This week (and last) we saw 5 celebrations, 10 stories, 6 tech updates, 4 market moves and 4 podcast discussions.
Here’s what you may have missed This Week In Coworking…
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🎉 Coworking celebrations.
🎂 Candy Factory‘s coworking journey started 11 years ago.
🎂 Spacecubed turned 9, Perch Coworking turned 7 and ProjectY Cowork turned 5!
🆕 tuesday coworking announced a new space in Wilmersdorf
📰 Coworking updates.
📝 Can content generate coworking leads?
Cat Johnson shares 5 insights into how content marketing can help coworking spaces generate leads, and the only ‘catch’ with it.
🏬 Coworking + Apartment buildings?
The New York Times shares the growing trend of apartment buildings bringing flexible workspaces into their offerings as a tenant common area amenity.
💳 Amex adds complimentary coworking access.
TPG shares an overview of how Amex card holders can grab a 60-day complimentary trial of ONDA, which allows members to use coworking spaces and membership clubs in their network up to 3 times a year.
Given the economic activity generated by folks going into offices, we expect to see even more card providers looking for interesting ways to partner with flex workspace providers.
😓 Should landlords manage, lease or partner for flex offerings?
Kyle Hagerty shares a piece in propmodo about the challenges for landlords regarding setting up and running flex workspace offerings. It’s a great insight into the benefits of working alongside established and experience operators, even if it’s at a lower portion of the total revenue.
🎒 Ex-WeWork execs launching network ‘work spots’.
In this press release a team of former WeWork execs announce Daybase whose “new model for the hybrid workplace centers on building out a network of professional-grade, on-demand work spots, built close to home in neighborhoods and local communities across the country.”
📈 WeWork occupancy back at 53% with positive retention rate.
Not only is WeWork reporting that their occupancy rate is returning to pre-pandemic times, they’ve also reported that they’re signing up new members faster than existing members are leaving (ie having a positive retention rate %).
Given that these increases are attributed to external trends, a boost in their numbers can also indicate a bump in occupancy and retention of other local and global operators.
💙 A Q&A on coworking for good.
Combining her passions of community building, workspace design and impact, Amy King is on the leading edge of coworking and the future of work with Good Coworking in Dallas.
🍃 On bridging the sustainability gap in CRE.
Written interview with Alex Edds, Director of Innovation at JLL by Melanie Jones a Furniture-as-a-Service activist at CORT. They discuss bridging the sustainability gap between environmental, social and governance.
🤔 What is the European Coworking Assembly?
Ever since I started working with (read: getting support from) the European Coworking Assembly, I’ve frequently been asked what exactly it is. In this blog post Jeannine van der Linden shares a concise overview of an organization that’s driving impact into a variety aspects of coworking across the European continent.
💰 Hybrid space implementation may save a biz 66% over 8 years.
According to a piece in Globe St. on what’s next for flex with Beth Moore and Will Burchfield, Colliers International has helped an enterprise company save approx. 66% over 8 years by implementing a hybrid strategy that comprised of both hub-and-spoke and on-demand space access.
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💻 Coworking technology.
🇮🇳 Upflex aims for 1000 Indian locations through partnership
Upflex has announced a partnership with ANAROCK for their Indian expansion. Together the companies will work with commercial space developers, landlords, corporates, and real estate brokerages to grow Upflex’s footprint to an estimated 1,000 locations across India in the next 12 months
🤓 3 ways tech will differentiate flex space providers
In this recap of OfficeRnD‘s recent FlexForward session Ben Munn, of JLL, shares three ways that technology can help give flex space operators a competitive advantage as compared to the traditional office sector.
“Volume of inquires, volume of customer engagements, volume of touchpoint – whether thats requesting services, booking a space, choosing what and why and when I buy. These touchpoint are in the thousands on a daily basis for flex operators, as opposed to traditional lease management when the operator traditionally takes a back seat.”
👨💼 andcards adds visitor management offering
The andcards team announced a fully integrated visitor management implementation allowing for quick check ins and outs of guests.
📲 Deskpass expands to St. Louis
Deskpass has announced a new city launch with 9 new locations added to their desk booking app in St. Louis, MO.
🛫 Corporate travel management co. adds workspace bookings.
Reed & Mackay adds direct meeting booking capability via white-labelled Meetingsbooker solution
☁️ What are the most important technologies in proptech?
Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative (through a partnership with Crunchbase and Unissu) shared a report identifying the key technologies in the network of PropTech business applications.
🤝 Coworking market moves.
🇬🇧 Google closing London Campus
One of London’s early startup ecosystem hubs is closing as Google focusses on other ways they can support the regions startups. “Our work at Google for Startups has never been about the building, it’s always been about *what* we’re building.”
The thread also highlights the immense impact this hub had on local entrepreneurship with members raising $1.8B+, creating 11k+ jobs, hosted 1k+ events all whilst training 27k+ founders.
👑 Dreamplex becoming largest flex space provider in Vietnam
Daan van Rossum shares a post on LinkedIn on his thoughts that flex spaces together can revolutionize how workspace is found, access and utilized. But what caught my attention is that whilst WeWork is closing 6.8k sqm in the region, Dreamplex is adding 18k sqm to their local footprint.
💰 MetaProp closes $100M proptech fund.
MetaProp, the New York-based PropTech venture capital firm, today announced the closing of its latest real estate technology seed fund. The oversubscribed $100 million fund is more than 2.5x the size of MetaProp’s second fund, which closed at $40 million in 2018.
🧾 Yardi aquires Bristol-based proptech developer Forge
Yardi has announced the acquisition of Forge, a Bristol, UK based software company that specializes in visitor management and smart access control for real estate assets including, office, retail, industrial, flexible workspace and the education sector.
🎙 Coworking conversations.
Angie O’Grady and Liz Elam talk about becoming a maven in recruiting for the coworking/flexible workspace industry.
Jamie Russo and Taylor Mason chat about the value of content marketing for coworking spaces.
Bernie Mitchell chats with Tash Thomas about what Pride means to the coworking community.
Kate Bally discusses the quickly changing legal landscape around a post-pandemic return to the office and what employers can do as they and their employees navigate this dynamic world.