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TechSpace Plans New Coworking Site in Downtown Austin

TechSpace courtesy photo

TechSpace courtesy photo

New York-based TechSpace Holding Co. announced Monday that it plans to expand into Austin by opening a new TechSpace business center.

The coworking center will be located at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin’s central business district. TechSpace plans to occupy the entire ground floor and the entire 4th floor of the San Jacinto Center.

Altogether, TechSpace will have 28,000 square feet of space featuring 24 private office suites and 250 workstations and an events space. The center is scheduled to open in January.

TechSpace already operates seven other coworking centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco.

Parkway Properties, a real estate company that owns and operates office properties in high growth regions, is partnering with TechSpace on the project.

TechSpace joins a thriving coworking industry, which has sprung up in downtown Austin, including Capital Factory and WeWork.

Urban Co-Lab to Launch “Urban Innovators” Coworking Site in East Austin

Natalie Cofield, founder and CEO of Urban Co-Lab, courtesy photo

Natalie Cofield, founder and CEO of Urban Co-Lab, courtesy photo

In a former brothel and gas station in Austin’s East 12th Street Business District, Urban Co-Lab plans to create a center for entrepreneurial activity and innovation.

The coworking site is the brainchild of Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber, founder of Walker’s Legacy and now CEO of the Urban Co-Lab.

Hanna Jamal, co-founder of Urban Co-Lab

Hanna Jamal, co-founder of Urban Co-Lab

Cofield and co-founder Hanna Jamal want to make Urban Co-Lab into the business centerpiece of a historic, yet once crime-ridden neighborhood. They want the business to serve as a catalyst for revitalizing the neighborhood, which once served as home to the center of the city’s African American and Hispanic communities and many businesses and entrepreneurs. The neighborhood fell into hard times during the economic downturn in the ‘80s.

Mission Possible Ministries bought the building and ran a coffee shop on the site for the homeless. Urban Co-Lab is renting the building from the church.

Urban Co-Lab isn’t a typical coworking site. It is also an incubator for “Urban Innovators” to help create companies focused on finding scalable solutions to education, housing and transportation problems that plague most big cities. They want to tackle big problems. It’s all about including the community in the process, Cofield said.

“We’re creating space for urban innovators and we’re one of them too,” she said.

Urban Co-Lab has already developed a partnership with Huston-Tillotson University to provide college internships for honors students to work with startup founders based at the coworking space, Cofield said.

IMG_2992The coworking space doesn’t officially launch until Sept. 9th, but next Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., Urban Co-Lab is having a soft launch with a pre-sales tour and meetup. The coworking site rents dedicated desks for individuals and teams.

The Urban Co-Lab also has dedicated space for up to four food truck businesses. It already has one space filled by the 12th Street Bakery.

“I think the big niche for us is we’re in an up and coming area for Austin,” Cofield said.

Urban Co-Lab is also running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for its urban revitalization project. It has raised $3,360 of its $20,000 goal with 12 days left to go in its campaign. And it is hiring a community manager for the site.

“We’re excited about this and looking forward to building a great community,” Cofield said. “We’re seeking partners and sponsors to continue building out our effort.”

WeWork is Already Full and Looks to Expand in Austin and Texas

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WeWork Congress, photo courtesy of the company

WeWork Congress, photo courtesy of the company

WeWork, a startup that offers short-term leases to businesses in need of office space, has expanded to Austin and, despite only having launched in February, is already operating at full capacity with over 500 members.

The New York-based company currently operates in cities across the globe, including major cities in the United States, Israel, U.K. and in Amsterdam. Occupying an office space in the heart of downtown Austin, on the corner of Sixth Street and Congress Avenue, WeWork Congress marks the startup’s first expansion into Texas.

Adam Neumann, the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said the WeWork brand is largely about cherishing collaborative experiences, and working together to find new solutions for problems.

“It’s about being a global citizen for the world,” Neumann told Silicon Hill News during a launch party in March.

Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet, who also attended the party, said signing five-year or three-year leases can be burdensome to young and small companies. By offering solutions for this problem, he believes that companies like WeWork help the city foster a better atmosphere for entrepreneurs.

“These leases are for 30 days, and it’s a very ‘hip’ space,” Metcalfe said. “They have aimed it right at the small business community, so it’s just a fantastic thing.”

