July update

by Marc ~ July 12, 2009

It’s been too long since my last post, so here is a very short update on where things are at:

1. I just got back from a trip to the US. It was a social trip, but I did find time to visit Office Nomads in Seattle and spent some time talking to the two founders, Susan and Jacob. I only spent a couple of hours there, but in that short time I could see what a great space they’ve created. Susan and Jacob were extremely welcoming, and we had a great chat about their experiences running a coworking space. If we manage to get a space going down here we’ll be very happy to open the doors to any Office Nomads members that spend time in Melbourne.

2. The property that I have been watching for the last few months is even more uncertain that it was a couple of months ago. I’m told renovations have started, but the owner isn’t talking to potential tenants any more. I’m now a lot more open to alternative spaces as I have my doubts about this one.

3. I’m still looking for one or two people to take a leading role in establishing our space as I feel there is currently too much reliance on me. I have quite a bit of investor capital lined up, but I’m not willing to accept it until we have one or two more passionate people helping run the space and we can be sure that we will still have a functioning business if anything was to happen to me (although I obviously hope we’ll never have to rely on this!).

4. I’m meeting regularly with the main person behind another potential coworking location in inner-suburban Melbourne. They are looking at the north/western suburbs for their location, and you can find them here. We’re talking about ways to work together and don’t see ourselves as being in competition given we are planning to be located on opposite sides of the city and don’t imagine that too many coworkers will want to drive to the other side of the city every day (we’ll leave that to the corporate workers that don’t have a choice!).

Finally, if you’ve been silently following this blog it would be great if you could get in touch and let us know who you are. Whether you think you might like to become actively involved or are just watching us because you might want to become a member, then also please let me know so we have a good idea on the level of demand. As an incentive, I’m looking at options for substantial discounts for founding members (even if not active in helping run the space), but if we do this we will likely only offer those discounts to those who express interest well before we open given how important those early indications are in giving us the confidence to proceed.

That’s it for now!

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