Should you spend money on office space for a software start-up?

Should you spend money on office space when you are just starting your business? I asked this question on answers.onstartups.com and got great responses. This post is basically a summary of the answers received.

The benefits of working from an office

When you are building a new business and you are bootstrapping it, it is hard to think about paying rent for an office and all the other costs associated with it. It is also hard to justify the expense of leasing office space when you are a software startup since all of the work can be done from your home or a coffee shop. However, office space is now more affordable than ever, especially when you look at the incubator-like offices because the cost is much less than a regular office and it also offers an environment full of other entrepreneurs which for the most part are always happy to help you in many ways. Sigue leyendo

Conjunctured 2yr Anniversary Party!

Are you in Austin, TX this Saturday August 21st? Come and join the awesome tech, entrepreneur and social media community from Austin at Conjunctured’s 2yr anniversary party, which the guys at Conjunctured have promised to make this party the best one yet.

Interested? Register here.

This party is FREE, however you can add a donation to your RSVP and Conjunctured will donate the proceeds to East Austin schools via DonorsChoose.org, how cool is that! Also, if you feel charitable, you can visit DonorsChoose.org and donate what you can to other schools. Sigue leyendo

Is it time for a coworking space in the North Austin – Round Rock area?

Coworking spaces are the alternative to working in coffee shops or working at home. The idea is to offer a space to entrepreneurs where they can work in their businesses and at the same time enjoy resources usually not found at coffee shops such as power outlets, reliable and free WiFi, large working space (larger tables than those found in coffee shops) and the ability to socialize as well.

Here is the Wikipedia definition:

Coworking is a style of work which involves a shared working environment, sometimes an office, yet independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same Citizen Space in San Francisco, CAorganization. Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.

Some coworking spaces were developed by nomadic internet entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to working in coffee shops and cafes, or to isolation in independent or home offices. A 2007 survey showed that many employees worry about feeling isolated and losing human interaction if they were to telecommute. Roughly a third of both private and public-sector workers also reported that they didn’t want to stay at home during work. Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home.

In Austin, we have Conjunctured, but there is nothing like it in North Austin – Round Rock. This area has grown significantly in the past few years, and it has a lot of potential for entrepreneurs, self-employed people and the like. The city of Round Rock is located 15 miles north of Austin. Round Rock is also the home of Dell computers and its combined property tax and utility rates are the lowest in the region.

There is also a “every-so-often casual” coworking group in the area that meets in various coffee shops around Round Rock, it is called Jelly in Round Rock. However, they don’t have a set place to gather, they try to meet weekly at coffee/sandwich shops.

I believe there is demand for a coworking space in this area, with the right space, the right location and the right price this can be done and will benefit all of us in North Austin. What do you think? please let us know your opinion and join the conversation.

Conjunctured. Coworking Austin style, creative, friendly and affordable.

Conjunctured opened its doors back in July, 2008. After two years of operation, this coworking space in East Austin is thriving. The guys at Conjunctured keep it real with a great and inspirational space, great people and great coffee.

The place is inspirational and functional. There is a conference room, a kitchen, a nice lounge, a coworking space and something very cool, a “quiet” room. This is useful for times when you need to do some serious heads down coding, or whatever else it is that you do.

Conjunctured’s members are a unique and creative bunch. Members are usually solo-entrepreneurs and small teams. In this group you’ll find people with different skills such as web designers, software developers, marketing, social media, copywriting, search engine optimization, etc… This is one of the cool things about a coworking space, you can throw a question about your site’s design and chances are you’ll get almost immediate feedback, how can you beat that!

Coworking is very similar to working at a coffee shop, but better, way better. In a coworking space such as Conjunctured, you get all the things you get at a local coffee shop such as a table to work on, great coffee, tea and snacks but the advantage is that at Conjunctured you have a reliable WiFi, plenty of power outlets (Yes!) and it is safe. If you need to walk out for lunch or whatever, you can leave your laptop, it is OK. Your stuff will be there when you get back. If that is not enough, you have the option to store your stuff in a locker.

Another unique thing of this coworking space is the community, the members are a true community that shares ideas and help each other out. In fact, they just launched a new roundtable discussion called “Help a Coworker Out”. Every Friday for 45 minutes, one Conjunctured member’s company is put on the spotlight and all alumni and current members are invited to brainstorm and help that member succeed in their current endeavors.

If you are an entrepreneur and are tired of coffee shops or bored about working at home, check out Conjunctured. It is coworking Austin style, creative, friendly and affordable. Conjunctured has both daily and monthly rates, offering discounts for a multiple month contract. If you are interested, you can always stop by and they’ll give you the tour, you can also check out their website for more details.

Founders:

Cesar Torres

David H Walker

Dusty Reagan

John Erik Metcalf

Company Contact Information

Conjunctured
1309 E. 7th Street Austin, TX 78702

Space and Amenity Photos