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.
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.
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.