One of the coolest things about coworking to me personally is seeing how others manage their workflow and taking the things I learn and integrating them into my own methods. Call me crazy geeky, but here some of little things that I love that I’ve experienced at Conjunctured so far:
Taking a glance at how other coworkers have setup their labels differently in Gmail or organized their bookmarks and comparing it to my own methods.
John Metcalf excitedly asking me what Firefox addon I have that shows a site’s Google PageRank + Alexa rating and me excitedly sharing it with him.
Watching Cesar Torres design a client’s business cards in Adobe Illustrator and me watching his fingers go crazy with keyboard shortcuts that I never use.
Seeing that Dusty Reagan, as tech-savvy as he is, still keeps his to-do list in his handy little Moleskine. And also, that I got to excitedly share with my him how I manage my own to-do lists with Todoist.
Seeing live demos of useful web apps (and iPhone Apps too for that matter) that I had never seen in action. In this case, Microsoft Office Live, thanks to Robert Starek. Most of these demos don’t result in me installing the programs, but it’s just a lot more efficient to get a demo by an avid & passionate user, rather than seeing a tutorial online.
Watching how Cullen Wilson handles client proposals so quickly and easily—a task that I normally dread and find time consuming. Maybe some of that will rub off on me!
Realizing that productive work really can happen while lying down on a couch for hours at a time. (Scott Bellware prefers the ‘lounge room’ to the tables and chairs of the ‘coworking room’ any day of the week.)
Coworking is a constant reminder to me that being consistently exposed to difference is a powerful thing. We all have our unique way of doing things, but if we learn from others as well as share with others our methods we all become more successful in our own rights. It’s simply impossible to have the time to discover everything on our own, so it seems coworking provides an innovative means to in-person crowdsourcing.
On Saturday, as a part of what I’m now deeming my “Texas Two-Step,” I drove down from the DFW area through Austin, on to San Antonio to attend their first ever BarCamp San Antonio. There were talks on podcasting, branding, Ruby on Rails, email marketing, BIL & TED and more (yours truly led a discussion on how to build communities using online and real-world tools).
Early in the day, our pal, Joseph Lopez (from Austin/Austin 3.0), instigated a great panel about how to bring about a creative space in San Antonio—whether that meant a physical space like Conjunctured or Bryan, TX’s Creative Spaceor how to push the city to become more of a creative class city—a “space” where creative types of all industries want to flock. The exchanges I observed in the discussion were nothing short of amazing; it was really cool witnessing a community mobilizing first-hand.
Throughout the day, rumblings of JellyinSanAntonio and a formalized coworking space occurred between me and members of the San Antonio community, most likely as a result of Joey’s discussion. While San Antonio is setting a goal for having a space by 2009, one awesome announcement of the day ensures that they’re well on their way. Connie Reece, Austin (and the world’s) social media maven was in attendance to announce the creation of Social Media Club San Antonio. With the people who’ve stepped up to take the reins on this initiative, San Antonio is going to no doubt have a great SMC presence. Congrats!
It was great to get a sense for what is happening around this great (giant) state this weekend, specifically in the respective tech sectors. Things are happening around here, y’all. Stay tuned for some Texas-sized awesomeness.
This past Thursday (Sept. 4th), I spent the day in Denton, TX, about an hour north of the mid-point between Fort Worth and Dallas. I was there helping the community break in the idea of coworking through the town’s first ever JellyinDenton.
It’s great to see the Jelly concept spread around since we’re huge proponents of Jelly around Conjunctured; without Jelly, Dusty (who started JellyinAustin), David, John and I might not have come together.
The event was a huge success from what I observed. Stormy Shippy (yes, that is his real name) did a great job as host for the Jelly meetup and for showing us around town after the laptops were closed, post-Jelly (Jam?).
The absolute best part of the trip for me was reading the local paper in the morning and seeing the front pagearticle, above the fold, recapping the event; this shows that the city is very supportive and totally “gets it.”
We wish nothing but the best of luck to Stormy and his friends up north. It’s great to see a group take the coworking concept and totally run with it. I see a really successful future for this community and am really excited for them.
We had a great turn out at our first Jelly hosted at Conjunctured. Around 15 people showed up! Thanks everyone!
If you’re not familiar with Jelly, it’s an every-so-often casual coworking session. Anyone is welcome to come, bring your laptop, art supplies, or whatever, and work alongside other creative, fun people, for free!
We streamed live via Stickam. John and some of his friends at Radar.net even joined in on the virtual coworking session.
If you missed this months Jelly at Conjunctured. Watch our Google Calendar for our next free coworking event!
