What We’re Thinking

Changing the Way We Think About Housing with Brian Gaudio

If you have ever purchased a condo, townhouse or house, you may have faced the dilemma of choosing a space knowing that it will work for a few years, but you may have to move to support new additions to your life. I faced that issue myself, so I was excited to talk to...

Bowties and Business with Nisha Blackwell

I journeyed out to Nisha’s studio in Radiant Hall Homewood to meet up and talk bowties and business. Her studio (as well as the other artist studios) inspires creativity and community. Nisha’s is filled with colorful fabric scraps and samples. It is really fun to sit...

Managing Human Behavior with Kevin Kelly

Rhabit is currently residing in Ascender’s co-working space, so I am lucky to be able to interact with Kevin and his team on a daily basis.  It also helps that Ascender uses Rhabit for talent building and retention. The first thing that strikes you about Kevin is his...

Talking Textiles with Allison Howard from AURATEK

Allison Howard is part of our 2017 Incubator Class and is Founder and CEO of AURATEK. When talking to Allison, one of the things that struck me most was her passion for trying to solve skincare problems with a different solution. My favorite part: the story behind her...

It’s Complicated: Relationships Between Humans and Technology

If humans and technology had a Facebook relationship status, it would read: “it’s complicated.” In many respects, the proliferation of technology has improved the human condition. We have less poverty, less hunger, and generally less large-scale human suffering than...

In-Person Events: Why You Should Attend

The internet is invaluable. It’s how we do pretty much everything. This should be obvious if you are reading this post on a computer or phone. You are sitting at your desk or at a coffee shop or at home gleaning information in relative isolation. This scenario is more...

Choosing the Right Professional Events

At Ascender, we understand how valuable an entrepreneur’s time is. We have compiled a few tips to help the new businessperson navigate the often times overwhelming world of choosing the right professional events.   Is the Professional Event Relevant? The first step...

Meet Our Incubator Alumni – Rhabit, CameroonFDP & Knotzland

At Ascender, we often use the term, “industry agnostic,” to describe the type of companies that come through our annual incubator program. But that’s just fancy way of saying Ascender welcomes all types of companies, of all shapes and sizes — including nonprofits,...

After Your First Networking Event

In previous posts, we’ve gone over how to prepare for your first networking event as well as what to expect and do once you are there. However, just because the networking event is done, it does not mean your work is over. Knowing what to do after a networking event...

During Your First Networking Event

In a previous blog, we discussed some of the best ways to prepare for your first networking event. Now that you’ve done all the research to ensure you’re maximizing your networking experience, it’s time to actually do it. Feeling a bit overwhelmed once you arrive is...

Before Your First Networking Event

Networking is a crucial component to any entrepreneur’s success, yet there are no boxes to check off or steps to take that end with a successful networking gold star. How you choose to go about networking is up to you. The only thing you need to ensure is that your...

Personal Productivity: Learn How in 5 Easy Steps

Personal productivity can be a tricky term to define, and it often means something different to every individual. While maintaining productivity is an important step for any company, the responsibility falls on everyone. If you’ve ever applied for a job, there’s a...

Online Tools to Boost Your Company’s Web Presence

No matter the size of your company, productivity is always tantamount to success. Even if you’re a freelancer, taking the time to ensure you’re organized and on top of everything can drastically improve your workflow. While everyone has his or her preferred styles and...

Coworking in Pittsburgh’s East End

Pittsburgh has certainly become a hub for many different industries over the past few years. Specifically, it’s become one of the best places for startups and working remotely. Whether you’re a lifelong resident of the ‘Burgh or a more recent transplant, you know each...

Ditch the Coffee Shop for a Creative Workspace

Every writer needs that perfect space in which to work. However, finding it can be a bit more challenging. Many writers opt for the classic (if not cliche) coffee shop because it offers a seemingly ideal balance of focus and activity. In other words, few major...

How to Thrive When Working Remotely

It doesn’t matter if you’re working for an established Fortune 500 or a recent startup company. More and more employees are  transitioning from a “traditional” office environment to working remotely. For some, these means a satellite location as part of a small team...