Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2018-02-13 Thread Jeannine van der Linden
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
> www.BLANKSPACES.com
>
> On Feb 12, 2018, at 11:10 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
> wi...@locusworkspace.com > 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
>> www.BLANKSPACES.com
>>
>> On Feb 11, 2018, at 11:36 PM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
>> wi...@locusworkspace.com> 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, 

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2018-02-12 Thread Jerome Chang
Haha. Ok, then a gathering of, say, owners of 6+ year old operations. We can 
talk about “the good ‘ole days.”

Jerome
www.BLANKSPACES.com

> On Feb 12, 2018, at 11:10 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace 
>  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
>> www.BLANKSPACES.com
>> 
>>> 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 :)
>> 
>> 
>> 

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2018-02-12 Thread Will Bennis, Locus Workspace
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
> www.BLANKSPACES.com
>
> On Feb 11, 2018, at 11:36 PM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
> wi...@locusworkspace.com > 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: http://indyhall.org
 Weekly Coworking Tips: http://coworkingweekly.com
 My Audiobook: https://theindyhallway.com/ten

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2018-02-12 Thread Jerome Chang
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
www.BLANKSPACES.com

> 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: http://indyhall.org
 Weekly Coworking Tips: http://coworkingweekly.com
 My Audiobook: https://theindyhallway.com/ten
 
> 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 

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2018-02-11 Thread Will Bennis, Locus Workspace
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: http://indyhall.org
>>> Weekly Coworking Tips: http://coworkingweekly.com
>>> My Audiobook: https://theindyhallway.com/ten
>>>
>>> On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
>>> wi...@locusworkspace.com> 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 

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2018-02-11 Thread Steve King
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: http://indyhall.org
>> Weekly Coworking Tips: http://coworkingweekly.com
>> My Audiobook: https://theindyhallway.com/ten
>>
>> On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
>> wi...@locusworkspace.com> 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 

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2018-02-10 Thread Will Bennis, Locus Workspace
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 :)
>
>
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>
> On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
> wi...@locusworkspace.com > 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 

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2017-08-01 Thread Alex Hillman
Thanks for sharing this, Will. Part two, about relief
,
was
especially resonant for me!

Seems bittersweet - excited to read part three about optimism :)


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On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Will Bennis, Locus Workspace <
w...@locusworkspace.com> 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:
>>>
>>> https://indyhall.wufoo.com/forms/coworking-space-closings/
>>>
>>> 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.
>>>

Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-30 Thread rachel young
I'll add another item to Jonathan\s list:

4 - Less diversity. 100 members with a flex or part time membership is 3x
as many different occupations, passions, life experiences, and hobbies than
35 members with a full time membership, so the mix of people that members
interact with will be much less with full time people packed in, but you
can cap the number of full time members and ensure there are more part time
or flex to make that diversity even more apparent and effective.

We have three membership levels: lite, part time, and full time. I always
aim for a mix of approximately 30%, 50%, 20%, respectively, with no cap on
daypass users or non-space usage memberships (virtual/non-space usage
network membership only).
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On 30 January 2015 at 05:42, jonathan.markw...@gmail.com wrote:

 Many full-time members with permanent desks is absolutely a problem.

 We limit to a maximum of 40% of desks for full-timers. If you go too far
 above that there are at least three common problems:
 1) Part-time / flexible members don't feel like they have a significant
 sense of ownership of the space. They are more inclined to feel like second
 class citizens using spare desks. They then don't participate in the
 community as much and that magnifies all sorts of other problems.
 2) Revenue becomes less predictable. I'd rather have 100 people paying
 $100 per month than 35 people paying $300.
 3) The space becomes less flexible. It's much more difficult moving a
 permanent member's desk for a weekend or evening community activity.

 Hope that helps,

 Jon

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 On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM, Marius Amado-Alves 
 amado.al...@gmail.com wrote:

  Too many full time members, not enough flex (or some variation on
 flex).

 Er... many fulltimers is a *problem*?!?!?

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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-30 Thread jonathan . markwell
Many full-time members with permanent desks is absolutely a problem.


