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Coworking is a way for multiple people or companies to share a space to maximize collaboration and reduce costs. For some it’s a chance to get out of the house and actually be able to work with others. We’ve written about coworking before including a look at potential corporate coworking. I had dinner with Alex Hillman last week and he said that Indy Hall (he’s the founder) is going great.
There’s been talk of a coworking space opening up in NYC at some point. Tony Bacigalupo has been very involved in the discussions and is helping to lead the charge.
Another type of coworking, what I am calling social coworking, is also starting to pick up steam across the country. A group called Jelly, has social coworking in about 20+ cities and has been covered by major newspapers and TV stations. The founders explain Jelly as, "Jelly started in NYC in February of 2006 when roommates Amit and Luke realized that they loved working from home, but they missed the creative brainstorming, sharing, and camaraderie of a traditional office. So they started inviting friends to come work from their home one day a week. They soon found that working in close proximity to new and interesting people every couple weeks resulted in new ideas and interesting conversations."
Another coworking fan Nate Westhimer shared an interview Current completed with Tony. Tony shares where Jelly comes from, how the model works and why it’s so popular. NY-based 10ton produced the video. I have embedded the interview below.
What I would be interested in is learning about the productivity at a social coworking location. Do the individuals get less, more or the same amount of work done if they were in their own location or a coffee shop? Do they walk away from the day with more potential paying gigs?