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Why I’m going to GCUC

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Liz Elam in Uncategorized

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… Read More »

Volunteers needed in KC!

Posted on April 21, 2014 by sundaram in Uncategorized

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,… Read More »

Partnerships of all kinds formed at GCUC

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Liz Elam in Community, Coworking, Retrospective

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.… Read More »

How to Make the Most out of Attending GCUC

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Liz Elam in Coworking

    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?… Read More »

Wayfarer’s KC Airbnb Giveaway

Posted on April 2, 2014 by sundaram in Uncategorized

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… Read More »

Good Things Come To Those Who Work Together

Posted on by sundaram in Community, Coworking

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! Read More »

Diving Headfirst – Architecture for Coworking Spaces

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Liz Elam in Coworking, Retrospective

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… Read More »

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

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Liz Elam in Uncategorized

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… Read More »

Why KC?

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Liz Elam in Community, Uncategorized

As a GCUC participant for the last few years it seemed strange to have attended SXSW without starting with a coworking hangover! This year GCUC has changed months and moved to Kansas City, leaving some folks wondering, “Why KC?” Being a native midwesterner, and admitted lover of Kansas City, I thought I’d try to answer a few of the questions that have popped up. Is Kansas City in Kansas or Missouri? Actually, its both. GCUC will technically be on the… Read More »

Good Coffee is Good, Good Technology is Better: A GCUC ‘14 Workshop

Posted on March 17, 2014 by sundaram in Coworking

Coffee and Wifi. When people talk about what they need/want/expect from coworking the two things that come up first are coffee and Wifi. While both are awesome, one is more critical to the success of a space (no, we don’t mean coffee). And we’re not just talking good internet. Coworking spaces need to offer seamless, easy, consistent technology for their members and managers. It’s about a technology infrastructure that is flexible, smart and sustainable. Easy, right? “Technology makes it possible… Read More »