Ooo, can I come?  Just under the wire, July 2010. :-)

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:01:13 AM UTC+1, Jerome wrote:
> Haha. Ok, then a gathering of, say, owners of 6+ year old operations. We 
> can talk about “the good ‘ole days.”
> Jerome
> On Feb 12, 2018, at 11:10 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
> <javascript:>> wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback, Jerome. 
> It's nice to hear that felt like a special event from others who have been 
> around for a while. Definitely did for me, but I don't make it to a lot of 
> coworking owner/manager events.
> I like the idea of a 10+ year event, but you'll have to give me 2+ years. 
> :)
> On Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:02:05 PM UTC+1, Jerome wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> I recall that Oct 2011 gathering at my space. It was truly collaborative, 
>> and a milestone in my eyes of coworking history. I never thought of the 
>> other participants as competitors as no one was even in the same geography, 
>> and even if so, the industry was growing so quickly.
>> Thank you Will for your honest revelation about closing your first 
>> location. I did the same last month after 10 years in our original Wilshire 
>> location, which I believe was the first in the SoCal/Southwestern US area. 
>> I agree that it’s hard to let go of the original, which I consider a 
>> prototype. Nonetheless, the memories of how we started, and how the photos 
>> were used in a lot of PR/press...are now just photos of memories.
>> I would say that closing that location didn’t exactly get me to work “on 
>> my business,” but I really don’t miss having either that location, or a 4th 
>> - not sure yet. That said, I’m a glutton for punishment and plan to open a 
>> downtown Long Beach location this Spring. Yikes. :-/
>> Maybe it’s time for another gathering of folks, not with 1 year 
>> experience, but 10+? :-)
>> Jerome, founder & architect
>> On Feb 11, 2018, at 11:36 PM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
>>> wrote:
>> Thank you so much for this feedback, Steve. Really cool to hear about 
>> your influences and experiences with my father's writing. He was actually 
>> sitting in the back of the room at a long-ago small coworking conference 
>> that you were at, I think the only time I met you in person (a meeting at 
>> Blankspaces in Santa Monica for coworking space owners who had been in 
>> business for a year or more, maybe in 2012 or so). He kind of just wanted 
>> to sneak in and see what his son was working on, but was truly inspired by 
>> the optimism and willingness to openly collaborate among a roomful of 
>> competitors. I know you're in most many ways the same kind of observer, but 
>> thought you'd be interested to know.
>> On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 6:38:59 PM UTC+1, Steve King wrote:
>>> Will: Excellent essay that I enjoyed on several levels. First, your 
>>> father's work had a major impact on my career. I was slugging it out 
>>> climbing the corporate ladder in the late 80's and 90's. On Becoming a 
>>> Leader and his other work greatly helped me shift from being a front line 
>>> manager to an exec. In particular, his work made me understands the 
>>> importance of  developing and communicating what George Bush senior called 
>>> "the vision thing".  I was also fortunate enough to hear your father speak 
>>> several times. He was very inspiring. 
>>> Second, in our work advising startups we often find startup CEO's and 
>>> other execs struggle making the shift from working for the company to on 
>>> the company. This is a very hard transition - especially for founders - and 
>>> many fail because of their inability to do so.
>>> And I also agree with your points on the importance of environment and 
>>> its importance to independent workers. 
>>> Good luck with the new location.
>>> Steve
>>> On Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 5:42:37 AM UTC-8, Will Bennis, Locus 
>>> Workspace wrote:
>>>> Finally finished the final post 
>>>> <>
>>>> in a long promised three part series about closing a branch of my 
>>>> coworking 
>>>> space.
>>>> It's about the *optimism *that can come from scaling down, about 
>>>> overcoming the entrepreneur's central challenge of transitioning from 
>>>> "working for your company to working on your company" (from *maintaining 
>>>> *your business *to developing *it), about the role of external context 
>>>> in work success, and a tribute to my father (who was a pioneer in 
>>>> leadership studies and who passed away in 2014).
>>>> Would love to hear others' thoughts, as I think it has a lot to do with 
>>>> common challenges we all face, and not much to do with my particular 
>>>> coworking space!
>>>> On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 6:10:23 PM UTC+2, Alex Hillman wrote:
>>>>> Thanks for sharing this, Will. Part two, about relief 
>>>>> <>,
>>>>>  was 
>>>>> especially resonant for me!
>>>>> Seems bittersweet - excited to read part three about optimism :)
>>>>> ------------------
>>>>> *The #1 mistake in community building is doing it by yourself.*
>>>>> Better Coworkers:
>>>>> Weekly Coworking Tips:
>>>>> My Audiobook:
>>>>> On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> Just adding to this thread to announce another coworking space 
>>>>>> closing (Locus Workspace's first location in Prague, Czech Republic). 
>>>>>> We're 
>>>>>> not out of business, just consolidating from two to one space. And 
>>>>>> ultimately it was a great thing. But it was our first location and 
>>>>>> really a 
>>>>>> difficult choice to make. Anyway, here's a blog post about the 
>>>>>> sadness that came with closing the space 
>>>>>> <>.
>>>>>> Running that space was a really important part of my life, and much of 
>>>>>> it 
>>>>>> would not have been possible without the inspiration, ideas, and general 
>>>>>> good will that came from this group.
