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!?

Penn Station Repairs Halfway Finished

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Emergency repair work on the tracks and switches at New York’s Pennsylvania Station is more than halfway finished, with 12 of the 20 planned repairs completed, according to data from Amtrak in a report published on Friday.

Of the remaining eight repairs, four are in progress. And all are scheduled to be completed by September 4th, Labor Day.

For the last three weeks, many commuters from Long Island, New Jersey, and elsewhere who commute to Penn Station have been forced to use buses, ferries, and other trains, sometimes all three, to make their way into Manhattan. For some, it’s a joy to ride a boat across the Hudson river. For others, what was originally a calm, 45-minute commute, has become a two-hour journey involving up to four transfers.

But the emergency repair work is coming along and should be completed on schedule.

Many of our member companies here at Workville commute to their office space via Penn Station. Workville’s midtown office location is ideal for commuters. Workville is just blocks from Penn Station, Times Square, Port Authority, as well as 16 MTA train lines. Workville is quite literally in the center of it all!

 

If you’re looking for a convenient office space in NYC, or a coworking space in Midtown, schedule a visit to see what Workville is all about.

Is Your Roomba Spying On You?

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High-end models of Roomba, iRobot’s robotic vacuum, collect data as they clean, identifying the locations of your walls and furniture. This helps them avoid crashing into your couch, but it also creates a map of your home that iRobot is considering selling to Amazon, Apple or Google.

Colin Angle, chief executive of iRobot, told Reuters that a deal could come in the next two years, though iRobot said in a statement on Tuesday: “We have not formed any plans to sell data.”

In the hands of a company like Amazon, Apple or Google, that data could fuel new “smart” home products.

“Just remember that the Roomba knows what room your child is in,” Rhett Jones wrote in Gizmodo. “It’s the one where it bumps into all the toys on the floor.”

Albert Gidari, director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said that if iRobot did sell the data, it would raise a variety of legal questions.

What happens if a Roomba user consents to the data collection and later sells his or her home — especially furnished — and now the buyers of the data have a map of a home that belongs to someone who didn’t consent, Mr. Gidari asked. How long is the data kept? If the house burns down, can the insurance company obtain the data and use it to identify possible causes? Can the police use it after a robbery?

The potential of “smart” tech and data collection is often the topic of discussion at coworking spaces in NYC. At Workville, our private office and coworking members work across a variety of fields and industries but they all have one thing in common: data collection. Whether it’s an email list of newsletter subscribers, a targeted ad campaign on Facebook, or trends in product inventory, every member company at Workville collects and utilizes data. That’s nothing new.

But when we talk about selling that data, like iRobot is discussing, well, that’s a different situation altogether. And as the tech progresses we’ll certainly see more precedents for the legality in that regard.

The Supreme Court has held that Americans have “a reasonable expectation of privacy in your home,” Mr. Gidari said. “Once your home is turned inside out, does that reasonable expectation of privacy dissipate?”

GoDaddy Leads The Battle Against Sexism in Tech

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Reading recent headlines, including high-profile scandals at Uber, one would think the tech world is becoming more and more machismo every day.

But one such company, a purveyor of controversial and scandalous Super Bowl ads, has spent the last few years reconfiguring their approach to advertising as well as their office culture and recruiting processes. GoDaddy, under the helm of chief executive Blake Irving, is practically a different company than it was four years ago. And it has certainly flourished as a result.

Today, GoDaddy is worth over $7 billion.

How did GoDaddy successfully battle sexism and change their company top down?

As reported in the NYT: GoDaddy focused on attacking the small, subtle biases that can influence everything from how executives evaluate employees to how they set salaries.

GoDaddy overhauled its employee evaluation forms, replacing open-ended questions with specific criteria that evaluated employees’ impact, rather than their character. Instead of asking if someone is good at communicating, the new evaluation form asked managers to document instances when an employee shared knowledge with a colleague, or collaborated with a team.

The results?

GoDaddy is now recognized as being among the nation’s top workplaces for women in tech.

Today, almost 25% of GoDaddy’s employees are women, including 21% of its technical staff. In 2016, 50% of new engineers hired were female and 26% of senior leadership are women.

It seems perhaps this could be a signal to other companies looking for change. It’s possible.

After all those Super Bowl ads, who would’ve thought GoDaddy would be a bastion of gender equality!?

New York to Washington in 29 Minutes: Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

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Yesterday morning, Elon Musk tweeted something very interesting, something that may very well change the lives of thousands of commuters and travelers of the Eastern Seaboard.

But what does it really mean?

A statement from the White House reads: “We have had promising conversations to date, are committed to transformative infrastructure projects and believe our greatest solutions have often come from the ingenuity and drive of the private sector.”

Musk elaborated further in following tweets: “City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city,” he wrote.

Current transportation options include driving from Washington to New York (5 hours), Amtrak’s Acela express (3 hours), and a nonstop flight from JFK to DCA (1 hour). Not only will Musk’s Hyperloop cut that time in half but that’s not even considering any transportation time between the airport and your city-center destination?

