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The future is CoWorking

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Projections show that by the end of 2017, 1.23 million people will choose coworking space over traditional office space. Coworking space in NYC occupies about 9 million square feet, almost 10% of office space in NYC. Venture Capitalists, Wall Street, and major corporations are investing in the coworking trend while Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and major publications are analyzing coworking with the same fervor as opening day games.

Coworking space in NYC, picture is of Workville's loft style area with members workingIn addition to the obvious advantages (flexible lease terms + move-in ready offices) here are the top three reasons everyone is eyeing coworking:      

1. Meaningful Work – Entrepreneurs choose jobs they care about, which explains that electric buzz in the coworking atmosphere.

2. Collegiate environment – With so many intelligent people focusing on different kinds of work, shared offices feel like a top university.

3Collaboration – Because there is a range of companies under one roof, insular office politics and competitions are not relevant – infighting is a thing of the past, or for traditional offices. Members revel in an unspoken code of collaboration and common courtesy.

Workville’s coworking space is the best of NYC because of the talent we attract. We provide the city’s most talented disruptors and thought leaders a productive and friendly space to work. To learn more, signup here for a tour. 

coworking space office at Workville with members standing in it

wall of drones. in our NYC coworking space we know how important technology like drones are for recovery efforts.

Drones do Damage Control

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New York City is no stranger to hurricane disasters. Five years on, much of the City, its residents, and its businesses are still recovering from the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, experts rely on new technology to help rebuild: drones. Here’s how drones expedite recovery efforts, and a list of technology companies affiliated with Workville NYC’s co-working space that can also help.

drone flying in stormy gray sky as example of technology that can make a difference. Workville's NYC coworking space also has technology companies making a difference.

The FAA restricts airspace during natural disasters; drones are an exception to that rule. The FAA authorized 43 organizations in Houston to operate drones, including the following: oil and gas companies, insurance companies, media organizations, railroad, and first responders.

Drones capture a live feed so hazardous damage like collapsed infrastructure or oil and gas leaks can be analyzed from a safe distance, and experts can coordinate a response before ever entering an area. Also, for the first time ever, insurance companies are depending on live drone feeds to properly assess and handle insurance claims.

Last year, the FAA rolled out regulations for drones: drones can’t weigh more than 55 pounds, must stay 400 feet in the air, and cannot fly over densely populated areas. So this is the first time the rules and regulations have really been put to the test. Test passed. Drones are proving instrumental in speeding up recovery efforts.

Gold Sachs bar graph of drone sales projections over 8 years. Technology in NYC coworking spaces is on the rise.

 

Here at Workville, we are awed by the importance of technology in recovery efforts. Below are the companies affiliated with our NYC coworking space that are also  helpful resources:

  1. Telport Ninja – Document your home by filming a virtual tour before the storm hits, in case you need to submit an insurance claim after the storm. (Here’s an example of a virtual tour in our NYC coworking space. It’s a very detailed video experience.)
  2. Rapid SOS – Transformative technology, including wearables, can connect you to first responders and provide helpful direct data links from IoT and connected devices.
  3. Nuzzle – This is a waterproof GPS collar for your pet; the pet’s location is tracked through an app on your phone. Veterinary history can also be synced with the app, which is important for pets that are temporarily in shelters and foster care.
  4. Last but not least, while this is not affiliated with our midtown Manhattan office, we think it’s very important to know. Click here for the official FTC Hurricane guide.  

To learn more about the innovative work happening at Workville, contact us directly or click here for a tour

Has the Garment District gone tech?

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In short, the answer is yes. Our coworking space location is now described as Silicon Alley.  Our Midtown Manhattan neighborhood is experiencing an influx of technology driven companies and fast-casual restaurants. Which is pretty exciting for lunch time breaks – yes please to WitchCraft, Lukes Lobster, Mexique, Sushirito, and the list goes on!

The question remains though, what happened to the Garment District?

Now a coworking space neighborhood, picture from the 1950's Garment District shows two men pulling rolling racks with dresses.According to an article published in Crain’s, “the number of Garment workers has declined by 83% [since 1984],” largely due to the globalization of the marketplace. Fashion companies used to occupy about 1 million square feet of office space in Midtown Manhattan. The fashion industry is feeling the pressure of displacement; their ecosystem depends on designers, wholesalers, showrooms, and buyers working in close proximity. So, the Mayor’s office and Economic Development Corp are planning to recreate a 200,000 square feet Garment District in the Industrial Space of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This is also part of a larger South Brooklyn revitalization plan. We’re willing to bet SoBo will be the new place to know.

Workville's loft style coworking space. Memers working from desks. Every seat is taken. Laptops and books on the tables.

Midtown Manhattan is emerging as the epicenter for disruptors and tech companies because of the central location. It’s an easy commute with easy access to ALL public transportation. This is important for attracting talent from all over. (Brooklyn, New Jersey, Long Island, Harlem, Connecticut, Uptown, Downtown…)

When we first opened Workville in February 2016, we understood the importance of a centrally located coworking space. Location was our foundation for attracting talent. Next, we set-out to foster a welcoming environment for growing startups and thought leaders. The perks of having three terraces and natural sunlight are added bonuses to the member experience.