We limit to a maximum of 40% of desks for full-timers. If you go too far above 
that there are at least three common problems:

1) Part-time / flexible members don't feel like they have a significant sense 
of ownership of the space. They are more inclined to feel like second class 
citizens using spare desks. They then don't participate in the community as 
much and that magnifies all sorts of other problems.

2) Revenue becomes less predictable. I'd rather have 100 people paying $100 per 
month than 35 people paying $300. 

3) The space becomes less flexible. It's much more difficult moving a permanent 
member's desk for a weekend or evening community activity.




Hope that helps,




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 Too many full time members, not enough flex (or some variation on flex).
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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-30 Thread Marius Amado-Alves
Too many full time members, not enough flex (or some variation on flex).

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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-15 Thread Anne Kirby
Thank you for this conversation! I was just wondering about this last 
night. 

On Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:33:52 PM UTC-5, Alex Hillman wrote:

 Yeah I agree Joel. I counted that under leadership burnout, but it 
 definitely should be a separate bullet on the list. 

 It's something I see every day in smaller ways too. The only thing worse 
 than failure is being trapped by your own success :)

 -Alex


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 On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 5:08 PM, Joel Bennett- Veel Hoeden 
 veelh...@gmail.com javascript: wrote:

 Good list Alex.  I would add poor/non-existent succession plan for 
 leadership as well. Have seen a few spaces in our area that start to falter 
 when the original founder/leader decides to step away without someone of 
 equal passion ready to step in to carry the baton.

 Joel Bennett
 Veel Hoeden Coworking
  
 On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:54 PM, Alex Hillman dangerous...@gmail.com 
 javascript: wrote:

 Here’s an incomplete and in-no-particular order of things that I’ve seen 
 kill coworking spaces. Many of them aren’t unique to coworking, but often 
 take unique or different “forms” in the context of coworking. 

  - Membership turnover 
 - Hiring mistakes 
 - Leadership burnout 
 - Top-heavy membership
 - Losing a large ‘anchor’ member company
 - Overspending 
 - Investor pressure
 - Poor partnerships
 - Over-reliance on sponsors 
 - Identity crisis
 - Mismatched audience 
 - Landlord disputes
 - Rent increases

 I know for a fact there are others that I’m not thinking of off the top 
 of my head!

 -Alex
  
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 On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM, Shailesh Deshpande shail...@gmail.com 
 javascript: wrote:

  Hi Alex, Stacy  Others,

 Stumbled upon this discussion thread while researching coworking. I 
 recently started a coworking space called 'Indieloft' in Nagpur (India) 
 and 
 looking to promote it locally and build a strong community.

 It'd be really interesting to understand why some of the other 
 coworking spaces before us failed while we think we can make a go of it. I 
 can already see how a coworking space might struggle if it doesn't have a 
 core group of startups/entrepreneurs/freelancers who are engaging and 
 collaborating on a regular basis. What were some of the other reasons?

 Really appreciate what you guys are doing to make this phenomenon 
 successful globally.

 Cheers,
 Shailesh

 /shailes...@gmail.com//@indieloft//www.facebook.com/indieloft// 


 On Tuesday, 6 January 2015 10:18:29 UTC+5:30, Alex Hillman wrote:

 Hey Stacey, welcome to the discussion! :)

 Hit me up off list, I'll catch you up on what I've found so far and 
 some leads that might be worth following. I agree that there's a ton of 
 value in better understanding the patterns in the mistakes made and 
 problems encountered.

 -Alex


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 On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Stacy Kessler st...@platform53.com 
 wrote:

 Hey Alex and Others,

 Long time lurker, first time poster :) I started Platform 53 
 http://www.platform53.com/, a coworking space in Cincinnati, 
 OH/Northern Kentucky this past September, so still really fresh, but 
 have 
 been doing research and pop-up coworking events around the region since 
 2012, hence the long-time lurking... 

 I just ran across this conversation thread and found it fascinating. 
 I know most of the collection was done a few years ago and it didn't 
 sound 
 like it was as helpful as hoped, but sounds like there's still a lot of 
 interest around it. I think understanding this topic is extremely 
 important. I'm a market researcher by trade (both qual and quant), so if 
 there's a passion for picking back up the effort or digging into other 
 coworking questions, let me know--I'd be happy to help and ready to 
 start 
 being more active in the broader coworking community.

