Netflix & Skills

Netflix & Skills

Mix Business with Pleasure with These Hot Netflix Picks

Building your empire can be exhausting. Come the weekend, there’s nothing like a little rest and relaxation to help you recharge and reboot. And we’re not just talking any kind of relaxation.

We’re talkin’ Netflix.

But just because you’re couch surfing all weekend doesn’t mean it has to be mindless. Plenty of today’s hottest shows portray life lessons that can help you elevate your life in different ways. From your business, to your work ethic, and your overall attitude toward life, here are a few binge-worthy shows and flicks to watch and learn from this weekend.


The lesson: “Never surrender.”

You gotta give it to Pablo Escobar – he’s a man who let little stand in his way. This famed tale of the Columbian druglord has captivated a wide range of audiences. Watch as a local Robin Hood of sorts takes the global cocaine scene by storm. Whether it’s action, romance, or a tale of perseverance you crave, the life of Pablo Escobar has it all, and will leave you wanting more.

Breaking Bad

The lesson: “You gotta do what you gotta do.”

Breaking Bad follows Walter White on his quest toward both freedom and domination after being diagnosed with cancer, and a world of other problems. It’s the story of how one man crafts his own destiny, shunning conventionalism and throwing caution to the wayside in the process. And while we don’t quite condone establishing your own crystal meth ring, we’ll be damned if this isn’t an inspirational tale for the ages.

Chef’s Table

The lesson: “It’s all in the details.”

Ever wonder why fancy restaurants charge hundreds of dollars for a ten-course meal? You’ll find out why, plus more when you dig into Chef’s Table. A captivating combination of sight, sound and color, this docu-series is a foodie’s dream, and one that will make you salivate as you watch. It follows a handful of international chefs on their quest to Michelin-star status. Becoming an expert at just about anything requires a meticulous attention to details. These world-class chefs have turned chopping, flambéing and sautéing into an art. It’s a fascinating world to explore, whether you’re hungry or not.

The Pursuit of Happiness

“It’s all about perspective.”

Even the most successful entrepreneurs were likely chowing down on Ramen noodles at some point, and not the hip and trendy kind. The road to the top is long and winding, and just because you’re down and out one day doesn’t mean there aren’t brighter times ahead. Never lose hope in a better tomorrow. This applies to business, relationships, and pretty much life in general.

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Summer Time Hustle

Summer Time Hustle

We’ve reached the midpoint of 2017. How’s it going so far? With half of the year already spent, it’s great timing to evaluate where you are, and whether or not you’re where you want to be.

Sure, those New Year’s resolutions you made are all well and good, but if you’re like 99% of us, you forgot all about those by mid-February. If you find you’re falling behind in any of the following areas, it may be time to step up your game. You’ve still got the second half of 2017 to turn things around. What are you waiting for?


So that no bread/no dairy/no gluten diet you intended to stick to suddenly fell through. But just because you fell off the wagon doesn’t mean you have to give up entirely. The second half of the year is a great time to get fit. Commit to that healthy eating plan, and get yourself to the gym or park for a run at least three times per week. If you’re in need of some extra motivation, convince another unmotivated friend to join you and tackle your fitness journey together. Being your best, most creative and productive self is most possible when the other aspects of your life are running smoothly, including your health. 


The first step toward productivity is organization, and no one knows the ins and outs of multi-tasking quite like the entrepreneur.  If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve currently got about a thousand (give or take) things on your plate. Organizational apps are ideal for keeping your thoughts and tasks uncomplicated. Download an app like Trello or Asana on your phone and laptop to keep you on track when your work piles up. Set deadlines, communicate freely with coworkers, and keep files all in one place. Productivity takes a major nosedive when your universe is in disarray. Don’t fall into the trap this summer!


Are you following your passion? I mean, really following your passion? If not, there’s no better time than now. Whether you’re a painter, a photographer or a web designer, it’s never too late to begin your journey to entrepreneurship. With the laid-back vibe of summer comes renewed opportunity to truly explore your talents. Don’t waste your days being unproductive. With great hustle, comes great rewards!

Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today. Call us to schedule a tour of Grindstone Coworking!



