Next week, we will each make the trip to gather together in Kansas City for the 2014 edition of GCUC. We may be leaving our communities behind, but we will each bring our unique experience and expertise with us to share with other coworking managers, owners, operators and enthusiasts from around the globe. To be completely honest, I really look forward to these annual events, and I’m counting down the days until we all meet in Kansas City. After 10 years of building collaborative communities in Toronto, I’ve also been thinking a lot lately about what’s next, what empowers me to grow and what exactly I hope to learn at this conference…. Read More
Month: April 2014
The 4th annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC, pronounced “juicy”) is coming to Kansas City for its first traveling year. The conference is the largest global gathering of coworking space owners and operators and we are excited to welcome them to our booming entrepreneurial ecosystem! How it happened In the summer of 2013, the KC coworking and hacker space community rallied in partnership with the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City and the City of Kansas City, Missouri to respond to an RFP to bring GCUC to bring the conference here in 2014. Mayor Sly James wrote a letter to the organizers (which probably helped us tremendously!) But… Read More
David Singer tells me a GCUC connection story I just love. Chin resting on folded hands like a little kid, I ask him to tell it again and again, and he always obliges. In a nutshell, David was researching Coworking and came across GCUC. He was checking out the speakers and recognized a long lost friend from high school: Benjamin Dyett of GRIND. Thanks to reconnecting through GCUC, David is now an investor and key part of GRIND’s growing business. Not much makes me happier than to know that GCUC has brought together two such fantastic people to advance a successful Coworking business venture. Another great GCUC connection story comes from Jamie… Read More
GCUC 2014 is only a few short weeks away. It’s not time to pack your bag yet, but it is time to start strategizing about how to get the most out of your GCUC networking. Pre-Conference Prep: Define your conference objectives by answering three questions in writing: 1. What are my top three objectives for the conference? 2. What do I want to learn from the conference? 3. What relationships do I want to build at the conference? Sample objectives: 1. I want to go home with the tools I need to create a business plan for opening a coworking space. 2. I want to learn everything I can about coworking… Read More
Wayfarer: Roamer, Wanderer, Nomad, Vagabond. These words might very well define how you feel when faced with all aspects of business, be it marketing, sales, or any number of the countless other responsibilities you’re charged with on a daily basis. Whether you are a small business owner, a manager of an international corporation or an executive director of a non-profit, each and every project you have to complete is a journey; from start to finish, we’re ready to help you by leading the way. Every day we work with a wide variety of clients from industries as different and diverse as healthcare, technology, hospitality, publishing, entertainment, real estate and coworking. While every… Read More
Ladies and Gentleman, We Have A Winner! Congratulations to James Tootle, our crafty designer and sneaky t-shirt contest entrant. “Good Things Come to Those Who Work Together,” really speaks to this awesome community and all the wonderful people who pitch in every year to make GCUC amazing. A big thanks to everyone who participated in the GCUC T-shirt Contest. We can’t wait to see you in KC!
Partitions, square footage costs, accessibility, fixtures, path of egress…Welcome to the morass that is architecture and construction. If you don’t have a serious understanding or experience with being in the trenches of building out a space, be prepared to be in a world of hurt. “Isn’t coworking all about community?” you ask. You got it, but…that physical space you want to call an office will need to be built, renovated, and/or occupied. Let no one fool you into thinking that their renovation and move-in process was a walk in the park. I would bet that every single coworking space owner fell flat on their face during this necessary evil of a stage… Read More