 Best,

 Stacy Kessler
 Co-Founder  Chief Visionary Officer
 Platform 53

 PS. Thanks for all you do for the coworking community, Alex. Love 
 your dedication to having open conversations about coworking through 
 this 
 Google Group and elsewhere. Really refreshing to be a part of a 
 collaborative industry after coming from the cut-throat corporate world.


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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-12 Thread Tom Brandt
Hi Alex,

This all makes sense. But I am not quite sure what is meant by Top-heavy
membership. Can you elaborate?

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:54 PM, Alex Hillman dangerouslyawes...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Here’s an incomplete and in-no-particular order of things that I’ve seen
 kill coworking spaces. Many of them aren’t unique to coworking, but often
 take unique or different “forms” in the context of coworking.

  - Membership turnover
 - Hiring mistakes
 - Leadership burnout
 - Top-heavy membership
 - Losing a large ‘anchor’ member company
 - Overspending
 - Investor pressure
 - Poor partnerships
 - Over-reliance on sponsors
 - Identity crisis
 - Mismatched audience
 - Landlord disputes
 - Rent increases

 I know for a fact there are others that I’m not thinking of off the top of
 my head!

 -Alex

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 On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM, Shailesh Deshpande shailes...@gmail.com
  wrote:

  Hi Alex, Stacy  Others,

 Stumbled upon this discussion thread while researching coworking. I
 recently started a coworking space called 'Indieloft' in Nagpur (India) and
 looking to promote it locally and build a strong community.

 It'd be really interesting to understand why some of the other coworking
 spaces before us failed while we think we can make a go of it. I can
 already see how a coworking space might struggle if it doesn't have a core
 group of startups/entrepreneurs/freelancers who are engaging and
 collaborating on a regular basis. What were some of the other reasons?

 Really appreciate what you guys are doing to make this phenomenon
 successful globally.

 Cheers,
 Shailesh

 /shailes...@gmail.com//@indieloft//www.facebook.com/indieloft//


 On Tuesday, 6 January 2015 10:18:29 UTC+5:30, Alex Hillman wrote:

 Hey Stacey, welcome to the discussion! :)

 Hit me up off list, I'll catch you up on what I've found so far and some
 leads that might be worth following. I agree that there's a ton of value in
 better understanding the patterns in the mistakes made and problems
 encountered.

 -Alex


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 On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Stacy Kessler st...@platform53.com
 wrote:

 Hey Alex and Others,

 Long time lurker, first time poster :) I started Platform 53
 http://www.platform53.com/, a coworking space in Cincinnati,
 OH/Northern Kentucky this past September, so still really fresh, but have
 been doing research and pop-up coworking events around the region since
 2012, hence the long-time lurking...

 I just ran across this conversation thread and found it fascinating. I
 know most of the collection was done a few years ago and it didn't sound
 like it was as helpful as hoped, but sounds like there's still a lot of
 interest around it. I think understanding this topic is extremely
 important. I'm a market researcher by trade (both qual and quant), so if
 there's a passion for picking back up the effort or digging into other
 coworking questions, let me know--I'd be happy to help and ready to start
 being more active in the broader coworking community.

 Best,

 Stacy Kessler
 Co-Founder  Chief Visionary Officer
 Platform 53

 PS. Thanks for all you do for the coworking community, Alex. Love your
 dedication to having open conversations about coworking through this Google
 Group and elsewhere. Really refreshing to be a part of a collaborative
 industry after coming from the cut-throat corporate world.


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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-12 Thread Alex Hillman
Too many full time members, not enough flex (or some variation on flex).





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On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 4:22 PM, Tom Brandt twbra...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Alex,
 This all makes sense. But I am not quite sure what is meant by Top-heavy
 membership. Can you elaborate?
 On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:54 PM, Alex Hillman dangerouslyawes...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 Here’s an incomplete and in-no-particular order of things that I’ve seen
 kill coworking spaces. Many of them aren’t unique to coworking, but often
 take unique or different “forms” in the context of coworking.

