Tech Companies: Collaboration and Innovation in Coworking Spaces

Collaboration and Innovation in Coworking Spaces
As technology continues to change the way we navigate our lives, our world keeps expanding, while the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices allow increasing flexibility and creativity in the ways we work and play. As those much sought after online commuting and remote working environments have taken their places in the business-as-usual line up, a hybrid of sorts seems to be gaining in popularity as the traditional office is supplemented by shared coworking concepts.

For small businesses and startups, coworking spaces meet many needs in the way of a professional environment that fosters collaboration and networking, without office space rentals to wrestle with.  Today, even large companies are boldly going where corporations with large real estate presences didn’t dare to go, just a few years ago.  The sector unintentionally driving the current coworking trend is coming from those work-from-home lone rangers of the tech company variety. We know, ironic. While it’s true the very nature of tech companies suggests that all one needs is a computing device, an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative technical mind, tech start-ups make up 27% of coworking space memberships at Venture X in Naples’ Mercato neighborhood.

Collaboration inspires innovation

For tech startups, going out on a limb with a new idea or a revolutionary concept, collaborative, open environments can stimulate the imagination. Sometimes more than one point of view can make that one thing click that you just couldn’t see on your own. Coworking spaces tend to be places where knowledge sharing and the camaraderie of like-minded individuals ignites a synergy that bolsters creativity. Tech types who reported experiencing this creative energy vortex said their work performance improved in shared coworking environments. In John Duckworth’s 2016 ITportal.com article, Co-working: The future for tech companies?,” the author cited a 2012 Global Coworking Survey, where tech coworkers said, “their creativity had increased since moving into a coworking space, and 62% said their standard of work had improved.”

Venture X Naples offers so much more than just a shared work space

Tech companies and individuals can find even more inspiration in our Naples’ facility. Not your down and dirty start-up in a garage affair, Venture X is located in one of the most desirable areas of Naples, in the midst of a plethora of dining, cultural and entertainment venues. When it’s time to take a break, you can grab a bite and entertain clients or join other team members for a working dinner, just steps away. Back at the ranch, Venture X’s high tech facilities offer more than just an affordable place to work.

  • Our facilities, a well-designed mix of modern office space meets boutique hotel, feature an industrial loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed ceilings.

  • Warp speed fiber optic Internet makes working on mobile and lap-top devices move at the same pace as your ideas.

  • Fully equipped and nicely appointed meeting rooms are outfitted with the latest in conference and presentation technology so when it’s time to present your ideas to the money people, you are ready.

  • Free coffee, filtered water and a weekly catered breakfast fuel brainstorming sessions and save time running out for food and drinks.

  • A centralized café and lounge area, with a large kitchen promotes collaboration and serves as a community area for Venture X’s diverse professional community. Tech start-ups can interact with professionals from other tech start-ups, marketing professionals, attorneys, architects and other folks. You can share ideas with other professionals you may need to grow your business or compare notes with other companies.

  • Our large lounge area can accommodate up to 75 guests for special events, with ample free parking for your guests in an adjoining four story garage.

  • We offer concierge-level member services and access to our online, as well as, in person member network to keep you connected, collaborating, inspired and developing relationships that can grow your business.

  • Secure 24/7 access to your work space and common areas for early morning or late-night sessions.

Coworking plans at Venture X Naples are flexible

For individuals and small companies, Venture X Naples’ beautiful coworking office space plans are designed to save you money, while providing workspace solutions that fit your business needs. We offer flexible month-to-month agreements, with no long term leases or contracts required.

  • The Community plan, ideal for tech businesses that do not need office space every day includes a one day access to common areas per month, with added day passes for $25 per day available and meeting room access for $35 per hour. Great for touching base with your team and accessing the membership community, as well.

  • The Dedicated Desk plan is perfect for tech teams that want additional privacy and the same desk every day. Along with a dedicated desk, this plan includes a filing cabinet, ergonomic chairs, a mailing address, 24/7 access and three conference room hours per month.

  • The Shared Desk plan, a flexible full-time solution for free-spirits, allows you access to any open seat in our common area, plus a mailing address and two conference room hours per month.

  • Tech companies and individuals can also choose a Private Office plan or our Virtual Office plan among other options.

As coworking trends sail into the future of fluid office spaces, tech startups, established tech businesses and corporate tech teams are leading the way in collaborative, inspiring, knowledge-sharing community-based environments. Catch the coworking wave at Venture X Naples! Oh, in case it helps, we’re a five-minute bike ride to Naples’ beautiful, white, sandy beaches!