It seems like so long ago, but I just wanted to say how much fun we had at Mashable’s SummerMash Austin last week.It was great to hang with Pete Cashmore and Karen Hartline, Yoono, MySites and Houston’s own Erica O’Grady; we’re glad we got to show them that Austin doesn’t just party hard during SXSW.The best of the best were out at Buffalo Billiards and it only served as a taste of things to come in March.You can read Karen’s review of the night on the Mashable site.
Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins, associate editor at Mashable, even dropped by from Dallas to check out what he calls the “burgeoning Web 2.0 community” in Austin.Make sure to read his post-event reflections on the Mashable site, as well as watch the included videos.He underlines what local groups like Conjunctured, Austin Startup and Austin 3.0 have been discussing for the past few months—there’s something happening with the Austin technology community.I know I usually find myself caught up in a bubble regarding the future of Austin tech, so it’s great to hear the same thing from people outside of our small, yet ever-evolving community.
Thanks so much to everyone who wore a Conjunctured sticker that night and special congratulations to the winners of the Part Time passes we raffled as part of our event sponsorship.See you soon guys!
Note: This post was originally written in 2008. On Jan 2, 2010 Ms. Cisneros passed away in Austin. May she rest in peace.
When we were featured in Omar Gallaga‘s Statesman article last Sunday on coworking along with LaunchPad Coworking and Caroline Collective, we had no idea of the interest we would garner from the Life & Arts feature.Notes of encouragement and requests for more information on coworking came from all over the Austin community.Many thanks to all those who have written in or talked to us in person—it’s great to see that Austin is more than ready for coworking.
One special note dropped in our email the Monday following the article from a family who was convinced they knew the house shown in the paper.They claimed it was the house their Aunt Alice lived in decades ago.Even though the article never explicitly stated our address, the family easily called out our address as 1309 E. 7th St.We quickly invited the Cisneros over and by Thursday had Aunt Alice walking through the halls and rooms of the Conjunctured house, taking us back to Austin more than 50 years ago.
We learned lots of history about the house, including the stories when the family first purchased an air conditioner to wine-making and fermenting under the house (we’ve yet to explore down there, but if we’re lucky we’ll come across some leftover vintage homemade wine).
It’s interesting to note that when Alice was living in the house as a teenager, it actually was a two-family house, complete with two kitchens.We’re glad we gained a first-hand account of the history of the house and that we get to continue the tradition of commingling people within the four walls of the space.Even though Austin is a young city, it’s growing exponentially day by day and we’re thrilled to be a part of the growth and that we can share in part of the history of the E. 7th St. house.
Conjunctured is a sponsor of InnovationCamp today, right here in our own backyard.What you may not have known, though, is that we’re also the official after party location of iCamp!
If you’re planning on becoming a member of Austin’s first coworking space, this would be a great time to walk around and check us out if you didn’t attend the tweetup on Monday.We’ll be answering questions about memberships that night and will be ready to sign you up if you want in on the beta run.Make sure to stop by the space at 1309 E. 7th St. [map] if you’re interested, right after iCamp at 7:30PM.The Statesman (thanks to @omarg‘s upcoming coworking article) and the A-list (shoutout to @archana) will be around taking pictures of the good times we’ll be having.
If you remember in the video, we have a wet bar in the space.While we may not have wi-fi until mid-week next week, we will definitely make sure this part of the space is up and running for y’all.
I’ve been working on this for the past few weeks, but today Karen, the awesome events director at Mashable (the #1 social networking and social media news blog) sent me the good news.Check out the other local sponsors we’ll be chilling with, including Pluck and our good friends at Austin Tech Happy Hour.
Karen’s dragging along Mr. Pete Cashmore himself, along with fellow Texan Masher Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins.Hopefully Alana Taylor will make an appearance at the July 30th event at Buffalo Billiards on 6th Street since we know her bro is an Austinite too.
We’ll be giving away memberships to the coworking space, so make sure you mosey on over to Eventbrite to RSVP for the event—as if watching Pete rocking out to Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Rock Band wasn’t enough.See you there!
At 3PM on June 23, 2008 we got approval from the owner of a property in east Austin we’ve been in negotiations over for a couple of weeks.
At 5PM on June 23, 2008 we sent a message to a few people over the messaging network Twitter about having a sneak preview and some champagne at the space.
At 9PM on June 23, 2008 we had people from all over coming in to check it out.
Put anything out on Twitter and you know it will get spread around like a cold at a daycare—the great thing about Austin’s super-supportive community.Mondo thanks to everyone who came out last night!More videos will be coming soon as they’re edited, encoded and uploaded.
Dusty put some pictures on Flickr as well.If you have content from last night, send it my way or drop a link in the comments!I had a blast last night, I hope everyone did too.