Photo courtesy of WeWork

Photo courtesy of WeWork

In all 30 of its locations, WeWork offers its members rates on monthly leases, which are sold as packages with various amenities, such as free wireless Internet and printing. Members can also take advantage of open lounging areas that can be used for large social events or casual networking.

WeWork also connects its members to resources that help them manage their business, including discounted rates on health insurance plans and affordable solutions for payroll services.

Rates for the Austin location currently range from $45 to $350.

“It’s this idea of allowing you to focus what you’re super passionate about, but also having a culture of openness and collaboration,” Vice President of Business Development Matt Shampine said.

Shampine said Austin’s vibrant community of entrepreneurs, as well as the city’s unique personality are, largely in part, what caught the expansion team’s attention. During its expansion to central Texas, which took a little over year, Shampine said that the team reached out to local industry leaders as well as the Austin Chamber of Commerce to get in touch with the city’s business community.

“We try to be a part of the transformation of a neighborhood, so in terms of where we could have had our first location in Austin, this is an awesome spot,” Shampine said.

Shampine, who operated his own design and development agency out of a WeWork office space before officially joining the company in 2011, now oversees the company’s business operations. He said the startup will preserve the qualities that first attracted businesses to its spaces during its infancy as it plans for further expansion.

In 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the startup was valued at about $5 billion and speculated that the company was planning to go public within the next several years.

Austin is already the home to more than a dozen different coworking office space providers, such as Tech Ranch and Capital Factory that also offer businesses short-term leases. The diversity of its membership base, Shampine said, is what makes WeWork coworking spaces unique from similar shared workspaces.

“Our membership includes tech startups as well as independent lawyer firms. We also have people in accounting, public relations and marketing,” Shampine said. “Everyone here can help each other be more successful, because they each provide a different service.”

Whurley (William Hurley), co-founder of financial technology startup Honest Dollar, was one of the first members to join WeWork Congress. The seasoned serial entrepreneur said he was reeled in by the potential of expanding his business to the other WeWork locations around the world.

“We’re already looking at offices in New York and San Francisco,” Hurley wrote in an email. “The international capabilities were a huge draw for us.”

Honest Dollar, which launched during SXSW, offers small businesses affordable and transparent retirement plans for their employees. Since its launch, the company has grown to 20 people from its original two founders.

“More important than the facilities are the quality of startups we’re around; it’s super inspirational,” Hurley said. “And since startups are our client base, we literally have an office inside a floor full of potential users.”

Photo courtesy of WeWork

Photo courtesy of WeWork

Mark Lapidus, head of Real Estate at WeWork, who answered questions via email, said that the company is currently looking at potential properties for a second location in Texas. Lapidus also wrote that the company has made plans to expand the current office space in the fall.

A small team manages day-to-day operations and organizes social events for its members at each WeWork location.

“All of our community management teams use technology for supporting members, as well as for promoting collaboration in each location and across the globe,” Carly Langley, community manager of the Austin branch, wrote in an email. “Our digital team has built amazing products for us to manage our communities seamlessly.”

Hojun Choi is a student in Professor Rosental Alves’ Entrepreneurial Journalism Class at the University of Texas at Austin.

Coworking Options for Yogis, Dog-Lovers and Everybody Else

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Photo licensed from iStock

Photo licensed from iStock

Picking a co-working space is like a cross between choosing a place to work and finding your favorite hangout. What’s important to you? Ergonomic chairs? Community? The vibe? The snacks? Or, as one Yelper explained, the fact that they “play the same tunes I have on my iPod?”
And considering that the people around you might become your friends, clients, business partners and tribe what do you want them to be like? Older professionals? Hackers? Hipsters? Artists? Do you want to bring your dog? Do you want to share a coffee machine with investors? Do you want a yoga class in the same space?
Austin has a great array of coworking places that offer all of the above and more. We’ve compiled a directory of some of the area’s hottest co-working spaces for you to find your spot.

