December 31, 2014
The Modiin Entrepreneurs Startup Hub (MESH) is home to many innovative startups that are working to accelerate their business and their ideas. There are many VCs, professional services, and firms based in this hot co-sharing work space.
We decided to feature MESH as our team of the week, to close off 2014 with a bang. Elisha Kucher, the Founder of MESH, did a great job answering questions on how his team started off tackling business messaging in 2013, and how their methods have evolved.
Please tell us a little bit of background information about MESH.
MESH was founded by me, Aaron Zucker, and Moshe Porat in 2013, to answer the need for local workspaces for startups.
After doing so, we quickly realized that not only did we provide people with a local space to work out of, but that the convenience allowed them to maintain a healthy work-life balance. People who are over 30 with kids managed to run a startup in MESH, quickly dash out as needed to run errands, and head back to work within the hour.
MESH today is one of the largest co-working spaces with over 15,000 sq feet of space- and growing.
What were your needs in business communication in the very beginning? How has that evolved?
In the beginning, we mostly collaborated with emails between the partners to get all the legal formalities off the ground and get companies in. Once the companies rolled in, we used several forms of communication. In addition to email, we used Whatsapp, traditional phone calls, and regularly held in-person meetings.
Which aspect of business communication generally annoys you the most?
I’d say group emails annoy me the most. Especially when others needlessly hit “reply-all.”
Do you have employees (or freelancers) that work remotely?
We presently don’t, but we are looking to add remote teams in the future.
What are the pros and cons of team collaboration via the web/mobile devices, versus in-person?
Without a doubt, documentation is the biggest pro aspect of team collaboration via the web/mobile devices. The execution of tasks after face-to-face meetings tends to get tricky as you try to remember key points and other specifics from the meeting.
Even when information is written down, it gets difficult to keep track of where it was stored. For example, is it on Google drive? Maybe it’s on one of my many email addresses. It saves time to have all the information under one system.
How is leadership over virtual teams different from teams on-site?
Leadership over virtual teams can get more difficult, since you don’t actually know what everyone is doing at any given moment. Overseeing the progress of everything typically requires management to ask about it, rather than take a quick glance over the shoulder.
What are some team communication tips you can recommend?
It’s important to know and learn from your people. Everyone is unique and different in the way they work, think, and run their time.
In larger group settings such as MESH (where people are not necessarily from the same company) leaders should know that some questions are meant for one-on-ones, while others are meant for larger or smaller groups.
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