12 Signs You Work at 1776

photo (2)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.

But here’s the thing: 1776 doesn’t just work with startups; it is a startup itself. So that means…
when I try to explain
Heyyy, wait—I haven’t even gotten to the part about what I do! I work with a team of freelancers to write and edit 1776 News, which doesn’t look like much now but eventually will become a really awesome news platform focused on innovations, startups, and…
what I do
Right. Basically it’s a job doing everything it takes—from writing and editing, to social media and analytics—to build something that will be totally awesome. In the meantime, I’ve gotten to go to meetings on the Hill, pretended I’m an expert on startups, and been “backstage” when things like this happen:
Penny 1

So I guess it’s actually pretty cool. Jkjkjk. Everything is really cool—from the office space to my coworkers—so I still get to work and say to myself,party

Granted, I did spent the first two weeks trying to drink from the fire hose.

And then we had a massive event called Challenge Cup, I had a breakdown, and everything felt like this:
my life
That was a bummer because, two weeks ago, the only other media person left me to hold down the fort while she travels around the world to help run more Challenge Cup events in other cities.
freaked out
But over the last 10 days or so, I’ve finally felt like I know what I’m doing. I’m still not cool enough to be at this party-of-a-job that is 1776, so I wanted to give you a taste of what it’s like to work at 1776. It seemed really hard to summarize in words (irony of ironies), so I decided to go the BuzzFeed route instead.Here are 12 (illustrated!) signs you work for a startup/at 1776:

  1. 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.
  2. PB&J is life. Peanutbutterjelly ALL the time.
    (Except when the bread runs out.)
  3. You have no idea why your website is doing things that are not what you want it to do.
  4. 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: possum
  5. You casually throw around terms—B2B, B2C, scalability, VC, “lean” methodology, seed round—that are incomprehensible jargon in any other setting.
  6. 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. sunsets
  7. 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.
    free food
  8. D.C. truth: If you beer it, they will come. And if you don’t have food, they’ll wonder why they came.
    j law
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
    no coffee
  11. You get confused when you arrive on campus and see people wearing suits. What is this, K Street?
  12. No one understands what you do, and it’s not for lack of trying to explain. Do it anyway. Use gifs if necessary.

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