5 Reasons Why Venture X in Naples is the Right Coworking Space for Your Business

5 Reasons Why Venture X in Naples is the Right Coworking Space for Your Business
Remember when we all thought it would be the cat’s pajamas to ditch the daily commute and the grind and work from home? Sure, saving money on business attire was a definite plus, along with working more flexible hours but, after a while, we started to feel somewhat isolated and missed the hubbub of an office setting along with the sense of community and collaboration you just can’t get from emailing and Skyping your team members, clients and colleagues. Face it, we were confined to our homes and as much as we’ve been told, there’s no place like home, it turns out, we needed a change of scenery. Well, now we’re in luck, with Venture X Naples, we have a coworking space we can love.

As more Naples startups, small businesses and some large businesses, as well, are looking for well-appointed, upscale spaces that foster a networking and resource sharing business community, many are finding Venture X Naples to be just the ticket. It’s a space somewhere between a boutique hotel and a modern office environment.

Below are five reasons Venture X Naples coworking space is right for your Naples, Florida business:

  1. Location, location, location

    Venture X Naples is located in Mercato, the lifeline and cultural pulse of Naples, Florida. Surrounded by luxury office spaces, trending restaurants and exciting nightlife, Mercato is also the hub of many community and cultural events as well. You can meet with colleagues and clients in the comfort of our contemporary, industrial loft designed space that features high exposed ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. Renting office space at Venture X could be the first of many smart business moves to grow your brand around many other like-minded entrepreneurs and individuals.

  2. Make a business statement

    If your business is growing and you need to actually meet in person with clients, your home doesn’t really cut it, does it? You may live in a beautiful home but nothing says, “I need a real office,” like your kids chasing the dog through your meeting or some other unlikely disaster coming to fruition at exactly the worst possible time. At Venture X, you can focus on your client’s needs in a space conducive to transacting business and then take them out to lunch or dinner at one of Mercato’s impressive restaurants.

  3. Save on overhead costs

    Your business is growing but your budget for renting an office does not exactly fit into the “desirable and/or safe neighborhood” category. Venture X’s coworking space in the Naples’ Mercato area makes renting office space a non-issue. You can rent a desk in our common area, a private office, a dedicated work space or whatever Venture X plan your business needs.
    Many large corporations can take advantage of Venture X’s collaborative spirit to inspire their next business ideas.  Having a dedicated office space saves money, giving your teams a place to coordinate plans and hold brainstorming sessions, bring team members together, without flying everyone to corporate headquarters at quite an expense.

  4. Not just an office space

    Need a meeting room to pitch your latest ideas or products? Our meeting rooms offer state-of-the-art conference technology with warp speed fiber optic Internet and professional copying, scanning and printing capabilities. Want to take a break, grab a bite and socialize? Check out our centrally located café and lounge/reception area with a large diner-style kitchen or step out on the terrace for some fresh air, a little sunshine and the opportunity to mingle with other tech-startups, architects, realtors, freelancers, health and fitness publishers and many more diverse professionals that inspire our local business community here in beautiful Naples, Florida.

  5. Special events

    No need to feel isolated when you have shared office space at Venture X, you can attend weekly events that provide social, cultural, educational and entrepreneurial insights into today’s marketing trends, explore the importance of consistency in customer experience and other timely topics you need to know to grow your business. With enough room to accommodate 75 guests, our high-ceiling spacious lounge area makes an excellent venue to host a private event. With a kitchen available for catered events and ample parking for your guests, your Venture X event can be a huge success, making memorable impressions on clients and colleagues.

If working in a hip, happening space inspires you? If you like being surrounded by other like-minded professionals who are striving to realize their business potential, sharing ideas and resources, in a supportive community sounds like a plan to you, make it your business to contact Venture X to see which office space plan works for you. We can help grow your business and save you money with flexible times, rates and so much more. Oh, and by the way, we’re a five-minute bike ride from Naples’ white sandy beaches! Just sayin’.

Pros & Cons: Coworking vs. Traditional Office Rentals in San Antonio

Coworking vs. Traditional Office Rentals in San Antonio
Here in San Antonio, more people than ever are looking for flexible work environments that foster collaboration and flexibility. Coworking spaces provide an affordable option to these entrepreneurs or individuals who work remotely without having to manage their office space.

Of course, not everyone wants to share their workspace with people they do not know which is why they may choose a private and more traditional office space. But, even the most private of office workers could save money and build a network of peers by looking into coworking spaces here in San Antonio.

