Cowork Rochester

Have You Been?

Posted in coworking, facilities by Erik on September 13, 2012


It’s been a while since this blog was updated and the primary reason for that is that co-working is HERE! If you’ve not heard of the Cube yet, you should come check it out.

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Coming Soon!

Posted in coworking, facilities by Erik on February 1, 2011

We’re very excited to announce that we’re in the final stages of arranging for a coworking location in downtown Rochester! After a year of talking to anyone who would listen about the idea; a landlord who has the foresight and vision to take a chance on the idea has been found! We checked out the space late last week. With a little TLC it will make a great home for coworking. It’s all moving very quickly and we expect to open later this month!

Please contact me at @giberti or @coworkrochester for more details. Thank you all for your continued patience. See you soon!

Another CoCo?

Posted in facilities by Erik on May 13, 2010

We heard that CoCo was looking for a space in Minneapolis, but in Oklahoma too? Okay, so not really the same guys, but definitely another coworking space is opening up in Oklahoma City (OK) and we wish them the best of luck.

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Coworking in the Other Rochester

Posted in coworking, facilities by Erik on May 5, 2010

Coworking Rochester‘s (NY) story was written up in a recent Democrat and Chronicle article. Congratulations to David Moffitt on his success with his coworking space. Rochester, NY serves an estimated population of 206K, putting it as the 99th largest city in the US, whereas Rochester, MN is just recently made the list at 271st with 100K people. It remains unclear if the population is sufficiently large and diverse enough to support a dedicated coworking facility in Rochester, MN.

I suspect that one permanent coworking / shared office type facility is sustainable per 100K people in markets with a diverse workforce and that one facility is sustainable per 200K people in markets lacking diversity. While Rochester may be too small for a dedicated coworking location today, it’s clear that some type of coworking arrangement, perhaps using the Jelly model would be sustainable here now.

What Will Coworking Provide Rochester?

Posted in coworking, facilities by Erik on April 22, 2010

A recent WORK.LIFE column by Liz Kofman and Astri von Arbin Ahlander on True/Slant got into some of the unclear particulars of coworking. This made me think it’s time to focus the conversation of what coworking in Rochester, MN would look like because it does differ from place to place and to serve the community it should come from this community.

I would like to see coworking in Rochester provide:

  1. A space that is fiscally sustainable.
  2. A community for creative and technical people.
  3. An office location where independents, telecommuters and virtual firms can share resources.
  4. A venue where local user groups could congregate for monthly meetings.
  5. A casual work environment.
  6. An off-site meeting location for local businesses.

What would you like to see?

Incubator Style Coworking Space

Posted in coworking, facilities, shared office by Erik on March 17, 2010

WebWorkerDaily toured CoLab, an Orlando, FL coworking space and posted insight into how coworking is working in a larger city. The space is primarily being used as an incubator style / shared office configuration instead of a solo-worker destination.

The coworking common area at CoLab is definitely underutilized. It was virtually deserted on the Monday afternoon that I visited, although I was told a few members use it on a regular basis. This is likely because CoLab’s suites are so affordable that they are packed to the rafters with small businesses.

Another reason for the lack of utilization may be due to the variety of options available to solo workers in Orlando.  In some locations where there is an existing culture of web-based entrepreneurs a larger number of startups an incubator style startup may work. In fact, this is a major benefit to any bio-technology firm considering involvement in the Pine Island Elk Run Biotech Park or even the Minnesota BioBusiness Center. However, for internet professionals, the demand for this type of space doesn’t appear to be there and downtown would be better served by a more traditional open coworking facility.

Workspace Options in Rochester

Posted in facilities by Erik on March 15, 2010

While these are not coworking, there are a number of places in Rochester where freelancers can get work done outside of their home. These locations offer WiFi and a place to sit and are open to the public.

  • Apache Mall Food Court
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Mayo Clinic (Gonda Building)
  • Panera Bread
  • Peace Plaza (Seasonal)
  • Rochester Public Library
  • Starbucks

Any others that people like and use regularly?

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Coworking at the 3rd Place

Posted in cowork, facilities by Erik on March 12, 2010

Today I coworked from The 3rd Place a facility in St. Paul (MN). This is the second coworking facility I’ve been able to visit. I won’t bother comparing them for everyone. Instead, I encourage you take a look at both locations, spend a day or two coworking at each, and decide which is the best fit for you. Remember, the first day is free at both.

I do, however, want to share a big thank you to Monkey Island and the crew who run The 3rd Place for everything. A massive thank you to Josh Becerra for taking the time to share his ideas on evolving coworking and his input into some next steps for Rochester. Last but not least, thank you to  Ernest Grumbles for presenting an excellent IP Secrecy and Collaboration presentation. Ernest, I’ll be sharing as many trade secrets as possible about coworking in Rochester as possible. 😀

CoCo West

Posted in facilities by Erik on February 23, 2010

Wow! CoCo (MN) is looking for a second location in Minneapolis! Don Ball and Kyle Coolbroth are really rocking the coworking scene in the cities. If you are often in the cities and looking for a facility there, be sure to weigh in on the location selection poll. Keep up the good work guys!

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