Thanks to Jerome, Adrian, and Jacob for your suggestions! I thought I’d follow up and share with the group what ended up being our tool of choice: Parklet.
I looked at Simpler.co, Cobot, Nexudus, Mobilize.is, Dovetail.io, Memberful, and probably others I can’t recall right now. We already have great tools to manage the prospective leads cycle, internal chatter, billing, and conference room booking. In the end, I didn’t want a tool that replaced all those tools - while that seems a nice and streamlined ideal, I’m too invested in my other services and like them too much to consolidate at this time. If I were just starting out, I’d likely choose a more full-service or coworking-specific solve as some of these promise, but this is where we are today. It might also be important to note that we only offer dedicated desks, so it’s a consistent group of people with comparatively low turnover, I have specific billing requirements (ACH only, no credit card), and other parameters that made the robust feature set of these tools a less-aligned fit for us in the end.
Parklet turned out to be a beautifully-designed solve for the last two issues I was needing tools for - onboarding and directory - that felt visually similar to our aesthetic, had good customization options, and a helpful product team behind it.
If you’re interested in checking it out, please tell Greg Smith I sent you: [email protected]
On Saturday, August 30, 2014 6:44:16 PM UTC-7, Lisa Anne Logan wrote:
Such a fun project for a Saturday night, right?!
Trying to solve 2 problems for my coworking space.
I need some sort of member management tool to track the ~50 tasks I do for each new resident’s onboarding and later offboarding. The spreadsheet I’ve kept to date for this is now just too unwieldy.
I’d love some sort of internal directory, where people could create profiles (which company they’re with, role, personal interests, photos, etc.). Just something light to facilitate more interaction between people sharing a space but not actual work projects.
I’ve heard of Simper (just requested an invite) and Parklet (appears to be good). Is there anything else I should consider to tackle one or both of these problems? What about any more robust membership management tools (integrating billing, etc.)?
Lisa Anne Logan
Director of Marketing and Operations