Many of you have asked what I do, and even more of you have asked what 1776 does, exactly. 1776 is a startup incubator in downtown D.C.—directly across from the Washington Post building—that provides co-working space and resources for startups in highly regulated industries, such as health and education.Our co-working space (we call it “campus”) currently hosts about 175 member companies…and counting.
Granted, I did spent the first two weeks trying to drink from the fire hose.
- You get paid in t-shirts. I’ve lost track of how many t-shirts I have acquired. Within 2 weeks of work, I got 6 new t-shirts. I think I have 7 or 8 now.
- PB&J is life. Peanutbutterjelly ALL the time.
(Except when the bread runs out.)
- You have no idea why your website is doing things that are not what you want it to do.
- You can live for days—if not weeks—solely on free food from catered events and their leftovers. The only problem is, you feel kind of like this:
- You casually throw around terms—B2B, B2C, scalability, VC, “lean” methodology, seed round—that are incomprehensible jargon in any other setting.
- You have dozens of photos of brilliant sunsets from the 1776 windows. They happen multiple times a week—and they never get old!—but that just makes you cynical about the cloudless ones.
- You’ve posted something about free food in the campus Facebook group, and about five minutes later watched a crowd of people shift en masse toward the kitchen.
- D.C. truth: If you beer it, they will come. And if you don’t have food, they’ll wonder why they came.
- You have overheard a conversation and have been unsure whether it was business or awkward sexual tension. Real example: “Hmm, yes…I am seduced by that idea.” Why is #overheardat1776 not yet a thing?
- The Keurig broke for a day, and you remember it as the worst day ever. I mean, that’s really all there is to say.
- You get confused when you arrive on campus and see people wearing suits. What is this, K Street?
- No one understands what you do, and it’s not for lack of trying to explain. Do it anyway. Use gifs if necessary.