Here’s an awesome video with some facts and numbers about the Sharing Economy.

Some of them are astonishing:

There are 1 billion cars in the world, and 740 milions of them is occupied by just 1 person.

Our houses are filled with $3000 worth of unused items on average: unsurprisingly 69% of the owners would share these items if they could make money out of it.

But most important, 8 out of 10 people says that:

“Sharing make us more happy!”

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As we promised, we brought you the hourly booking feature. An essential tool to allow our users to book meeting rooms, conference rooms and desks by the hour.

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Feb 2013 New Features!

Enrico Cassinelli —  February 6, 2013

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This is our third 2013 post, and it’s filled with some very important updates: from a brand new payment system, passing by an improved Search, and going to the “Custom Request” shiny new feature, here’s a detailed outlook of what we’ve been doing during the holidays. Continue Reading…

Coming Soon…

Enrico Cassinelli —  February 2, 2013

 

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Hold tight! New features heading your way!  

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make office sharing a truly simple & enjoyable experience for you. This latest update brings us a step closer to that goal. Our team is now putting the final touches on this. A few things to expect from the updated ShareDesk:

#1 – New Look & Feel

We’ve thought about a design renovation- it’s not too radical, but our goal is to make the experience more fluid, with emphasis on usability.

#2 – Improved Search

We’ve re-engineered our Search functionality- changing not only the look and feel, but also the stuff under the hood. The goal is to create a better search experience, more relevant search results, and filtering options.

#3 – New Reservations System & More Payment Options

ShareDesk’s NEW reservation system will make it even easier and more accessible for you to book a workspace or meeting room using our platform. We’ve added PayPal because, well, you asked!

#4 – New Feature: “Custom Requests”

Custom Requests is built for teams and startups. This feature allows you to submit your tailored workplace requirement to ShareDesk. We will do our best to help you find EXACTLY what you’re looking for- based on the criteria that you submitted to us. Perfect for high growth companies, and teams looking for flexible workspace solutions.

When ?

Very soon…the countdown is on! :)

 

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During most of 19th century, the performance and quality of our cities were measured by the development of conventional infrastructure; including roads, railways, bridges, industrial production and other physical facilities. During the recent decades a new trend has emerged; shifting the attention towards other factors, such as the ability of a city to provide knowledge communication and social infrastructure. Continue Reading…

Coworking is like something that is new, and that makes you ten time faster. It’s something that elminates massive amounts of waste and inefficency”

~ Adam Duston of Incrwd

The video was produced by Cambridge Coworking Center.

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Will cannot emphasize this enough..

Coworking is not just about desks; It’s about people.

In the last couple of days, I’ve been working at Mutinerie, a coworking space in Paris, and the statement above has never been so true as in this case. Aside the warm welcome reserved to me by the “Chef Mutin” Sanya, the atmosphere you can breath here is fantastic: quiet, relaxed, and easy going.

The space is filled with the diverse range of professionals: from the developers typing code who were sitting on the right side of the ping-pong table, where I was working, to film makers, project managers, graphic designers, to the executive “suits” type :-) .

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Cecile, Pascale and Helene

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I was lucky as Friday there was a “Community Lunch” taking place, prepared by Natalie and Daniel. We had a delicious tartiflette avec salade (tartiflette is a traditional french dish with potatoes, bacon, onion, cream and cheese, all backed up in the oven) plus a dessert with cinnamon flavored oranges and biscuits. As Antoine, one of the space managers, points out, it’s a spontaneous event, it’s not something planned in advance.

Natalie, the lady behind the initiative, is a former design teacher. She had to stop working after a health problem, but she’s now committed to go back on the job market, and wants to give her own career a turn. ”I’m now writing design software books and manuals” she says “but I’d really love to go back and work as a designer, my first dream”.

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Natalie

Natalie chose to work in a coworking space because it’s easier for her to get along with other people rather than alone, also from a professional point of view, since she’s thrown right in the middle of the Paris freelancing scene. The other reason she chose to cowork, as she says, “It gives me a chance to provide good food to the community“.

The whole experience was awesome: almost everyone stopped working, leaving their desk and coming to the café/lounge in the near of the space, sharing the meal with the community.

During the lunch I had a talk with Antoine.

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Antoine

“The best thing you can find here is the people. It amazes me each time. There’s no day that pass without somebody starting a new partnership with someone else. It may be just some design collaboration, a logo in exchange of some help with PR, but it’s always wonderful to see people helping each other

~ Antoine – Mutin Palabreur at Mutinerie Coworking Space

As he points out, every community in early stages needs a place, a center to converge to, but after the seeds are planted, the place itself doesn’t make any difference.

It’s all about culture” says Antoine “we could well move or expand in another part of the city, but the culture we’ve created it’s going to move with us. That’s our most solid foundation, our cornerstone“.

The experience at the Mutinerie was awesome. If you’re passing by Paris and need an internet connection, a desk and some nice people, this spot definitely worth a try. Just thought I’d share my experience here.

Do you have a great coworking story to share? Drop me a line and tell us about it: cassi@sharedesk.net

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On Nov. 14th 2012, a series of global events is taking place to celebrate one of the most awesome human behaviour: Sharing!

Launched by by the People Who Share, the Global Sharing Day (#globalsharingday) is a ensemble of local events, organized in hundreds of cities worldwide and involving thousands of people and organization.

Here’s an overview of some interesting activities you can do on that day. Feel free to add your event in the comment below the post :-) Continue Reading…

When you surf a website or use an online application, you should take a moment to think about your interaction with the application and imagine how it is brought to life. Most platforms we use today are the result of careful crafting and meticulous design and development processes. A simple elegant UX design is one of the most important criteria we look at; it defines how we interact with our users.

We think it may be interesting to give you a quick look behind the scene on ShareDesk’s user experience.

dario “Everyday dynamics are the main inspiration for user experience design. ShareDesk lets you virtually enter workspaces and interact with people that you can approach and meet in person. It’s more than an interface, it’s visual storytelling, a landscape, an architecture of information built by the users.”

- Dario Aschero, ShareDesk’s Design Lead

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We Promised you community features, your delivery has arrived! 

Contrary to popular believe, the lower the price of a workspace does not always increase its likeliness of success. The positive attitude towards pricing is something transient, not permanent, especially when the economy is stable, people are less concerned with costs, and more focused on opportunities.The real, permanent added value of a coworking space are people and content.

That is why we have taken some early steps towards building a more community-oriented platform. We’ve engaged in lengthy conversations with our users and vendors, then taken a closer look at our development pipeline to make room for some features that could bring value to both sides. We are building a user-centric marketplace, and we thought the best way to start is to introduce our community product; ShareDesk Connect! Continue Reading…