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Thanksgiving Travel Tips From the Traffic Experts

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Charlie Brown Thanksgiving picture is the same sentiment as our midtown Manhattan coworking space.

Turkey for me, Turkey for you, it’s Turkey Time! It’s also time to plan ahead for the Thanksgiving commute; we’ll be departing from our Midtown Manhattan coworking space. Wherever you may be departing from, we compiled a list of traffic tips that will help you plan ahead. Tips are courtesy of data experts at Google and that handy Waze app they acquired back in 2013.

The Thanksgiving Drive…take the week off

The best travel time is Sunday at 6am, after which traffic congestion gets progressively worse.

The worst times for driving are Tuesday and Wednesday late afternoon, with traffic peaking Wednesday around 3pm. Surprisingly, traffic lightens on Wednesday after 6pm – so take the night owl route.

In New York City, traffic is the worst on the actual day of Thanksgiving, between 2 – 3pm. For anyone attending or avoiding the Macy’s Day Parade, here’s what to expect.

Best time for the return trip is Sunday; the worst time for the return trip is Saturday around 4pm.

So, based on these traffic patterns, the best option is to take off for the whole week! 😉

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving picture is the same sentiment as our midtown Manhattan coworking space.

 

 

The Thanksgiving Flight…

No surprise here, the worst time to fly is Wednesday morning and the worst day for return flights is Sunday. Data shows that Sunday’s flights are frequently plagued by delays and cancellations.

Thanksgiving Day and Monday morning are the recommended flight days – and these days also have the cheapest airfare.

 

Trains, Planes, Automobiles…

Back in May, Waze and the Port Authority announced a data sharing partnership. This means that real-time airport, bus terminal, bridge, and tunnel delays are reported on both the Waze app and the Port Authority app. Smartphones just got smarter.

For the 01%…

Private planes and helicopters are always an option too. Traffic problem solved.

If you want more tips, come visit us at our midtown Manhattan coworking space in 1412 Broadway or email us at info@workvillenyc.com! Now that travel plans are all set, we’re ready for the holiday spirit and that delicious Thanksgiving meal.

thanksgiving dinner meal that we're using our free time in our midtown Manhattan coworking space to plan for.

NYC Coworking members network effectively. Picture of group standing in line to shake hands.

Networking tips from NYC Coworking Members

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Workville members are busy disrupting all industries. Our NYC coworking space attracts the best of the best. Their success is a sum of all parts, including expert and agile teams, a clear company focus, strategic marketing, and quality networking to drive customer acquisition. We asked members the hard-hitting question: how do you achieve quality networking?

While a bragworthy amount of connections seems great, the real ROI is when your network understands what you do. Take LinkedIn as an example.  The most efficient LinkedIn users educate their network. Connections should understand your work well enough that they can do the 30-second pitch for you! Post company updates (job openings, awards, accomplishments, and so on). Also post helpful educational articles that are to likely get shared, an action which increases brand awareness for you.

When it comes to networking at events – time is money. Our share space members listed their top three favorite events this Fall, and explain why:

InBound 2017HubSpot’s huge event in Boston attracted over 20,000 attendees, which equates to a lot of handshaking and networking. It also had an impressive lineup of speakers, including Michelle Obama, Mario Batali, and Issa Rae. After listening to these speakers, networking is easy. Just mention which speaker you heard, what was funny or wise about the speaker, and that’s the conversation starter!

NYC coworking space cofounder drives in BMW i8 to TechWeek, pictures here with cofounder of DropCar.

Workville’s co-founder, DJ Dashti drives in style to TechWeek courtesy of DropCar.

TechWeek – A benefit of our NYC coworking space’s central location in midtown is the easy commute to events! TechWeek held panels, speaker series, and community events all over the city.

The Workville fan favorite event was open bar cocktail hour. Not because we’re all lushes (plead the fifth), but because it’s a chance to hang out with industry friends and fellow coworking members outside of the office. All of those “we should hang out sometime” invitations come to fruition during TechWeek.

StrtupBoost – Workville members know the StrtupBoost founder personally. He was a founding member; so full disclosure that this may be a biased favorite. StrtupBoost is a close-knit circle of quality attendees investing in learning, networking, and helping. Nine times out of ten, your contact will send that follow-up email and help with introductions.

To learn more about joining our talented community at Workville, in which networking is a natural experience, email info@workvillenyc.com.

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.

 

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

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!

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!

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!

As Uber Stumbles, Lyft Keeps Calm and Carries On

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As reported in The New York Times, Uber’s CEO recently resigned under pressure from investors after a string of setbacks. As Uber regroups and rethinks its leadership, what does this mean for its competitor Lyft?

“For a while, people kept saying, ‘Oh, they’re the nice guys, they’re not going to build the right business because there’s someone that’s more aggressive,’” John Zimmer, Lyft’s president, said in a recent NYT article.

Founded in 2012, Lyft built itself around the idea that customers didn’t want just a cheap ride, they wanted a wholesome experience, with “a whiff of virture,” reports the NYT. “The fact that values matter and ethics matter does not surprise me,” Zimmer said. “To me, that’s obvious.”

The company says it arranged more than 70 million rides in the first quarter of this year, 142 percent more than the same period a year earlier. In April, the company closed a $600 million fund-raising round, and it has since formed major partnerships with companies like Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo.

As this shakeup at Uber plays out, we’ll see how the two rival transportation tech companies fare in an increasingly competitive market. At a surface level, in business and investment, one may argue that “nice guys finish last.”

But perhaps that’s not the case here.

Do you use Lyft? Have you ever not used Uber because of scandals or leadership statements?

At Workville, one of numerous coworking spaces in New York City, we aim to differentiate ourselves in many ways, including a personal touch from our staff to our members, helping them with whatever they may need: introductions, internships, investment… We’re here for our members. We pride ourselves on our hospitality, and genuinely care about you and your business.

Our midtown coworking space is only as successful as the companies we host – that’s the truth.

If you’d like to come see for yourself, schedule a visit.

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