When we started our coworking space in NYC we had no idea that we were becoming part of a global movement.
The tight-knit local communities that are being built by the best coworking spaces around the world is what makes this industry special for freelancers, startup teams, and remote worker that can't be matched by any other type of workplace.
GCUC (pronounced juicy) is a Coworking conference being held in Montreal this week. The conference is for coworking spaces to come together to share ideas and learn about the latest trends.
GCUC is the major annual Coworking Conference in the United States. They started in Austin, Texas but now move every year to explore Coworking in different cities. GCUC is looking to advance the coworking movement, inspire, delight and keep things interesting. They change up the format each year based on their thorough survey results after each event.
Here are the coworking leaders that will be in Montreal this week.
Adam Field, Co-Founder & CPO at Meshwork - Denver, CO
An entrepreneur at his core. From the time he built his first website for his family business up until his current role as Chief Product Officer of Meshwork, Adam has been fascinated by what can be achieved as an entrepreneur.
His passion for coworking has been a continuous evolution of different roles he has played in the projects of which he has been a part of.
Charlotte Kirby, Founder at The Village - Markham, ON
The Village Hive, located in the beautiful Olde School House in Markham Village, is joining the coworking movement. A welcoming place for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and all types of people with workplace flexibility to come together for networking, collaboration and health & wellness.
Elaine McPherson, Founder at e=mc2 - Canmore, AB
Elaine is the Founder of two companies that support entrepreneurs, her focus is assisting others to form their dreams into reality.
It’s always been Elaine's vision to create a space where small independent businesses could work & co-exist together, sharing resources and minimizing costs. E=mc2 is the first coworking space in Canmore.
Christine Andrews, Founder at Acme Works - Toronto, ON
After over 20 years working for leading multinational advertising agencies, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium and as a consultant, Christine identified an opportunity in the market and donned her entrepreneurial hat. In May 2013, she opened Acme Works, a coworking space in downtown Toronto.
Troy Evans, Co-Founder at CommonSpace - Syracuse, NY
CommonSpace is a local hub that assists in manufacturing connections. A place where entrepreneurs, creatives, unsatisfied 9-5ers and everyone in between can tap into the collective knowledge that exists within Central New York.
Geoff Wood, Founder at Gravitate - Des Moines, IA
An entrepreneur, connector and the founder of Welch Avenue, an umbrella company that houses several initiatives related to the Iowa startup community including the Welch Avenue Weekly (a curated digest of the top startup and technology news for community in Iowa delivered each week) and the Welch Avenue Show (a web show/podcast highlighting founders across the state).
Geoff also advises Startup Genome, a project working to build the most comprehensive and accurate database of startup activity around the world.
Oren Salomon, Founder at Dallas Fort Work - Dallas, TX
Works is a collaborative space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, and remote workers to work, gather, caffeinate, and coordinate their plans to change the world.
Natalie Voland, President at Le Salon 1861 - Montreal QC
Natalie has been working outside of the traditional real estate box for the last 20 years. With her social work background, she has created a unique vision to use real estate projects as a tool for economic development and urban regeneration.
As a Quebec leader in social innovation through “Benefit Corporation Certification” based on triple bottom line practices, Natalie works collaboratively with strategic partners to redevelop areas, notably the South West of Montreal.
She holds a portfolio of approx. 1.5 million square feet with over 500 small and medium businesses including startup incubators.
Paul Dragan, Founder at Reckless Bike Stores - Vancouver BC
Reckless Bike Stores’ first store opened its doors in 1986. Today in Vancouver, their three stores continue the tradition of exceptional service and quality work.
Their growth and success due to a simple formula: a welcoming atmosphere, friendly advice, and top-quality cycling products.
Angel Kwiatkowski, Founder at Cohere - Fort Collins, CO
Founder of the Cohere Coworking Community in Fort Collins, Colorado. A shared office space and community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers.
She has authored two books about coworking that offer practical, actionable advice for those who want to start a coworking space or join one as a member. Check them out at http://coherecommunity.com/ebooks.
She also consults with other coworking space enthusiasts to help them open shared office spaces in their communities all over the world.
Tiberius Brastaviceanu, Co-Founder at Sensorica
Sensorica is an open value network of multidisciplinary professionals, amateurs, and affiliated research labs, providing sensing and automating solutions.
They are committed to the design and deployment of intelligent, open sensors, and systems, which allow their communities to optimize interactions with our physical environment and realize our full human potential.
Maximilian Schuetz, Co-Founder at Kisi - Brooklyn, NY
Kisi develops cloud technology to build secure access control systems that use a combination of sensors and mobile devices to grant facility access to authorized personnel. Designed for commercial and enterprise applications, the Kisi system provides an added layer of intelligence and enhanced experience at all access points of the facility.
Liz Elam, Owner at Link Coworking & Founder of GCUC - Austin, TX
After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor of science in Journalism, Liz worked for Dell for 15 years, navigating her way up the ladder into it's highest sales position – Global Account Manager. Having been a telecommuter, she recognized the importance of alternative options to increase productivity and work-life balance for professionals operating in non-traditional work environments; within that recognition, the idea for Link Coworking was born.
She proudly opened its doors in Austin, Texas, in 2010 and was met with acclaim from members and media alike. She opened her second location - Link Too in 2012.
Liz has since become a prominent voice in the coworking movement. She spoke at SXSW Interactive in 2009, 2010 and 2013 on coworking. She produces and hosts GCUC in the US and is now expanding it internationally.
Jacob Sayles, Co-Founder at Office Nomads - Seattle WA
Office Nomads is a coworking space in Capitol Hill, Seattle, dedicated to cultivating a dynamic, creative and productive community office for Seattle’s nomadic workforce.
Thilo Utke, Co-Founder at Cobot - Berlin, Germany
Cobot is a leading management software for coworking. Cobot automatically generates invoices and collects payments. The money appears in your bank account without you having to do anything.
Lucas Seyhun, Co-Founder & CEO at The Farm SoHo
A serial entrepreneur with successful businesses in retail clothing and commercial real estate. Lucas owns boutique clothing stores and an event space in Miami and Coworking offices in New York City.
One of the keys to making a startup profitable is managing expenses, and office space are one of the largest overhead costs.
Lucas designs beautiful, well-designed high-tech spaces that create community and offer excellent work space in high-value locations while preserving capital for business growth.
As part of joining, they provide business development resources and mentorship. If you’re looking for the hippest, most lively place to start growing your tech business in Manhattan stop in at The Farm SoHo.
Adrian Palacios, Co-Founder & CTO at Nexudus - London, England
A software and hardware engineer with a passion for doing things differently. Adrian is the Co-Founder and technical lead at Nexudus, an end-to-end platform to manage many of the processes happening in coworking and shared workspaces.