launch some interesting iPad apps for kids soon.
Ohours is the creation of Nate Westheimer, an Ohio to New York City transplant who has made a name for himself as a tech leader in New York as the organizer of the New York tech meetup. Nate and I have known each other for quite sometime and I was excited to see his new application, which he developed himself by teaching himself to code Ruby on Rails. I am impressed with the Ohours application and its many integrations. It solves a problem that I’ve been meaning to address and I am sure to post many additional open office ours via Ohours so follow me on Ohours here and I look forward to meeting you soon.
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