September 1st 2014
Coworking’s identity comes from the variety of people that it draws. But just as the seductive glow of Silicon Valley and Hollywood draws its share of confused wanderers, so does the coworking space to both ambitious and non-ambitious alike.
In looking at coworking spaces both successful and now defunct, the common thread that can be traced to the cohesion or unraveling of an establishment is the workspace’s culture. It’s honestly a somewhat uncomfortable topic to bring up because it can seemingly have a tone of “you’re not cool enough to play with us.” That is probably true in a space that’s all for show and only wants to cash in on the zeitgeist of the concept. But in a space like MosCoWork, it’s a preventative measure for both parties.
The culture that MosCoWork encourages is creative and laid-back professionalism. People who make things and encourage others as they do the same. If you’re a lawyer or loan officer, then this isn’t the place for you. And please don’t take that offensively. We love lawyers and loan officers (seriously!) but this wouldn’t be a place you’d be very happy with in the long run. Tech startups and creatives aren’t the quietest people.
In a place like this, the energy and excitement is shared. And while we expect everyone to use common sense in not bugging each other every two minutes, we also don’t want someone who comes in expecting a Cone of Silence to be included with their desk membership.
The coworking spaces that don’t make it are the ones where members keep their heads down and don’t interact with anyone else. There’s nothing wrong with that style of working. It just isn’t the coworking method. When you pay for a spot in a coworking space, you aren’t just buying into space for yourself. You’re paying for the entire experience of being in a hustling environment that will nurture you and your ideas as well as expecting the same in return. Healthy competition is great in its own way but far too often do entrepreneurs and creatives get caught up in a rat race of trying to be the biggest one in the room. And no one likes that guy.
If you decide that coworking could be a good fit for you, this is the mindset that will help you and those around you succeed: we’re all in this together.
August 28th 2014
This week we made exciting developments on the coworking front. MosCoWork has officially become a part of Wovax, LLC! As we hurtle towards our September 15th opening date we wanted to talk more about the benefits of coworking. Because if you couldn’t tell, we’re definitely excited about this.
Many of the people who jump into coworking have been couch surfing. And those couches are in coffee shops. It might seem fun and cool at first. Waltz into a coffee shop, plant yourself at a cozy chair and sip fraps while you mine for gold in startup land. And while the energy of a coffee shop might be invigorating it is often distracting for many, if not most. And there’s the cost to consider. Unless you’re consistently buying expensive drinks every two hours at least, be assured the owners hate you for taking up their space eight hours a day.
When you have a coworking space, there is an energy inherent in the location, but it’s much more refined than a public place. While a coffee shop is usually full of focused people working on various projects for school or business, it is also a social watering hole. But a coworking space differs because people are paying to be there for the sole purpose of accomplishing things and being productive.
MosCoWork has two different membership plans.
The optimal one for businesses as it gives you a place for your things is the Pro plan at $150 per month. The Pro plan gives you access to a dedicated desk as well as use of the conference room. The biggest perk of the Pro plan is 24/7 access via an electronic lock that is activated with either a smartphone or keyring fob. (This is like magic – it uses whichever device is in your pocket to sense your proximity so that when you touch the lock with your fingers it opens for you).
The Basic membership is $100 a month. This plan allows you to use any of the open working spaces when you are in the building. Access for this plan is 8 AM – 6 PM.
Wireless printers and high speed internet are included in both levels of membership.
Much of our excitement for a coworking environment comes from the opportunities outside of work that arise. A community that creates together will grow stronger together. MosCoWork will be a thriving hub for creatives of all kinds; an environment that allows people to learn from and encourage each other. To that end, MosCoWork will also be hosting workshops and other events that range from cooking to filmmaking to web design.
We’ll see you this September!
August 22nd 2014
A topic that we have explored here and will continue to do so is that of web design changing based on the evolution of the technology we use to access it. But it isn’t just the web that’s changing. The way that we work is changing as well.
Wovax is no exception. Currently we occupy an office space that was the shipping room for a small publishing company that acquired their own building last year. In a few weeks, we’ll be moving into an exciting new project that our owner Joe is heading up: MosCoWork, a coworking space located in Moscow’s downtown.
Coworking has a number of advantages for startups and freelancers.
If a company hasn’t grown quite enough yet to justify renting their own office space, they may look into sharing a coworking space with other companies in the same situation. Think of it as a roommate scenario for businesses.
Creativity and collaboration flow freely in coworking environments; networking happens on a daily basis as clients for multiple businesses come through and employees at various companies who wouldn’t usually cross paths get to connect on a regular basis.
And it’s not just for entrepreneurs and freelancers. The strengths of coworking have been recognized by many successful companies long after they make it big. Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs wanted employees at the animation company to network with fellow colleagues in other departments. Given the solitary desk-anchoring nature of animation, various departments didn’t stray too far from their wings of the building. He kept this in mind as he designed the main building on Pixar’s campus and created the Atrium, a large common space that houses not only the cafeterias and refreshments, but the only bathrooms in the building.
Video game company Valve employs an even more unorthodox approach in reaching their goals. At Valve, there are no managers and no one tells you what to work on. You decide for yourself and you then do it. Desks are on wheels so that as projects come and go, people can rearrange themselves accordingly. Valve took a great risk in giving that much trust to their employees. But the creative and driven people turned that freedom and power into hit franchises like Portal and Left 4 Dead as well as the wildly successful Steam (it’s like iTunes for games).
Coworking isn’t just for businesses, either. Freelancers are a welcome staple of the experience and having maverick professionals rotating in and out as they please brings an exciting and interesting roster of individuals in contact with each other.
The space that we will be occupying is currently being renovated. Over the next few weeks, we’ll bring you updates of the progress as we get closer to our move in date. MosCoWork will be open to businesses and freelancers starting September 15th!
If you are in the area and would be interested in finding out more about the membership options at MosCoWork, follow us on Facebook for further updates as we begin our countdown to launch date.