Building Coworking Communities

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Jonathan Markwell, founder of The Skiff coworking community in Brighton, UK, introduces coworking at the Viña del Mar, Chile Start-Up Chile Meetup.

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  • Building Coworking Communities

    1. 1. Building Coworking Communities Jonathan Markwell @jot
    2. 2. Who am I?• Software Engineer• 15 years building things with web technologies• Entrepreneur• 5 years building things as an independent worker
    3. 3. Highlights• 1996 built my first website• 2000 built my first web app• 2002 interned at a startup• 2004 American Express• 2005 Enterprisers!• 2006 founded my first company• 2008 founded The Skiff• 2011 Start-Up Chile!
    4. 4. Over 50 apps fororganisations including:
    5. 5. They are not what I am most proud of...
    6. 6. My wife, Anna.And the thing we started...
    7. 7. What is it?• A nice environment for a community of nomadic workers to meet and work in.• People, a place and bare minimum set of rules and resources.
    8. 8. People• Engineers• Writers• Designers• Producers• Journalists• Artists• Entrepreneurs• Almost anyone that is free to work where they please
    9. 9. Place
    10. 10. Resources• Water + tea & coffee• Shelter + heat & light• Toilets• Power• Internet• Desks & Chairs
    11. 11. Rules? The 5 Ps• Produce• Play nice• Participate• Pay• Party
    12. 12. How it works• Desk and meeting spaces• Members• Events• Volunteers "Captains"• Management "The Admiralty"
    13. 13. Why Im so proud• Home to 10s of businesses and community groups• Hive to 100s of community members• Hub for 1000s of visitors
    14. 14. Community Groups• Async.js • Brighton Python Users Group • DevNest• BarCampBrighton • Brighton Robotics • dotBrighton• Brighton ALT.NET • Brighton Ruby Users Group • Five Pound App• Brighton Creative Writing • Brighton System Administrators • Functional Brighton Sessions & Network Engineers • Institution of Engineering• Brighton Drupal Meetup • Brighton Tuttle and Technology• Brighton Future of News • BootCycle • MobileCamp Brighton Group • BuildBrighton • Rewired State• Brighton iPhone Creators • UX Brighton
    15. 15. History of The Skiff• University of Sussex • Linden Lab• Sussex Innovation • Inuda Centre • Space• Brighton • SXSW• Open Coffee • WiredSussex• BarCamp • Relocation• The Werks
    16. 16. Coworking“When I started coworking and created the term I very consciously dropped the hyphen. My intention is forcoworking to be closer to the word collaboration, which does not have a hyphen, rather than co-worker. I also wanted the term to feel informal, and a dash in coworking felt awkward and difficult to type.” -Brad Neuberg, creator of coworking
    17. 17. History of the Coworking Movement• 2005 BarCamp & The Hat Factory• 2006 Citizen Space• Now ~400 around the world
    18. 18. Collaboration The input and an output
    19. 19. OpennessFreedom, forkability & interoperability
    20. 20. Community People not space
    21. 21. Accessibility Self selection
    22. 22. Sustainability Staying alive
    23. 23. Questions? jon@inuda.com @jot on Twitter
    24. 24. Coworking Viña• Step 1: Who’s interested?• Step 2: Lets try it for a day.• Step 3: Lets keep trying it until there are so many of us we need our own space.
    25. 25. Recommended• Coworking.com• Alex Hillman’s Coworking Workshop: • https://indyhall.stagehq.com/events/1048• The Lean Startup: • http://theleanstartup.com/• Founders at Work: • http://www.foundersatwork.com/• Paul Graham Essays: • http://paulgraham.com/• Hacker News • http://news.ycombinator.com

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