There is a new trend in workspaces for startups and companies that do not need dedicated space. The emphasis is on shared space, and a community of designers, coders and entrepreneurs. These futuristic workers can learn from each other, teach each other, and share a journey that is more personal than just working from home.
In Chicago, there is 1871: “a co-working center for digital startups. Located in the famed Merchandise Mart, the 50,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with affordable workspace and access to mentors, programming, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.”
In NYC, there is Grind: “A members-only workspace and community dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of working the old way and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine.”
The barriers to entry are coming down for the execution of new ideas. This is an exciting time to be an entrepreneur. More connectivity. More information. Lower barriers to entry with regards to start-up costs, communications, advertising. Consumers are (basically) all online.
This is liberating. The most entrepreneurial nation in history is the USA. The worker is more free. And the consumer is better served.
And at Grind, you get free Intelligentsia coffee.