Jenny Hall | 1 Jun 21:38 2009
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Re: Using paypal with Calendar


Thanks for the shout-out, Drew!

We are rolling out new features and a new user flow on Wednesday- I'm
most excited about the new "Membership" features and the new look and
feel.

If any of you do try Divvy, let me know. I'm more than happy to help
you out and answer any questions you may have.

Jenny Hall
jenny <at> divvy.com

On May 30, 7:53 am, Knite20 <d... <at> knite20.com> wrote:
> Have you checked out Divvy.com?
>    They have a solid platform for scheduling that
> allows you to create items, services, resources etc.
> and set membership levels.  All of it is tied to a Paypal account
> so you can receive money online.  Aaron and his assistant
> Jenny have been very helpful and accommodating  in offering
> the flexibility a coworking space needs.  Check it out at:http://www.divvy.com
>
> Drew Tyler
>  <at> knite20
>
> BetaLoft, SLC, UT
>  <at> betaloftwww.betaloftslc.com
> Opening June  1st!
kathryn | 1 Jun 23:02 2009
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The other half of our office is for rent - fabulous Coworking space?


Hi,

I'm Kathryn and I run the Neutral Buoyancy Think Tank - a coworking-
ish space for independents in SOMA.  I say "ish" because it's more
about long-term relationships with a small group of people; we don't
have any daily coworkers.  Some of us have been working together for
nearly 4 years, spanning several spaces.

Our current space is in an amazing old firehouse behind the SFMOMA
downtown.  Brick and timber, wood floors, lots of warm light.  We
sublease half a floor, and the other half is coming available.  I'm
not in a position to take the entire lease myself and start a true
coworking space, but I want to throw it out there for anyone that
might be interested.

I don't have pictures of the other half, but here's our space, which
includes the shared areas:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathrynaaker/sets/72157604012565995/detail/

Here's the shared area; you can see the doorway to the other half of
the floor:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathrynaaker/2299944475/sizes/l/in/set-72157604012565995/

The other office is pretty big (not sure about sq footage) and has two
large semi-private offices about the size of our office that seats 3.
I think they want $3700, but I bet it's negotiable, and we'd
definitely share the general expenses of the space.

If you're interested or want more details, please get in touch and I
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tj.murphy | 2 Jun 14:45 2009

New member


Greetings-

I am new to the coworking movement and wanted to say hello to
everyone.

For the past 20 years, I have worked as a senior manager for a large
manufacturing company. My expertise is in business analytics and
organizational development.

The economic downturn has resulted in 20,000+ jobs being eliminated in
my company, and my job was eventually impacted. No worries. This has
provided me the opportunity to pursue an area that I am very
passionate about--creating collaborative work environments.

I stumbled upon the coworking movement while doing research on Remote
Work Centers. I love the idea of coworking, and am interested in
opening studios in Alabama and the Florida panhandle (Pensacola and
Ft. Walton Beach). Currently, I am putting together a business plan to
open a coworking studio within the next couple of months.

When I go out and talk to people, I am finding there is a lot of
educating that needs to be done on the concept of coworking. Most
people associate coworking with "executive suites". No surprise here.
So, my immediate need is to educate people and to create some
groundswell around the concept. Any advice you can provide in this
area would be helpful.

TJ

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Matt Titsworth | 2 Jun 16:57 2009
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Keeping people coming through the door


So it's been almost two weeks since our launch. Buzz was good, and we
had a great turn out. Since then, everything has pretty well fallen
off. I don't know what I need to do to keep people coming back through
the door. I've been hitting the pavement and getting our name out
there - even finding out that people already knew about us. I just
don't seem to know what to do to get them in. Our events have gone
over well, everything about the reception has been positive. But day
after day I spend sitting over here in an empty space.

Anybody have any thoughts?

Matthew

Mike Pihlman | 2 Jun 17:46 2009

Re: Keeping people coming through the door


Ah...I opened May 1 and I mostly sit empty doing my blogs.  I have a 6th 
grader I'm tutoring, her Dad works for that hour a couple times a week. 

BUT, the good news....I had TWO calls yesterday out of the blue.  One 
will start using the place next week, and the other said he would be 
using it as well (we will see..).  

So maybe all it takes is time....reading some of the comments here and 
watching some of the videos...we are not alone.  The concept is great, I 
know out here in commuter heaven, it is also very new.  I am networking 
and a lot of the business folks out here are really helping spread the 
word. 

Mike

Matt Titsworth wrote:
> So it's been almost two weeks since our launch. Buzz was good, and we
> had a great turn out. Since then, everything has pretty well fallen
> off. I don't know what I need to do to keep people coming back through
> the door. I've been hitting the pavement and getting our name out
> there - even finding out that people already knew about us. I just
> don't seem to know what to do to get them in. Our events have gone
> over well, everything about the reception has been positive. But day
> after day I spend sitting over here in an empty space.
>
> Anybody have any thoughts?
>
> Matthew
>
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Alex Hillman | 2 Jun 17:54 2009
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Re: Keeping people coming through the door

I've updated our "IndyHall 201" series with a post about this topic:



If you haven't already watched, Geoff and I talk a lot about these topics in our FAQ videos as well:

-Alex, IndyHall

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On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Mike Pihlman <mike <at> telbitconsulting.com> wrote:

Ah...I opened May 1 and I mostly sit empty doing my blogs.  I have a 6th
grader I'm tutoring, her Dad works for that hour a couple times a week.

BUT, the good news....I had TWO calls yesterday out of the blue.  One
will start using the place next week, and the other said he would be
using it as well (we will see..).

So maybe all it takes is time....reading some of the comments here and
watching some of the videos...we are not alone.  The concept is great, I
know out here in commuter heaven, it is also very new.  I am networking
and a lot of the business folks out here are really helping spread the
word.

Mike



Matt Titsworth wrote:
> So it's been almost two weeks since our launch. Buzz was good, and we
> had a great turn out. Since then, everything has pretty well fallen
> off. I don't know what I need to do to keep people coming back through
> the door. I've been hitting the pavement and getting our name out
> there - even finding out that people already knew about us. I just
> don't seem to know what to do to get them in. Our events have gone
> over well, everything about the reception has been positive. But day
> after day I spend sitting over here in an empty space.
>
> Anybody have any thoughts?
>
> Matthew
>
> >
>
>

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95 W. 11th Street, Suite 203
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Matt Titsworth | 2 Jun 17:56 2009
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Re: Keeping people coming through the door


Thanks for the thoughts Tony, Daniel, and Alex. I realize this is
probably a pretty common topic to come up around here, and I can
imagine that after a while it can get frustrating. I wasn't entirely
sure whether I should send the email or not, but given coworking's
collaborative and community nature I thought it would be better to
admit to what is probably a consistent problem (even for those well
established places) and get some help than to remain stoic and let the
problem continue without new eyes.

Tony, here are some replies to the points you've made, not as
rebuttals, but to hopefully help provide explanation.

1. This is a great idea, and I'm working on that email now to go out
to our mailing list. I had had such a thought but was reluctant
because to me it seemed as if asking the question could be taken as a
sign of weakness, and that approaching people in such a direct manner
might be alienating. Given that I'm already in a lack of people, that
would be bad. Then again, it's not like it can hurt anything.

2. The Hour had already been talked about internally, but your impetus
has helped me move up the ball.

3. As far as meetings go, we've already got a couple of meetings
planned for the next month. The python user group is meeting here on
the 13th, and there's a Flex group here in dallas I met members from
this past weekend working a table at the Big (D)esign Conference here
in Dallas that I'm trying to get in contact with, and we've got a
couple of groups we've started on our own that are meeting here in
this next month as well. The thing I'm having trouble is that there
are more groups I've talked to, and plenty of people who want to use
us as a free space for meetings, but after that initial "Hey, this
would be a great idea" they go silent.

Before hitting this I checked out the coworking wiki page
"CoworkingIssues" because I figured that there would be some common
info there (also so that I could RTFM before spamming the group).

Daniel, I've been in contact with some blogs, but definitely I need to
get it out there more. I twitter pretty consistently through out the
day on it. Whether I am effective or not remains to be seen though.
I've been trying to promote others and what not. It's frustrating
because I know that it's my job to get out there and build
relationships and network, and as such I've been pushing hard to help
promote not only my space, but the events and what not around here,
but the reciprocation has not been exactly what I would like it to be.
Maybe I should be more hard nosed about that?

Matthew

Matt Titsworth | 2 Jun 18:12 2009
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Re: Keeping people coming through the door


Alex,

Thanks for the vid and blog. That is exactly the kind of thing I was
looking for. Wish I'd have found it ahead of time so as to keep from
presenting the same problem here over and over again. I'm going to go
sit down and run through these things, then if the list doesn't mind,
share them back here for some feedback.

Tara,

It was less a matter of that than it was having a whole bunch of extra
space. The company I work for which owns Company|Dallas has had this
space sitting vacant for a year, sucking away money in rent and
utilities. We tried again and again to get it leased out, but with the
impending economic downturn, nothing ever came through. About two
months ago we had the idea to turn it into a coworking space. I guess
though, you might be able to say that, as we didn't make sure to go
ahead and get commitments ahead of time.

Part of it is also a problem that I think Dallas faces is that it is
so spread out. I've been all over just the Dallas area (And Dallas is
only half of the larger DFW area) and while I've met TONS of people
who would be interested, a big stop gap seems to be that it would be
out of the way and inconvenient (Tony, I think this gets to one of
your points mentioned). This is not just something that I face, but
that the other folks trying to get coworking started here have as
well. I guess then that tells me that I need to hump it less all over
Dallas, and get more centralized to the things going on really
locally. As far as getting people invested love-wise, the two resident
members we do have are getting there, if not so already. I guess
another thing for me to do is talk with them and get their input, let
them take some ownership to make the space better and whatnot.

