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16 Takeaways From GCUC Australia

Posted on September 8, 2017 by Stormy McBride in Community, Conference, Coworking, Uncategorized

Nearly 200 coworking space operators, community managers, industry consultants, real estate professionals and vendors gathered in Melbourne for two days of tours, expert panels, open forums and happy hours at the Global Coworking Unconference (GCUC AU) on August 24-25. Conference response was positive and enthusiastic from veterans and newbies alike who came from cities and rural locations in all seven states in Australia, and as far afield as Perth, New Zealand and Tasmania to learn business strategies, share challenges, discover trends, gather… Read More »

Why coworking spaces are the cool new face of hot-desking

Posted on September 7, 2017 by Stormy McBride in Conference, Coworking, Coworking Trends, GCUC 2017

A generational shift is changing worker expectations... Gone are the trestle tables of the struggling start-up or the grey laminex of the soulless business centre. Today, co-working spaces go beyond the office partition and meeting room, and blur the lines between hospitality, university campus and home. In Melbourne, the co-working industry has grown by a staggering 960 per cent in the past three years, according to a recent report by Knight Frank real estate agents. "Everybody is in co-working," says… Read More »

Community, collaboration and of course, coworking: rounding up GCUC AU!

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Stormy McBride in Community, Conference, Coworking, GCUC 2017

  GCUC AU was a blast! We are so thankful for everyone that came out and participated in GCUC Melbourne. In case you missed it, our friends over at Colo have written a quick over view of the take aways. The Future of work:  The day kicked off with a discussion between Liz Elam & Brad Krauskopf around the future of work, chatting about the latest developments in the wonderful world of coworking. While it was established that the need to work alongside others… Read More »

Three Tips for Connecting Your Shared Workspace with Wi-Fi and Cable

Posted on August 23, 2017 by GCUC Intern in Beginnings, Conference, Tech

Check out these three tips for ensuring the best network connectivity within your workspace.   "Among all that you can offer your members, reliable internet is at the summit of the most desirable services. Most members and guests within your workspace will often take it as a given to their membership. To provide internet for your members, there are two methods: cable and wireless. For a complete breakdown on setting up the networking of a shared workspace, check out our… Read More »

There are lots of coworking ‘Flavours’: How to find the one that will satisfy your startup

Posted on August 22, 2017 by GCUC Intern in Coworking, Coworking Trends, GCUC 2017

Startup founders that overlook co-working spaces that aren’t ‘geographically desirable’ might miss out on the ideal work environment, according to Liz Elam, the founder of Link Coworking in Austin, Texas.  Meanwhile, Brad Krauskopf, CEO and Founder of Hub Australia, believes regional and suburban co-working spaces will eventually become the norm. Check out the full article here! Read More »

Rural Coworking – Our Journey

Posted on August 21, 2017 by GCUC Intern in Community, Conference, Coworking, GCUC 2017, Sponsorship

Does being rural change coworking? We opened Cohoots in 2014 in the small Australian town of Castlemaine, population 8000. It was breaking new ground as far as open, independent spaces in rural areas of our state. Despite enormous support and enthusiasm from our community, our first year was very slow. I imagine that many coworking spaces go through the similar experiences of the initial 'wow, I love that idea' to a lack of paid bums on seats - the real… Read More »

I Challenge You

Posted on August 7, 2017 by Stormy McBride in Beginnings, Community, Coworking

I’m writing this because I believe that Coworking can help change the world one human at a time. We can make people less lonely by providing a space for community and connection. Loneliness is at an epidemic level in our society and I believe that Coworking can help. Coworking spaces make people less lonely. In research with Emergent Research and GCUC we found in 2015 that: 83% reported feeling less lonely I feel very passionate that we are in a mental health… Read More »

How Local Coworking Operators Can “Beat” WeWork

Posted on July 26, 2017 by GCUC Intern in Uncategorized

It seems that as the coworking world expands, so does WeWork. How can local spaces compete with corporate business? WUN Systems, a GCUC AU sponsor this year, wrote an article outlining strategies to keep your space competitive. "Coworking will never be a “one size fits all” solution for everybody. Because of this WeWork is trying to differentiate the way they design and operate their spaces to account for this.  One way to leverage your space is to cater to niche… Read More »

Featured Space: York Butter Factory

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Stormy McBride in Community, Coworking, GCUC 2017, Guest Post

We are super excited to be featuring York Butter Factory this week. York Butter Factory took part in the very first GCUC Australia that was held in Sydney in 2015. Check out YBF below! "Established in 2011 inside an 1850s heritage-listed space, York Butter Factory is the destination point and open innovation platform for Australia's most innovative Technology Startups, Corporates, and Early Stage Investors with bold and global ambitions.Our curated open innovation platform focuses on B2B startups in the areas… Read More »