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Streaming Netflix while you Work.

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Walk the halls of our coworking space and you’ll see some multi-taskers working on one computer, and streaming a TV show on another computer. We’re not judging, we’re impressed. It is incredible how technology changes TV watching patterns. Netflix is both the pioneer and industry leader for these changes. As of today, your Netflix subscription will also cost you a whole $1 more.

coworking space member works on one computer and watches Netflix on another computerNetflix produces hundreds of original series (House of Cards!!), and dozens of original movies, documentaries and comedy specials, which has largely attributed to their huge market share. They also smartly set expectations for the customer viewing experience, because streaming media and on-demand videos are not consistent experiences across all devices. So, as a customer, if you have that $7.99 service plan you can stream small definition on one screen at a time. $9.99 service plans enable users to stream in high definition on two devices at once. And for $11.99, users get 4K streaming and 4 devices.

Now we’re breaking the news – $7.99 plans will remain the same, $9.99 plans are jumping all the way up to $10.99 (insert wink), and $11.99 plans are increasing 16% to $13.99. Here’s where you should pay attention…the $13.99 plan is for 4K ultra HD TV and an internet connection fast enough for 4K.  It’s safe to say that Netflix is planning for the future, and they are assuming 4K will be more mainstream and in big demand sooner than we think.

Workville coworking members enjoy watching netflix and attending Netflix events like this one.

Here at Workville, our members in the coworking space are early adaptors and disruptors – we’ll let you know when 4K devices become the norm at Workville.

Feel free to contact info@workvillenyc.com if you’d like to take your own tour of our workspace.

 

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!?

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!?

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…

1,000 Followers on Facebook and Instagram

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At Workville, as you may know, we’re all about face-to-face experiences: helping each other in real time, in real life, right here in the heart of New York City. We love our community and we truly believe the startups working with us in our office space are the best startups in NYC.

Our office space and coworking space in Manhattan is pretty nice, if we may say so ourselves, but it’s the people and companies working here that make it such a great place to spend our time.

Companies like Lampix or Function of Beauty or Show-Score are just a few of the successful, growing startups we chat with everyday.

That said, it’s nice to have a digital community to engage across social media. And today, we’re proud to say we’ve reached over 1,000 followers on Facebook and Instagram! Thank you! Thanks to everyone, both IRL and online!

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Frictionless Hotels: Enabling the Omni-Experience – The Future of Hotel Tech

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According to Hospitality Technology’s 2017 Lodging Technology Study, titled “Frictionless Hotels: Enabling the Omni-Experience,” hotels are spending as much as 6 percent of total revenue on technology. The study also reported that 57% of hotels planned to spend more on technology this year than they did in 2016, while 42% planned to spend about the same and just 2% said they would decrease their IT spending.

 This is great news for companies like Intelity Corporation, which creates technology products for hotels, including companies like the Four Seasons, Loews, Conrad and Pacific Hospitality Group.

Marriott was among the early technology adopters, having introduced an app in early 2012 that offered the ability to book a hotel room. Since then, the company has added features that allow guests to use the app to check in and check out; receive an alert when a room is ready; make requests of the hotel staff; and, in at least 500 locations, to unlock a room.

According to Bjorn Hanson, a professor of hospitality and tourism at the Tisch Center of New York University, Hotel occupancy rates in the United States are at 65.5 percent, the highest since 1984.

And this is all in competition with companies like Airbnb. It’s with tech that hotels can compete, and hospitality companies are focusing on tech in five key areas: Energy Efficiency, Smart Screens, Social Media Influence, Location-Based Services, and Mobile Function. It’s not all about the guest or customer. Smart thermostats can conserve energy and water recycling for laundry can save a business hundreds of thousands of dollars in utilities and energy bills.

Technologies and connectivity, eg. smart phones, have completely disrupted many industries over the last few years and it seems now hospitality is next.

If you’re working on a hospitality tech, please let us know! Here at Workville, we pride ourselves on our community of startups and are always looking to help companies find the coworking space in NYC they need to grow their business.

Book a tour today and see why hundreds of startups choose Workville NYC as their office space in Manhattan.

Opening This Summer: The Museum of Failure

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Opening on June 7th, 2017 in downtown Helsingborg, Sweden is a very unique museum dedicated to interesting innovation failures: The Museum of Failure.

This new institution’s premiere collection will consist of over 60 failed products and services from around the world. Every item provides unique insight into the risky business of innovation.

As recently published in The New York Times, Samuel West from the Museum of Failure introduced some of the exhibits in a video posted earlier this month on the YouTube channel of a Scandinavian talk show host.

