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3 Key Points from GCUC 2015

By Copass There’s no doubt that the GCUC 2015 coworking (un)conference was a smashing success. Bringing together around 300 people from across the USA and further afield, it was a meeting of the minds to discuss the intricacies, challenges and opportunities that coworking faces today. A gathering of independent projects and visions, GCUC brought us together under one common project, one shared mission: coworking. This ambiguous and open word is exactly what gave it strength at GCUC this year, where everyone’s own work could be conceived of as under one umbrella, within one superstructure. Click here for the full article.

GCUC in the New Worker Magazine!

Over on the New Worker Magazine, Melissa Mesku has a great profile on history and culture of GCUC.  The entirety of it is reproduced below. If you haven’t seen the New Worker, ch-ch-check it out! In most industries, the annual conference might warrant a raised eyebrow at best. But in the case of GCUC, the industry is coworking, and that makes all the difference. The quirky name, Global Coworking Unconference Conference, is in homage to a Stephen Colbert skit, and its acronym, GCUC, is pronounced “juicy.” Why not? To extend the joke, there’s a juice bar; last year, the logo had a juice droplet on it, and the event’s décor was of oranges, lemons and limes. The fun overtone is… Read More

Colearning Before Coworking

by Melissa Geissinger, President & COO of WIMP and General Manager of WIMPspace  A geek. A nerd. A dork. If you’re anything like me (a 30-something tech entrepreneur who built her first website in 1996), you’ve been called at least one of these things at some point in your life. The crazy thing? These days it’s actually cool to be identified as one. Well these days if you wander the streets of Santa Rosa, California, about an hour north of San Francisco, and someone yells, “Hey! You’re a Wimp!” fear no more – that’s actually a good thing.  The North Bay is a very rural area. Think farms, wineries, redwood trees, rolling… Read More

Co-working Spaces: An Expensive Cure for Loneliness or an Inexpensive Solution for a Cool Office

Yesterday, Bloomberg.com ran a sensational, clickbait-y article entitled “Co-working Spaces; An Expensive Cure For Loneliness” in which author Patrick Clark argues that coworking spaces (no hyphen necessary, y’all!) are expensive overpriced workspaces for chumps. As you can imagine, that didn’t sit well with us. The math was wrong! He missed the point! We understand that haters are going to hate and coworking has really come along way if anyone feels the need to write articles exposing the “dirty truth behind coworking.” We were when Nick Clark from the Common Desk in Dallas responded with a blog post of his own. We’ll let Nick take it from here… Yesterday afternoon, Bloomberg published an… Read More

See you in Berkeley!

Diana Rothschild here, the new CEO of NextSpace! I look forward to sharing more about myself separately, but in the world of coworking I wanted you all to know that NextSpace is excited to partner with the GCUC team to bring the most awesome conference on the planet to Berkeley, California. We have been big fans and regular attendees of GCUC since its inception and we’re excited to have you all in one of our backyards in May. The City of Berkeley has been extremely helpful supporting NextSpace and the coworking movement. We can’t wait to show you how our community there has driven endless successful collaborations for the businesses and entrepreneurs in… Read More

It’s called the GLOBAL Coworking Unconference Conference after all….

I’ve operated a successful and profitable Coworking space for almost (gasp) four years! Like most operators, I often field calls and requests for meeting from others thinking about opening a Coworking space. I’m happy to talk and encourage but I get enough requests that I have to limit my engagement. I have now run a successful and a little profitable Coworking conference for over (gasp) three years. I started to get calls for other regions of the world asking for advice. I began to work with a few people in Asia and talked to them about doing GCUC Asia. I thought we could share ideas, they could us the same website (helping… Read More

Why I’m going to GCUC

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

Volunteers needed in KC!

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

Wayfarer’s KC Airbnb Giveaway

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

Money Matters, or Why You Should Attend the GCUC Finance Workshop

Coworking spaces can and should make money. There are many reasons to open a coworking space, but the survival of all of them is subject to one and only thing: profit. If there is no profit you will not have a sustainable coworking space. Without profit there will be a time where you will not be able to pay your expenses and you will have to close, with an unfulfilled dream and without being able to continue providing the service you’ve fought so much for.Profit is not only a question of survival. Having more money that you spend means being able to grow, to hire more people, to give better service, to… Read More