6 Examples of the NextSpace Effect in Effect

The coworking movement is full of serendipitous connections, inspired meetings, unexpected collaborations and collaborative next-leveling of projects and businesses. At NextSpace, we’ve dubbed this the NextSpace Effect. Examples of the NextSpace Effect can be found daily in our coworking spaces, and there are countless others—profound and subtle—that have occurred at NextSpace locations over the [...]

Women in Tech (and Coworking) – A Conversation with Five Tech Professionals

Coworking spaces around the world are full of women tech professionals. Female-identified programmers, app developers, AI and robotics specialists, UI and UX pros, engineers, data managers and much more call shared workspaces home. At a recent Women in Tech event at NextSpace Santa Cruz, five women—Kathleen Tuite, software engineer and creator of Feminist Hacker [...]

Coworking Pioneer NextSpace Santa Cruz Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Back in 2008, when NextSpace launched in Santa Cruz, California, there were less than 200 coworking spaces total. Now there are upwards of 15,000 spaces around the world. NextSpace was way ahead of the curve on creating collaborative workspace, and it remains a leader in community-focused coworking. This week the NextSpace community has been [...]

13 Surprisingly Valuable Items in Your Coworking Space (That Starbucks Mug May be Worth Thousands)

Are you sitting on a goldmine in your coworking space? That Starbucks mug at the back of your mug drawer may be worth thousands. Really. People collect Starbucks mugs and pay, um, insane amounts for them. And that’s not all. Your coworking space may be housing thousands of dollars’ worth of random collectibles and [...]

Blending Community and Business: How Pacific Workplaces Saved a Coworking Brand by Asking for Help

At GCUC NYC last year, I walked out of the main room and bumped into Scott Chambers, the COO at Pacific Workplaces (PAC). Chambers and I knew of each other—PAC had recently swooped in and saved NextSpace Santa Cruz, my home coworking space, from near death—but we hadn’t had a chance to connect. As [...]

NextSpace Ranks as One of 50 Best Pet-Friendly Coworking Spaces in the US

As traditional office space norms fade and flexible shared workspace innovations continue to rise, coworking spaces are taking a new approach to work/life balance. The latest trend in the Coworking industry, thanks to Millennials desiring a flexible and diverse work environment, is to provide a workspace that is pet-friendly. This is quickly becoming very [...]

NextSpace Santa Cruz: The Near-death and Unexpected Reemergence of a Coworking Community

Our coworking community almost died. Technically, the community was in decent shape, but the company that housed us was in a downward spiral. A particularly low-point came in response to a whiteboard question: “How will 2017 be better than 2016?” One of the community managers wrote, “New job.” Another added, “+1,000,000.” How far we [...]