Coworking

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Coworking helps our panelists grow businesses faster while discovering community roots.

Innovation Rising
Community
Center City West
April 2, 2015
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Produced by Joe Taylor Jr.2820 Press production for Benjamin’s Desk TRANSCRIPT: Jeff Bruno:            The co-working space actually has been unbelievable for me. One, it invigorates me from the start because of the activity around here. Two, I form relationships here that have turned into business. Whether it’s directly working with people, and there’s a couple specific people here who I am now working directly with, or whether they’re just, there’s just a great referral network here that develops. Those are indispensable. Adam Glaser:            What I think is exciting about co-working is it’s almost like a crowd funding version of real estate, where a large group of people will have a common interest in a discrete space and we all pay into that. So it’s different than the traditional model, and yet it can work within the traditional model. Mike Maher:            Amongst our team in our company, we’ve actually shifted the verbiage a bit and we’ve talked about this idea of a co-working community. This is very much about a community. This space is very superficial. Yes we want good furniture, we want the best technology, you need fast internet. All that stuff is great. Oh and by the way, we’re at an amazing location at 17th and Walnut, but that’s what I would call like, the foundation of a good co-working space. Dennis Egen:            There’s definitely a pulse here. I was afraid of the cliché co-working space where it’s a bunch of freelancers that maybe work in a garage band or something, and they’re all with the Beats headphones on and nobody talks to each other. This was kind of the opposite of that. Aubrey White:            One of the workers who was here finished his work and came over and said “Hey, can I help?” And I was just blown away by that. So people who don’t have any investment in our business are willing to join in, or are interested in what we are doing and they’re even willing to go file something for us. That’s something that of course you don’t expect but you’re very happy to receive. Hadley Yates:            First of all, in order to be a co-worker, to do freelance, to have the initiative to do a start-up, you, by necessity, have to wear multiple hats. I find that they’re for when you reach out to individuals, both online, who have developed start-ups, and who congregate at activities at places like Benjamin’s Desk, a co-working space. They can give advice that doesn’t pertain to just their own field, and they also have had to survive a certain filtration process that makes them more resilient because they’re capable of wearing multiple hats. Jeff Danziger:            Well first I think it’s awesome that you get to rub up with other entrepreneurial minds. Everyone’s sort of here for the same goal, same purpose. So that’s very cool. It’s kind of a crap shoot, some days it’s so quiet and all you hear is typing, and other days it’s hectic and everyone’s running around like a chicken without a head. It’s a cool environment to soak in. Mike Maher:            The real magic happens among the members. It’s the amazing people that fill the co-working spaces that define it as a community. It’s those personalities, it’s those collisions, it’s the serendipity of bumping into somebody that you didn’t know shared a background with you or hobby that you guys had that is very much aligned. That’s the real beauty of a co-working space. It’s about the people. That’s what I would define as a successful co-working space, a space where members thrive, help each other grow, and come together under one umbrella that just so happens to be a physical space.

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