Capital Factory

In many ways, Capital Factory is the hub of all things startup. On the 16th floor of the Omni building, this is where you can rub elbows with many of the area’s most promising new companies, and the investors and successful entrepreneurs who mentor them. You get access to giant pillows and snacks like candy, chips, fruit, and the occasional pizza. Co-workers don’t get all the designer ergonomic office systems. They share long tables in a common room. But they are at hand for many cool events and meetups that happen in Capital Factory space.
Membership Fee: $150 for 15 hours a month; $350 for unlimited access
Address: 701 Brazos St., 16th Floor, Austin
Website: capitalfactory.com/work/coworking


Conjunctured is a funky work space in an old house on the East Side. Started by a couple of geeks, Conjectured prides itself on the community its co-workers have created. Members not only work at the space during the day but also have happy hours, volleyball games, board games at one another’s homes and go tubing and group skydiving. Conjunctured plays music from its members’ iPods but also has a quiet room for people who need minimal distractions. And it’s dog friendly—if you call first.
Membership fee: $25 to $275 a month
Address: 1309 E. Seventh St., Austin
Website: conjunctured.com


Center61 in East Austin, is where you might want to be if the focus of your work is social good. Like, if what gets you up in morning is the environment or global justice or racial harmony and you’re looking for likeminded people to collaborate with, this would be the place to work.
Modern, airy and quiet, Center 61 is scientists, artists, business owners, technologists and more.
Membership fee: $10 to $200 a month
Address: 2921 E. 17th St. #4, Austin
Website: center61.com

GoLab Austin

In an old building on groovy East Sixth, the GoLab is a combination art gallery and coworking space. Founder Steve Golab offers lunch and learns and encourages the software and social platform developers to birth new ideas through collaboration and community.
Membership fee: $250 to $350 a month
Address: 621 E. Sixth St., Austin
Website: golabaustin.com

Link Coworking

Link Coworking is one of the best known and longest-lasting co-working spots in Austin. With a funky, modern space with ergonomic Turnstone furniture, Link has private, dedicated spaces as well as open working spaces. If offers a place for experts to come and give free consulting to members and the community and it holds and myriad events for networking and for fun.
Membership fee: $200 to $500 a month
Address: 2700 W. Anderson Lane, #205, Austin
Website: linkcoworking.com

Opportunity Space

Started by startup veteran Erica Douglass, Opportunity Space is specially designed for startups, rather than freelancers or solopreneurs. Operating out of a charming old house on Caesar Chavez, on the East Side Opportunity Space offers each startup a dedicated desk and, if they want, a dedicated room. And it has one thing few co-working spaces offer…a shower!
Membership fee: $500 a month for a dedicated desk
Address: 2125 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin
Website: opportunityspace.com

Perch Coworking

Perch coworking in East Austin offers ergonomic chairs, mail delivery and a community of what it calls “self-contained business people.” Perch has clean, modern space and focuses hard on the business aspect of getting work done and meeting with likeminded people who might also be good business contacts.
Membership fee: $175 a month; drop-ins are $25 a day
Address: 2235 E. Sixth St., Austin
Website: perchcoworking.com

Posh Coworking

Posh is the first Austin co-working space specifically for women. Elegant, if a little girlie, Posh not only provides co-working spaces but quiet meeting areas—named Elizabeth, Audrey and Marilyn–for members to meet with clients. Members rave about the warm feel, the writing lab, and the help of the owner, Blossom.
Membership fee: $125 to $400 a month
Address: 3027 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 202, Austin
Website: poshcoworking.com

Soma Vida

So what if your requirements go way beyond ergonomic chairs and snacks? Soma Vida is a wellness community described by several Yelpers as “Nirvana.” It’s a yoga collective, a wellness center, a veritable Vallhalla of work life balance in an old house in East Austin. And best of all, it’s way less expensive than most co-working spaces. And memberships come with free yoga classes and entrance to networking events. Namaste.
Membership fee: $25 to $65 a month
Address: 1210 Rosewood Ave., Austin
Website: somavida.net

Tech Ranch Austin

Tech Ranch is another major startup hub in Austin, north of downtown. It’s an incubator that helps businesses from seed to scale. In a quiet office park off 183, Tech Ranch offers a range from general co-working in a modern setting to a dedicated desk, chair and locking cabinet space. Another great place to rub elbows with entrepreneurs and investors who are making new things happen.
Membership fee: $150 to $300 a month
Address: 9111 Old Jollyville Road, Suite 100, Austin
Website: techranchaustin.com


The owners of Vuka envisioned the space as a co-working place, event venue and all around community gathering space. A giant, open warehouse with incredible tree light fixtures and funky furniture, Vuka is the perfect place for people who want to combine art with work. The venue has almost no parking, however, and some members report that all that combining of art, work and community can be a little distracting.
Membership fee: $150 to $300 a month; drop-ins are $15 a day ($5 on Fridays)
Address: 411 W. Monroe St., Austin
Website: vukaaustin.com