We’ve quickly become a leading coworking space in NYC, attracting the best-of-the-best. Every day we see the neighborhood around us become better and better too, with Summer Streets on our front stoop, Hudson Yards opening soon, and Bryant Park’s hub of entertainment and pop-up markets.

Want to be a part of the leading community, centered in the hub of disruption and growth? Contact the Workville team at info@Workvillenyc.com to learn more about the best coworking space in NYC.

Workville's coworking terrace. In conversation and one man is looking at his phone. Both men are in early 30's and very hipster looking - one with bear and one with long hair. Table with red chairs in the forefront.

 

Travel to Bali

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Seems like Bali is the place to be these days. In our coworking space everyone’s Instagram reads like an ad for Bali’s exotic landscape and beaches.

Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its offshore setting and sunset backdrops. It has an ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop of trees. This is one of the images frequently seen on Instagram feeds in our coworking space. Read more at: http://www.bali-indonesia.com/magazine/tanah-lot.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

Here’s the tough question though, is the destination worth the travel time? Departing from our midtown Manhattan coworking office, total travel time is around 30 hours! Flights aren’t direct, the best option is a layover in Hong Kong.

An article published earlier this year in Forbes convinced us that YES, those 30 hours are worth the time. Described as experiential and luxurious, 2017 was the first year Forbes Travel Star Awards listed Bali. Tourists describe the experience as “authentic luxury”.

Turquoise map showing where Bali is and the popular travel spots in Indonesia. We are showing the image of the map to help plan our trip from our coworking space.

Hospitality is inherent to the Balinese culture: “[an] ability to read guests, think ahead and anticipate their needs.” Service is gracious, thoughtful, and personalized. Rather than “…just watch[ing] a ceremony, you are welcome to join in…Don’t be surprised if your waiter invites you home to enjoy a family meal or if a driver takes you to his temple ceremony. Openness and sharing is a key part of their culture.”

So, while we love our coworking space in NYC, we are now completely sold on this Bali trend as well. We love the idea of Bali’s open, sharing, hospitality driven culture. Since our team takes pride in creating a professional, friendly, and inspiring environment, we’re thinking the trip can classify as market research. 😉 Now, we just have to look into that airfare…

To learn more about how Workville offers a unique, personal experience in our NYC coworking space contact info@workvillenyc.com and sign-up for a tour!

 

Workville’s President Wins 33 Under 33 Award

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Earlier this month, Worville’s President won a StrtUpBoost 33 Under 33 Award. Congrats, Sue!

The 33 Under 33 Awards serve as an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of some of the best, most innovative individuals currently doing business in the New York City startup space.

Nominations came from members of the startup community, who then voted in 11 different categories: B2B Tech, B2C Tech, Venture Capitalist, Developer/Dev Shop, Fortune 500 & Professionals Integrated with Startup Ecosystem, Social Media, Marketing, Community Organization and Events, and Legal & Accounting.

Workville’s President Sue won in the Community Development category for fearlessly transitioning from a career in fashion to running one of NYC’s greatest coworking spaces and working as an integral force in NYC’s startup community. Sue is committed to helping startups grow their business, network effectively, and develop products to make the world a better place.

Without Sue, Workville would not be the successful ecosystem it is today. At its core, Workville is the warm, hospitable NYC office space that it is because of Sue. We’re so proud of her and the hard work she’s done to grow and develop the coworking community of New York City. Congrats, Sue!

If you’re curious to see how Workville is different than other NYC coworking and office spaces, please schedule a tour and find out!

NY Begins Preparation for 2024 Total Eclipse

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As reported in The Daily News, “this week’s solar eclipse was just a warm up act for the big show seven years from now — and tourism officials are already getting ready.”

That’s right, a total solar eclipse will once again grace North America in 2024, and this time it will pass directly over New York state.

The totality zone of total darkness will cover a wide stretch of New York, from Buffalo through much of the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks. New York City will see 90% of the sun blocked out, compared with 72% of the recent solar eclipse, which brought most of Midtown to a standstill on Monday afternoon.

With just a two-hour drive from NYC to the totality zone on April 8th, 2024, tourism officials are already planning campaigns to intice visitors and logistics to support what may be a massive influx of visitors.

“We can definitely be one of the epicenters of the country,” said Patrick Kaler, President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, which promotes tourism in Western New York. “We are going to do our best to roll out the red carpet to welcome everybody who wants to come.”

Here at Workville NYC Coworking and Office Space, we’re excited to once again watch a solar eclipse from our private terrace on the 28th floor. Certainly, our members were excited to watch the eclipse on Monday.

What other NYC coworking space can offer such prime eclipse views! Workivlle’s midtown office space provides more than just workspace. Workville provides a space to call your own. And just 5-minutes from Penn Station, Times Square, and Bryant Park, our members are in the center of it all. Including the eclipse of 2024. See you then!

Will Robots Take My Job?

