Venture Café Thursdays Guidelines and Credo

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Venture Café Thursdays Guidelines and Credo

We believe innovation is a social process. As part of our mission to connect the community to further innovation, we want to provide a supportive and constructive environment for conversations. We have a credo or guidelines we expect guests to follow. Should any member make you uncomfortable or breaks any of the guidelines please see the Venture Café staff, contact us via this form, or contact us directly via the emails below. We’re here to keep this a comfortable and safe place for all.

Observe the platinum rule. Treat others as they would like to be treated.

Contribute in a positive way that is valued by other attendees. Respect the social norms of conversation and engagement, respecting others’ desire to interact, or not interact, based on the context of the situation. Be honest and straightforward in all dealings. Make yourself comfortable and be kind to others. Our open, friendly vibe emanates from its patrons.

Become an active participant in our experiment.

We constantly try new things to improve your interactive experience in this unique space. Provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.

Connect responsibly.

Behave professionally. Venture Café is a community gathering, not a bar. If you wouldn’t do it in your office, don’t do it here. Communications of a sexual nature are not appropriate.

Respect our diverse community.

Venture Café is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and welcoming experience for everyone, regardless of and not limited to gender identity or gender expression, sex or sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, color, national origin, age, military service or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please respect everyone’s background.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.

We are not a venue for hard selling.

It’s okay to say what you do, but don’t sell. Initiate and cultivate meaningful connections rather than pitching your product or service. If it feels like selling, it probably is.

Ask yourself, “How can I help?”

Your help may present in the form of sharing your own experiences, learning about another guest’s project and asking questions, or facilitating connections within your network. In a phrase, “pay it forward”. When possible, reuse cups and help us keep our space clean by throwing away trash and wiping up spills.

Become a regular. Spread the word.

We’re only as good as our participants. If you know people who should visit the Café, invite them as your guest. We encourage casual meetings in the Café – recognized events are scheduled through our Events Coordinator.

Consider joining our volunteer team.

We’re an expanding and dynamic organization. We rely on the community to contribute to make the Café what it is. Please join us (link to form) and share the love with a little creativity and collaboration!
To support the Venture Café’s mission to enable fresh and useful conversations and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on the Café’s credo.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

We see this as a living document and welcome comments on this, our expression of the Venture Café philosophy. Should you wish to contact us please feel free to find Venture Café staff in the Cafe or email us directly:

Kevin Wiant (
Executive Director

Andrew Singleton (
Events Coordinator

Brian Wang (
Operations Manager