San Antonio Coworking Space


Geekdom is the place for San Antonio coworking. The local startup hub, Geekdom is steps away from the Riverwalk and offers month to month membership as well as dedicated desks and office spaces. Because it’s the hub of entrepreneurship, it’s also the place to encounter the up and coming companies and the investors and mentors who are helping them. The coworking space is moving into the historic Rand building downtown in late March and will have a specially designed space featuring showers, bike racks, kitchen, postboxes, phone booths and a special events center.
Membership fee: $50 to $200
112 East Pecan, 10th & 11th Floors
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Website: http://geekdom.com/san-antonio

Geekdom Gets a Hip Makeover at its New Digs in the Historic Rand Building

A mock-up of the new open community space at Geekdom, once it moves into the historic Rand building.  Courtesy of Alamo Architects

A mock-up of the new open community space at Geekdom, once it moves into the historic Rand building. Courtesy of Alamo Architects

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Converting a historic building into a modern-day tech coworking space to incubate hot new startups in downtown San Antonio isn’t an easy task.
But Irby Hightower of Alamo Architects and his team have managed to do just that. They took a former bank building and are transforming the seventh floor into a modern day workplace for geeks.
It’s a work in progress right now. In fact, it’s a hard-hat construction zone. But once finished, the new Geekdom at the Rand will have bike racks, showers, lockers, changing rooms, a nap room and transparent glass sliding doors on the offices to give the entire floor a wide-open feel.

Irby Hightower with Alamo Architects shows off the new design for Geekdom at the Rand building.

Irby Hightower with Alamo Architects shows off the new design for Geekdom at the Rand building.

“The center offices open up from a smaller office to a larger office as a startup grows,” said Hightower. He presented drawings of the new space at a town hall meeting for members at Geekdom on Wednesday night.
The 1,200 square foot space will have 20 offices available for tech startups. Desks will rent for $200 a month. Community membership will remain at $50 a month. At the new site, the community space is larger and snakes throughout the floor.
An open kitchen also encourages interaction among the members. The entire place is built to encourage community collaboration.
The space also includes a large conference room and smaller conference rooms.
“The whole place really is meant to be one big community work environment,” Hightower said.
The new Geekdom is a little grungier than the 11th floor of the Weston Centre, current home of the site and a former law office.
A packed house turned out for the town hall meeting at Geekdom to unveil the new design for the site at the Rand building.

A packed house turned out for the town hall meeting at Geekdom to unveil the new design for the site at the Rand building.

“We think that’s the right approach,” Hightower said. “The ceilings will have more character…It’s the kind of space you can experiment in and have more fun in.”
The space will also contain a lot of writeable surfaces and reliable high-speed Internet with lots of outlets for wired service as well as Wi-Fi.
The main floor of the building will also contain an events center with two Tricasters, portable live broadcasting studios, from NewTek for live streaming programming. The events center will also house a Ping-Pong table and other games.
The new Geekdom is expected to open on March 31st. It will feature the events center, the sixth floor for established tech companies and the seventh floor for new startups and community members.
In another 18 months, the entire Rand building will be vacated and will belong to Geekdom, said Lorenzo Gomez with Geekdom and the 80/20 Foundation.
They’ve talked about putting an electric sign on the roof of the building then with one letter that continues to flicker on and off, harkening back to the 1930s, when the building served as a department store.