What does this mean for the startup environment? Certainly more access to markets, clients, opportunity… in regards to NYC coworking spaces, well, there’s an immediate opportunity for startups based in Baltirmore or DC to quickly and easily take office space in midtown manhattan where Workville is located, city center to city center in 29 minutes!

NYC coworking spaces could potentially network with coworking spaces in other cities. Your Workville office and coworking space could be your home base in New York City, while you may still live in D.C.

The future of transportation is coming, and coming quickly. To our followers in Baltimore and D.C., we’ll see you soon!

Disney’s Epcot Redux

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While Epcot was initially conceived by Walt Disney himself as a city called the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,” the Disney company scrapped that plan after his death but kept an educational focus, dividing the park into two main areas, Future World and World Showcase, a constellation of pavilions representing the food, architecture and history of nations like Japan, China, Canada and France.

In 2015, the park hosted about 11.98 million guests, ranking it the third-most-visited theme park in North America and the sixth-most-visited theme park in the world. But lately, that’s just not enough. And Disney is now announced a series of changes and improvements to the theme park.

As the NYT reported: Bob Chapek, the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, hinted last November that major changes were coming to Epcot, which sprawls across 300 acres as part of the four-park Disney World complex near Orlando, Florida. He announced the details for the updates at this weekend’s three-day D23 Expo, a biennial convention for Disney fans.

A major new ride — themed to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the hit Marvel movie series — is planned for Epcot’s front section, where a simulator attraction, Mission: Space, will be updated and expanded. A ride based on the Pixar film “Ratatouille” will be added to the park’s World Showcase area. And Epcot will serve as a stop for a new gondola system called Disney Skyliner connecting various hotels and parks.

Also coming to that resort will be a luxury hotel designed to make guests feel as if they are staying on an actual “Star Wars” starship.

Let’s face it: Epcot is old and outdated. Current rides include slow-moving vehicles that take passengers on extended rides through the history of fossil fuel, oil, natural gas, and coal. Another ride showcases the history of agriculture.

For a theme park whose main facility looks like a spaceship, there is clearly need for a reboot. It seems the plan to improve Epcot is a plan to bring the park into the present era and even the future. Technology, space, and immersive environments are all part of the renovation plans.

Frankly, we’re fans of the international vibe Epcot has offered over the years. But we also understand the need to reboot and improve with consideration to the future. It’s that thought process and design process that informed our decisions regarding our expansion and new customized office space. 

If you come visit, we think you’ll agree. Here at Workville, one of NYC’s Midtown coworking spaces, we’re designing for the future.

You Asked, We Answered: Larger Offices for Growing Companies

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Here at Workville, we’ve been providing coworking and office space in Midtown NYC for over two years now. And the bittersweet feeling of our member companies outgrowing their offices gave us a mission: how can we continue to collaborate with these great companies after they grow to 10, 15, 25 people? They don’t want to leave, they want to keep the perks and benefits Workville offers, but they’re scaling their business and scaling their team. What can we do to help companies in that growth stage of their business?

Workville’s private terrace

Well, you may remember when we announced that Workville is Doubling In Size and Scope, and we’re thrilled to continue this expansion by offering private offices and customized workspaces designed with larger, growing companies in mind.

We are currently building out spaces for our longstanding member companies who are growing and staffing up. And of course members will still have access to our private wrap-around terrace.

If you’re interested in seeing what we’re assembling on our new floor and how we could help your company reach the next level, schedule a tour or call 646-257-5537.

PAIR: the People + AI Research Initiative

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Yesterday, Google announced the People + AI Research initiative (PAIR) which brings together researchers across Google to study and redesign the ways people interact with AI systems. The goal of PAIR is to focus on the “human side” of AI: the relationship between users and technology, the new applications it enables, and how to make it broadly inclusive. The goal isn’t just to publish research; PAIR will also be releasing open source tools for researchers and other experts to use.

“We’re interested in the full spectrum of human interaction with machine intelligence, from supporting engineers to understanding everyday experiences with AI,” reads Google’s PAIR announcement.

PAIR will be led by two experts in data visualization, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, out of Google’s Mountain View-based Google Brain AI research group, where they previously worked mostly on developing tools to let researchers and engineers peek inside the workings of machine learning systems. And MIT and Harvard professors Hal Abelson and Brendan Meade will collaborate with PAIR on how AI can enhance education and science.

Google has been already looking at how AI can aid specific industries like healthcare through its DeepMind business unit, for example. But PAIR will also investigate how professionals like doctors, designers, farmers, and musicians could use AI to “aid and augment” their work.

In regards to Workville, and the nyc coworking space landscape, it’s clear that tech is not enough. It’s not enough to have smart conference rooms and convenient space management software. The People element is what makes or breaks a workspace or any community, quite frankly. At our midtown coworking space (39th and Broadway), we aim to provide the tech and the hospitality growing companies need to succeed. And we’ll be keeping a close eye on the PAIR initiative as it develops to see how People + Artificial Intelligence can improve our lives and our workspaces.

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