Co-working Take

Co-working is an amazing opportunity for the isolated to become connected live and in person.  Today, I am part of more yahoo and google groups then I can imagine.  Between entrepreneurship, being a mommy, and co-working there are numerous groups to join.  It is overwhelming at times and inspiring to read it all.

What I love, though, is to see these groups get together in person.  At Cubes&Crayons (www.cubesandcrayons.com) we have co-working but we also provide onsite childcare for those who need it.  So, we have the co-worker who just wants to get something done and meet other people and we have the people trying to manage parenthood and work coming in to work and network with those in a similar position.  It is great to see these people connect in person.

We all talk online to meet like minded all over the globe, but you can’t beet that personal connection.  As they sit with a cup of coffee in the lounge and share business ideas, that sense of community is building.  I love it!  I am there every day doing just that.  And as the owner/founder of Cubes&Crayons, I get the unique satisfaction of being a part of making that growth happen by having a site in which people can connect.  In my opinion, the online world will never quite compare with the face to face interaction.

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  2. felcityatcubes Says:

    CO-WORKING WITH A TWIST

    Cubes&Crayons, my brain child (www.cubesandcrayons.com), launched a little over a month ago and is essentially co-working with a twist. While we offer a fantastic co-working environment (lots of different offices and places to work, a lounge, kitchen, library and conference room), we also have childcare onsite and down the hall for those who need a place for the little ones while they work. You drop off your kid, walk 5 seconds to an office and are blissfully at work. The children don’t disrupt the work, co-workers get all the great benefits of co-working whether they are parents are not. It has been absolutely amazing to see people enjoying this vision. I have met great people online and in person and am loving the adventure of it all.

    Our first campus is in downtown Menlo Park which is great for work and to grab food or do a little shopping. We don’t have as many just straight co-workers i.e. sans little ones as I would like, but I guess that takes time. I am still working on reaching that community in the Silicon Valley. I know they can’t possibly all be sitting up in SF. Comments always appreciated on this…

    So, this is the first of what looks to be a long and heartfelt blog. My six month old daughter is snoring on my lap as I write this and I wonder what she will think of all this as she grows up. Will co-working be the norm and not the exception by the time she and her 2 1/2 year old sister are in the work world. I hope so. Keep you posted on all…

    All the best,
    M. Felicity Chapman
    http://www.cubesandcrayons.com

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