  - Membership turnover
 - Hiring mistakes
 - Leadership burnout
 - Top-heavy membership
 - Losing a large ‘anchor’ member company
 - Overspending
 - Investor pressure
 - Poor partnerships
 - Over-reliance on sponsors
 - Identity crisis
 - Mismatched audience
 - Landlord disputes
 - Rent increases

 I know for a fact there are others that I’m not thinking of off the top of
 my head!

 -Alex

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 On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM, Shailesh Deshpande shailes...@gmail.com
  wrote:

  Hi Alex, Stacy  Others,

 Stumbled upon this discussion thread while researching coworking. I
 recently started a coworking space called 'Indieloft' in Nagpur (India) and
 looking to promote it locally and build a strong community.

 It'd be really interesting to understand why some of the other coworking
 spaces before us failed while we think we can make a go of it. I can
 already see how a coworking space might struggle if it doesn't have a core
 group of startups/entrepreneurs/freelancers who are engaging and
 collaborating on a regular basis. What were some of the other reasons?

 Really appreciate what you guys are doing to make this phenomenon
 successful globally.

 Cheers,
 Shailesh

 /shailes...@gmail.com//@indieloft//www.facebook.com/indieloft//


 On Tuesday, 6 January 2015 10:18:29 UTC+5:30, Alex Hillman wrote:

 Hey Stacey, welcome to the discussion! :)

 Hit me up off list, I'll catch you up on what I've found so far and some
 leads that might be worth following. I agree that there's a ton of value in
 better understanding the patterns in the mistakes made and problems
 encountered.

 -Alex


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 On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Stacy Kessler st...@platform53.com
 wrote:

 Hey Alex and Others,

 Long time lurker, first time poster :) I started Platform 53
 http://www.platform53.com/, a coworking space in Cincinnati,
 OH/Northern Kentucky this past September, so still really fresh, but have
 been doing research and pop-up coworking events around the region since
 2012, hence the long-time lurking...

 I just ran across this conversation thread and found it fascinating. I
 know most of the collection was done a few years ago and it didn't sound
 like it was as helpful as hoped, but sounds like there's still a lot of
 interest around it. I think understanding this topic is extremely
 important. I'm a market researcher by trade (both qual and quant), so if
 there's a passion for picking back up the effort or digging into other
 coworking questions, let me know--I'd be happy to help and ready to start
 being more active in the broader coworking community.

 Best,

 Stacy Kessler
 Co-Founder  Chief Visionary Officer
 Platform 53

 PS. Thanks for all you do for the coworking community, Alex. Love your
 dedication to having open conversations about coworking through this 
 Google
 Group and elsewhere. Really refreshing to be a part of a collaborative
 industry after coming from the cut-throat corporate world.


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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-12 Thread Joel Bennett- Veel Hoeden
Good list Alex.  I would add poor/non-existent succession plan for
leadership as well. Have seen a few spaces in our area that start to falter
when the original founder/leader decides to step away without someone of
equal passion ready to step in to carry the baton.

Joel Bennett
Veel Hoeden Coworking

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 12:54 PM, Alex Hillman dangerouslyawes...@gmail.com
 wrote:

 Here’s an incomplete and in-no-particular order of things that I’ve seen
 kill coworking spaces. Many of them aren’t unique to coworking, but often
 take unique or different “forms” in the context of coworking.

  - Membership turnover
 - Hiring mistakes
 - Leadership burnout
 - Top-heavy membership
 - Losing a large ‘anchor’ member company
 - Overspending
 - Investor pressure
 - Poor partnerships
 - Over-reliance on sponsors
 - Identity crisis
 - Mismatched audience
 - Landlord disputes
 - Rent increases

 I know for a fact there are others that I’m not thinking of off the top of
 my head!

 -Alex

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 On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM, Shailesh Deshpande shailes...@gmail.com
  wrote:

  Hi Alex, Stacy  Others,

 Stumbled upon this discussion thread while researching coworking. I
 recently started a coworking space called 'Indieloft' in Nagpur (India) and
 looking to promote it locally and build a strong community.

 It'd be really interesting to understand why some of the other coworking
 spaces before us failed while we think we can make a go of it. I can
 already see how a coworking space might struggle if it doesn't have a core
 group of startups/entrepreneurs/freelancers who are engaging and
 collaborating on a regular basis. What were some of the other reasons?

