🎉 Coworking celebrations.
🧁 This Week In Coworking turns 1!
52 weeks ago, I sent out the very first TWIC newsletter. In this post I dive into why I started sending these emails, how it’s all going, and where to next.
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📰 Coworking updates.
😷 CDC updates recommendation around masks indoors
The CDC have added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
This news shot across the industry like lightning as operators wonder what this means for US workspace reopenings, and in-person events that were already being scheduled.
3️⃣ Where ‘third spaces’ fit into the future of hybrid work.
Katharine Rooney dives into what ‘third spaces’ are, and how they fit into the new world of work in an article for the World Economic Forum.
They explore how restaurants, hotels, private clubs, and ofcourse coworking spaces are being adjusted to provide alternative workplaces to the home and office.
🏩 Final check out for WeLive.
It’s been widely reported this week that the last WeLive locations (WeWork‘s co-living brand) were returned to their landlords, probably as they focus more heavily on their core office space business.
What’s interesting is how co-living management co, Common, was selected to manage the 2221 South Clark Street location, highlighting the landlord JBG SMITH‘s continued belief in co-living offerings. Especially interesting with the location so near to the upcoming Amazon HQ2 development and Virginia Tech‘s $1B Innovation Campus.
🤕 Indy Hall closes their space, goes all-virtual, for now.
In an impassioned post, Alex Hillman shares why Indy Hall has made the tough decision to not reopen their space, what that means for the community, and the future of one of oldest coworking communities in the United States.
🇦🇺 ‘Peak body’ for coworking & flex space in Australia launches.
Incase you’re like me and were confused by the term ‘peak body’, it’s an Australian term for an advocacy group or trade organization. Back in TWIC 23/2021 we shared how Brad Krauskopf made a call to form an Australian alliance.
This week they shared the first glimpse into how that’s all coming together.
🇬🇧 Half-year UK flex office market snapshot shared.
The folks at WorkThere have shared their snapshot of flex workspace demand data for the first half of 2021. They share the difference in desk price and term lengths compared to the same period in 2020 and 2019, both inside and outside London.
Keeping in mind that the average number of desks per enquiry being measured is 10.2, it is interesting to see a return in demand and per desk pricing.
✅ Making coworking spaces mentally healthy workplaces.
The Coworks team sat down with Laura Shook Guzman of Women Who Cowork to learn how coworking operators can make their spaces mentally healthy workplaces, and how coworking leaders can better support their team’s mental health.
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💻 Coworking technology.
Supported by Syncaroo, who help flex spaces automate important, but laborious, marketing & sales tasks.
⚙️ Building OS co announces new version with focus on APIs
Spaceflow announced that their new version is launching in Aug, and that the new generation’s “crown jewel is a new API version that allows for easier integration and customization”.
Great to see even more workspace tech companies shifting towards the modular future of interconnectivity through robust APIs.
💻 New (and free) Proptech Pitch Competition launched.
Glenn Felson shared this week that PropTech Future have officially launched their pitch competition for pre-seed, seed and series A proptech cos.
There’s no fee to apply, and prize information is still being completed, but the judges have been announced and are Rohit Iragavarapu (TCV), Tim Curran (Building Engines), Victoria Lebegue (Concrete Ventures), Travis Connors (Building Ventures), Maciej Plichta (Colliers), Madison Gesser and Jim Pettit (both with Navitas Capital).
👖 Work With Pants Wednesday (WWPW) campaign launched.
A whole bunch of coworking spaces, local alliances and the Flexday booking app have partnered together to launch a campaign to make trying coworking in Ontario free, every Wednesday between July 28th and October 27th.
🤝 Coworking deals.
📦 More ‘Escape Pods’ coming to airports across the US.
Jabbrrbox and MAG USA have announced a new partnership to introduce 50 more Escape Pods (tech equipped private workspaces in public places like airports) across the US over the next 3 months.
🇮🇪 Ireland provides €8.8M in funding for remote working infrastructure.
The Irish government announced over €8.8 million in funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme. The funding will enable existing hubs and broadband connection points to enhance and add capacity to remote working infrastructure in every region across Ireland.
This investment will benefit 117 projects, including support the ongoing development of the recently launched National Hub Network, which already has more than 100 hubs using the platform and 380 hubs mapped.