Week 39, 2022

This week we share a new tender opportunity in London, coworking hubs in apartment communities in SoCal, another round for asset-light flex operator, the conclusion of the mega UK merger, LinkedIn study confirms the power of weak ties, and a 46x46 mm access control unit.

Final reminder to share your lead-gen stats.

A quick reminder that Friday, Sept 30 is the last day to submit your stats on where your best-converting leads are coming from.

So far I’m already seeing big shifts from the data shared by operators in the US, Netherlands, and Canada. Can’t wait to dig in and discuss the findings with you all.

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πŸŽ‰ Coworking celebrations.

πŸŽ‚ Okanagan coLab celebrates 11th coLabiversary!

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✊ Coworking impact.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ New affordable workspace tender opportunity

Islington Council have announced a new affordable workspace tender opportunity for approx. 390 sqm of new affordable workspace within the Regents Wharf development.

The formal tender for the 10-year lease at peppercorn rent is expected to officially launch in early 2023, but they’d like to start informal dialogue with any interested operators looking to partner with them to deliver the local economic and social impact they’re looking for.

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πŸ’š How a sustainable coworking space impacts and inspires a whole region in Germany

Coworking spaces are eco-friendly by default. Various people work in one space and share the utilities. However, we can still make it more sustainable. Alicia Feig and her mother Karin are an actual power couple – and now the owners of one of Cowirken the first rural sustainable coworking spaces in South Germany!

Simone from Pappus asked a range of questions like applying the concept of sustainability in terms of workplace amenities and design, attracting and retaining members, and if sustainability be considered a global trend.

– Shared by Simone

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πŸ“° Coworking news & views.

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ή How two coworking brands chose cooperation over competition

Lucia Schramm-Kainede shares the backstory of how COWORK OΓ– and CoWorkLand partnered up to launch their first regional office in Austria.

ICMY: CoWorkLand eG is a self-organization of coworking space operators in rural areas and supports space founders with a shared infrastructure, qualification and advisory services. Educational work, conducting well-founded studies and political lobbying is also done.

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πŸ‘·β€β™€οΈ Nichification: new coworking hub for women in construction

9news shares a feature with Jessica Acosta who founded Edifice 2120, a coworking space designed to help women in construction run their businesses.

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🀫 10 tips for dealing with noise in open plan workspaces

andcards shares another guest post sharing 10 tips for dealing with noise. Tips include rearranging tables, culture changes, designated quiet spaces, headphones, partitions, carpets, fabric furniture, pods and plants.

– Shared by Helga

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πŸ’» Coworking technology.

πŸ€“ A “short” summary on the tech panel I led last week

I tried to write a short summary of the highlights of my discussion with Miro, Sofia, Ginger, and Brian at the GWA conference last week.

I failed at keeping it short, but hey, that’s what you get when you have an inspiring conversation with some of the best product-leaders across the flex space operating stack.

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πŸ” Firm introduces tiny access control system

Jonas Arvidsson shares Parakey’s new ‘fits anywhere’ access control unit. The device size is just 46×46 millimeters. The devices can also be used to modernize any existing and traditional access systems on the market by simply reusing the infrastructure already in place.

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πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ New booking platform aims to double size by end of year.

Rafael Castilla and Oriol TorremadΓ© share the thoughts behind Tribuapp, their progress so far (~2k desks available for booking) and what their goals are for the rest of the year.

Booking platforms will continue to be launched as corporate budgets tighten, rents increase, and barriers to creating a platform drop in both cost and complexity.

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πŸ“± Corp booking platform adds 1-button rebooking widgets

Michael Cockburn shares that Desana now offer 2 sets of interesting iOS widgets designed to help individuals and teams keep track of their upcoming bookings and rebook meeting rooms or desk space from easy-to-access buttons.

Keep watching this space as platforms try to make finding, booking and rebooking space easier in order to help build habits around leveraging flex workspaces.

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πŸ“² Booking app makes rebooking easier

The team at Flexday have improved the flow for individuals and teams to find, favorite and rebook coworking and meeting room space.

Another way for great operators to build brand loyalty through a third party booking platform or aggregator.

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πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ NZ booking platform celebrates 12,000th listing

Matt Knight shares that is celebrating their 12,000th listed space.

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πŸ“ˆ Coworking data.

πŸ‘ Recent study confirms power of weak ties

Steve King shares that LinkedIn’s recent study has confirmed the power of weak ties (ie casual acquaintances) and reminds us that coworking spaces increase the weak tie networks of their members, which in turn leads to more business opportunities.

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🀝 Coworking market moves.

🏬 Coworking hubs coming to apartment communities

Evan Fain shares Industrious’ first-of-its-kind partnership with AvalonBay Communities to bring inspiring workplaces into neighborhoods, closer to home. The pilot ‘Second Space’ locations are 1400 sqft and 2400 sqft and service a cumulative 800+ apartment units in South California. Members also enjoy access to other locations across the network.

Jamie Hodari shares a trend we’ve all been seeing in that the “evolution of work is showing that most workers don’t want to commute daily to office spaces, but don’t want to work from home every day either”.

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πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Mega TOG-Fora merger completes

Enrico Sanna shares that the merger between Fora and The Office Group, which was first announced in March, has now been completed.

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πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Management-agreement driven firm raises new round

Jonny Rosenblatt shares that Spacemade have raised a new round to further growth from their current size of 10 spaces totaling 165k sqft.

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πŸŽ™ Coworking conversations.

Giovanni Palavicini and Jamie Russo chatted with Shlomo Silber about Bond Collective’s origins, brand positioning, expansion plans and… erm 500 deadlifts!?

🎧 Listen to this.

Caleb Parker and Liz Elam recorded their chat about what they’re both seeing in the industry. That conversation is released as Ep1 of WorkBold Podcasts’ 8th season.

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πŸ“† Coworking events.

πŸ“° Convo: PR Strategies for Coworking Spaces

Sept 30 – Free & Online

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πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ β€œMany Rivers To Cross” October London Coworking Assembly Breakfast Show

October 4th: We’ve all heard about & talked about inclusion, diversity, accessibility and equity.
But how do we take these words from being tick boxes to a lived reality in our coworking spaces? Join us as we explore what this means to our panellists and their thoughts on where it has gone right and where it has gone wrong. And, even more importantly, what are the practical everyday steps we can all take to improve things?

– Shared by Talitha

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πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή Coworking Nativo in Porto, Portugal

An event about the people. Not an event about the event.
Dates: 7-8 October

– Shared by Simone

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πŸ‘‹ Coworking Canada Unconference

12 October: Not just for Canadians! This annual Unconference is a favourite within the international coworking movement. Use the code ‘TWIC2022‘ for $25 OFF your ticket!

– Shared by Ashley

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About This. is a weekly newsletter summarizing the coworking celebrations, stories, market moves, tech updates and discussions you may have missed.

Newsletters are curated by Hector Kolonas and made available for free via email or this website.

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