Melissa Mesku






Founding editor of New Worker Magazine. Co-founder of Pure Cure Dental Technology. Front end web designer at designstrategist.co.
░ Co-founder of Pure Cure Technology
░ Founding editor of New Worker Magazine
░ Front-end web designer/developer and content strategist at Design Strategist
░ Teacher certification from University of Cambridge and state of Texas
░ UC Berkeley graduate, summa cum laude in Rhetoric, and Environmental Science, Policy, & Management

I have an unflagging sense of humor and a friendly disposition. I am passionate about helping people reach their potential. I love to help problem-solve and am always looking for new opportunities. I make time for people who reach out to me, so please feel free to do so.

I have an eclectic background that includes living and working in four countries and seven US states, with extensive travel in 25+ countries and across the US. I've tried my hand at a ton of different things because—fuck it—careers are fictions and life is short.

As a supporter of social and environmental causes, I believe one of the most urgent global problems is the loss of indigenous languages and cultures. I've long been looking for an excuse to rough it in the Amazon, so if you know of something wild like that, definitely reach out.


RECENT PRESS
• Feb 2015 — Market Watch: “Why so many college graduates are teaching abroad” by Christine DiGangi
• Feb 2015 — Credit.com: “The Risks and Rewards of Teaching Abroad” by Christine DiGangi
• Feb 2015 — NY Tech Mixer: “Featured Member”
• Jan 2015 — QNY Tech Podcast: “Sharing Economy”
• Dec 2014 — CBS This Morning (article and video): http://www.cbsnews.com/news/co-working...
• Nov 2014 — Bplans: “Six creative ways to figure out if you’ve got a good business idea” by Angelique O'Rourke
• Oct 2014 — Deskmag (interview): “The coworking community expands with New Worker Magazine” by Amanda Gray
• Oct 2014 — Gringos Abroad: “8 Travelers Share the 12 Best Books to Learn Spanish” by Bryan Haines
• Aug 2014 — The Story Exchange: “Female entrepreneurs: Don't let your mind hold you back” by Candice Helfand
• Jul 2014 — Final Call: “Minority teachers abandon classrooms” by Stacy M. Brown
• Jun 2014 — Crowdwise (Denmark): “Makers of Barcelona” by Ellen Mygind
• May 2014 — Shareable (interview) “New Worker Magazine launches today” by Cat Johnson



I co-founded Pure Cure Dental Technology in 2010. We are the originator of the concept and process of removing toxins and allergens from resin-based dental devices. Our patent-pending Pure Cure Denture Detox® line of biocompatible denture products enable denture wearers to remove toxic and allergenic substances from their denture safely and affordably. We have also offered denture detoxification as a laboratory service for dentists.


█ Visit http://denturedetox.com and http://purecuretechnology.com


My founding team was privy to a little-known health problem in the industry and used that knowledge to research and develop a market solution.

In my role as co-founder, I am, or have been, responsible for:

• Product development
• Research and presentation of scientific findings
• Creation of all written content and promotional materials
• Development and maintenance of company website
• Strategic planning
• Marketing
• Sales
• Business development


I am the founder and executive editor of New Worker Magazine, the digital publication produced by the global community of people who work from coworking spaces, makerspaces, and collaborative workspaces. We cover topics related to the new economy and the changing workforce, and recently CBS News featured us in a segment on shared workspace. We launched in May 2014 and enjoy a highly engaged global readership.


█ Visit http://newworker.co


RECENT WRITING
• Feb 2015 — Medium: Advice for going on StartupBus
• Feb 2015 — New Worker Magazine: Coworking: the best place for hookups in 2015?
• Feb 2015 — New Worker Magazine: Coworking, the TV show
• Jul 2014 — New Worker Magazine: Creating value through crowdfunding & collaboration, an interview with Luka Piškorič
• Jun 2014 — Freelancer's Union blog: Get the best out of coworking without having to join a space
• Jun 2014 — New Worker Magazine: What the hell is a new worker?
• Jun 2014 — New Worker Magazine: Turn your coworking space into a crowdfunding powerhouse
• May 2014 — OuiShare Magazine: Massive collaborative potential for coworkers worldwide
• May 2014 — New Worker Magazine: iRegular Project’s gorgeous, inspiring use of collaborative design


I've been doing freelance front-end web design and development for a few years and I continue because—no joke—I love to design and play with CSS at 4 in the morning. With Design Strategist, I do web design/development, content writing, and content strategy for artists, freelancers, and small business clients.


█ Visit http://designstrategist.co


In my client-focused role, I am responsible for:

• Working with creatives and small business owners to articulate their value proposition
• Developing a consistent brand identity
• Performing content inventory/auditing and developing content strategy
• Writing new content and/or editing existing content
• Front-end design and development using HTML5/CSS3, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite including PhotoShop, etc.











RECENT PRESS
• Feb 2015 — Market Watch: “Why so many college graduates are teaching abroad” by Christine DiGangi
• Feb 2015 — Credit.com: “The Risks and Rewards of Teaching Abroad” by Christine DiGangi
• Feb 2015 — NY Tech Mixer: “Featured Member”
• Jan 2015 — QNY Tech Podcast: “Sharing Economy”
• Dec 2014 — CBS This Morning (article and video): http://www.cbsnews.com/news/co-working...
• Nov 2014 — Bplans: “Six creative ways to figure out if you’ve got a good business idea” by Angelique O'Rourke
• Oct 2014 — Deskmag (interview): “The coworking community expands with New Worker Magazine” by Amanda Gray
• Oct 2014 — Gringos Abroad: “8 Travelers Share the 12 Best Books to Learn Spanish” by Bryan Haines
• Aug 2014 — The Story Exchange: “Female entrepreneurs: Don't let your mind hold you back” by Candice Helfand
• Jul 2014 — Final Call: “Minority teachers abandon classrooms” by Stacy M. Brown
• Jun 2014 — Crowdwise (Denmark): “Makers of Barcelona” by Ellen Mygind
• May 2014 — Shareable (interview) “New Worker Magazine launches today” by Cat Johnson


COWORKING + COLLABORATION
I love the coworking spaces I work from and am a big fan of the coworking movement and the collaboration that can arise from it. Last year I represented US coworkers in a live webinar series put on by Open Coworking and was a co-host for an event put on by Coworking Community NYC. Watch the video here: Coworking Core Values Talks #1: Collaboration. I am also the founding editor of New Worker Magazine, the publication for and by members of coworking spaces globally.


STARTUP + TECH COMMUNITY
I participated in StartupBus this past year, a whirlwind trip where 30 people "build a startup from scratch at 60 miles per hour" on a bus heading to South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, TX. On the trip, I formed a team with 5 excellent new friends, focusing on an issue that's near and dear to my heart: data awareness and enabling people to take back ownership of their personal information from across the internet. Check out Datalize.me and read my advice for 2015 buspreneurs.


TRAVEL + PHOTOGRAPHY
I've visited 400+ cities in 25+ countries and have traveled through most of the US either for fun or on speaking tours. I've lived and worked in seven US states and four countries. I have a brief travel photography portfolio here: (returning soon)


NONPROFIT SUPPORT + FUNDRAISING
I'm an active supporter of social/environmental causes and have worked with and co-founded a number of organizations over the last decade. I've also raised thousands of dollars for nonprofits in a number of ways. One interesting example was an experiment in combining crowdfunding with donation matching wherein I sourced donors to double supporters' donations and then put it to the crowdfunding community to test it out: http://www.crowdrise.com/doublerainforest