Most coworking spaces are operated as second businesses of small business owners and entrepreneurs who sought shared workspace of their own. Due to the varying different types of spaces out there, all designed and operated in different ways, it appears no two spaces utilize the same exact software tools - except a few. Deskmag asked operators which online tools they used to manage their operations most efficiently. While there was an expectation for a variety of answers, we were quite impressed to have received the names of more than 400 tools. The 20 most popular ones we've summarised into a word cloud. In addition to the data visualization, we’ve sorted the top hundred or so into a list.
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. With the ability to download your favorite albums in virtually minutes (for free) online, musicians have had to find alternative ways to make a living. Professionals in the music industry often turn to crowd-sourcing as a means of funding their work, but remain unsuccessful, as profitable campaigns are often dependent on a strong supportive community. But how do you build a community outside of the various social-media platforms that you depend on for promotion? Well, that's where coworking comes in...
This year’s forecast and trends of the coworking market doesn’t differ strongly from past years according to new results of the Global Coworking Survey. While the coworking industry might have had some stormy and less than desirable market conditions in 2015 with increased real estate prices and challenges in growing awareness, those phenomena don’t have a negative impact on the global development in general, at least not more than in the past. This is the year we’ll see over 10,000 coworking spaces open by the end of 2016.
Hackathons. What comes to mind is the image of a bunch of sleep deprived programmers huddled over their laptops frantically working for 48 hours to come up with the next big innovation. More often than not, this is an accurate picture. But after a recent Hackathon we attended in Austria, What The Hack?, which brought together participants from 6 different countries and 6 different coworking networks, we saw an incredible potential for utilizing hackathons, or similar events, as a way to enable cross-border collaboration
More and more people are rejecting the 9 to 5 workday and defining themselves as self-employed. Employees all over the world are packing up their cubicles and moving into coworking spaces where they can focus on their passions and interests rather than simply trying to meet weekly targets and sit in meetings. One of the coolest and most enviable professions to emerge from the freelance movement is travel blogging.
A big coworking event can create new connections and ideas. It's usually a melting spot of knowledge and fun. But it also includes an incredible workload for the organizers. Locations need to be found, topics have to be set-up, speakers to be organized, potential attendees to be informed, sponsors to be convinced... What you can experience within two or three days, is usually a product of months of preparation. However, there are already many coworking events which can be announced for this year. Here's brief overview.
Those who are not familiar with United States geography might have never heard of Rhode Island. The smallest state in the country is often confused with Long Island, which is in New York, or tends to conjure up an image of some sleepy little New England town that you might have seen once on a postcard. Yet in reality, Providence is one of the liveliest creative hubs in the country, and the little city's coworking scene is on the rise!