What ties them together is their openness. Despite having a company to get off the ground, Rypple's Daniel Debow comes in to talk to my undergrad classes whenever I ask him to. Meanwhile, anyone---hell, any thing---that thnks bathtub lasers are cool would be welcome at the Hacklab. Community is knowing that a whole bunch of people will say, "The answer is yes---now, what was the question?"
Now, how do we connect students who are juggling assignments in five courses with local communities, without them having to sacrifice their grades?