Introduction and Northern Virginia Coworking

Good morning fellow group members! My name is Jeff De Cagna, and I am
chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC, located in
Reston, Virginia. I am a strategic advisor to membership
associations, and I've been in business for myself since 2002. You
can see my bio at http://www.principledinnovation.com/about.

I am really interested in coworking, and specifically the possibility
of creating a coworking space in Northern Virginia. I'm wondering if
anyone else here is living/working in NoVA. If so, it would be great
to connect. You can find me on Twitter @pinnovation.

I'm looking forward to the conversations!

Jeff

Hi Jeff,

A couple of us are just starting to look at the possibility of
creating a coworking space here in Loudoun County, possibly Ashburn.
It looks like you'd be more interested in Reston or at least somewhere
in Fairfax County. Even so, maybe we could talk sometime and share
ideas about how to get started. There a lot of information in this
group but there are probably specific resources for northern Virginia
we could talk about. I'm not sure if you know about them already but
SuiteSpaces (http://www.suitespaces.biz/) is listed as a coworking
facility in Oakton. I haven't been there or contacted them yet. Feel
free to email me to talk more.

Mike

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On Apr 20, 7:51 am, Jeff De Cagna <[email protected]> wrote:

Good morning fellow group members! My name is Jeff De Cagna, and I am
chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC, located in
Reston, Virginia. I am a strategic advisor to membership
associations, and I've been in business for myself since 2002. You
can see my bio athttp://www.principledinnovation.com/about.

I am really interested in coworking, and specifically the possibility
of creating a coworking space in Northern Virginia. I'm wondering if
anyone else here is living/working in NoVA. If so, it would be great
to connect. You can find me on Twitter @pinnovation.

I'm looking forward to the conversations!

Jeff

Suppose I am a business owner and I have people I am working with
all over the country or who work independently from home and I want to
offer them office space in a coworking environment as an incentive to
work with me.

How difficult is that with umpteen different coworking facilities
which are all probably managed slightly differently and have their own
rules, procedures, etc?

How difficult is it for a large company to make use of co-working
facilities as part of the plan and not just the occassional exception
to the rule?

Might there exist a need for co-working agencies to broker space
anywhere/everywhere so that larger companies can easily arrange for
space in multiple facilities through a single contact, on a single
invoice?

Maybe a few of you will take the co-working broker idea and run with it :slight_smile:

Laban Johnson
Founder, President & CEO,
The Laban Johnson Group
http://www.LabanJohnson.com
"Improving the Quality of Life"
[email protected]
888-841-4282 (vm / fax)
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/labanjohnson
Twitter: @labanjohnson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601471689

I'm a software developer in South Riding and would love something like
this in Loudoun County!

Pete

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On Apr 26, 4:48 pm, mikefeldman <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi Jeff,

A couple of us are just starting to look at the possibility of
creating a coworking space here in Loudoun County, possibly Ashburn.
It looks like you'd be more interested in Reston or at least somewhere
in Fairfax County. Even so, maybe we could talk sometime and share
ideas about how to get started. There a lot of information in this
group but there are probably specific resources for northern Virginia
we could talk about. I'm not sure if you know about them already but
SuiteSpaces (http://www.suitespaces.biz/) is listed as a coworking
facility in Oakton. I haven't been there or contacted them yet. Feel
free to email me to talk more.

Mike

On Apr 20, 7:51 am, Jeff De Cagna <[email protected]> wrote:

> Good morning fellow group members! My name is Jeff De Cagna, and I am
> chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC, located in
> Reston, Virginia. I am a strategic advisor to membership
> associations, and I've been in business for myself since 2002. You
> can see my bio athttp://www.principledinnovation.com/about.

> I am really interested in coworking, and specifically the possibility
> of creating a coworking space in Northern Virginia. I'm wondering if
> anyone else here is living/working in NoVA. If so, it would be great
> to connect. You can find me on Twitter @pinnovation.

> I'm looking forward to the conversations!

> Jeff

Hi Mike,

I'm just discovered this group. I plan to search the other threads for
more info, but I'm interested in learning more about the group
interested in starting a coworking facility in Loudoun/Ashburn. I have
a similar interest in participating in/ starting a facility.

Matt

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On Apr 26, 4:48 pm, mikefeldman <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi Jeff,

A couple of us are just starting to look at the possibility of
creating a coworking space here in Loudoun County, possibly Ashburn.
It looks like you'd be more interested in Reston or at least somewhere
in Fairfax County. Even so, maybe we could talk sometime and share
ideas about how to get started. There a lot of information in this
group but there are probably specific resources for northern Virginia
we could talk about. I'm not sure if you know about them already but
SuiteSpaces (http://www.suitespaces.biz/) is listed as a coworking
facility in Oakton. I haven't been there or contacted them yet. Feel
free to email me to talk more.