 Really appreciate what you guys are doing to make this phenomenon
 successful globally.

 Cheers,
 Shailesh

 /shailes...@gmail.com//@indieloft//www.facebook.com/indieloft//


 On Tuesday, 6 January 2015 10:18:29 UTC+5:30, Alex Hillman wrote:

 Hey Stacey, welcome to the discussion! :)

 Hit me up off list, I'll catch you up on what I've found so far and some
 leads that might be worth following. I agree that there's a ton of value in
 better understanding the patterns in the mistakes made and problems
 encountered.

 -Alex


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 On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Stacy Kessler st...@platform53.com
 wrote:

 Hey Alex and Others,

 Long time lurker, first time poster :) I started Platform 53
 http://www.platform53.com/, a coworking space in Cincinnati,
 OH/Northern Kentucky this past September, so still really fresh, but have
 been doing research and pop-up coworking events around the region since
 2012, hence the long-time lurking...

 I just ran across this conversation thread and found it fascinating. I
 know most of the collection was done a few years ago and it didn't sound
 like it was as helpful as hoped, but sounds like there's still a lot of
 interest around it. I think understanding this topic is extremely
 important. I'm a market researcher by trade (both qual and quant), so if
 there's a passion for picking back up the effort or digging into other
 coworking questions, let me know--I'd be happy to help and ready to start
 being more active in the broader coworking community.

 Best,

 Stacy Kessler
 Co-Founder  Chief Visionary Officer
 Platform 53

 PS. Thanks for all you do for the coworking community, Alex. Love your
 dedication to having open conversations about coworking through this Google
 Group and elsewhere. Really refreshing to be a part of a collaborative
 industry after coming from the cut-throat corporate world.


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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-12 Thread Alex Hillman
Here’s an incomplete and in-no-particular order of things that I’ve seen kill 
coworking spaces. Many of them aren’t unique to coworking, but often take 
unique or different “forms” in the context of coworking. 





- Membership turnover 

- Hiring mistakes 

- Leadership burnout 

- Top-heavy membership

- Losing a large ‘anchor’ member company

- Overspending 

- Investor pressure

- Poor partnerships

- Over-reliance on sponsors 

- Identity crisis

- Mismatched audience 

- Landlord disputes

- Rent increases




I know for a fact there are others that I’m not thinking of off the top of my 
head!




-Alex




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On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM, Shailesh Deshpande shailes...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hi Alex, Stacy  Others,
 Stumbled upon this discussion thread while researching coworking. I 
 recently started a coworking space called 'Indieloft' in Nagpur (India) and 
 looking to promote it locally and build a strong community.
 It'd be really interesting to understand why some of the other coworking 
 spaces before us failed while we think we can make a go of it. I can 
 already see how a coworking space might struggle if it doesn't have a core 
 group of startups/entrepreneurs/freelancers who are engaging and 
 collaborating on a regular basis. What were some of the other reasons?
 Really appreciate what you guys are doing to make this phenomenon 
 successful globally.
 Cheers,
 Shailesh
 /shailes...@gmail.com//@indieloft//www.facebook.com/indieloft//
 On Tuesday, 6 January 2015 10:18:29 UTC+5:30, Alex Hillman wrote:

 Hey Stacey, welcome to the discussion! :)

 Hit me up off list, I'll catch you up on what I've found so far and some 
 leads that might be worth following. I agree that there's a ton of value in 
 better understanding the patterns in the mistakes made and problems 
 encountered.

 -Alex


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 On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Stacy Kessler st...@platform53.com 
 javascript: wrote:

 Hey Alex and Others,

 Long time lurker, first time poster :) I started Platform 53 
 http://www.platform53.com/, a coworking space in Cincinnati, 
 OH/Northern Kentucky this past September, so still really fresh, but have 
 been doing research and pop-up coworking events around the region since 
 2012, hence the long-time lurking... 

 I just ran across this conversation thread and found it fascinating. I 
 know most of the collection was done a few years ago and it didn't sound 
 like it was as helpful as hoped, but sounds like there's still a lot of 
 interest around it. I think understanding this topic is extremely 
 important. I'm a market researcher by trade (both qual and quant), so if 
 there's a passion for picking back up the effort or digging into other 
 coworking questions, let me know--I'd be happy to help and ready to start 
 being more active in the broader coworking community.