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In the age of AI and increasing automation, it’s not outlandish to wonder about job security. Will advancing technologies make your job role obsolete?

Self-driving cars are probably the best example of this. It’s not long until truck drivers, taxi drivers, and chauffeurs are a thing of the past. Perhaps even pilots are in danger of being replaced or automated. In fact, the website WillRobotsTakeMyJob.com lists pilots as having a 55% chance of being replaced by robots. Taxi drivers? That’s a hard 89% for you guys, sorry!

Business Insider, Mashable, and Time have all reported on the accuracy of this website. Really, it’s only a matter of time until the robots and AI are capable of replacing humans in some of these job roles.

Makes you wonder how AI and robots will factory into the NYC coworking space landscape. New York City offers a variety of office space and hospitality that is built upon the human touch. At least that’s how we operate at Workville!

Workville Member Spotlight: Zyp Home Cleaning

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Introducing, one of Workville’s newest members, Zyp home cleaning.

Unlike the other cleaning/task apps out there, Zyp allows you to customize your cleaning service the way you want it; you only pay for what you need to be done. You can book a cleaning for a single room (bathroom, bedroom, or living room) starting at $24.99, up to an entire home cleaning. And quoted rates include all cleaning supplies.

There are customizable options too, for those simple but cumbersome chores like fridge clean-out our hand-washing dishes.

The business model is scalable because Zyp App works well for both the individual and neighborhood alike (whether it be your building or your block). Zypp App works from apartment to apartment, house to house, servicing each customized request.

Hailing from Boston with a stronghold on that market, Zyp is now expanding into NYC.

The founders of Zyp are not only the newest members of Workville, they are also the youngest. At only 23 they have already gone through the Lumos 10-week accelerator.

Book a Zyp home cleaning today and receive 10% off your first cleaning with the referral code: NYCLAUNCH

We’re thrilled to welcome Zyp as a member company to Workville, our Midtown coworking and office space. But it’s much more than just office space. Workville can only be defined by our members. Companies like Zyp, Function of Beauty, and Lampix VR, for example. It’s these companies that make Workville the best NYC coworking space today.

If you’d like to visit the coworking and office space at Workville NYC, please schedule a tour.

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple… Is It Too Late to Invest in Cryptocurrencies?

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When Bitcoin was invited and first premiered in 2010, it’s individual value was less than one cent. Today, a single Bitcoin is worth $2,600. No wonder there are more and more cryptocurrencies coming online.

Ethereum, released just two years ago, has a current value of $20 billion coins in circulation. Ripple, known as XRP, has been around for five years now has increased in value over 3000% this year, according to Business Insider. And there are literally hundreds of other, smaller, lower-value cryptocurrency coins available.

And it seems that millennials, who are perhaps reacting to an untrustable market since 2008’s crash, are opting to invest in cryptocurrency over mutual funds or the stock market. And why not? After all, if you had bought just $100 in BitCoin seven years ago, you’d now have $260,000. If you had purchased $100 of Ethereum in January of this year, you’d now be able to sell for nearly $3,000.

Even Bill Gates supports BitCoin!

So, why not? Why not invest?

Well, there have been some substantial crashes within the BitCoin market. And recently, Ethereum took a dive after false rumors of its founder’s death in a car crash. He’s alive and well.

In China, there’s yet another leader of the cryptocurrency market: Neo, as reported in Inc.

We all know how NYC Coworking Spaces can act like incubators for all sorts of brilliant ideas, ranging from cryptocurrency to transportation solutions, and everything in between. Here at Workville, we aim to support innovation not only through providing professional workspace across two floors but also through our hospitality and network. Every day we have VCs meeting with members, new companies staffing up, and now larger, private office suites for our growing cohort of startups.

But don’t take our word for it, come visit one of NYC’s best coworking spaces for yourself!

Apple’s Redesigned, High-End iPhone: iPhone 8 aka iPhone Pro Has Leaked

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After Apple released firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker, a Brazilian developer named Guilherme Rambo saw an opportunity to dig into the code, and he discovered something he didn’t expect: Apple’s new iPhone.

Publications like CNBC, MacRumors, BGR, and The Verge have all suggested a new iPhone announcement for September. But Rambo’s recent discovery has revealed the most information we have on the new product, straight from Apple itself no less!

What have we to expect from the new iPhone 8?

Well, it seems that there is no longer a home button. Does this mean the death of fingerprint unlocking?

And Rambo’s digging into the code unearthed some script that suggests facial-recognition software. Perhaps we’re moving from fingerprints to faces?

Also, it seems the phone will be bezel-less, like a Samsung phone. It also seems that the new iPhone will use a new battery icon. Does this suggest a new charging mechanism?

In the coworking world, new tech is always exciting! Most members at Workville have followed along with the evolution of the iPhone since its premiere 10 years ago. It’s safe to say that most members at coworking spaces in new york city use iPhones. You’d be hard pressed to visit and office space in midtown Manhattan and see anyone using landlines these days. In fact, it feels outdated even calling these devices “phones,” doesn’t it? Ha!

Isn’t the future grand!?

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