Cowork Rochester

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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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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If You Build It, They Will Come

Posted in coworking by Erik on February 19, 2010

Um, No. Community plays a huge roll in ultimately the determining success or failure of a co-working location. A building, no matter how well located, how cool and how hip can’t hope to succeed unless the community needs it. Brad Neuberg ended up closing his first c0-working facility because “nobody came”, but that is not entirely accurate. Many people did come and his idea spread to other locations. His ideas were remixed, spread and new facilities cropped up all around the country and the world. A community of space catalysts was born.

A post illustrating the differences between temporary and permanent co-working caught my attention today. The author described some of the features of a permanent location and a temporary event like a Jelly. What was missing, however, was the sense of community and collaboration, the human resources, that are present in both models. Anecdotally, I’ve learned that successful co-working facilities have grown out of communities. Both CoCo (MN) and The 3rd Place (MN) both started out as a less formal co-working group that meets regularly in Minneapolis.

In 2009, WebWorkerDaily posted an article about Justifying Coworking as an Investment. It highlights the decision process someone should go through when contemplating wether co-working will be a good fit for them. This paragraph from that article really hits the nail on the head:

If you are looking to build meaningful professional relationships, the kind that can’t come from email exchanges and the occasional lunch, then coworking presents a tangible benefit. If you need your company to have a public face, and one that exists in a brick-and-mortar sense, and you need that consistently, then coworking presents an attractive proposition. If your working hours are interrupted in consistent and unpredictable ways at your home office, damaging your productivity, then coworking could help.

So how might co-working take hold and get started in Rochester and other cities? By forming a community. Over the last few weeks I have learned that there are multiple communities of small firms and solo-workers already in place here in Rochester. I’ll be working to connect with these communities over the coming months.

Hat tip to CoCo for sharing the WebWorkerDaily article.

Casual Collisions at CoCo

Posted in interview, video by Erik on February 6, 2010

This may seem a bit stalkerish, but I love the work Kyle and Don are doing with CoCo (MN) in St. Paul. It’s telling from the beginning of the video that many people don’t understand co-working. I suspect this is true in Rochester as well. In the video, Phil Wilson interviews a number of people and one that really caught my attention was the concept of  “casual collisions.” By intentionally forming a community of creative people, CoCo facilitates these collisions. This idea isn’t really that different than accelerating serendipity, but in a physical space that is open, it is easier to make these connections.

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CoCo and 3rd Place Featured on WCCO

Posted in video by Erik on February 4, 2010

On Monday, WCCO, the local ABC affiliate in the twin cities, did a brief report on CoCoMSP and The 3rd Place about coworking. It briefly touches on the reasons why self-employed individuals are now working from some place other than their home.

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