Mike

On Apr 20, 7:51 am, Jeff De Cagna <[email protected]> wrote:

> Good morning fellow group members! My name is Jeff De Cagna, and I am
> chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC, located in
> Reston, Virginia. I am a strategic advisor to membership
> associations, and I've been in business for myself since 2002. You
> can see my bio athttp://www.principledinnovation.com/about.

> I am really interested in coworking, and specifically the possibility
> of creating a coworking space in Northern Virginia. I'm wondering if
> anyone else here is living/working in NoVA. If so, it would be great
> to connect. You can find me on Twitter @pinnovation.

> I'm looking forward to the conversations!

> Jeff

I'd say it's best to organize this decentrally. Have the employees
choose their arrangements and then reimburse them or give them a
coworking allowance.

Each individual has different preferences, each location is different,
etc.

So, there doesn't seem to be a problem to solve, but perhaps I'm
overlooking something.

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On Apr 26, 2009, at 5:52 PM, Laban Johnson wrote:

Suppose I am a business owner and I have people I am working with
all over the country or who work independently from home and I want to
offer them office space in a coworking environment as an incentive to
work with me.

How difficult is that with umpteen different coworking facilities
which are all probably managed slightly differently and have their own
rules, procedures, etc?

How difficult is it for a large company to make use of co-working
facilities as part of the plan and not just the occassional exception
to the rule?

Might there exist a need for co-working agencies to broker space
anywhere/everywhere so that larger companies can easily arrange for
space in multiple facilities through a single contact, on a single
invoice?

Maybe a few of you will take the co-working broker idea and run with
it :slight_smile:

Laban Johnson
Founder, President & CEO,
The Laban Johnson Group
http://www.LabanJohnson.com
"Improving the Quality of Life"
[email protected]
888-841-4282 (vm / fax)
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/labanjohnson
Twitter: @labanjohnson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601471689

>

Laban,

It seems that I would either offer coworking reimbursement (they pay
the space, you pay them) or you ask the coworking space to bill you
directly for your employees that are members. Regardless of how the
space is managed, paying for someone else's membership seems like an
easy enough thing to do.

- Eric Marden
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
http://ericmarden.com

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On Apr 26, 2009, at 8:52 PM, Laban Johnson wrote:

Suppose I am a business owner and I have people I am working with
all over the country or who work independently from home and I want to
offer them office space in a coworking environment as an incentive to
work with me.

How difficult is that with umpteen different coworking facilities
which are all probably managed slightly differently and have their own
rules, procedures, etc?

How difficult is it for a large company to make use of co-working
facilities as part of the plan and not just the occassional exception
to the rule?

Might there exist a need for co-working agencies to broker space
anywhere/everywhere so that larger companies can easily arrange for
space in multiple facilities through a single contact, on a single
invoice?

Maybe a few of you will take the co-working broker idea and run with
it :slight_smile:

Laban Johnson
Founder, President & CEO,
The Laban Johnson Group
http://www.LabanJohnson.com
"Improving the Quality of Life"
[email protected]
888-841-4282 (vm / fax)
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/labanjohnson
Twitter: @labanjohnson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601471689

>

Seems like there's quite a bit of interest in a NoVA coworking
facility (which is not surprising to me at all, actually). I'm a San
Francisco boy (1981-2003) who got transplanted here because my wife
works for AOL in Dulles. It looks we're here more or less permanently.
(We keep telling people we're on "year six of a one-year experiment,"
FWIW.) I'm a software developer, entrepreneur (currently on my third
startup), professional public speaker, dilettante and social media
wonk. You can read all about me (and my supersized ego) here at
http://bucchere.com

Anyhoo, I'm trying to start a space in or near Clarendon (Arlington
County). My timeframe is end of the summer or early fall of this year
and I want to get four or five "partners" involved to share the lease
so that we could all get a fairly good space for < $500/mo each. I
don't want to make money on this; I see it more as a "give back to the
community" sort of thing. However, I do want to at least not *lose*
money, hence the need for partners. I would be happy to let out of
town and local guests drop by and "hotel" in the office or cubes, use
the conference rooms and kitchen, etc. for free. If it becomes a more
regular thing -- and it may or may not be necessary to set up
guidelines of what defines "regular" -- then the partners would need
to decide if it's time to add another paying partner.

Does that more or less make sense? Have other coworking facilities
been set up in a similar way?

If anyone is interested in becoming a partner (and the location,
timeframe and cost seem reasonable), I've set up a private $GOOG group
for that purpose. Let me know if you'd like to be invited. Again, the
coworking facility, when it goes live at the end of the summer or in
the fall, will be open to all, but I want to keep the number of
partners limited to four or five people/companies.

