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February 9, 2011

The 10 Rules of The Junction

By: mporat

fightclub1When we envisioned The Junction, one of our most lofty goals was to build a community.  A community of entrepreneurs – one that fosters innovation, creativity, camaraderie and a sense of togetherness.  A community with a unique social etiquette that is built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.  As hosts, we do not see our role in creating boundaries, but in bringing value through events & mentorship.


Therefore, we’ve built only a minimal set of guiding principals that are the only Rules of The Junction (and no, “you do not talk about The Junction” isn’t one of them). Talkback with your feedback! These aren’t final in any way.


The 10 Rules of The Junction

  1. We are here to build stuff – help each other & treat others as you would like them to treat you
  2. Hackers are the only animals allowed
  3. Don’t get us in trouble… Let’s stay within the boundaries of the law
  4. This is our home – let’s treat it as such.  If something bothers you – tell us
  5. We will hold events – you are encouraged to participate
  6. Share, help each other, and help make this a supportive community
  7. Respect our health.  This is a non-smoking floor
  8. Last person leaving locks & turns off lights & A/C.  Your personal property is your responsibility
  9. We are sharing this space – let’s try and minimize noise
  10. Let’s have fun!

15 Comments

  1. Moti Karmona

    9/02/2011

    Kol Hakavod! I think this can be a great platform for innovation and it is about time we have something in this format in Israel…

  2. Arik Fraimovich

    9/02/2011

    This is a really good set of ground rules. I think that (2) and (9) are something that under no circumstances you should compromise on.

    As for events — are they going to be at the same space where people work or in some separate room?

  3. Micha

    9/02/2011

    Arik – some of the events will take place in the conference room we have at The Junction, while other larger events will be in the general space. The location of each event will depend on the number of people who are interested in attending, and on how many of the entrepreneurs working at The Junction are going to participate.

    At the end of the day, we want to bring value through these events – we will learn over time what is optimal to The Junction community.

  4. eden

    9/02/2011

    Just realized this isn’t geeky enough. How didn’t I think of “Share and Enjoy”, which is, of course, the company motto of the hugely successful Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Complaints division, which now covers the major land masses of three medium sized planets and is the only part of the Corporation to have shown a consistent profit in recent years. The motto stands – or rather stood – in three mile high illuminated letters near the Complaints Department spaceport on Eadrax – “Share and Enjoy”. Unfortunately its weight was such that shortly after it was erected, the ground beneath the letters caved in and they dropped for nearly half their length through the underground offices of many talented young complaints executives – now deceased. The protruding upper halves of the letters now appear, in the local language, to read “Go stick your head in a pig”, and are no longer illuminated, except at times of special celebration.

  5. Uri Goldstein

    9/02/2011

    Very good set of base rules.

    Not that it’s a showstopper but I don’t think rule 2 is in place. Nothing wrong with the occasional dog or parrot to liven up the place.

  6. jm

    10/02/2011

    Eden and anyone involved in this project. This is a great initiative! Couple of comments from my experience.

    1) Keep it inviting. Not only for hackers and geeks.
    While I can relate to the hacker focused approach I think designers, product people and really anyone contributing to a new venture should feel welcomed, this should not be a geekcon or hackathon

    2) Help build teams. All great products and ventures were created by teams. I think this place should not only foster sharing and helping as stated in rule number 2 but proactively encourage people to invite people to their team to work together.

    3) Music is good or bad? Depends if you like it or not, and how you prefer working. Maybe have a music room or a place people can discuss their ideas out load.

    4) Finally – rules can be changed :) if the community wants to, and as long as it respects the wills of the minority

  7. Idan Gazit

    10/02/2011

    11) Be reasonable about bandwidth usage. Torrenting ubuntu CD’s all day long means that the rest of us have trouble surfing for pr0n.

  8. Idan Gazit

    10/02/2011

    12) the following topics are hazardous to productivity, and are thus discouraged at the Junction: emacs vs vim, mac vs pc vs linux, nikon vs canon, rails vs django, ruby vs python, haskell vs everything other than haskell, and speculation about who will get voted off the island next.

    N.B. — just kidding, having some fun ;)

  9. eden

    10/02/2011

    Uri – fully understood. I’m the father/proud owner of a golden retriever named Nulli (had it been a boy it would have been Null – talk about geekness). That said, you can see in the same comment thread of someone saying that there can’t be animals. When creating a shared space, sometimes you need to go with what would hurt less a certain group but would benefit more a different group.

    Jonathan – thanks! Re:

    1. The purpose is to integrate many communities together, First and foremost designers and product people. Where do you feel this isn’t reflected? Will fix.

    2. TOTALLY! How can we modify the rules to reflect that?

    3. There is a time-share meeting room. Music is great as long as it doesn’t disturb the other people. Actually, the adjacent space is a music room. I wonder if there can be collaboration there.

    Thanks!

  10. eden

    10/02/2011

    Well, having fun *IS* rule #10 :-)

  11. eden

    10/02/2011

    That’s actually a big concern for us. We might need to throttle certain ports so there won’t be a bandwidth issue. Time will tell.

    Liked the wording though :-)

  12. idangazit

    10/02/2011

    I think that blanket throttling isn’t needed by default. Deal with it if and when it actually becomes an issue. Blocked ports is a pain in the ass sometimes.

  13. Boaz

    11/02/2011

    Nice set! (last time I said that I got slapped).
    Since you’re inviting people who are used to work from home, not bringing their dogs may actually become a concern for them.
    Then again, unless everybody is a dog-lover, this rule is in place.
    Here’s my modification to rule #2:
    2. Hackers are the only animals allowed, and they are not allowed to sniff.

    And on a serious note, as any seeding group, this one will develop its DNA through time. I think

    BK>

  14. jm

    13/02/2011

    Eden – I would clearly something along the lines of the following.

    Rule number x: Great companies are built by teams, not individuals. The Junction’s goal is to support the formation of teams. Find a co-founder, expand your team or join an existing one. You are encourage to invite people to participate.

  15. Ron

    17/02/2011

    Eden- thanks for the Adams quote – it made me feel better about everything today.

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