This week we share tips on fundraising, a clever video on how the office has changed, impacting mental health, rooms to work from, what employees think of remote work and a whole raft of tech updates and deals.
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📰 Coworking updates.
💸 6 tips for unlaunched coworking spaces looking to raise funding.
Jamie Dundas, of Monday Works, shares 6 tips on what aspiring workspace operators should be showing to investors if they aim to raise capital to launch a new coworking space.
📹 Clever video shows how new reality demands a new office space.
Always love seeing the clever and creative ways that brands show the benefits of flex workspace. In this video, Mindspace UK nails the benefits in a quick, impressive and eye-catching way.
🤗 The impact of coworking on members’ mental health.
Anne Rice, of Blue House Wellness, contributes into the 4th segment of the Atlanta Coworking Alliance‘s series on the local impact of coworking. This post shares 3 benefits, from a mental health therapist, that collaborative spaces have on their members’ wellbeing.
🍫 Nestlé pushes IWG new member count over 500k in 2021.
In a recent release, IWG shared that they’ve recently signed a workspace-access deal in the Chinese market with food & bev. giant Nestlé. This follows recent deals announced with NTT & Standard Chartered, pushing their new member count to half a million users in 2021 so far. A rising tide, or huge risk as the global firm expands into secondary and suburban markets?
🇫🇷 Even more French hotel rooms converted into flex workspaces.
WOJO shared that they’ve converted even more of Accor Group‘s hotel rooms into flex workspaces across Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Toulouse. This follows the undercurrent trend we’re seeing where underutilized non-work space is being transformed into temporary flex workspace.
📜 Legal firm summarizes benefits of management agreements
Hugo Brown from Boodle Hatfield shares a blog post with landlords, touching on the benefits in partnering with experience flex space operators, drawing on parallels to the hotel industry.
🇬🇧 Nearly 40% of UK employees are back in the office 4 or 5 days.
Mindspace coordinated some research into employees’ concerns around hybrid work. Whilst 39% of the 2000+ UK workers polled are keen to embrace a hybrid approach, 27% expressed concerns around changing office environments, 26% felt those going in every day would be favored by colleagues, and 19% were concerned about no longer having a dedicated office space.
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💻 Coworking technology.
✋ Adding pronouns onto member profiles.
Whilst not really a huge technical change, Cobot‘s focus on vocally making their platform (and the spaces they power) more inclusive is worth noting.
📲 PopDesk brings by-the-day bookings to 10th city.
The recent launch of PopDesk in Austin and Dallas, brings their by-the-day booking app to 50 locations across 10 cities in 5 states.
📲 New ‘airbnb-for-flex’ app launches in UK.
This week we see another new entrant into the increasingly competitive market of workspace discovery and booking platforms. Narau, founded by Daniel Murray, focusses on connecting individuals to workspaces near their homes.
📲 Booking app launches 26th city, Philadelphia.
Deskpass has announced their Philadelphia launch, bringing their total number of cities to 26.
🤝 Coworking market moves.
💰 Corp coworking booking platform closes £3M seed round.
Desana have finally announced their £3M (~$4.12M) seed round as they doubled down on helping staff book space to work inside their employer’s offices or across a network of partnered flex workspaces.
📊 Workspace analytics firm acquires desk booking platform.
Density announced that they’ve acquired Nashi (a system for allocating, managing and reserving desk space) and will become a new offering called Workplace by Density.
🎙 Coworking conversations.
Jamie Russo, Marc Blum and Adam Showalter chat about what went down, and how they recovered, when their coworking-operating tenant filed for bankruptcy just 6 months after moving in.
Bernie Mitchell chats with Alice Fung about what flex workspaces on the high street (aka retail centers of towns/cities).
Sam Rosen chats about Deskpass, coworking and more on the Work Inspired podcast.