Thanks once again everybody for the thoughts on these things.

Matthew

On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 10:54 AM, Alex Hillman
<dangerouslyawesome <at> gmail.com> wrote:
> I've updated our "IndyHall 201" series with a post about this topic:
> http://www.indyhall.org/blog/category/indyhall-201/
> If you haven't already watched, Geoff and I talk a lot about these topics in
> our FAQ videos as well:
> http://www.indyhall.org/blog/category/movies/
> -Alex, IndyHall
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> im always developing something
> digital: alex <at> weknowhtml.com
> helpful: www.unstick.me
> visual: www.dangerouslyawesome.com
> local: www.indyhall.org
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Mike Pihlman <mike <at> telbitconsulting.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Ah...I opened May 1 and I mostly sit empty doing my blogs.  I have a 6th
>> grader I'm tutoring, her Dad works for that hour a couple times a week.
>>
>> BUT, the good news....I had TWO calls yesterday out of the blue.  One
>> will start using the place next week, and the other said he would be
>> using it as well (we will see..).
>>
>> So maybe all it takes is time....reading some of the comments here and
>> watching some of the videos...we are not alone.  The concept is great, I
>> know out here in commuter heaven, it is also very new.  I am networking
>> and a lot of the business folks out here are really helping spread the
>> word.
>>
>> Mike
>>
>>
>>
>> Matt Titsworth wrote:
>> > So it's been almost two weeks since our launch. Buzz was good, and we
>> > had a great turn out. Since then, everything has pretty well fallen
>> > off. I don't know what I need to do to keep people coming back through
>> > the door. I've been hitting the pavement and getting our name out
>> > there - even finding out that people already knew about us. I just
>> > don't seem to know what to do to get them in. Our events have gone
>> > over well, everything about the reception has been positive. But day
>> > after day I spend sitting over here in an empty space.
>> >
>> > Anybody have any thoughts?
>> >
>> > Matthew
>> >
>> > >
>> >
>> >
>>
>> --
>> Mike Pihlman
>> TracyVirtualOffice
>> "A Coworking Community"
>> 95 W. 11th Street, Suite 203
>> Tracy, CA 95376
>> Mobile: 209-608-4340
>> Web: TracyVirtualOffice.com
>> ooVoo: tracyvirtualoffice
>> Twitter:  <at> TracyVirtOffice
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> >
>

Alex Hillman | 2 Jun 18:18 2009
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Re: Keeping people coming through the door

Part of it is also a problem that I think Dallas faces is that it is so spread out.

Please prepare for a friendly slap on the wrists when I tell you, "stop making excuses." 

:)

I'd like Matthew Wettergreen to weigh in on how Houston has dealt with this issue, since it "suffers" from the same sprawl. Caroline Collective has done incredible things given the challenges they were presented.

I've said it before to a number of times, rather than looking at your regional idiosyncrasies as weaknesses, look for strengths. What is it about Dallas that's unique and special, and how do you make that part of your coworking identity? Replicating IndyHall (or Caroline, or CitizenSpace, or NewWorkCity, or any other space!) in Dallas would quite likely fail. Taking some of our methodologies and applying it to your regional variants, though, would likely yield the results you've been hoping for.

Alex, IndyHall

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Part of it is also a problem that I think Dallas faces is that it is
so spread out.


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Tony Bacigalupo | 2 Jun 18:18 2009
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Re: Keeping people coming through the door

I thought it would be better to admit to what is probably a consistent problem (even for those well established places) and get some help than to remain stoic and let the problem continue without new eyes.

+1 agreed.

it seemed as if asking the question could be taken as a sign of weakness, and that approaching people in such a direct manner might be alienating. Given that I'm already in a lack of people, that would be bad. Then again, it's not like it can hurt anything.

Weakness = human = something people can connect with.

Obviously you don't want to seem too needy; one thing you have to do as the leader of your space is to engage people well. You will have to find ways to get people psyched to help without it seeming like a charity case.

Coworking naturally gets people fired up. Rely on that! Cubicles suck. Working in Starbucks sucks. Talking to your cat sucks. There must be something better!
 
The thing I'm having trouble is that there are more groups I've talked to, and plenty of people who want to use us as a free space for meetings, but after that initial "Hey, this would be a great idea" they go silent.

If they need the space, they need the space. When someone does host an event at your space, don't be shy about telling people about your space and encouraging people to join. 

At this stage, your goals are actually pretty narrow: one person. One person who will totally get what you're doing and is insanely excited about it. That's all you're looking for right now, but to find them you have to really get to know people one at a time. When you find that one person, get them on board however appropriate. Then go from there.
 
I've been pushing hard to help promote not only my space, but the events and what not around here, but the reciprocation has not been exactly what I would like it to be.
Maybe I should be more hard nosed about that?

I vote no on that. This is the tricky part about building your social capital... you make lots of deposits without necessarily being able to withdraw for a long time, and you can't necessarily force it. 

Just keep at it, and keep genuinely going good for people. It will come back around.

T

 


Matthew




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