Coworking in the Heart of Austin
The Unoffice Office
What is Coworking?
Coworking is the growing movement between a full time office gig and a self employment career. It’s a place
- to work in an office like environment without the boss.
- to work alongside others who share similar careers or talents.
- to focus on what needs to be done in a quieter office enviroment
An ideal coworking space in Texas would feature:
- Offices available for confidential meetings and phone calls.
- Plenty of room to spread out, focus and get things done.
- Large conference room
- high-speed and secured wifi
- Wired ethernet wall ports
- Server room with servers for all your IT and web and application development needs,
- Rooftop terrace – a place to relax – overlooking 6th Street and the Austin Convention Center.
- Copy, fax, mail and other services
Here are some pictures of the place, a video tour featuring Grace Sharington produced by a noted local film maker, Michelle Millette, is posted here below.
Membership is $250 a month, $280/month with parking. Rate sheet page coming soon for day use and special events and meetings. Texas Coworking will be part of a Coworking Visa program, so for a few days you can use coworking space in other locations as part of your membership.
Come by for a tour today. Call Paul Terry Walhus at 512-699-4000 for more details.
Grace Sharington, TexasCoworking.com’s first concierge, takes us on a video tour of Texas Coworking, Austin’s downtown coworking place at 200 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701. She cruises through the facility showing the front entrance with it’s wall of flat screens, the elevator, the entrance, the concierge desk, the conference room, the patio overlooking the Austin Convention Center (site of SXSW), the commons, the cubes, and the private offices and last but not least the kitchen and break room and the server room.
Freshbooks held a workshop at Texas Coworking on the eve of SXSW at 200 E 6th Street in Austin on Thursday, March 11 at 9 am to 1 pm. In the video, Paul Terry Walhus of http://spring.net interviews Matthew Parente who is building a community calendar web app and was an attendee. Mic Berman is talking to Matthew and to Paul. She is a Strategic Advisor to Freshbooks.
Texas Coworking hosted the Refresh Austin Meetup group on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. In this video by Paul Terry Walhus, Refreshers introduce themselves on the eve of SXSW.
Refreshers in the video (around the table):
Alex Jones, Michelle Greer, William Yarborough, Kim Loop, Kyle Simpson, Eric Leverson, Adrian, Andrew Donoho, Aaron Upshaw, Andrew Bushnell, Mandy, Miguel Lucero, Pat Ramsey, Robert Bonn, Jean Wetzel, Bob Wetzel, Brian Consuelas, Mark Philip and Paul Terry Walhus of Texas Coworking
The domain “coworking.com” now belongs to the coworking community thanks to a collaborative purchase of the domain name by a group from the wiki, here is the first statement on coworking.com
Did you know that there is a global community of people dedicated to the values of Collaboration, Openness, Community, Accessibility, and Sustainability in their workplaces?
It’s called Coworking. And people seem to think it’s swell.
- You can usually find the pulse of coworking in the discussions held at the Coworking Google Group. Introduce yourself today.
- Business models, best practices, and 700+ pages of knowledge-base can be found on the Coworking Wiki. Learn, contribute, and help garden the wiki.
- Announcements and press find their way on to the Coworking Blog. Look for recent posts and suggest new content.
Juan Sequeda’s Semantic Web meetup group meets with the City of Austin open initiative at Texas Coworking.
Texas Coworking Video Conference Event: Boagworld 200.
At 200 E 6th Street 301 (third floor), Austin, TX, 78701. http://texascoworking.com
Friday Feb 12, 2010 starting at 4 am till 4 pm with Happy Hour after at BD Rileys pub downstairs from Texas Coworking.
Friday, Feb 12 is the 200th episode of a web show called “Boagworld”!
You can watch it at Texas Coworking. But you’ll have to get up early. Or come later.
Don’t worry about parking, because 6th Street has tons of free parking at 4 am.
This will be a live video podcast originating from England starting at 4 am CST and ending at 4 pm CST followed by a beer bash at BD Rileys Pub downstairs from 5 pm till whenever.
To celebrate this momentous achievement we are going to do a 12 hour live podcast marathon with big screen tvs set up at Texas Coworking.
The show starts at 4 AM on Friday the 12th February and finishes at 4 PM that evening (times are CST, Central Standard Time).
Paul Boag has “too many guests to mention, but lets just say you will not be disappointed!” says Paul. We hope Colin Firth will be among them. And we’ve requested a skype video feed so Austin, Texas can take part.
Please email us if you plan to attend, it would be helpful to have RSVPs to know if anyone will get up at this ridiculous hour.
Since the event is so long, we don’t mind if you come late and/or leave early. Or you can come early and leave late, as Mack Brown would say.
We haven’t heard back yet, but we contacted Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington about doing a return skype feed so Austin Texas can butt in to the event and we’re waiting for their reply.
More coverage on Coworking! Kaomi Goetz from NPR reports:
Wi-Fi, laptops and cell phones make it possible to work from just about anywhere these days. They’ve helped people leave the office and work from the comfort of their living rooms or corner coffee shops.
But now, an increasing number of Americans are looking for something in between.
Kevin Prentiss started his Internet-based business from his apartment in New York City. For two years, he says he worked 14-hour days in solitude — ironic, considering he runs a social networking site.
“I don’t know that I was talking to myself,” he says. “I think that probably I was talking to myself.”
Then one day he heard about New Work City. It’s a rented office space in Manhattan where workers like Prentiss can drop in, hook up their laptops and work away with other people similarly mobile, while making face-to-face connections.
Read the rest HERE
The past week we’ve seen a torrent of publicity on the Coworking movement, check out these recent articles from NPR and the Wall Street Journal.
Article on Coworking that ran on NPR yesterday: