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.


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

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.


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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It’s Official: Workville Doubles Its Space

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Yes, it’s true! As reported in The Real Deal, Workville has taken over the previous Grind office space on the 22nd floor of 1412 Broadway where it will expand to offer office space and coworking memberships tailored for larger teams and growing startups.

This new Midtown Manhattan office space will add 14,000 square feet across the full 22nd floor, bringing Workville’s total in the building to 28,000 square feet.

The Real Deal reports: “Notably, the startup is replacing a competing shared-office space company, Grind, which closed the location and gave the space back to the landlords earlier this year, with several years remaining on the lease.  Sources had said at the time that Grind butted heads with Chetrit and Workville, in which Aini is an investor.”

Furthermore, WorkBetter is closing its 21,000-square-foot space at 1440 Broadway after 10 years.

Workville’s Co-Founder, DJ Dashti said the recent string of closures of co-working locations is a “natural correction.”

Visit Workville to see the expansion in person! 

Workville Member Spotlight: George Popescu of Lampix VR/AR

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At Workville we are extremely excited about the future uses of virtual reality and augmented reality. There’s so much potential! And one company on the forefront of this new technology is Workville’s own Lampix. Lampix transforms any surface into a smart surface.

Recently, we chatted with Lampix CEO, George Popescu, about the future of this incredible technology and how companies like his are leading the VR/AR revolution.

Having just launched a year and a half ago, the whole concept was to make something that would allow someone to work with paper and surfaces the same way that we work with electronic documents. “My co-founder just imagined it,” George Popescu says. “He gave a talk at TEDx about User Interfaces of the future and built Lampix.”

Last March, Lampix won the 2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Competition for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Of course, they quickly realized there was so much more to this product. “I engaged with Mihai Dumitrescu, our CTO and our other co-founder early, before he had a fully working Lampix,” Popescu says. “So we built it together. My role is the business side.”

Popescu, is Romanian, raised in France, and now living in NYC. Having such a worldview of business and entrepreneurship is extremely valuable. “Romania is very dynamic and entrepreneurs are very innovative and imaginative, also very technical which means they create real value,” he says. “But they are struggling with resources of all types. But it’s improving fast. France is also very dynamic. The problem there is the mentality, people see obstacles and people are risk-averse. The United States has no comparison in the entire world. People like taking risks and trying to win big. That is the main component in entrepreneurship. And entrepreneurs are also taken seriously.”

With three Master’s Degrees, Popescu isn’t exactly an example of a this often celebrated avatar of the self-taught, lean entrepreneur. He truly believes in formal education. “I think it’s more and more necessary,” he says. “It gives you a base of knowledge and a a core piece that is necessary no matter what you do. You hardly use what you learn in college but that’s not the point. You had to learn how to read, yes? Same thing, if you don’t know basics about anything it’s like not knowing how to read.”

And certainly VR/AR will disrupt and improve the educational experience, among other industries. “Entertainment, training, shopping, collaboration…” Popescu says. “I think VR is for isolated experiences in your basement. I think AR is for experiences in your living room, dining, room, kitchen , shops, factories, everywhere.”

As the CEO of a tech startup, working at NYC’s Workville coworking space in midtown Manhattan, what does it take to get off the ground and up and running?

“Find a customer first,” Popescu says. “Someone who is ready to pay for your product or service. If they are not willing to pay, they don’t need it. And while it’s nice to try to guess what they can pay for, that is not enough. You need to have in hand an email or paper that says ‘If you have that, I’ll buy it for X.’”

Lampix certainly has proven they have that product. And they continue to explore its versatility from their office space at Workville NYC. “I like the location and the relaxed attitude of the Workville team: can do, will do, easy, and no pressure,” Popescu says. “Other companies like WeWork have a pressure sales attitude that turned me off.”

If he’s not in the office fielding inquiries and developing partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, you may find him at Lan Sheng on 36th Street. It seems that many Workville coworking and startup members enjoy Lan Sheng!

Next time you’re in midtown Manhattan stop by Workville for a tour, and then hit Lan Sheng for their lunch special.

To learn more about Lampix, visit Lampix.co

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.

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