ERIC ZOSSO | ZOSECO COWORKING
Eric Zosso was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana. As a graduate of Purdue University in 2009, he commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force and served five years active duty in California and Colorado on the team that controlled GPS satellites. He left active duty in 2014 to move back to Valparaiso and try his hand at entrepreneurship while becoming re-engaged in Valpo. Since moving back, he launched four businesses, two of which are still alive, and he's most active with ValpoNEXT to help residents become co-creators in the city's future. You can regularly find him at community projects, at Uptown Cafe, Fluid Coffeebar, and his coworking space Zoseco Coworking.
Tell us about ZOSECO COWORKING
Zoseco Coworking was started in 2014, and it helps people focus on their businesses at work, while focusing on home at home. We're a shared office space for a range of freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers and small teams. Provito Rent + Equity was started in 2016 and it gives renters a way of building a nest egg as part of their rent, which is also great for landlords because it attracts the most responsible renters who care about their home.
How many employees do you have?
What’s the inspiration behind your name?
Zoseco (pronounced Zo-sco) is a play on my last name Zosso (Zo-So) and Costco... A couple of my Air Force buddies had a running joke that if I ever started a business, I had to call it Zoseco. Well, here we are. Provito came about because the goal from it was to "Provide" for folks as part of the standard business model. Provita was taken in a few different ways, so I went with Provito.
Favorite thing about being an entrepreneur
The best part is the tangible effects: I went in to business because I wanted to help people. Entrepreneurship gives a tremendous opportunity to do that.
MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR
The most difficult thing is the full uncertainty of what will come from projects, ventures, life. I've come to love this part of it, as it's all part of the beauty of life.
FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT
FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP
This is a toss-up between Fluid Coffeebar and Uptown Cafe. Fluid because how thoughtfully Chuck and Allison create a space for people. Uptown because it's full of friends and Tony runs it so well.
FAVORITE ENTREPREUR RESOURCE
The Lean Canvas - It's a one page business plan, that covers the most important parts of the customer/business process without wasting time. Second place would be Zapier, for automating repetitive tasks. Third place is One Million Cups, for being a 2x monthly hangout for entrepreneurs.
MOST VALUABLE THING/LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR
The malleability of our community and the ability we have to shape things. If there's something we really want to see happen, being an entrepreneur is one way to make that so.
The Bacon, Swiss and Chicken sandwich at Uptown Cafe for lunch. I get that way more than I should admit.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOU
I will happily turn a circle of people into a demonstration about orbits and outer space.