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Getting the Most out of Your Ascender Coworking Experience

If you’re not used to it, adjusting to an open, collaborative office space can feel a bit overwhelming. Maybe you’re an individual transitioning from a home office, or maybe a small company or part of company looking for a new, more flexible space. Whatever the...

The Satellite Office: 3 Reasons Your Company Should Branch Out

Businesses large and small are opting for a satellite office. An auxiliary space can serve short-term projects as well as longer stays, allowing your team the chance to spread out. Satellite office spaces offer flexibility as well as focus. Here are just a few reasons...

Coworking and The Future of Office Spaces

From Fortune 500s to fledgling startups, businesses of all shapes and sizes are evolving to meet new coworking dynamics and expectations. Gone are the days of the partitioned cubicles with those generic motivational poster hanging everywhere. At the same time, the...

$200 and a suitcase — Q&A w/ Ascender alumnus, Vivek Kulkarni

"Building a company is VERY hard. It seems like a losing battle most of the time. Unless you can get back up when you are knocked out, you will not be able to continue building the business." Curious about the Ascender experience and the realities of "startup life"?...

The Right Stuff: 5 Questions for Ascender’s Stephan Mueller

"There is no perfect entrepreneur. You can win in all kinds of different ways." We sat down with Stephan Mueller to learn more about Ascender, the key ingredients to entrepreneurship, and best practices for startup success. The key takeaway? There's no secret sauce —...

Hackathon for IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Jan 6-8, 2017

Following a visit in mid-November by the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, Pittsburgh is rallying its local talent for the chance to win the $5 million competition, centered around artificial intelligence technologies that work with and benefit humanity. On...

Ascender 2017 Incubation Cycle Open

Happy Holidays — and BIG NEWS! We're excited to announce that Ascender's incubation cycle is now officially open.  This fall, Thrill Mill relocated and rebranded, taking up residence right next to Bakery Square at 6401 Penn Avenue under our new name, Ascender....

A $5 Million Competition for AI Solutions

Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI...