coworking | 1 Feb 03:04 2009

Office Business Center Offers Coworking Membership and Jelly Events


The Concierge Level, LLC a full-service office business center
continues our welcoming hospitality. We seek to redefine the phrase,
concierge service, providing personal and business-related services to
the clients of our office business center. The perfect blend delivered
with “old world” European emphasis on excellence, polish and detail.
We want to support the entrepreneurial spirit by offering Jelly events
and coworking membership packages. Why manage a space? Let us do it.

Our coworking participants can concentrate on sharing ideas and their
business at hand, not worrying about property and equipment
management. Our coworking memberships offer desk space, Wi-Fi, coffee
service; and access to private conference room, staffed lobby during
business hours, color copier/scanner/fax, postage meter, fully
equipped break room, support staff and more.

We are at your service www.theconciergelevel.com or 423-266-6388.
Follow us, ConciergeLevel, on Twitter.com.

David Weekly | 1 Feb 11:41 2009
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Exploring Creating a Geek Community Center Mid-Peninsula, SF Bay


Folks,

Hello! I've been a lurker on here for some time -- some of you may
know me as the founder of PBwiki or the co-founder of
SuperHappyDevHouse. Either way, bringing people together is a passion
for me.

I've watched with gleaming pride in Tara and Chris as Citizen Space in
San Francisco has flourished, and have begun serious talks with people
on the mid-Peninsula to create a "community center" for programmers,
inspired as well by The Crucible in Oakland and Cellspace in San
Francisco as successful craftsman community centers.

I'd like to make a space at which people could both play and work,
socialize, tinker, teach, learn, gather, and create. Events and
classes would be a core part of the expected use of the facility. My
intent would be to run it as a not-for-profit co-operative.

I've got some first-order interest from people along these lines. If
this is something that would interest you and you'd like a place to
come code - one day a month or twenty - let me know what you think and
take a peek at the first thoughts I've put together here -
http://hackerdojo.pbwiki.com/ and (it's a wiki!) add your thoughts!
And if you're interested in the possibility of joining, please
indicate so on the page.

All of this is just in the very first phases, so your advice,
suggestions, and reprimands are all very much welcome.

(Continue reading)

goforitandy | 1 Feb 16:03 2009
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Leeds


Does anyone know about any co-working opportunites near Leeds,
Yorkshire, England?

Would welcome any responses.

Thanks,

Andy

goforitandy | 1 Feb 16:02 2009
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Newbie


I am a freelance IT database specialist and writer.

I write content for websites in addition to my own blogs etc.

When I can get them I take database jobs in my freelancing work.

I would love to co-work in a space near Leeds, in England, but don't
know what there is out there yet.

Anyway, here I am and want to learn more about this topic.

Cheers,

Andy

Jerome Chang | 1 Feb 19:32 2009

Re: Office Business Center Offers Coworking Membership and Jelly Events

Does anyone else think this entry is purely an ad? The language isn't addressed to anyone, the from e-mail is generic, and the tie-in to Jelly and coworking doesn't reveal anything about when/how/why. Aren't these threads supposed to be personable dialogues of ideas?



Jerome

On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 6:04 PM, coworking <info <at> theconciergelevel.com> wrote:

The Concierge Level, LLC a full-service office business center
continues our welcoming hospitality. We seek to redefine the phrase,
concierge service, providing personal and business-related services to
the clients of our office business center. The perfect blend delivered
with "old world" European emphasis on excellence, polish and detail.
We want to support the entrepreneurial spirit by offering Jelly events
and coworking membership packages. Why manage a space? Let us do it.

Our coworking participants can concentrate on sharing ideas and their
business at hand, not worrying about property and equipment
management. Our coworking memberships offer desk space, Wi-Fi, coffee
service; and access to private conference room, staffed lobby during
business hours, color copier/scanner/fax, postage meter, fully
equipped break room, support staff and more.

We are at your service www.theconciergelevel.com or 423-266-6388.
Follow us, ConciergeLevel, on Twitter.com.




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turbo2ltr | 1 Feb 19:39 2009
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Starting up...lots of questions


I am a bit disappointed at how many wiki pages are not complete.  I
somehow found the page http://wiki.coworking.info/Knowledge+Base (cant
seem to duplicate how I got there though) but all the links are to
pages that haven't even been started yet.  It would have been a great
source of info, if there was anything there.

In any case, I am starting a small coworking space in Phoenix.  I am
starting small because I already have the office space and most of the
furniture so its nearly zero startup costs (ok, maybe a couple hundred
dollars), with the hopes to ramp up membership to fund expansion and
eventually expand into a large combo coworking/techshop type space.
The plan for the current space is two rooms with about 350 sq feet
total which is half the current 4 room office.  If things go well, I
hope to expand into a full 4 room 750sq ft suite as phase 2.

I've been reading here and doing lots of research, visiting other
spaces' websites and have come up with a few questions..

A lot of spaces have memberships levels that offer a reserved chair.
Does that mean you count how many people you have in the space at any
particular moment and always have one free chair per full member?  So
if every full member happened to show up at the same time, they would
all have a chair available?  Or do you just average it out and assume
all full members won't show up at once? Have you ever had to ask
someone to leave?  I ask this because since I am starting small there
is very limited space so I have to be mindful of occupancy.  Of course
I could only hope I actually have this problem!

Are there any "open source" membership TOS verbage I can use?  IANAL
nor do I play one on TV, so I'd like to CMA instead of just making up
something that sounds good.

Any preferred software to manage user in/out and scheduling?  I
searched here a bit and it sounds like there isn't much out there.
Should I even be concerned with it at this point due to the small
size?

Thanks,
Mike
http://www.collablab.net

Tara Hunt | 1 Feb 20:01 2009
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Re: Starting up...lots of questions

Welcome Mike,

Admittedly, the wiki sux0r, but I think if you do a search for your questions in the Google group, many of your questions have been answered many times. Just an FYI...nobody is paid to work on coworking.info. It is what you make it, so, if you find answers to your questions, please feel free to improve the wiki!

That being said, I will address what you've asked to the best of my experience:

- starting out small is great. Citizen Space started out small and in March, we are expanding after about 2.5 years of operations. We could have grown earlier, but we wanted to be careful. Phases FTW!

- I think by 'renting a chair', most spaces allow members to pay a monthly fee to keep a desk free for them. This way they can bring in a monitor, filing cabinet and other desk necessities. That's what we do. So, unless the chair/desk renter gives permission to a particular person, that desk is off limits for others.

- For the drop in spaces that don't have assigned desks/chairs, I believe it's a first-come, first-served basis. We've batted around the idea of a desk reservation system for years, but, in actuality, very few spaces require it. I know that we've never and we are a consistently 'full' space. Then again, your space is teeny. You may want to have a book-ahead system.

- We've asked two people to leave in the course of 2.5 years. One was a guy renting the space for events who kept abusing his privileges (leaving a mess, making demands, having drunk guests throwing up in our garbage cans) and one was a tale told on this Google Group about a guy who turned from casual drop-in to squatter. Otherwise, it's been a cool atmosphere.

- Do a search on this group (through the groups interface: http://groups.google.com/group/coworking) to find TOS or member agreements or the like. Loads of people have shared them as well as business plans and other crucial documents. Currently, Citizen Space doesn't use them at all, but that may change with the expansion.

- RE: in/out scheduling Like I said before, we've batted around the scheduling software, but nobody really ended up needing it once we got rolling. The more important pieces are how to manage members payments and budgets and alert people when you are there and leaving. We use Blinksale for managing payments - but I know there are a few people working on a better system for coworking spaces - and we use a http://grouptweet.com/ and ask members to dm citizenspace when they arrive and when they are leaving to get a public sense of whether someone is in the space. This is a terribly imperfect system and people always forget, but Station-C did something cool with a sign in system that you can also search for in the google group.

Hope I answered everything for you. Bottom line: search the google group. The wiki sux cause, well, we do all of our talking and sharing here.

T

On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 10:39 AM, turbo2ltr <turbo2ltr <at> gmail.com> wrote:

I am a bit disappointed at how many wiki pages are not complete.  I
somehow found the page http://wiki.coworking.info/Knowledge+Base (cant
seem to duplicate how I got there though) but all the links are to
pages that haven't even been started yet.  It would have been a great
source of info, if there was anything there.

In any case, I am starting a small coworking space in Phoenix.  I am
starting small because I already have the office space and most of the
furniture so its nearly zero startup costs (ok, maybe a couple hundred
dollars), with the hopes to ramp up membership to fund expansion and
eventually expand into a large combo coworking/techshop type space.
The plan for the current space is two rooms with about 350 sq feet
total which is half the current 4 room office.  If things go well, I
hope to expand into a full 4 room 750sq ft suite as phase 2.


I've been reading here and doing lots of research, visiting other
spaces' websites and have come up with a few questions..

A lot of spaces have memberships levels that offer a reserved chair.
Does that mean you count how many people you have in the space at any
particular moment and always have one free chair per full member?  So
if every full member happened to show up at the same time, they would
all have a chair available?  Or do you just average it out and assume
all full members won't show up at once? Have you ever had to ask
someone to leave?  I ask this because since I am starting small there
is very limited space so I have to be mindful of occupancy.  Of course
I could only hope I actually have this problem!

Are there any "open source" membership TOS verbage I can use?  IANAL
nor do I play one on TV, so I'd like to CMA instead of just making up
something that sounds good.

Any preferred software to manage user in/out and scheduling?  I
searched here a bit and it sounds like there isn't much out there.
Should I even be concerned with it at this point due to the small
size?

Thanks,
Mike
http://www.collablab.net










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Tiffany Von Emmel | 1 Feb 20:25 2009

introduction and dreamfish San Francisco

Hi all,

I am new to the group, and would like to connect with coworkers. I apologize for not introducing myself sooner. I have been swamped in startup mode, which is of course why I should have asked for help sooner :-). Chris Messina encouraged me to reach out here. Thanks, Chris!

My name is Tiff von Emmel and I am the founder of Dreamfish, a network of creative catalysts located in different cities in the world. Dreamfish's community tech maven is Peter Kaminski,  co-founder of Socialtext, whic provided an early coworking space.

To tell you more about me, my passion has always been the empowerment of entrepreneurs everywhere through changing the working world, especially for creative people on the margins of the global economy. With Dreamfish, we are beginning to develop coworking software services to further the whole coworking movement, connect coworkers across borders, and change the lives of entrepreneurs in the developing world.

We have a base in the Mission District of San Francisco, where we are opening an awsome coworking space.  If you would like to cowork or get involved with dreamfish, great! We are in a green building, which can support hundreds of coworkers.

Please feel free to contact me or Pete.

Warmly,

Tiff

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Dreamfish
http://www.dreamfish.com

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Susan Mann | 1 Feb 20:32 2009
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Re: West Texas Coworking


Kevin

Read your post with lots of interest. We're in Ithaca, NY - so Cornell
University is the big-daddy in the area. Ithaca metro area is 50,000,
100,000 if you go to county area - so even smaller than you - but because of
the university and nature of things in Ithaca, there are more independent
consultants, works, telecommuters etc than might otherwise be the case.
Cornell has 2 business incubators and 1 business park - the business
incubators are strictly for Cornell students and the business park is on the
pricey side and I'm not sure in the location we want. 

So is your coworking space actually being sponsored by the university? If
so, under what terms. What are they providing vs. you paying? Will anyone be
able to access it? What have been your lessons learned in trying to do this
in a smaller metro area? What kind of space are you using and where is it
located. How have you gone about reaching out/finding the potential market? 

Yes, lots of questions! 

We're starting very casually at the moment - first trying to get some
coworking days organized amongst the small initial group of us, probably at
the local library which rooms we can use for that. And then, if we find that
it works for us, try and find a space and turn it into a coworking space. 

Another colleague of mine is also interested in starting a non-University
based business incubator and we're talking about co-locating them and
providing cross services. Could be a neat idea. 

Regards

Susan

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-----Original Message-----
From: coworking <at> googlegroups.com [mailto:coworking <at> googlegroups.com] On
Behalf Of KC
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 3:47 PM
To: 'Coworking'
Subject: [Coworking] West Texas Coworking

Hello all, I introduced myself about a month ago and can now
officially call myself a Space Catalyst.

I'm in the process of launching a coworking space in conjunction with
Abilene Christian University, a mid-size liberal arts university way
out here in West Texas. Abilene is a metro of about 125,000
people...so we're small, but not that small, and we've got a fairly
vibrant entrepreneurial community (if you want details I'll be happy
to share...just send me an email or respond to this...for one thing,
our immediate region is the national leader in the expansion of wind
energy).

Also, our university sends grads out all over the world and we would
love to instill the coworking-ethic in those that are entrepreneurial
so that they will seek out other coworking sites wherever they land
after graduation.

The the program is approved and we've begun plans for the space. This
discussion group has been VERY helpful in our orientation.

If any of you have worked in conjunction with universities before with
your coworking space, or if you're operating in a smaller metro area,
I'd very much appreciate your sharing some "lessons learned."

KC

Kevin Christian, JD
325-280-8680
kevin.christian <at> acu.edu
www.acu.edu

Rich Schiavo | 1 Feb 22:01 2009
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RE: [SPAM]Re: Starting up...lots of questions

Welcome Mike.

