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2016 Coworking Forecast

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.

  • First Results Of The New Global Coworking Survey

    During the annual Coworking Europe Conference in Milan, the first round of results taken from the most recent Global Coworking Survey were presented to eager attendees. The number of coworking spaces has grown by 36% worldwide at around 7,800. The survey also showed that current spaces serve, on average, a third more members than they did just two years ago. Yet, surprisingly, the increase in members has not led to a more isolated work environment.

  • The Growth of 'Coworking' on Google & Wikipedia

    Where and how often do people search online for 'Coworking'? Do they write it with or without a hyphen? Has the new style of work affected the popularity of 'home offices'? Google and Wikipedia offer daily data about their search volumes and requests. Deskmag worked its way through this data and extracted some answers about these and other questions.

  • The Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2015

    The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015. While each is important and powerful on its own – and both have been listed individually multiple times in our top 10 lists from prior years - their growing convergence is amplifying their impact and fundamentally altering how business is done.

  • The Fascination of Coworking - New Study Released

    The fact that most coworking spaces are somewhat "cool" is probably the reason that most people become exposed to them. But - what is it exactly that has created the fascination that many have with coworking? What do coworking spaces have to do to be seen as attractive? How should one respond to the pull that coworking apparently triggers for conventional companies?

  • The Coworking Community Expands with NewWorker Magazine

    Coworking is all about community. Individual coworkers tend not to be focused on the money or the fame (but it doesn’t hurt if that happens, too) but are focused on the improvement of the workforce and the wellbeing of community members. As the movement grows, it is important to keep your eye out for those who are pushing things forward and fellow coworker and founder of NewWorker Magazine, Melissa Mesku, is doing just that.

  • Takeoff & Find Your Way To GCUC 2014

    One of the hardest parts about organizing a conference for a bunch of bright, motivated and savvy Entrepreneurs is that you need to pick some overall themes. Last year we went to the European Coworking Conference to participate and to observe. In an Unconference session we learned that the main suggestion for improving Coworking Conferences was to make it more like Coworking and less like a conference. Duh. Seems so obvious but we had never thought of it.

  • 4th Global Coworking Survey started

    Deskmag’s Global Coworking Survey is now online. For the fourth year running, we examine the conditions of coworking spaces, its users, operators and potential members. The survey can be taken by coworkers, non-coworkers, and space operators alike. Last year, Deskmag collected data from over 2,000 respondents, making it the world’s largest survey dedicated to coworking.

  • The new Deskmag will come... but only with your support.

    Deskmag has covered the worldwide coworking movement for over three years. During this time, we have published more than 800 articles about the development of coworking spaces. Unfortunately, we have reached our limit and we are now asking for your support to help Deskmag live on. With your we will produce the next Global Coworking Survey and introduce a set of new tools to the Deskmag website, based on numerous requests from our readers. Our incentives will allow us to focus more on our favorite topic: coworking.

  • 319 Scholes Opens Coworking Space For Artists

    319 Scholes, a multidisciplinary space in New York City that hosts workshops, live performance and group exhibitions, examines the bridge between technology and art. Offering artists access to workshops, tools and space, 319 Scholes is now opening a coworking space that offers multiple membership that will feed the collaborative spirit even more.

  • Coshare - The 1st Coworking Association in the US

    The concept of forming an official coworking association to collectively represent the movement has been floated in the past, but was met with some resistance. Today, there a lot of local associations, and some national coworking organizations such as the Italian CowoProject or CoworkingCroatia. This month, they have been joined by a new buddy: the 1st coworking association in the US. CoShare will promote and support the movement in the world's biggest coworking country.

  • The 1st Health Insurance Plan For Coworking Spaces

    Bring a group of independent workers, freelancers and entrepreneurs together and ask them to identify one of the biggest drawbacks to “working for themselves” and pretty quickly the conversation will turn to Health Insurance. While most independent workers value the flexibility that their chosen work style provides, traditionally the high price of extended health benefits has been a real financial barrier to most.

  • Deadline Extended for Global Coworking Conference Host City Bids

    With its roots at the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX dating back to 2007, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) attracted over 300 people from eleven countries in 2013 and is seeking bids for a new city to host the 2014 event. The deadline for proposals is now extended to Friday, August 2.

  • Investor drives Deskwanted into insolvency - Criminal filed

    Deskwanted requested to open a series of insolvency proceedings. Since January, the company's investor has refused to provide payment from the budget that was previously agreed upon. Instead, they have continuously tried to bring Deskwanted into debt. In addition, they refused to hand over Deskwanted's belongings, which were left behind. For these reasons, Deskwanted has recently filed a criminal complaint against the CEOs of Immobilien Scout GmbH, a subsidiary company of Deutsche Telekom, also known as T-Mobile in many countries.

  • LiquidSpace Receives Additional Funding of US$ 1.3 Million

    LiquidSpace, the web and mobile platform, which aims to facilitate the process of finding on-demand work and meeting spaces in the US, received US$ 1.3 million in additional funding this week. The money will be added on to the US $11 million in funding raised since 2010. According to the company, the support comes from two new strategic investors—Steelcase and the CBRE Group, two bigger companies that are also involved in the workspace industry.

  • The differences between work cultures found in eleven countries

    Cultural differences have been a major challenge for many workspaces, especially those that are welcoming a variety of different nationalities. We all work differently and our professional expectations, as well as our cultural values, highly influence the way our workspace is designed. In a new issue of the research paper 360°, Steelcase has addressed these challenges by mapping the different work cultures found in 11 different countries.

  • 4.5 New Coworking Spaces Per Work Day

    More than 110,000 people currently work in one of the nearly 2,500 coworking spaces available worldwide. Compared to last year, there are now 83% more coworking spaces that serve a total of 117% more members! Considering only workdays, we see 4.5 new coworking spaces have emerged daily for the past twelve months. During the same time, the number of coworking members increased, on average, by 245 people each work day.

  • Entrepreneur + Others + Space = Engagement?

    Is entrepreneur’s engagement boosted by social support? How is it possible that coworkers develop so many new creative ideas in Coworking Spaces? What makes them successful in implementing these ideas in start ups? A research project tries to find out, and you can take part in.

  • The Coworking Forecast 2013

    The diversity of the coworking movement is growing and with it a variety of coworking spaces. We see that more and more members are open to changing their space, so what’s going on with the coworking spaces? Compared with the previous results, they clearly plan on having a lot more members (!) frequent new locations. Fortunately, more competition leads to growth in the collaborative market, not to declining revenues. In fact, 9 out of 10 coworking spaces expect a significant increase in comparison to the previous year.

  • NextSpace Coworking Community Raises New Funding of $825K

    NextSpace, the largest network of coworking spaces in California, has today announced a new funding of US$ 825K. Two years ago, it was the first coworking space to receive a 6digit Dollar funding. They invested the money to open four new coworking spaces. This mission was recently accomplished by opening their sixth coworking space. For the next round of expansion they cooperate with U.S. biggest architecture firm, Gensler.

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