Turns Out It’s Coffee
By: Avery Addison, Intern, Strategic Marketing
As part of Zayo’s sponsorship of Denver Startup Week 2018, we are contributing to several Mile High Hustle podcasts, conversations about the business ideas and people shaping Denver and Colorado today. First on our list: Denver’s collaborative coffee culture. It’s a perfect topic for Zayo. Our own Noah Drake, director of Global Partnerships, is co-founder of Zayo’s Coffee Club, which provides prospective employees with the opportunity to have an informal conversation about life at Zayo.
Here’s the backstory of the Coffeetown podcast:
Over the last few years Denver has seen business growth like never before. New money from startups has come into the state, the entrepreneurial community is thriving and the city has propelled itself among the ranks of San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle. So what exactly is making Denver boom?
Part of what makes Denver’s culture so unique is its accessibility, community and collaboration. Building a community here really matters, and Denver is still manageable enough to still feel connected. Business and community leaders are accessible and generous with their support and time. And for many of us, that connection begins over coffee — at the many coffee shops up and down the Front Range.
“It’s one of the things we do to provide an informal environment to get to know prospective candidates — buy a cup of coffee for anyone who wants to just sit down and have a conversation.”
That’s why Zayo started its Coffee Club, Noah Drake, Zayo’s director of Global Reach, explains in Zayo’s sponsored spot. The Coffee Club pairs Zayo volunteers with students from Colorado universities who are interested in a career at Zayo for a coffee meeting so candidates can learn about life at Zayo. “It’s one of the things we do to provide an informal environment to get to know prospective candidates — buy a cup of coffee for anyone who wants to just sit down and have a conversation,” Noah explains.
So how do you make the most of a coffee meeting? Erik Mitisek, one of the co-founders of Denver Startup Week, says he follows the 40-20-40 rule. 40 percent of your time should be preparing and researching for the meeting, 20 percent is the actual meeting and finding commonalities, and the final most important 40 percent is the follow up. Try to create some value for the other, because networking isn’t about asking for something, it’s about giving and sharing ideas while building relationships.
Interested in Zayo’s Coffee Club? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll buy you a double. To hear the Coffeetown Podcast and others in the series, check out the Mile High Hustle, a series about businesses ideas and people shaping Denver today.
And sign up for some of the many great sessions at Denver Startup Week, September 24-28. We’ll see you there. Let’s grab coffee.