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Hive Effect Entrepreneurship Initiative Now Accepting Applications for Second Cohort
Sponsored by Grindstone Coworking and the Edinburg EDC

Applications due by June 1

Edinburg,Texas: Grindstone Coworking, in collaboration with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, has kicked off the second cohort of Hive Effect – an entrepreneur development initiative aiming to help local businesses thrive. The program, accepting applications through June 1, will offer 15 business owners the opportunity to grow their respective businesses through curriculum, coworking, and mentorship.

Daniel Rivera of Grindstone Coworking and director of Hive Effect said, “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with the Hive Effect since its launch last September. Our coursework, mentorship and implementation of the coworking concept has helped ten entrepreneurs achieve great things for their respective businesses, and we’re looking forward to introducing a new set of members to our growing community.”

Gus Garcia, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation added, “The EDC is excited to partner up with Grindstone Coworking to promote this initiative. The Hive Effect program has become a valuable resource for some of our city’s most exciting new businesses.”

About Grindstone Coworking: Grindstone Coworking is a membership-based office in Edinburg,Texas. Designed for mobile workers, freelancers, and startups, the office provides workspace, phone booths, private suites, conference rooms, training rooms, a copy center, mailboxes and other amenities for today’s modern businesses.

About Edinburg EDC: The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation serves local companies by providing assistance with expansion plans, programs to help retain business, and advocating for policies that enhance the region’s economic competitiveness.

Hive Effect will be accepting applications through the month of May. If you’re an entrepreneur hoping to take your business to the next level, visit to learn more.



Grindstone Radio – Episode 011

Grindstone Radio – Episode 011

Daniel Rivera, Eduardo Robles and Melissa Gauna

  • Introduction to Melissa Gauna
  • Melissa describes her profession
  • What led Melissa to nutrition?
  • Discussion of Eggs
  • How to contact Melissa Gauna
5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

Create DIY Content for Your Small Business with Five Easy-To-Use Apps

In the small business world, content creation is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, good content can powerfully impact your sales, your brand image, and your overall reputation. On the other hand, good content comes at a price, whether it be monetary, time consumption, or mental effort. Great content doesn’t always come easy, but as a business owner, you already know that great things rarely come easy. These easy-to-use apps, however, can help you on your path to kick-ass content creation in no time.


The MAOA (Mother of All Organizational Apps), Trello, is one of the single best tools you can use to get your thoughts, projects and assignments organized. Many people are visual learners by nature, and Trello’s easy-to-use, image-centered set-up makes organizing ideas easier than ever before. Create cards for different ideas and arrange them by column, color or project. Drag and drop to suit your needs, and tag team members on each card to communicate ideas freely and in real time. Notifications are sent straight to your phone, so if you’re on a deadline, you can be sure you’re not losing precious time. If you’ve got a big project coming up, and you don’t know where to start, Trello is a safe bet.


Not everyone is gifted in graphic design. Don’t beat yourself up about it. For the design-challenged among us, there’s Canva. This must-have app is a Godsend for small business owners who don’t have the funds to outsource graphic design projects, big or small. Don’t waste time searching job boards and paying big bucks for simple projects like newsletter design or social media design work. Instead, download Canva, create your own graphics using their easy lay-out and current selection of images and fonts, then carry on with your day as the adaptable boss that you are.


Image selection often goes hand-in-hand with creating your own graphics. For this, there’s A round-up of all the internet’s best free stock photos, there are thousands of high-quality images to choose from, so you’re bound to find the perfect picture to represent your brand and target audience. Whether for Facebook ads, social media memes or websites, is a stellar source for imagery.

While a good copywriter can be a great asset for your business, there are plenty of writing tasks you can tackle all on your own, with the right app, of course. is a fantastic resource if easy-to-read, mistake-free content is what you’re going for – and you should be. Cut down on embarrassing typos and take your overall writing style to the next level with this easy-to-use program.


So you’ve got the right words, but how do you present them in the right way? Wordswag is the answer. With the popularity of social media at an all-time high, meme creation is basically a necessity. Spice up your brand’s images with Wordswag, then sit back as they spread like wildfire across your favorite channels. It’s really that simple.

