Co-founder of http://indyhall.org, one of the first coworking businesses in America. Advisor to community & culture builders. I can help you build and scale your community or your team's culture.
I founded and have led the building of the community, team, operations, and business of Indy Hall from idea to execution. We continue to double (or greater) our membership year over year, and have extremely high participation and retention rates.
Our approach to coworking as a "community first" business has become on of the accepted best practices in the growing industry of coworking.
I've been building and leading the community at Indy Hall, one of the largest and oldest coworking spaces in the world, since 2006, all the while also cultivating the online global community community. I've also supported an emerging generation of leaders in the growing Philadelphia tech, creative, & business community.
I've carefully studied successes and failures of our models and others, and have developed a set of best practices for success in communities.
Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter says: "Alex Hillman and the team at Indy Hall are true leaders within Philadelphia's entrepreneurial community, helping establish this city as an emerging hub for innovators, founders and creators. We're excited that they're taking what has worked in Philly and using it to help people in other cities achieve similar success. If you're looking to build a community, these are the folks to learn from."
Alex is one of the primary reasons that the coworking community exists and has grown into a thriving, global phenomenon. His contagious enthusiasm has infused others with the courage and drive to start their own spaces, and his leadership and stewardship at IndyHall serves as the model for what a successful community-centric coworking space looks like.
What can I say about Alex 'dangerously awesome' Hillman other than this is a guy who lives up to his name. I don't think I've ever met a more energetic, enthusiastic, inspiring person. From the moment I met him, he said, "No problem" to just about anything I could throw at him...including asking him to accompany me and a few others on a 4,000+ mile karaoke road trip across America.
Alex is a one of a kind person. He is smart, passionate and very cool-headed. He can cut through the nonsense and get to the heart of the matter in a relatively short period of time.
If I was forced to go to a desert island to solve an unknown problem and I could chose 10 people to bring with me, Alex would be one of them.