The City of Santa Cruz and Code for America, a national nonprofit that uses talented web professionals to improve government services, are proud to announce the public launch of OpenCounter, an online small business permitting system.
Designed and developed throughout 2012, OpenCounter reduces the confusion of starting a business by creating an online experience that helps small business owners discover the City forms, fees and time needed to set up shop and apply for them online in a single web session.
The smallest City ever to utilize a Code for America development team, Santa Cruz’s collaboration also saw the development of an open data portal at data.cityofsantacruz.com , new City Hall Wayfinding and newly painted bike lockers downtown.
We work hard at Cruzioworks. Many small companies and individuals have their own goals but also help each other and find interesting ways to collaborate. We work all sorts of hours, use tremendous amounts of Internet and drink amazing amounts of caffeinated beverages.
And frequently, one of our coworking companies finishes a project. Elegant, useful, creative, marvelous: many products and projects have emerged from the Cruzioworks primordial soup.*
When you’ve met a deadline — finished a manuscript — put together an organization that’s ready to go — it’s a great feeling. A time for the whole community to celebrate.
So Cruzio invented the Launchies. That’s our answer to the Grammies, the Emmies, the Oscars. Every Cruzioworks coworker who launches a product, service or company just needs to let us know. They’ll be feted with champagne and treats, get publicity, and best of all receive the attractive “Launchie” award suitable for display.
Adam Markowitz, veteran software engineer, founded Aire Software in 2009. Besides his daily dose of software development, Adam loves martial arts—specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Traditional Okinawan Karate. He also performs and teaches flamenco guitar.
1. What is your favorite aspect of coworking?
People we saw at the Techraising.
Everyone was pretty energized, even after a couple of late nights. I’m not good with names so I won’t even try to attribute all the photos… just the first few.
First up are the awesome organizers. (Lots more info about the techraising on TechRaising.com ).
Last Friday Cruzio put on the ritz. Fiber Night!
In the context of the Internet, “fiber” is the way we transport data from one place to another — really, really fast. With lasers.
To celebrate Cruzio’s new fiber connection to the Internet, we held a big party. With lasers.
People enjoyed our fantastic coworking space, opened up to the public for the evening.
The fiber connection is the beginning of our new independent high-speed network.
We are now offering connections at 100+Mbps — even connections over a gigabit per second! And we’ll soon be revamping our lower-cost services too (we’re looking at late summer for an unveiling).
Come celebrate Cruzio’s new fiberoptic connection at a party!:
On: Friday, May 6th 2011
Time: 7 to 9 pm
(If you haven’t had a chance to see our new building, nighttime is beautiful! )
Location: At Cruzio’s new building, 877 Cedar Street
Free food and swag
Cruzioworks never looked so gorgeous as when the First Friday digital artists (from DANM) set up their pieces. Music hummed, lights flashed, wine and canapes were consumed… and best of all, we all experienced the place anew alive with art.