 

You ROCK Tara! Always on top of things…

 

Rich Schiavo

Jersey!!!

 

From: coworking <at> googlegroups.com [mailto:coworking <at> googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Tara Hunt
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 2:01 PM
To: coworking <at> googlegroups.com
Subject: [SPAM][Coworking] Re: Starting up...lots of questions

 

Welcome Mike,

Admittedly, the wiki sux0r, but I think if you do a search for your questions in the Google group, many of your questions have been answered many times. Just an FYI...nobody is paid to work on coworking.info. It is what you make it, so, if you find answers to your questions, please feel free to improve the wiki!

That being said, I will address what you've asked to the best of my experience:

- starting out small is great. Citizen Space started out small and in March, we are expanding after about 2.5 years of operations. We could have grown earlier, but we wanted to be careful. Phases FTW!

- I think by 'renting a chair', most spaces allow members to pay a monthly fee to keep a desk free for them. This way they can bring in a monitor, filing cabinet and other desk necessities. That's what we do. So, unless the chair/desk renter gives permission to a particular person, that desk is off limits for others.

- For the drop in spaces that don't have assigned desks/chairs, I believe it's a first-come, first-served basis. We've batted around the idea of a desk reservation system for years, but, in actuality, very few spaces require it. I know that we've never and we are a consistently 'full' space. Then again, your space is teeny. You may want to have a book-ahead system.

- We've asked two people to leave in the course of 2.5 years. One was a guy renting the space for events who kept abusing his privileges (leaving a mess, making demands, having drunk guests throwing up in our garbage cans) and one was a tale told on this Google Group about a guy who turned from casual drop-in to squatter. Otherwise, it's been a cool atmosphere.

- Do a search on this group (through the groups interface: http://groups.google.com/group/coworking) to find TOS or member agreements or the like. Loads of people have shared them as well as business plans and other crucial documents. Currently, Citizen Space doesn't use them at all, but that may change with the expansion.

- RE: in/out scheduling Like I said before, we've batted around the scheduling software, but nobody really ended up needing it once we got rolling. The more important pieces are how to manage members payments and budgets and alert people when you are there and leaving. We use Blinksale for managing payments - but I know there are a few people working on a better system for coworking spaces - and we use a http://grouptweet.com/ and ask members to dm citizenspace when they arrive and when they are leaving to get a public sense of whether someone is in the space. This is a terribly imperfect system and people always forget, but Station-C did something cool with a sign in system that you can also search for in the google group.

Hope I answered everything for you. Bottom line: search the google group. The wiki sux cause, well, we do all of our talking and sharing here.

T

On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 10:39 AM, turbo2ltr <turbo2ltr <at> gmail.com> wrote:


I am a bit disappointed at how many wiki pages are not complete.  I
somehow found the page http://wiki.coworking.info/Knowledge+Base (cant
seem to duplicate how I got there though) but all the links are to
pages that haven't even been started yet.  It would have been a great
source of info, if there was anything there.

In any case, I am starting a small coworking space in Phoenix.  I am
starting small because I already have the office space and most of the
furniture so its nearly zero startup costs (ok, maybe a couple hundred
dollars), with the hopes to ramp up membership to fund expansion and
eventually expand into a large combo coworking/techshop type space.
The plan for the current space is two rooms with about 350 sq feet
total which is half the current 4 room office.  If things go well, I
hope to expand into a full 4 room 750sq ft suite as phase 2.


I've been reading here and doing lots of research, visiting other
spaces' websites and have come up with a few questions..

A lot of spaces have memberships levels that offer a reserved chair.
Does that mean you count how many people you have in the space at any
particular moment and always have one free chair per full member?  So
if every full member happened to show up at the same time, they would
all have a chair available?  Or do you just average it out and assume
all full members won't show up at once? Have you ever had to ask
someone to leave?  I ask this because since I am starting small there
is very limited space so I have to be mindful of occupancy.  Of course
I could only hope I actually have this problem!

Are there any "open source" membership TOS verbage I can use?  IANAL
nor do I play one on TV, so I'd like to CMA instead of just making up
something that sounds good.

Any preferred software to manage user in/out and scheduling?  I
searched here a bit and it sounds like there isn't much out there.
Should I even be concerned with it at this point due to the small
size?

Thanks,
Mike
http://www.collablab.net









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Work: Marketing Lead, Intuit Partner Platform (http://marketplace.intuit.com)
Book: The Whuffie Factor (http://twurl.nl/qhe1l0)
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