Geekdom is a sponsor of SiliconHillsNews.com

Cospace in North Austin Shuts Down and Pivots Its Business

imgres-6Cospace, one of Austin’s original and popular coworking spaces, shut down last week.
The site, located at Highway 183 and Lamar in North Austin, is working with TechRanch, a nearby tech incubator and coworking site, to relocate its members.
While the physical space is gone, the Cospace brand continues to live on and serve entrepreneurs and professionals nationally through a coworking search engine that also provides economic and real estate information.
“In July 2012, partners affiliated with the workspace
launched the Cospace online site to index and promote every work environment; connecting skilled professionals with the right place to work,” according to a news release.
“I am very proud of the positive impact Cospace coworking has had in the startup community,” Kirtus Dixon, Managing Partner of BlindOx LLC, owner/operator of the Cospace coworking space, said in a news statement. “I will be eternally grateful for all of our customers and colleagues, some of who gave of themselves without any expectation of return. It’s been a great run.”
“Collaborative, accessible work spaces are one of the keys to innovation and working through a cospace should be an option to anyone,” James Weddle, head of Cospace Ventures, the management and holding company for the Cospace brand, said in a statement. “We are proud to continue to support the coworking movement through our web service. I am particularly excited about the role the web service, Cospace.co, can play in helping students, entrepreneurs, skilled professionals, and even cities, bring innovation to market.”
In the past few months, this new, virtual Cospace has grown to serve over 1,000 spaces throughout the country and is connecting nearly 100,000 professionals each month with the ideal work space.
“We’ve mapped over 50 work environments in Austin alone and the insight, from doing that, to Austin’s future as an entrepreneurial community
is tremendous,” Paul O’Brien, Co-founder and developer of the Cospace.co web service, which will be developed further in a new entity, said in a statement. “Cospace.co has helped thousands of skilled professionals, teams, and startups find the right work environment in Austin while working
closely with stake holders invested in the economic development of Austin and surrounding cities to understand how and where to invest
further in creating environments that will foster innovation, help employ Austin, enable success for entrepreneurs.”
The classes and education programs Cospace formerly operated are being acquired by Brainco; a school of advertising, interactive studies, and design, recently relocated from Minneapolis to Austin. Brainco will be further developing and serving such popular classes in Ruby on Rails, iOS app development, WordPress, and other skills through spaces throughout Austin.

Startup Weekend Austin sells out but wannabe attendees vie for a ticket

Startup Weekend Austin kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.
The event features a group of people who come up with business ideas and then spend 54 hours together hammering out the details and launching the companies.
The event, which takes places at HubAustin Coworking at 4930 S. Congress Ave, is so popular that it has a huge wait list. So the organizers are giving away a ticket to the person who creates the best 60 second pitch video. The tickets aren’t cheap either. They range from $75 for a designer to $99 for nontechnical participants and developers. Caleb Smith created a rap video to compete for a ticket. Brian Curliss created an online matchmaking dating video pairing himself up with Startup Weekend Austin. You can find all of the videos here.
And even though the event is sold out, the public can still attend the final Startup Weekend Austin pitch session on Sunday, where the newly formed ventures will present their ventures to a panel of judges. To attend the demo pitches, make sure to RSVP here.

Coworking is changing the way people work

Chelsea McClain, all purpose superhero with Office Nomads in Seattle

The way people work has changed dramatically through coworking.
Today, younger workers don’t covet a corner office with a closed door and a view, said Tony Freeth with Medusa Business, a technology provider to coworking spaces.
“A huge demographic change is taking place,” Freeth said. “For workers under 35, they see being assigned a private office as a punishment.”
Freeth travelled from Scotland to attend Austin’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference Thursday at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. He attended a European coworking conference in Berlin last November. He said Austin and Berlin are leading the world in discussions about coworking.
About 250 people from 18 countries attended the daylong event, according to Liz Elam, its organizer, who also runs Link Coworking in Austin.

Tony Freeth with Medusa, which sells coworking technology

Coworking spaces provide workers with shared desks, conference rooms and other work areas.
The industry, which is still in its infancy, has undergone tremendous growth. The number of co-working spaces has nearly doubled each year since 2006 to 1,300 worldwide, according to Deskmag, which follows the industry. It released a report Thursday showing coworking spaces are projected to grow to 2,150 this year. In fact, two in three coworking spaces plan to expand this year.
The vast majority of coworking spaces are run as for profit businesses and cost about $58,000 in the U.S. to start up and about $60,000 in Europe. And on average, 40 percent of all coworking spaces are profitable. And 72 percent become profitable after two years.
The coworking spaces come in all kinds of varieties. Some focus on a particular industry while others appeal to a broad range of workers. And the coworking operators don’t always agree on best practices.
For example, in a panel on coworking design, Benjamin Dyett, who runs Grind in New York, said he doesn’t designate desks for its members.
“We want everyone to come in everyday and sit next to someone new,” Dyett said.