 Best,

 Stacy Kessler
 Co-Founder  Chief Visionary Officer
 Platform 53

 PS. Thanks for all you do for the coworking community, Alex. Love your 
 dedication to having open conversations about coworking through this Google 
 Group and elsewhere. Really refreshing to be a part of a collaborative 
 industry after coming from the cut-throat corporate world.


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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-10 Thread Shailesh Deshpande
Hi Alex, Stacy  Others,

Stumbled upon this discussion thread while researching coworking. I 
recently started a coworking space called 'Indieloft' in Nagpur (India) and 
looking to promote it locally and build a strong community.

It'd be really interesting to understand why some of the other coworking 
spaces before us failed while we think we can make a go of it. I can 
already see how a coworking space might struggle if it doesn't have a core 
group of startups/entrepreneurs/freelancers who are engaging and 
collaborating on a regular basis. What were some of the other reasons?

Really appreciate what you guys are doing to make this phenomenon 
successful globally.

Cheers,
Shailesh

/shailes...@gmail.com//@indieloft//www.facebook.com/indieloft//


On Tuesday, 6 January 2015 10:18:29 UTC+5:30, Alex Hillman wrote:

 Hey Stacey, welcome to the discussion! :)

 Hit me up off list, I'll catch you up on what I've found so far and some 
 leads that might be worth following. I agree that there's a ton of value in 
 better understanding the patterns in the mistakes made and problems 
 encountered.

 -Alex


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 On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Stacy Kessler st...@platform53.com 
 javascript: wrote:

 Hey Alex and Others,

 Long time lurker, first time poster :) I started Platform 53 
 http://www.platform53.com/, a coworking space in Cincinnati, 
 OH/Northern Kentucky this past September, so still really fresh, but have 
 been doing research and pop-up coworking events around the region since 
 2012, hence the long-time lurking... 

 I just ran across this conversation thread and found it fascinating. I 
 know most of the collection was done a few years ago and it didn't sound 
 like it was as helpful as hoped, but sounds like there's still a lot of 
 interest around it. I think understanding this topic is extremely 
 important. I'm a market researcher by trade (both qual and quant), so if 
 there's a passion for picking back up the effort or digging into other 
 coworking questions, let me know--I'd be happy to help and ready to start 
 being more active in the broader coworking community.

 Best,

 Stacy Kessler
 Co-Founder  Chief Visionary Officer
 Platform 53

 PS. Thanks for all you do for the coworking community, Alex. Love your 
 dedication to having open conversations about coworking through this Google 
 Group and elsewhere. Really refreshing to be a part of a collaborative 
 industry after coming from the cut-throat corporate world.


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Re: [Coworking] Re: My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

2015-01-05 Thread Alex Hillman
Hey Stacey, welcome to the discussion! :)


Hit me up off list, I'll catch you up on what I've found so far and some leads 
that might be worth following. I agree that there's a ton of value in better 
understanding the patterns in the mistakes made and problems encountered.




-Alex





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On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Stacy Kessler st...@platform53.com
wrote:

 Hey Alex and Others,
 Long time lurker, first time poster :) I started Platform 53 
 http://www.platform53.com/, a coworking space in Cincinnati, OH/Northern 
 Kentucky this past September, so still really fresh, but have been doing 
 research and pop-up coworking events around the region since 2012, hence 
 the long-time lurking... 
 I just ran across this conversation thread and found it fascinating. I know 
 most of the collection was done a few years ago and it didn't sound like it 
 was as helpful as hoped, but sounds like there's still a lot of interest 
 around it. I think understanding this topic is extremely important. I'm a 
 market researcher by trade (both qual and quant), so if there's a passion 
 for picking back up the effort or digging into other coworking questions, 
 let me know--I'd be happy to help and ready to start being more active in 
 the broader coworking community.
 Best,
 Stacy Kessler
 Co-Founder  Chief Visionary Officer
 Platform 53
 PS. Thanks for all you do for the coworking community, Alex. Love your 
 dedication to having open conversations about coworking through this Google 
 Group and elsewhere. Really refreshing to be a part of a collaborative 
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