On Friday morning, I went to my first LikeMind coffee chat at the Intelligentsia on State/Randolph. There were 4 of us and coffee was paid for by Anomaly. I first heard about LikeMind from Mike Maddaloni’s The Hot Iron. In a nutshell, it’s a chance for like-minded people to get together once a month for coffee and conversation. Pretty straightforward. How do you know if you’re like-minded? I guess you won’t until you try going to one.
It was started in NY by Piers and Noah and is now in 25 different cities. As someone that works at home, it was a great opportunity to force myself out of the house early (although 8am is a bit early) to talk to people. It sounds similar to the Open Coffee Club, but I don’t think there’s one in Chicago yet and Open Coffee is more focused on startups whereas LikeMind seems to draw more creative types.