Chris Bucchere
[email protected]
http://twitter.com/bucchere

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On May 3, 4:55 pm, Eric Marden <[email protected]> wrote:

Laban,

It seems that I would either offer coworking reimbursement (they pay
the space, you pay them) or you ask the coworking space to bill you
directly for your employees that are members. Regardless of how the
space is managed, paying for someone else's membership seems like an
easy enough thing to do.

- Eric Marden
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .http://ericmarden.com

On Apr 26, 2009, at 8:52 PM, Laban Johnson wrote:

> Suppose I am a business owner and I have people I am working with
> all over the country or who work independently from home and I want to
> offer them office space in a coworking environment as an incentive to
> work with me.

> How difficult is that with umpteen different coworking facilities
> which are all probably managed slightly differently and have their own
> rules, procedures, etc?

> How difficult is it for a large company to make use of co-working
> facilities as part of the plan and not just the occassional exception
> to the rule?

> Might there exist a need for co-working agencies to broker space
> anywhere/everywhere so that larger companies can easily arrange for
> space in multiple facilities through a single contact, on a single
> invoice?

> Maybe a few of you will take the co-working broker idea and run with
> it :slight_smile:

> Laban Johnson
> Founder, President & CEO,
> The Laban Johnson Group
>http://www.LabanJohnson.com
> "Improving the Quality of Life"
> [email protected]
> 888-841-4282 (vm / fax)
> LinkedIn:http://linkedin.com/in/labanjohnson
> Twitter: @labanjohnson
> Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601471689

It depends on the coworking space. CubeSpace is very much set up for this, and we do bill the employers of some of our members directly. I think other spaces may not be as well set up for this, but I鈥檓 sure we鈥檇 all be willing to work with you to make this work.

鈥揇avid

David Kominsky
[email protected]
503-206-3500
CubeSpace
622 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

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On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 5:52 PM, Laban Johnson [email protected] wrote:

Suppose I am a business owner and I have people I am working with

all over the country or who work independently from home and I want to

offer them office space in a coworking environment as an incentive to

work with me.

How difficult is that with umpteen different coworking facilities

which are all probably managed slightly differently and have their own

rules, procedures, etc?

How difficult is it for a large company to make use of co-working

facilities as part of the plan and not just the occassional exception

to the rule?

Might there exist a need for co-working agencies to broker space

anywhere/everywhere so that larger companies can easily arrange for

space in multiple facilities through a single contact, on a single

invoice?

Maybe a few of you will take the co-working broker idea and run with it :slight_smile:

Laban Johnson

Founder, President & CEO,

The Laban Johnson Group

http://www.LabanJohnson.com

鈥淚mproving the Quality of Life鈥

[email protected]

888-841-4282 (vm / fax)

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/labanjohnson

Twitter: @labanjohnson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601471689

Laban,

So I went to your web site and saw your logo for coworking but I didnt see any press release on what your coop is doing within the coworking community.

Are you as a busines looking to consult with coworking spaces or providing them?

Thanks,

Danielle @WHERE

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On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 5:52 PM, Laban Johnson [email protected] wrote:

Suppose I am a business owner and I have people I am working with
all over the country or who work independently from home and I want to

offer them office space in a coworking environment as an incentive to
work with me.

How difficult is that with umpteen different coworking facilities
which are all probably managed slightly differently and have their own

rules, procedures, etc?

How difficult is it for a large company to make use of co-working
facilities as part of the plan and not just the occassional exception
to the rule?

Might there exist a need for co-working agencies to broker space

anywhere/everywhere so that larger companies can easily arrange for
space in multiple facilities through a single contact, on a single
invoice?

Maybe a few of you will take the co-working broker idea and run with it :slight_smile:

Laban Johnson
Founder, President & CEO,
The Laban Johnson Group
http://www.LabanJohnson.com
鈥淚mproving the Quality of Life鈥
[email protected]

888-841-4282 (vm / fax)
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/labanjohnson
Twitter: @labanjohnson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601471689

Hello Jeff,

My partners and I are VERY interested in opening a co-working space in Loudoun County. A true space that will operate as a startup and welcome folks from all over NoVA. We also want to fund it by creating a BID in Loudoun. Would love to chat.

Vanessa Maddox

V.R. Maddox Consulting

571-252-9029

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On Monday, April 20, 2009 7:51:33 AM UTC-4, Jeff De Cagna wrote:

Good morning fellow group members! My name is Jeff De Cagna, and I am

chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC, located in

Reston, Virginia. I am a strategic advisor to membership

associations, and I鈥檝e been in business for myself since 2002. You

can see my bio at http://www.principledinnovation.com/about.

I am really interested in coworking, and specifically the possibility

of creating a coworking space in Northern Virginia. I鈥檓 wondering if

anyone else here is living/working in NoVA. If so, it would be great

to connect. You can find me on Twitter @pinnovation.

I鈥檓 looking forward to the conversations!

Jeff