Summer Coworking Tour, First Installment

June 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

It’s hard to believe it’s been (almost) two weeks since I resigned from my job. I worked in the interactive department at Concussion in Fort Worth, TX. I enjoyed what I did and learned an immense amount throughout the course of my employment there. From social media to DNN (don’t get too impressed-not the actual coding, but more of a “knowledge”), online media buying to SEO, I’ve got a lot of experience that I am forever grateful.

But something in me wasn’t fully content and knew I wanted to do something else with my life. Enter coworking. I first learned about coworking at SXSWi when I heard people speak about Conjunctured in Austin, TX and Citizen Space in San Fran. What a concept! I was hooked.

Thus, I’ve dived in head first doing research, emailing, tweeting, talking to whoever I can to get my head around this social movement. My first stop: Caroline Collective in Houston, TX.

Coworking space at CC

Coworking space at CC

I stopped by and spoke with Paul Tucker, office manager and Ned Dodington, co-founder about their experiences, as well as for tips on night life in Houston while I was there. :) They were both candid and generous with their advice and I left feeling inspired.

Dedicated desk coworking area at CC

Dedicated desk coworking area at CC

Caroline Collective is the first coworking space in Houston and just celebrated their one year anniversary at the beginning of this month. It’s a great, expansive space with several private offices, coworking rooms, and ample room for events. Not to mention a fantastic zebra in the courtyard. (I kick myself for not getting a picture)! Several non-profits are housed at CC, as well as several others who work in PR, social media, marketing, and even engineering!

I left with invaluable insight and am so happy I stopped by. One thing I have been surprised by in my research is the overwhelming generosity of those in the coworking community. Places like New Work City, Company | Dallas, Cubes & Crayons and more have reached out and their willingness to help has been astounding. It’s a true testament to the concept.

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