I'm nominating the BuddhaBooth in my coworking space, both for the serenity it's given me, and the added quiet it's brought to our space when folks use it to make personal calls (that are actually personal now!) Founded by Francine Steadman Krulak in 2015, it resides at the Center for Social Innovation. Check it out when you're in the GCUC lounge this week- and vote for a moment of serenity when you need it in the chaos of your coworking space!
Jamie Hodari, CEO and Cofounder at Industrious is not your typical CEO. He's someone that is passionate about giving back to his employees by making Industrious a great place to work and grow. He'll host frequent dinners at his home (with home cooked meals) for employees, thanking them for their hard work and determination. He has blossomed Industrious into a company with now 65 employees and plans to expand Industrious to 30+ locations by the end of 2017.
Mid project/startup spin-up/deadline can be a stressful time for anyone. At BizDojo there are plenty of ways to cope with the stress and anxiety.
You can make best friends with the professional coffee machine so that your veins surge with espresso, and therefore a jittery sense of productivity. Or perhaps you are more of the kind of person that believes in a problem shared is a problem halved, in which case the BizDojo community team (or the person next to you) may hold the solution to your pain-point! A little distraction never hurt anyone, and sometimes a break away from the computer can be a good thing - in which case taking a seat at an event or a learning session may just be the thing you are after. But more often than not the thing that gets you through is four legged, wiggly and up for a cuddle.
As pet friendly spaces the #DogsofDojo are the unsung heroes of life here in Dojo land. There is giant Chico, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Piper the Rotti and even a Bernese Mountain Dog. The O.G office dog however is Tui. No one at BizDojo even owns Tui, we started borrowing her from someone that came in for a meeting one day. Dropped off in the morning, and then picked up at night by her owner - Tui’s main focus for the day is stress relief for the BizDojo residents, and it is a focus that has been picked up by the legion of other dogs that call our spaces home.
The Satellite Sunnyvale is a wonderful place to grab a coffee and work!
* They'll accept your mail + packages
* Super friendly, kind, personable and jovial staff
* 20% off education discount
* Different plans according to your needs or budget. You can get a private office, a dedicated desk, a cafe membership (this means you find an open spot), or just join for the day. You can also get a la carte services, ie rolling filing cabinet, book conference rooms, etc.
* Decent kitchen area
* Clean! This is not your average dingy coworking space with half-empty coffee cups everywhere. An OCD'ers dream! Their cleaning crew is fantastic and keeps the place looking great.
* Relatively quiet; great for concentration & hours of focus. The decibels never get to an obnoxious level.
* Community & holiday events, mainly centered around food 🙂
* Great coworkers including designers, developers, startup teams, founders, authors, creative directors and nice people of all stripes. Just a great place to network and learn from others.
Coworker.com is the world's biggest global platform to connect people with amazing coworking spaces around the world. Over 4000 spaces in 105 countries, in fact! Not only do we help potential new members find and connect with you (either by sending you a message, scheduling a tour, claiming a free day pass, or making a reservation request) with 0% commission and zero fees, we're also the #1 trusted platform for member reviews with almost 10,000 member testimonials & tips for coworking spaces around the world. We also do collaborations with journalists from major media publications like Forbes.com to raise awareness of all the great coworking spaces & communities out there. Yep that's right, we work on your behalf to pitch you to the media and get you onto sites like Forbes! We're much more than a directory. We're a community powered platform created "by coworkers for coworkers". If you don't know the story already, Leanne Beesley created Coworker.com after getting frustrated wasting so much time on Google trying to find the right coworking space when she moved to Hong Kong 2 years ago. Her friend eventually recommended Garage Society to her, which she then visited and loved, but it confused her why there wasn't a "Tripadvisor for coworking spaces" out there. So she decided to build it. And here we are today!
The Women's Business Incubator is the nations first nonprofit coworking space for moms with onsite childcare. The space provides flexible and affordable drop-in preschool, a cowork/coplay space for moms with young children, camps for school age children, AND networking and classes for mompreneurs. This GeekWire article says it all: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/co-working-meets-childcare-new-incubator-aims-support-working-parents.
Here is an excerpt:
Nationwide, moms work part-time in 17 percent of two-parent households and full-time in 52 percent of homes, according to data from the Pew Research Center. But childcare costs can be exorbitant. For a family with an infant and a 4-year-old child, care can cost nearly $23,000 a year in Washington state.
The goal of the Women’s Business Incubator is “to remove the unique challenges that women face in business,” said Eva Monsen, the group’s board president and a data engineering consultant who has worked for multiple tech companies.
So in addition to offering the co-working space and childcare, the organization also hosts events to help women re-enter the workforce after having children, facilitates networking and mentoring opportunities, and supports women interested in starting their own businesses.
A testament to her tenacity and fearlessness, Mara Hauser was once described as a "pitbull." But perhaps she would, indeed, more accurately be described as a rainbow unicorn—there's undeniably a bit of magic involved in her passion: suburban coworking. The challenges of fostering a coworking community in the suburbs is simple: with more real estate available commercially and within people's homes, at a lower cost than in urban markets, workspace is a commodity of which there is a supply that easily surpasses the demand from independent professionals. Therefore, the failure or success of a suburban coworking space rests almost entirely on culture and community building: a task that Mara has dedicated her life to as both a personal calling and a professional journey. She won't take "no" for an answer, and her ability to tirelessly shift and evolve to serve her communities makes Mara the rainbow unicorn of coworking.
Justin Nygren's background in ministry, entrepreneurship and the arts makes him uniquely qualified to ROCK the role of Founder and Relational Architect of The Grove in Dallas. His personality is equal parts low-key cool and sparkly-eyed child wonder when he hears your Big Idea. He has suffered unimaginable setbacks in his life, but continues to push forward with the kind of optimism that inspires all those around him. We love Justin!
The category technically says “a person” but we’d like to go with something that, albeit non-human, has left an indelible mark on the Cogite Coworking Space: the ping-pong table. Located in our designated "no working space," the Cogite ping pong table is almost always occupied by coworkers and visitors alike. But beyond just a place to make new friends, or take a break from a long day at work, Cogite has also established a tradition of “ping pong diplomacy” and has hosted lighthearted games between Cogite members and visitors ranging from student groups and aspiring entrepreneurs, to the Tunisian Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, a Tunisian parliamentarian, and the Ambassador of France! As we work hard to build community and spread the spirit of coworking across Tunisia, the ping pong table has taught us that it is sometimes the smallest details that make a place feel like home and bring us together as a community.