Jerome Chang, architect and founder of BlankSpaces

But Jerome Chang, who runs Blankspaces, provides a much more structured environment.
“People want dedicated spaces,” he said.
Sonya Dufner, director of workplace strategy for the New York offices of Gensler, an architecture firm, said there are people who chose a private workspace.
“It’s about providing people with choices,” she said.
But Dyett disagreed.
“That’s not the business I’m in,” he said.
They all agreed that coworking revolves around the community that the business serves.
“For me, coworking is an office space and community is one of the services I provide,” said Sidi Gomes with C3, social space designer.
The coworking concept has also spread to large corporations, said Dufner.
“People are working differently,” she said.
Corporations see the cost-savings benefits from coworking, Dufner said In a corporate environment, a worker gets about 150 square feet per person. But in a coworking environment, they get about 75 to 80 square feet, Dufner said.
To design a coworking space, Chang advised people to find a space that they love and to sit in it, observe everything and take notes.
Cubicles and panels are dead when it comes to designing coworking spaces, according to the panel. Instead, designers use selective storage units and shelving to separate workspaces.
Benching is also in, Chang said. Workbenches that allow for greater collaboration in the workplace is a huge trend, he said.
“If you know of a space that you really love go find out how they built the space,” Dufner said.
Designing a coworking space requires a mix of art and science, said Mark Gilbreath, the founder and CEO of LiquidSpace.
Some coworking spaces spend thousands of dollars on fancy high-end furniture while others outfit their spaces with thrift store finds. It’s important to listen to the community and tailor the space to their needs, according to the panel.
“I’m about really strong infrastructure,” Chang said. “And then I let the community organically develop.”
A pioneer in the coworking movement, Chang, a licensed architect, opened his first coworking space, targeted at creative professionals in Los Angeles, four years ago. He has since expanded and opened another coworking space in Santa Monica. Both have 100 members.
The coworking movement, which features collaborative workspaces with open spaces, has also caught on in the corporate world, Chang said. In particular, Zappos recently redesigned its workspace with wide open spaces in which its CEO and Founder Tony Hsieh sits in the middle of the space instead of in a corner office.
“Many workplaces are allowing their employees choice,” Chang said. “People come in to work everyday and they get to choose where they want to work.”
Steelcase’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan promotes coworking, Chang said. Many people work out of Steelcase’s giant café, he said.
“Only a few people have dedicated workspace,” he said.
Today, a lot of work involves social interactions and chance meetings, Chang said.
“A huge myth existed about work that people are only productive when they closed their door, put their head down and worked,” Chang said. “But business development can take place over coffee. Being social is part of your work. You exchange ideas and get feedback through those interactions.”
Craig McAnsh, who runs Mojo Coworking in Asheville, NC, has seen the shift in the way people work firsthand. He opened his coworking space 11 months ago and now plans to expand from 1,700 square feet into a 5,000 square foot space.
“In a small community, coworking has to be about serving many needs,” McAnsh said. “There’s definitely a demand for it. We’ve got entrepreneurs, writers, small agencies and people who just use it for the conference room.”
Mojo has about 30 members who work out of a mixed-use development in the historic part of town. McAnsh isn’t attending SXSW. He travelled to Austin just to attend the coworking conference.
“I’m looking to get as many of the latest ideas and trends that I can and learn how to incorporate those into my business,” McAnsh said. “I find the white space conversations are the most beneficial.”
Chelsea McClain, all purpose superhero with Office Nomads in Seattle, also travelled to Austin specifically for the coworking conference.
Office Nomads, which has 100 members, has been around for 5 years and some dub it “the granddaddy of coworking” in Seattle.
“We’re doing better than ever,” McClain said. “There’s a lot of coworking spaces in Seattle now. There’s a lot of interest in it.”
While the natural inclination might be to grow bigger and expand, Office Nomads recently decided not to expand.
“I think coworking questions the naturalness of that,” McClain said. “More money, more space. There’s a lot of people that don’t’ think coworking should be about that. The culture of our community is not about making as much money as possible.”
Office Nomads is a for profit business and it is profitable, McClain said.
“People can get space anywhere,” McClain said. “Coworking is about community. The elements of community are about physical human interaction and talking about ideas around the water cooler.”
Diversity is also a benefit, said McClain, who used to be a burlesque dancer working out of Digital Nomads before she joined their staff.
“We’re extremely diverse,” she said. “We’ve got ornithologists, deep sea explorers, writers, entrepreneurs and more. The cross pollination of ideas is really fascinating.”

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