Hi everyone, Spiffy here, your one and only interplanetary journalist reporting from Planet Earth. I’m thrilled to be talking to an entrepreneurship ecosystem builder working to make the world a better place by providing amazing spaces to work from. I’m with Lucas Seyhun, CEO of The Farm SoHo, who is ready to tell us how he’s doing it! Are you ready to be enlightened?
Spiffy: Welcome Lucas! We are not at a farm! So can you tell me what challenges you’re addressing through The Farm SoHo?
Lucas: You’re right, Spiffy! At The Farm SoHo, we're redefining work into something that you look forward to every day. We're building spaces that diminish the finite lines between cozy coffee shops, homes, and office spaces. Therefore, when you enter one of our spaces, you feel right at home.
Spiffy: I will say, it certainly is cozy here, Lucas! Can you tell me more about what motivated you to build homey work spaces?
Lucas: I was underwhelmed with my previous life and I was seeking transformation. At that point, I did not know the effect that the environment had on your productivity and personal growth. Once I discovered that, I set out on a mission to influence others the same way I was impacted.
Members enjoying themselves in a rustic, Americana, calm environment, in one of The Farm SoHo’s coworking spaces. (Photo courtesy of TheFarmSoHo)
Spiffy: How would you say The Farm is working to create a more equitable world?
Lucas: We're building the next generation of workspaces and we're doing it by utilizing environment-friendly materials, all while sustaining our affordable prices. We believe everyone with every budget deserves to experience what we experience.
Spiffy: Can you tell me about a recent milestone that you’ve reached lately? What kind of impact has it had on your work?
Lucas: We've had 500% growth in the past two years. We have had to change our mindset from being a small business to more of a corporate mindset. The hardest part of this transformation has been the on-the-job training I had to acquire by making many mistakes.
Spiffy: Sounds like good old growing pains! Could you talk a bit about a project you’ve worked with that exemplifies the impact you’re striving to make?
Lucas: Being totally free is the by-product of the Nomad culture. We use a tool named GetCroissant, they provide workspaces by the hour by collaborating with workspaces throughout the world.
Spiffy: I imagine you’re always learning, Lucas. What is something unexpected you’ve learned from someone recently?
Lucas: I learned that I have to be more nurturing, especially during training sessions. I became aware of this from an employee who resigned. Therefore, learning is reciprocal in this example.
Spiffy: Before we sign off, is there anything else you would love to tell our audience?
Lucas: Well Spiffy, I believe that accepting the challenges, learning from failure, keeping a positive attitude, and staying mentally and physically healthy, are vital elements of your progress throughout your entrepreneurship journey.
Spiffy: Vitality is of the essence, isn’t it Lucas? Thanks so much for letting me stop by The Farm to chat. It’s been an honor.
Lucas Seyhun, CEO of The Farm SoHo, is a serial entrepreneur that has been part of many failing businesses. Eventually, this became the knowledge base of his success. Before his entrepreneurship career, Lucas was part of the US Military—a key building block of his resilience. Growing up, Lucas’ family was economically challenged, but this gave him the ability to be financially creative and build companies out of thin air. (First published on the Ladderworks website on August 11, 2021.)
© 2021 Ladderworks LLC. Edited by Jill Landis Jha. Spiffy’s illustration by Shreyas Navare. Follow Spiffy’s interviews of founders building a more equitable world here.