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We have an exciting update for all of you sharing workplaces on ShareDesk! This update allows you to complete and edit your workplace listing in an easier, quicker and fun format.

We decided to move in this direction for two main reasons. First, in-page editing requires less clicking back-and-forth and effort which makes the experience of adding a new space more fluid

Second, it provides a better perspective of what the end result will look like and reduce the likeliness of missing information. As you work through updating your profile and workplace information, you will see appear as you go. This enables you to easily fix any obvious inconsistencies. Continue Reading…

Hello ShareDesk!

A quick announcement on a new notifications feature that we added to ShareDesk this week.

Improved Notifications & Alerts

As you may have noticed, the upper right corner of the screen has been redesigned to make room for our new notification system. This is created to alert you of all events and activities that happen on your ShareDesk account- such as messages, booking requests, product announcements and similar events. The system is configured to send you (if you have signed up to receive them) along with a notification that will appear in this area mentioned above.

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For hosts, new booking requests will automatically create an alert, marked by a highlighted small bell icon at the upper right corner of your account page. Similarly  when a booking requests is accepted or rejected, a notification will be created for the users as well. Please note that system notifications we send you regarding your account will appear in the same area. Finally, we have improved messaging system to create alerts in notification area, marked with a balloon icon. We are making some exciting improvements to the messaging and interactions functionalities to be more fluid and encourage community discussions.

Please note that each  alert is followed with an email notification which is sent to your user e-mail account. You can easily adjust your email settings to suit your preference. (e-mail settings can be changed in the Profile Page, under the “email settings” tab).

Coming Soon!

1. In-Page Editing

The old days of the back-end dashboards will soon come to an end, at least for ShareDesk! We’re making bold updates to ShareDesk’s “Manage Space” page to be more integrated and easier to complete.

With our updated dashboard you’ll be able to create and edit shared workspaces in a click-to-edit format. This means that you’ll be given a clean template of your space page that you can simply edit by clicking on the various sections, which prompt a pop-up module to input your information. This makes it easier and more efficient for you to work through creating a profile for your shared workplace and personal profile. You will then be able to see your progress and final result without having to browse back-and-forth or opening new windows.

(The screenshots below showcase an example of how you would edit workstations.)

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2. Community Reviews

Soon we will unveil our Community Reviews feature to help you better learn about your fellow coworkers and shared workplaces. Community Reviews will help facilitate a way to provide feedback and ensure accountability. Each time you rent a space or join a new community, you are able to share your experience. These experiences collectively help create a more informed community, and improve the experience for ShareDesk members.

These are just a few features that we have put into the pipeline based on our discussions and your feedback. Please continue to share your thoughts with us on these and future updates and let us know how we can make ShareDesk better.

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Some weeks ago we talked about how coworking was making our cities smarter. On the same degree, I think that the whole Collaborative Consumption movement will make the way we produce things much smarter than it currently is. Continue Reading…

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!”

Continue Reading…

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 :-) .

Cecile, Pascale and Helene

Cecile, Pascale and Helene

Community Lunch

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