Have any questions or other apps you want to share? Message us on Facebook or drop us a line at [email protected]

Grindstone Radio – Episode 010

Grindstone Radio – Episode 010

Daniel Rivera, Eduardo Robles and Elizabeth Charles

  • Introduction to Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth describes her organization Women’s Business Center
  •  Description of Women’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp
  • Talk about certification
Grindstone Radio – Episode 009

Grindstone Radio – Episode 009

Daniel Rivera, Eduardo Robles and Luis Reyes

  • Fiverr discussion and description
  • Daniel’s experience with Fiverr
  • Eduardo’s and Luis’ thoughts on Fiverr
Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Over 70 attendees gathered for a social start-up mixer at Grindstone Coworking on Wednesday evening. Heavy hor d’oeuvres and cocktails were served, as Grindstone members, local entrepreneurs, Edinburg City Council members and representatives from Plains Capital Bank and other organizations joined to celebrate Hive Effect’s newest sponsorship.

Organizations like Plains Capital Bank are instrumental in the success of the Hive Effect and the small business ecosystem in the Rio Grande Valley. Their donation of 35 iPads will be used to help young entrepreneurs and community members with educational courses, seminars, and workshops held at Grindstone Coworking. From financial preparation classes to presentations from local mentors, the Hive Effect offers a range of educational tools intended to jumpstart success for local businesses.

The president of Plains Capital Bank, councilmember J.R. Betancourt, and Grindstone Coworking owner Daniel Rivera spoke to attendees about the importance of local entrepreneurship and its impact on the Rio Grande Valley.

“This is the place to make dreams happen,” said J.R. Betancourt as he addressed the crowd.

Grindstone Coworking has become a vital resource for entrepreneurship in the Rio Grande Valley. Over 17 months, membership has grown to more than 55, many of whom work out of the Grindstone on a daily basis, making it the epicenter of creativity it is today. Small businesses, local freelancers and young professionals have helped launch Grindstone Coworking into an entrepreneurial hub, where members have access to a number of unique resources not found elsewhere in the Rio Grande Valley. Not only do members gain the opportunity to continually network, learn and collaborate amongst one another, but local partners, like Plains Capital Bank, L&F Distributors and Moonbeans Coffee, have proven invaluable in elevating the coworking experience for everyone at the Grindstone.

If you’ve yet to experience the magic of coworking, contact the office or visit the Grindstone website at to set up a tour or trial membership today.

Grindstone Radio – Episode 007

Grindstone Radio – Episode 007

Daniel Rivera, Eduardo Robles and Josh Birge

  • Introduction to Josh Birge
  • Tips from Josh on improving mobile video
  • Josh talks about Audio and stabilizing video
  • Examples of real world use
Grindstone Radio – Episode 006

Grindstone Radio – Episode 006

Daniel Rivera and Eduardo Robles

  • Recap of info from Webinar with HubSpot
  • More information + using HubSpot
  • HubSpot uses + its Features
Grindstone Radio – 004

Grindstone Radio – 004

Daniel Rivera, Eduardo Robles and Markus Villareal

  • Short description of Markus
  • Introduction to Markus and his Businesses (La Pesca, Ink Elephant and Palm Street)
  • Tips from Markus
  • Markus’ Routine/System with his businesses (Email + Text Reports)
  • When did Markus realize he needed help?
  • More business tips from Markus
GrindstoneRadio 003 – What is a Call-to-Action and why you need to implement them today.

GrindstoneRadio 003 – What is a Call-to-Action and why you need to implement them today.

What is a “Call-to-Action” and why do I need one?

Grindstone Radio: Small Business Tips for Freelancer and Mobile Workers in the Rio Grande Valley

In this episode of Grindstone Radio we explore the use of call-to-actions for marking your small business. We talk about the easy way to check your website or marketing efforts with the “and then..” game and talk about why CTA’s are a vital part of your marketing efforts.

Grindstone Radio – Episode 003

Grindstone Radio – Episode 003

Daniel Rivera and Eduardo Robles

  • Information for small businesses
  • “Call to Action” discussion
  • “And then” Game
  • “Call to Action” Real world uses + Examples
  • How Grindstone uses Call to Action
  • What you should do