“The purpose of the museum is to show that innovation requires failure,” Dr. West said. “If you are afraid of failure, then we can’t innovate.”

He started the museum “to encourage organizations to be better at learning from failures — not just ignoring them and pretending they never happened.”

Dr. West held up a Bic for Her pen, still in its package. “Of course women can’t use pens for men; big failure,” he said sarcastically.

“All the literature is obsessively focused on success, but 80 to 90 percent of innovations actually fail,” he said. “Why don’t these failures get the attention they actually deserve?”

“I really hope that you see that these mega-brands that everybody respects, they screw up,” Dr. West said. “I hope that makes you feel less apprehensive about learning something new. If you’re developing a new skill, trying to learn a new language or create something new, you’re going to fail. Don’t be ashamed of it. Let’s learn from these failures, instead of ignoring them.”

Valuable lessons indeed!

Here at Workville, we’re surrounded by successful startups and entrepreneurs all of whom have their own stories of previous failures. But let’s make a distinction here. Almost all successful startups working in the best NYC coworking spaces like Workville will tell you the same thing: there are no failures, just lessons learned.

Meet some of Workville’s recently successful startups.

Tonight at Workville: Sports Tech Panel Discussion and Networking

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At Workville we pride ourselves on our community and love being able to host our members for events at our midtown coworking space when available. Tonight, Thursday, April 20th, we’re excited to present StrtupBoost’s Sports Tech Panel featuring three startup pitch presentations, a moderated discussion, and networking over drinks. Tickets here.

 


JASON MALKI – MODERATOR, FOUNDER & CEO OF STRTUPBOOST + SPORTSWONKS

Jason is the Founder and CEO of StrtupBoost, which is a startup community that hosts startup mixers, panels, investor nights, and expos in NYC. He is also the Founder and CEO of SportsWonks which is a sports social network. Jason holds a B.A. from Montclair State University.

 

 

 


NIK BONADDIO – FOUNDER & CEO, NUMBERFIRE

Nik has extensive experience in the startup industry, serving as the Creative Director for several funded and profitable companies, including Spongecell (Halo/IPG) and WorkMarket (USV/Spark Capital). Prior to the startup world, he was at Yahoo, where he was the lead designer for the OpenID/oAuth implementations, as well as the lead designer for all payment and checkout screens.

 

 

 


VASU KULKARNI – FOUNDER, KROSSOVER | MANAGING PARTNER, COURTSIDE VENTURES

Vasu Kulkarni grew up in Bangalore, India, as the self proclaimed, biggest basketball fan in the world. Upon arriving in Philadelphia for college, Vasu joined the JV Basketball team at the University of Pennsylvania where he (barely) graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship. Vasu is a basketball junkie, continuing to believe that he can be the first Indian to play in the NBA with his 7-days a week pick up routine. His moment of glory came when he sprained his ankle at Michael Jordan’s summer camp and got a bro-hug from the Legend himself. When he isn’t playing ball, he’s watching it – as CEO and Chief Intern of Krossover – a SaaS platform that saves coaches and athletes time by being an outsourced video coordination and analytics department. Krossover works with over 10,000 teams across the world to bring advanced analytics and video breakdown to every level of sports. Vasu is also the founding partner of Courtside Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.

 


STEPHEN A. MURPHY – CO-FOUNDER & CEO, BOOM FANTASY

Stephen A. Murphy is the CEO of Boom Fantasy, one of the fastest growing new fantasy sports platforms. Boom has raised $3 million from top Silicon Valley investors, including Zynga founder Mark Pincus and the Stanford-StartX Fund. Prior to founding Boom, Steve served as the vice president of High 5 Games, the managing editor of Card Player Media, and the sports editor of two small-town newspapers. He has also advised MGM Resorts International on mobile gaming and fantasy sports.

 

 


SCOTT NOWERS – CO-FOUNDER & CEO, WAYPOINT MEDIA

Scott Nowers is the co-founder and CEO of Waypoint Media, an industry leading mar-tech platform for reporting and executing advertising content in eSports and live video. Our capabilities include chat, sponsorship and server-side video activations, all of which cannot be ad blocked. Scott is a lifelong entrepreneur, starting his first venture while attending Columbia University, a fashion company that was sold to Karmaloop for 1.5 MM USD. He moved into ad tech at AppNexus as a consultant for strategic accounts, helping Microsoft and Adobe build some of the world’s largest ad platforms. He founded Waypoint with three of AppNexus’ top data scientists, consultants and engineers, as well as his former pro-gaming partner and Schulich MBA graduate Auwal Odidi.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about hosting your event at Workville’s well-appointed, open-plan event space, please reach out: events@workvillenyc.com

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