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How Coworking is Working in Austin Texas

Jul 25, 2008
There is a cafe and coffee shop circuit in every city that serves as the office for many freelancers, entrepreneurs and off-site workers. You've seen them. They are typing away at their laptops with the focused precision of a brain surgeon. When they come up for air they often are ready for their third or fourth round of espresso or a little chat with their neighboring typist. Then, they are desperately searching for an outlet for their rapidly dying battery. What are these people doing? How can they work to the sounds of frothing cappuccinos and pumping music?

These are the people who fall in between. Cubicle city does not work for them. Nine to five makes them squirm. Yet holing away in their lonely home office is about as appealing as the four meeting workday. Excruciating.

When one is an unofficial member of the cafe circuit one sees many of the same people over and over again. Often, due to deadlines, time constraints or other variables, they tend to keep to themselves even though they desire to be around people. Collaborating is not often the focus.

Finding the perfect balance of atmosphere that they crave with the practical aspects like being able to place or take a phone call is tricky. There is a virtuoso's set of criteria that must be in place for something productive to come out of this environment.

That internal struggle and overwhelming desire to be motivated if not inspired by one's working environment and be round people has created a new business model that is being replicated all over the nation.

Coworking is its name. Ithas an additional benefit that takes it to another level. Collaboration with other like minded people. Coworking is not only about the perfect space to work in but it is about the alchemy of combined entrepreneurial pursuits benefiting from open communication with each other. This is an aspect not easily achieved in a hit-or-miss atmosphere like a coffee shop.
There are three spaces slated to open in Austin in 2008.

Launchpad Coworking and Cafe has a crew of dedicated and passionate people designing an environment that may suit a person desiringa well planned and professionally managed community. They are opening in September in downtown Austin.

Conjunctured is a coworking company that focuses on collaborating in a well thought out but slightly less formal space than Launchpad. They are located in Central East Austin in an older bungalow adapted for its use. It maintains an environment more similar to the quirkiness associated with working in a coffee shop. They opened on the first day of July.

Soma Vida strives to be a space with wellness in mind. It is an integrated community that focuses on nurturing and support for each other. It is the only coworking space that offers on site childcare. The coworking space opened also on July 1st. It is located in Central East Austin. Their childcare and yoga facilities are set to open on July 15th.
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Ki is a real estate agent in Austin. His site is focused on Austin Texas real estate and provides a search for Austin homes. His blog is updated monthly and provides statistics on the Austin real estate market.
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