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ah59396

Charlotte and innovation

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Charlotte/North Carolina needs an Elon Musk type individual (or leader).

For those of you unfamiliar with him, he created PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City. The guy is basically awesome, and Jon Favreau states he based his depiction of the character of Tony Stark in Iron Man off of Elon Musk.

Anyways, the reason I say this state needs a guy like this is that we need somebody who thinks big. I like that he has the mentality this country had in the 50's and 60's, where we thought we could do anything if we just pooled our resources together. We put a man on the moon in 10 years!

Is there anyone in our state, an innovator who could step up like this? Does this city, or state have the proper resources available to produce a mind of this caliber? Or is it just a California thing? He's got some pretty crazy ideas for California, so crazy they may just work. See below:

http://www.huffingto..._n_1913683.html

which is likely this:

http://www.et3.com/

Imagine Charlotte to Raleigh in 20 minutes...sign me up. It would revolutionize our state.

Obviously this is a fun topic, but I just like talking about it. But man I wish our state could come together and do something dramatic like this, really set ourselves apart from not only the country but the rest of the world!

The end.

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I think the opening of Packard Place is a good start to getting these types of people in Charlotte.

I'd like to see more entrepreneurial focused office spaces open in the area though.

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^ Bull City Cowork offers a very interesting office space model for folks just starting businesses in Durham. Think of the space as a hybrid of a coffee shop and shared office setting. You pay a monthly membership fee for 'cafe space' or a higher fee if you want a desk and storage space. They have things like conference rooms, printers and other standard office things. The flexibility (and lack of long term comittment or investment) make it a pretty interesting model. I have not been inside, I only saw it from the train as I passed through Durham.

Something like it would work well in the Southend area (or perhaps NoDa post BLE)

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^ Bull City Cowork offers a very interesting office space model for folks just starting businesses in Durham. Think of the space as a hybrid of a coffee shop and shared office setting. You pay a monthly membership fee for 'cafe space' or a higher fee if you want a desk and storage space. They have things like conference rooms, printers and other standard office things. The flexibility (and lack of long term comittment or investment) make it a pretty interesting model. I have not been inside, I only saw it from the train as I passed through Durham.

Something like it would work well in the Southend area (or perhaps NoDa post BLE)

http://bullcitycoworking.com/

There are already places like this in SouthEnd and NoDa.

I don't remember the name of the NoDa location, but there are two in SouthEnd. Lightbulb Coworking (http://lightbulbcoworking.com/) and SouthEnd CoWorking.

In Uptown there is Co-Work Uptown and Packard Place.

My company rents shared office space on West Morehead.

These places exist in Charlotte, but they're not well publicized and we need more.

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