Building Coworking Communities Jonathan Markwell @jot
Who am I?• Software Engineer• 15 years building things with web technologies• Entrepreneur• 5 years building things as an independent worker
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!
Rules? The 5 Ps• Produce• Play nice• Participate• Pay• Party
How it works• Desk and meeting spaces• Members• Events• Volunteers "Captains"• Management "The Admiralty"
Why Im so proud• Home to 10s of businesses and community groups• Hive to 100s of community members• Hub for 1000s of visitors
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
History of The Skiff• University of Sussex • Linden Lab• Sussex Innovation • Inuda Centre • Space• Brighton • SXSW• Open Coffee • WiredSussex• BarCamp • Relocation• The Werks
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
History of the Coworking Movement• 2005 BarCamp & The Hat Factory• 2006 Citizen Space• Now ~400 around the world