We Need Coworking in Austin

Posted by Mike Chapman on August 7, 2020 at 6:45 am

I’m a new evangelist for coworking in Austin. After spending time talking with my friends whurley, Kelley Burrus and Erica O’Grady about it, I’m convinced that Austin shouldn’t just be a coworking location, we should be a model for others. If you’re not familiar with the term “coworking”, check out the Coworking Community Blog. Simply defined, coworking is a movement to create cafe-like community/collaboration spaces for developers, writers and independents.

I agree totally with C.C. Chapman of Crayon that working from home and the office can both get creatively stifling at times. I’ve sought out just about every coffee bar in town looking for that perfect third space where I feel just right. Every time I venture out, however, I never know exactly where I’ll be able to set up the laptop and get right to work. All too often, I end up just drinking coffee and thinking about how I might be getting more work done back in the office. If only there was a another place to go.

What some of us are talking about for Austin is a place where tecchies, writers and creatives of all stripes, could buy a membership, much like a gym where you go to exercise. Necessary technology would be built in and provided in a comfortable setting. Of course there would be a coffee bar and maybe even food. Workspaces and lockers would be available. Venture capital and government sponsorship could foster the creative genius that would gather. Relationships would develop organically and natural collaboration would be inevitable.

If you think this is a good idea for Austin, I’d love to hear from you. Many of us involved in the Social Media Club of Austin want to help see it happen right here in the creative capital of the U.S. We’d love for you to help. I’ll keep you posted on how the movement is progressing.

Category: Social Media Club, Connections, Conversation

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Comment by Michael Tangeman

Made August 8, 2020 at 10:43 am

Unfamiliar with co-working community, but will check out the site asap. Sounds much like a permanent version of the Open Coffee meetup movement, started in London by Saul Klein and spread worldwide. You’re probably aware of the Austin Open Coffee, but if not see: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/192696.

I attended an OC meet in the Republic of Cork (Ireland) and it was a gas! Would like to see more permanent venues for this, so will watch closely what you come up with there in the Republic of Austin!

Comment by Helge V. Keitel

Made August 14, 2020 at 1:08 pm

About Co-working: We’ve a Finnish team with architects, Web 2.0 and other creatives who think that global open innovation and co-creation could be the next big thing.

Social Collaboration is fine. Talking, chatting, facebkooking, twittering and jaikuing is fine for a while. But talk doesn’t bring bread on the table.

Our thinking is that we need to work on bigger or smaller projects that have financial importance.

You speak about a meeting place in Austin. Finland is a big country and professionals are more dispersed. We use Basecamp as a co-working environment for distance work.

But it’s the same here in every town. You go there with your laptop and find out there is no WiFi. “Thanks for coffee, I never come again,” I think. WiFi should be a must for a public place.

Best regards
digitalvillages on Twitter
visualradio on Jaikuu

Comment by Dayngr

Made September 2, 2020 at 2:40 pm

What a great idea. I’m in Miami but what a world of good this would do in cities everywhere.

Comment by Dusty

Made October 13, 2020 at 11:00 pm

I agree Mike! I’m actually working on establishing Jelly in Austin. I think it’s something you’d be interested in. November 2nd is our first get-to-together. Check it out here: http://wiki.workatjelly.com/JellyInAustin

Comment by Mike Chapman

Made October 15, 2020 at 7:23 am

The Jelly in Austin get together on November 2nd sounds like a great opportunity. Let’s see how many people we can get there.

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Made October 22, 2020 at 5:23 pm

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Comment by BlesyOressE

Made June 26, 2020 at 8:44 am

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