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Encouraging Collaboration with a Startup Environment

Slowly but surely, the startup environment is growing in popularity throughout the business world. From Googleplex to the more modest, unfinished office spaces in Palto Alto, this environment brings a slew of benefits to the company as a whole. However, some businesses may struggle with the balance between productive and creative, and how that fits in with encouraging collaboration effectively.

  • More than a desk: the secrets of building a coworking community

    We are social beings. Even the most shy, introverted web developer needs to venture out of their bedroom into the world once in a while to stay sane. And that’s why most freelancers and solo entrepreneurs end up joining coworking spaces. Here are some tips for building community in a coworking space.

  • The low-down on social media for small businesses

    We all know by now that social media platforms can be a very powerful channel for connecting with customers, raising brand awareness and for generating new business (see how) – so learn how to use them, and use them well! Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube or Pinterest, here are some useful suggestions of when and how to use each channel.

  • 5 tips to build a community for your startup

    At this year's Social Media Week Berlin, HootSuite's community manager Sharif Khalladi shared his company's secrets on how HootSuite quickly built a sustainable community. Since he shared his 'secrets' with a 50-odd person crowd at the Social Media Week business and PR hub, he gave the audience free reign to spread them further. Here are five key ingredients that have contributed to HootSuite’s success.

  • Community-sourced ethos: coworking in practice

    While coworking can be broadly defined by a handful of terms and principles - community, collaboration, and workspace, to name a few - the combination of these values, and the emphasis placed on each, varies from space to space. And as the community evolves, so too will the ethos of a space. Finding an ethos - or set of values - reflective of an ever-changing community is a challenge all coworking space operators face.

  • Take a break - it's good for you!

    The more hours you put in, the better the result right? Wrong. In fact, most people would agree that it’s not the quantity of hours that determines success, it’s the quality of work produced. Long hours don’t necessarily produce the best work. Especially when a project requires inspiration, creativity and high levels of concentration, breaks are a much-needed part of the process.

  • The Art of Brainstorming

    Brainstorming is a widely used, powerful tool for creative problem solving and breaks away from rigid, process-driven thinking. However, there are some important lessons to learn before you dive into your first brainstorming session. Although using colored markers and over-sized pieces of paper can be fun, it’s important to be prepared and organized.

  • The ingredients of successful startups

    Serial entrepreneur and creator of ICQ, Yossi Vardi, knows startups. He became the founding investor of Mirabilis, the creator of ICQ, the first Internet-wide Instant Messaging system which sold to AOL for 400 million dollars just 19 months after it launched. Since then, Vardi has helped build over 70 more tech companies in the software, energy, internet and mobile fields, to name a few, and has a firm grasp on the fluid startup ecology, and what it takes to be successful within it.

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Business Plan

    There are endless articles, guides and websites dedicated to advising entrepreneurs on how to write a solid business plan. But we wanted to hear some real advice first hand, from the people who know it best – the entrepreneurs themselves. We sat down to talk with several young start-ups to gain unique insight into the do’s and don’ts of writing a business plan.

  • Changing coworking spaces?

    For most coworking devotees, advocates and members coworking has changed their lives for the better. While most coworkers remain committed to their coworking spaces, not everyone finds their ideal coworking arrangement on the first try, and not everyone can stay at their preferred coworking space indefinitely. This article offers some ideas on how to tell whether it is time to dig your heels in and fix what is broken or whether it has simply time to move on.

  • What are you worth? A Freelancer's Guide to Pricing.

    So, you have taken a slightly riskier, but potentially more enriching decision to become a freelancer. You have a great skill set and the motivation to make it - but when it comes down to negotiating your contract - how do you know you're getting paid what you're worth?

  • Contracts in Coworking Spaces

    The foundation of all coworking spaces are their community, which are built on the basis of respect and trust. Breaches of trust are thus a rarity in such work spaces, and coworkers sentiments reflect these statistics, with most coworking space members feeling comfortable leaving their belongings unattended. But a coworking space - like any other space - must have rules and regulations to protect the facility and its community.

  • Color as a communication tool for coworking spaces

    Color is a communication tool which also works for coworking spaces. It can stimulate, calm, appetize or depress. Color and decor play important functions in creating an environment conducive to work, but also conducive to communication, and positive thinking. Investing time and energy into the design a workspace that inspires these qualities.

  • 9 Apps to take on Summer Vacations

    Yes, it’s summer. At least in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Thankfully for those of us who aren’t in the warm spots, it’s not hard to travel to different places with more agreeable climates. Here are seven apps that are made for vacationing, that can be used with or without an internet connection.

  • Ambient noise boosts creativity

    One of the common complaints of coworkers, or potential coworkers, is the noise level of a workspace. Noise, we figure, is negative, and distracts us from our tasks at hand. But according to a recent study on the effects of noise on creativity, this element of disruption is not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Community building tips... before opening a space

    While the coworking community as a whole can concede that there is no textbook approach to starting and operating a coworking space, there are several good reasons to start with community. Here are some reasons to why community building pre-opening is a good idea, and nine - sometimes contradictory, but nonetheless insightful - community building strategies which are tried and tested by coworking space operators.

  • Seven tips to help a coworking space run smoothly

    Why aren’t coworking spaces called ‘cohuman spaces’, if it’s all about the people in them? Simply because the space revolves around people’s needs to work - and coworking enables and simplifies the means for people to do so. Here are seven tips to make daily work life in coworking spaces easier and more comfortable.

  • Designing imperfect coworking spaces

    If anything was clear in the last “Coworking Spain Conference” it’s that coworking is not just about work, it’s a lifestyle. Nowadays, when it is so clear that our economic system is no longer sustainable, alternatives must be sought. Coworking, as most will agree, is not about the people who work in it. But how do we create a space that reflects this?

  • Crowdfunding: No funding without a crowd

    The crowdfunding market quadrupled last year alone, where ordinary people found other ordinary people to finance their projects. There is an art to the crowdfunding venture, and as many have already noted, it is not always simple to master. As the name suggests, without a crowd, there is no funding.

  • How does it feel to start coworking?

    Many coworking members join their spaces in Spring, marking the first season of many for most of the freelancers and entrepreneurs who make the switch. But what does that first week feel like? We met Lasse, a Danish expat living in San Francisco who was a newbie to the world of coworking... until he joined his space. Here, Lasse shares his experience of his first week, and offers tips for those who are not yet familiar with the concept.

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