Office Hours

Ohours Finds a Future: Hirelite Acquires Us! by Nate Westheimer

I posted on the Ohours Blog and Hirelite CEO Nathan Hurst posted on his: today we're excited to announce that Hirelite.com has acquired Ohours.org. Obviously this is super exciting for me (baby's first exit!) but I'm mostly excited for the amazing Ohours community. Over the last 6 months, the community has grown to thousands of people while I've simply neglected the platform. I'm just thrilled to see Ohours getting worked on and loved on like it should. As a user I couldn't be more excited about the new features Nathan has planned, and I can't wait to see how -- now that Ohours is being taken care of the way it should be -- this community grows and flourishes and opens more doors for more people.

Please help me celebrate this by going to the new Ohours and schedule some face to face time with someone new!

Lastly, I need to thank everyone who has supported Ohours so far and helped me build the platform to what it is. Kyle Bragger deserves most of the thanks. I started building Ohours with almost no development skills whatsoever and he was there coaching me every step of the way. Vin Vacanti was the first person to tell me he'd be a user of the service and has been an active host ever since. Gary Chou at USV reintroduced Nathan and me and helped us think through the transaction. Christina Cacioppo at USV, David Tisch at TechStars, Ben Siscovick at IA Ventures and Melody Koh at Time Warner led the NYC VC charge, while Spencer Lazar helped bring Ohours to London and the rest of Europe and Andrew Parker brought Ohours to Boston. Meanwhile, Evan Bartlett, Adam Schwartz, and Lis Hubert led the charge with NY tech's professional scene. Andrew Mager got Developer Evangelists rocking on the system. Aaron Cohen, of course, is someone else I have to thank. He was a big cheerleader of mine in this project and brought Ohours to the University market.

I know I'm leaving people out of this thank you (the dangerous thing about thanking people in the first place, and trying to blog quickly!) but I'm just so thankful for everyone's involvement and want to make sure I at least mention a few people by name.

The last person I want to thank is Nathan Hurst. I couldn't imagine a better person to take ownership and custody of this awesome community. If you don't know him yet, meet him. He's a rockstar entrepreneur and hacker and Hirelite is a super innovative company doing incredibly creative and disruptive work in the recruiting space.

The future of Ohours is bright and I'm beaming along with it.

Thanks to everyone again.

Ohours Update | Ohours at SXSW by Nate Westheimer

I wanted to write a quick update about how Ohours has been going and about my plans for SXSW, since many of its users and my readers will be attending the conference. In terms of SXSW, check out this page on Ohours. There, thanks to my friends at AOL, I've listed a few places that will be super easy to host your Ohours sessions. You can also find a list of everyone hosting Ohours during the conference.

More generally speaking, here are a few stats from the first (almost) two months of Ohours' existence.

  • Registered Users: 890
  • Percent of RUs Who Have Hosted Ohours: 45%
  • Total Number of Ohours Openings: 424
  • Resulting in Number of Appointments: 574
  • Time Spent Face-to-Face: 11,480 minutes

The best news: I'm not the most active user on the site, but remain a very active user. Before I built Ohours, I loved hosting my office hours. Now, the meetings are even more high quality and serendipitous. Moreover, attending Ohours has become a passion of mine, and a place to find even more serendipity. Yesterday I went to Adam Schwartz' Ohours and met Nick Pinkston of CloudFab.com. Cool dude with a awesome company I would not have met otherwise.

Anyway, hope you're having as much fun with the platform as I am. If you haven't hosted Open Hours yet, please considering opening some time in your busy schedule and give it try.

Lastly, THANK YOU so much to all the early users of the system who are giving such WONDERFUL feedback. I'm bursting with pride because of how you're using the platform and changing people's lives. Keep the feedback coming.

Office Hours for All of Us - Ohours.org by Nate Westheimer

For the past two years, I've been hosting Office Hours in order to meet as many people as possible in the NY Tech community. (You can read my post announcing my first Office Hours here.) It's been an incredible experience and of the 100+ people I met in the process, I don't regret a single meeting. Office Hours have provided me more than just a better way to manage my schedule -- it's also increased the serendipity of my own life.

Speaking of my life, if you've been wondering what I've been up to since leaving AnyClip, I've been teaching myself how to code (I'll be writing a lot about this in the coming weeks and months).

So, it brings me great pleasure to have released my first app today: Ohours.org

Please excuse the bad design and probable errors here and there. I spent the last two weeks building the site and will be pushing out updates to it on a daily basis (already have pushed out three updates today).

As for the platform itself, I built Ohours out of a personal need for a better way to manage Office Hours. I also built Ohours for all of my friends and colleagues whom have told me they would host Office Hours if there was only an easier way to do it.

So please check it out, consider hosting or attending Office Hours and let me know what you think. Like I said, I intentionally released this as soon as I could. So much is rough around the edges but any and all feedback I will take seriously!

PS: I want to thank two people, specifically, on this occasion. The first is Kyle, who has been indispensable in my education as a hacker. Both he and his community at Forrst have been great teachers. The second is Vin Vacanti (who's been CRUSHING IT on his blog recently). I've been talking about building this app for a long time, and I didn't start until Vinny and I got coffee a few weeks ago and he kicked my ass about it. Perhaps it was just great timing, but I think I finally dove in on this because Vinny also used to be a non-coding product executive and taught himself how to code.