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Starting a coworking space? Plan to avoid the Red Zone, and save yourself a lot of trouble!

To get a new space open, you need to do probably at least several thousand different things. No matter what you do, you’re not going to get to all of them, and you’re not going to get them all right. It’s amazing how much leeway you get, actually. I realized, having built a business from scratch, just how many things … Read More


Coworking Business Model Template

Hard to believe as it may be, the coworking industry is growing fast without there being a lot of commonly accepted business models for it. On its own, coworking actually doesn’t work all that well as a business, unless you approach it in one of a handful of ways that have proven to be effective. If you rush into building … Read More


Positive Platforms

A concept promoted by the Institute for the Future, Positive Platforms are described as follows: The design of “Positive Platforms” — platforms that not only maximize profits for their owners but also provide dignified and sustainable livelihoods for those who work on them, plus enrich society as a whole — is one of the most urgent tasks we are facing today. – “Design It … Read More


Disconnect to Reconnect: A simple way to rekindle bonds in your community

This is a preview of my Organizer Powerups series! For 6 weeks, I’ll send you an exercise pulled from the Ultimate Coworking Toolkit. If you enjoy what you see below, subscribe here to get the full series! And if you’re looking for resources to help you honor and embody your fullest Self, my partner Amy is creating a series of free resources just for … Read More


Why did NWC close its coworking space, and what’s next? A retrospective.

We closed our coworking space just over a year ago, but people are still asking about why we did. Peter (my partner) and I just didn’t want to keep running a space anymore. We’d been in the business 7+ years and had never managed to turn it into something that was really supporting us more than just getting by, and we … Read More


Organizer’s Mindset

As opposed to the Space Owner’s Mindset… Space Owner’s Mindset success metrics: Revenue from renting out space. The space owner is only happy when things happen in their space. Everything that happens outside the space is either a marketing opportunity, competition, or irrelevant. The space owner is inclined toward xenophobia, concerned with how their community fits into the wider landscape only insofar … Read More


How to plan for space utilization?

I recently got this question: I’m trying to figure out how many seats I would have for open coworking. I’d plan to dedicate some of the space to desks and tables and a portion to more casual couch areas and seats at a bar or round table. Do you think I can count the latter (couches, bar, etc) toward my … Read More


That time I met Mark Zuckerberg, and the guy I liked better.

Consider reading the previous chapter, My first Meetup, or: How I made my first friends in NYC To be notified about the next chapter, subscribe here! After my life-changing initial experience, I’d resolved to attend every Jelly I could. I couldn’t make all of them, but I was there often enough to become a staple. I was also enamored with the five bedroom apartment, dubbed … Read More


My first Meetup, or: How I made my first friends in NYC

Consider reading the previous chapter, My first day coworking: a moment that changed my life forever. To be notified about the next chapter, subscribe here! Around the same time I discovered Jelly, I also discovered a site called Meetup.com. As its name implies, Meetup lets people host local gatherings around a particular interest, so people who share that interest could find each other and connect. … Read More


My first day coworking: A moment that changed my life forever

March of 2007, Long Island, NY, Age 22 I thought I’d invented something new. I was standing around the kitchen table at my parents’ home, where I’d just completed my quintessentially Millennial boomerang by calling it home again after college. We were brainstorming about the paradox of working from home versus working for someone else in an office. The idea … Read More