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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

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.

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.

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!

Bill Gates Offers Advice to New Grads in 300 Words – And Crushes It.

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This month, college students all over the USA and the world will be graduating and entering the “real world” otherwise known as the work force. How many of them will be entrepreneurs? How many of them will help solve the world’s greatest problems?

As automation and technology advances at an exponential rate, what fields and industries will still yield jobs for our recent graduates?

Enter Bill Gates, with some sage advice – posted to Twitter of course. Here is the full text, taken from his tweets…

AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It’s what I would do if starting out today. Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known. E.g. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think.

I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world’s worst inequities. Took me decades to learn. You know more than I did when I was your age. You can start fighting inequity, whether down the street or around the world, sooner.

Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As Melinda Gates does for me. Like Warren Buffett I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, & by the difference I make for others.

If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this–the most inspiring book I’ve ever read (The Better Angels Of Our Nature). [Author Steven Pinker] shows how the world is getting better. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is the most peaceful time in human history.

 

And, it’s worth mentioning that his advice begins with the all-too-famous scene from 1967’s The Graduate…

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