ThisWeekIn Coworking

This week we see $1.1M deployed into more local communities, a milestone for coworking research, a save-the-date for EU coworking day 2023, Common Desk's new service and more.

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๐ŸŽ‰ Coworking celebrations.

๐Ÿ“š Coworking library index hits 400 publications! #

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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ End of the road for legendary Bali space #

“Over the past seven years our community has seen over 20,000+ people work, learn, and play together. Life long friendships have been made, business formed, impact made, good times had, and professionals that have worked with purpose. Itโ€™s a community Iโ€™m proud to have been part of and grateful to every single person who made Dojo an incredible community for all of us.” Thank you Michael and team/family.

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โœŠ Coworking impact.

๐Ÿ”Œ Have you tried unplugging for a few minutes? #

Lisa Skye shares an anecdote from her time opening the 1st WeWork location in SoHo and dealing with IT issues, to highlight that sometimes, just like 95% of printer/tech device issues, a lot of issues can be resolved by humans “unplugging” for a few minutes.

I hope this resonates with you, your team, and your members. A quick reminder take a moment to disconnect for your mental health can go a long long way.

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๐Ÿ“ฐ Coworking news & views.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Massachusetts deploys another $1.1M into local collaborative workspaces and communities. #

MassDevelopment have once again announced their Collaborative Workspace Program awards, totalling $1,197,000 to 39 organizations in 23 local communities.

โ€œCommunities across Massachusetts are realizing the power of collaborative workspaces and their ability to energize local economies,โ€ said Governor Charlie Baker. โ€œWe are thrilled to award nearly $1.2 million to support collaborative workspaces of all types that will empower innovators across various sectors to build relationships, access equipment and grow their businesses.โ€

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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ European Coworking Day scheduled for 2023 #

Claudius Krucker shares that during the Coworking Europe conference in Amsterdam a number of European operators to have a content-wide Coworking Day on the 10th of May 2023.

For almost a decade European industry leaders have pined for a day they could participate in celebrating the coworking movement, as the international coworking day lands square in the middle of the European holiday season.

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๐Ÿ’ฌ Two CEOs talk Flex Space, Proptech and the Future of Work #

Commercial Observer shares a Q&A between Christophe Garnier and Sandeep Mathrani, CEOs from Upflex and WeWork respectively. If you’ve had questions about the partnership between these two companies, this is a good read.

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๐Ÿ“‰ In 2023 inflation will fade while coworking thrives #

While the future of inflation is notoriously difficult to predict, Allwork.Spaceโ€™s financial expert explains two views on inflation and what impacts each would have on the coworking industry.

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๐Ÿ’ป Coworking technology.

๐Ÿค” What drives proptech adoption and disruption? #

Jeanne Casey shares Nuveen’s first proptech article in their 3-part series. This piece digs into consumer behaviour as a key driver of the adoption of property technology solutions. Unsurprisingly, everything revolves around data, for all facets of Real Estate businesses.

Which shouldn’t be news to you, since you’re reading this newsletter and know how much I bang on and on about your data being your next superpower.

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๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ New app to help women find workspace near home is crowdfunding #

Danielle Wallington is crowdfunding for WRKHERE an app to bring women who work from home together.

They’re at 30% funded at time of curation, and I’m sure would appreciate the support, feedback and network that local coworking spaces are famous for.

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๐Ÿ“ˆ Coworking data.

๐Ÿš€ 8% increase YOY in no. of people who work in 3rd spaces #

Zoe Ellis-Moore shares research from JLL, stating that 36% of people work in โ€˜third placesโ€™ at least once a week. “Thatโ€™s an 8% increase YOY. What does this mean for flexible workspace operators?”

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๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ What lead-gen drive the most flex revenue? #

Craig Baute ran a recent poll on LinkedIn asking operators which lead-generators were most helpful in driving up revenue. The 15 responses put the order as LiquidSpace (60%), Deskpass (33%), Upflex (7%) and then Peerspace (0%). A tiny number of responses, but still insightful.

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๐Ÿค Coworking market moves.

๐Ÿ—ฝ NYC operator signs 60k sqft lease for 10th location. #

Juda Srour and Jay Suites announced that they’ve just signed the lease a location that will host both conference and coworking customers in Chelsea, their 10th location to date.

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๐Ÿ˜ฒ Partnership-driven brand launches new furnishing and outfitting service #

Common Desk are introducing their new DayMaker Suite furnishing and outfitting service that ‘hires out’ their design team to individual suites in ANY building. The video feats Nick Clark and Dawson William.

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๐Ÿ†• New flex product… Executive Suites!? #

Kurt Patrick shares a tongue in cheek post stating that “what’s old is new again” around the news that WeWork is now offering “executive suites” for finance and legal firms.

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๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Local coworking network launched a new platform #

Gareth Jones shared that Cowork Local’s new platform launched this week, helping 60+ small and local spaces connect with commuters and prospective members.

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๐Ÿ’ธ Group invests in coworking benchmarking platform #

Ben Tannenbaum share that The Instant Group have made an investment in CoworkIntel’s coworking benchmark platform and service. The press release is pretty scarce on details, but interesting timing alongside the other news regarding Instant this and last week.

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๐ŸŽ™ Coworking conversations.

Liz Elam chats with James Oโ€™Reilly, President at Life Time Work, about the military like strategy behind creating connection through the geographical spread of a big box premium health club, the big real estate question, how it all started, and the prudent growth propelling it all forward.

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Jamie Russo and Charlie Morris chat with Francesco Di Cammilli about why the UK flex market is ahead of the US, how Valve works and how the platform will evolve over time.

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Cat Johnson chats with John Huntinghouse about challenging your marketing assumptions, creating truly customer-driven brands and his unusual path from pre-med to marketing.

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๐Ÿ“† Coworking events.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง A very different London Coworking Map #

Nov 30: Join Hector and Bernie as they introduce the London Coworking Map project by the London Coworking Assembly, and powered by Syncaroo. London has beautiful and innovative spaces and exciting and successful coworkers, and weโ€™re building local and often unique communities across London. This map aims to shine a light on what London and your spaces have to offer.

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