Working in the furniture industry I’m regularly reminded about all of the changes rapidly occurring in what we know as ‘office space’. It’s apparent the ”Dilbert-like” offices will soon become a thing of the past. This week I came across another article on the subject of collaborative environments and without surprise the residents were technology start-ups. I truly believe that having a fun place to work and surrounding yourself with passionate, driven people is the best thing that you can do for your company, so I always enjoy reading the success stories found in these articles. (Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, also preaches on this importance of culture in his book Delivering Happiness).
While some start-ups are attracted to this shared office model for the convenience of plug-n-play space and cheaper rent, the biggest advantage typically ends up being the collaboration between entrepreneurs. I think that’s part of the reason the particular leasing model in the article is invitation only. While invitation only might slowÂ the process of filling a space, as a landlord you are much more likely to have happy longterm tenants (genius!).
Actual article: http://on.wsj.com/nwLr00