>>>>>> Best,
>>>>>> Will 
>>>>>> On Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:32:37 AM UTC+1, OphelieR wrote:
>>>>>>> Thanks Andy for sharing these data. In our coworking the trend is a 
>>>>>>> bit different. 
>>>>>>> The average churn rate is 5% on all our memberships except the full 
>>>>>>> time coworking (different from resident/dedicated desk) which has a 
>>>>>>> churn 
>>>>>>> rate of 8%. We don't have data around the main reason for living, it's 
>>>>>>> something we're putting in place at the moment but basically if someone 
>>>>>>> cancel from full time coworking it doesn't necessarily mean they will 
>>>>>>> upgrade to resident desk or downgrade to part time.
>>>>>>> Moreover, the number of full time coworker is much lower compare to 
>>>>>>> our resident members or part time coworkers. I was discussing this with 
>>>>>>> another coworking space owner at the GCUC in Bali last week and they 
>>>>>>> had a 
>>>>>>> similar issues. 
>>>>>>> Is it something other coworking spaces are experiencing with full 
>>>>>>> time coworker ? Does anyone have any explanation for this ?
>>>>>>> On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:14:37 AM UTC+8, Alex Hillman 
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>> I'm sure I'm not the only person on this group who has google 
>>>>>>>> alerts set up for the words "coworking" and, sigh, "co-working". 
>>>>>>>> Between the number of new space announcements that show up in those 
>>>>>>>> alerts, Deskmag's reporting on coworking growth trends, and many 
>>>>>>>> amazing 
>>>>>>>> success stories that we've all been privy to seeing unfold, there's no 
>>>>>>>> doubt in any of our minds that coworking isn't disappearing any time 
>>>>>>>> soon.
>>>>>>>> But speckled in the success stories are sadder ones. Coworking 
>>>>>>>> spaces who struggled and failed. 
>>>>>>>> Another one hit my Google Reader tonight, in St Louis. Hence this 
>>>>>>>> email and this project being spurred right now. 
>>>>>>>> On one hand, the *business of coworking *is susceptible to all of 
>>>>>>>> the rules of starting a new business - there's going to be a failure 
>>>>>>>> rate. 
>>>>>>>> Not every business is meant to be. The rate at which I hear about 
>>>>>>>> closings 
>>>>>>>> is increasing, but it's hard to tell if it's growing in or out of 
>>>>>>>> proportion of openings.
>>>>>>>> Between coworking spaces that struggle to keep the lights on and 
>>>>>>>> coworking spaces that have closed (for good or bad reasons), there's 
>>>>>>>> patterns in closures that I personally find very interesting, far more 
>>>>>>>> interesting in "new hotness variations" on the coworking models.
>>>>>>>> The pattern-watcher that I am, I see *some *things, but I need 
>>>>>>>> more information to start building a hypothesis that can be proven or 
>>>>>>>> disproven.
>>>>>>>> I can't do this alone. If you've started and closed a coworking 
>>>>>>>> space, been a member of a coworking space that struggled and failed, 
>>>>>>>> or are 
>>>>>>>> simply a passionate observer who saw an unfortunate closing, please 
>>>>>>>> take a 
>>>>>>>> few minutes to help fill out this survey:
>>>>>>>> This information is personal and potentially sensitive. I don't 
>>>>>>>> expect all of the replies to include names or all of the details. Many 
>>>>>>>> people on this list have shared their personal stories before, and we 
>>>>>>>> should all be thankful for that. 
>>>>>>>> The best solution I could come up with is to choose how anonymous 
>>>>>>>> you would like to be. 
>>>>>>>> *1) The name and email address fields are optional and will ONLY be 
>>>>>>>> used to reconnect with the submitter for more information.*
>>>>>>>> *2) The final required question asks for your consent to share the 
>>>>>>>> data you enter, beside the optional name/email fields which are 
>>>>>>>> anonymous 
>>>>>>>> by default. In case you have an alternate preference, you can specify 
>>>>>>>> it in 
>>>>>>>> "other".*
>>>>>>>> There's researchers on the list, so if there's other fields that 
>>>>>>>> you think I should include (or better ways to collect the same data), 
>>>>>>>> I'm 
>>>>>>>> all ears.
>>>>>>>> *Even if you're not aware of closings you can share about, I 
>>>>>>>> need help getting the word out about this project. *I'm hoping for 
>>>>>>>> some assistance from Steve King & Team Deskmag since I know this stuff 
>>>>>>>> is 
>>>>>>>> already on their radar. If there's anyone else already studying this 
>>>>>>>> (all 
>>>>>>>> of the quiet grad students on this list, I'm looking at you), I'd love 
>>>>>>>> to 
>>>>>>>> share work reciprocally. 
>>>>>>>> My goal is to organize this information and share some hypothesis 
>>>>>>>> that we all study together and share back again, overall helping the 
>>>>>>>> ecosystem not just learn from successes but also avoid repeating 
>>>>>>>> historic 
>>>>>>>> failure patterns.
>>>>>>>> My hope is to be buried under a mountain of responses and have to 
>>>>>>>> recruit some of you to help me dig myself out :)
>>>>>>>> Thanks y'all.
>>>>>>>> -Alex
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