San Antonio Embraces Coworking

Our city has become a melting pot of modern creatives who are looking to network with like-minded individuals. As more millennials enter the workforce, their need for flexibility is changing the way the entire workforce thinks about working. We are becoming less tethered to our desks thanks to platforms like Slack, Basecamp, Google Docs, and others. While not every business is interested in employing those who wish to wander, it is far more common to offer flexibility in where you choose to work.

Technology companies that are located in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, or Mountain Valley are often looking for talent in any location of the world and will allow those individuals to work remotely. Coworking spaces are a great alternative to setting up a temporary workspace at the local coffee shop or being confined to your home.

PROS of Coworking Spaces

  • Coworking with Venture X Saves You Money

Working from a coworking space as opposed to a traditional office rental can save you money in more ways than one. Instead of a lease or rental where you are committed to a long-term agreement and giving a large security deposit, with coworking spaces at Venture X, you work month to month on an as-needed basis. This provides flexibility for those who need it to accommodate for seasonal fluctuations in their schedules. If your work takes you to other cities where Venture X is located, you have the option to work from that space as well. It would be very costly to maintain offices in more than one city.

Additionally, with a coworking space, you rent the space you need, not more. Sometimes you may end up with additional space because it’s all that was available but if that space is not needed, that’s money you could be saving. Lastly, many forget to calculate for the cost of furniture, utilities and maintenance of an office space. With Venture X, you don’t need to worry about those additional expenses that can add up very quickly; we have tastefully selected office furnishings for you, we worry about the Internet and power bills as well as the cleaning and maintenance of the office.

  • Coworking Provides Access to a Wide Range of Talent

When someone works in an office, he or she is surrounded by the same people each day and everyone is working toward the same goal. But, with coworking spaces, they have access to lots of different talented individuals and often those that work in industries completely different than their own. You can bounce ideas off these individuals, trade resources, or even work together.

  • Coworking Spaces Offer a Support System

As any entrepreneur will tell you, getting a business started is not an easy task. Although one is not usually completely alone in this undertaking, it is rare to have others with the same goal in mind working in the same office. In a coworking space, you can seek advice and words of encouragement as well as bounce ideas off of others who are navigating this course as well.

  • Coworking with Venture X Offers Networking Opportunities

Regardless of the size, every office offers networking opportunities with other professionals before, during or after the work day. Never underestimate how far some connections can take you; they may know someone who knows someone that you end up working with on a project.

  • Coworking Equals an Ongoing Learning Opportunity

All successful individuals will tell you that you should always strive to surround yourself with people you can learn something from and who are in places where you want to be. Continuously improving your skill set is invaluable and lifelong learning should be a goal for all professionals so always take advantage of the opportunity to learn from those around you.

CONS of Coworking Spaces

  • Coworking Spaces are Distracting

Although coworking spaces can be a great place to work, they can also be distracting and harmful to productivity with so many people moving around and talking in a shared work space. However, if you’re busy and determined enough, the comings and goings of others will go unnoticed.

Joining a coworking community will put you in touch with other San Antonio locals who share the same drive for success that you do. Just reflect on how the “pros” far outweigh the “cons.” Consider removing yourself from the isolation of working alone and join Venture X’s coworking community today! Call us today to schedule a tour of facilities; we have now doubt you’ll love working here!

VentureX Featured in Mississauga News

VentureX Canada was recently featured in the Mississauga News, the article showcases the launch of the first VentureX co-working space in Canada.

“Mississauga’s buzzing entrepreneurial community has prompted a North American company to open a brand new office space in the city’s downtown core for people of all industries and occupational backgrounds.

Venture X will officially open the new three-level, 6,000-square-foot space on Friday, April 28, located near Square One Shopping Centre, on Village Centre Court.

“We are very excited to be bringing Venture X to a city like Mississauga,” said Venture X Canada Director of Operations Anas Saltaji. “We see a lot of potential in this city. It is a vibrant, metropolitan area with a diverse community of people and entrepreneurs that we cannot wait to welcome into Venture X.”

Saltaji said his team identified a particular need for this type of space in the city.”

Source / Read More: Mississauga News

VentureX Featured in Palm Beach Post

Ray Titus (left), CEO of United Franchise Group, and Thomas Weber, President of VentureX, pose at United Franchise Groups’ offices in West Palm Beach. Venture X opened its first space in Naples and is planning to add more in Miami and several other cities. 

United Franchise Group (UFG) joins the workspace market with Venture X. The idea behind Venture X is to promote co-working by creating a place where an entrepreneur without an existing office can come work and share ideas or a cup of coffee with other entrepreneurs for as little as $99/month. The first location in Naples, FL has led to others in cities such as Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York and San Antonio which is already up and running. Ray Titus, CEO of UFG, and Thomas Weber, President of Venture X, are excited about the future of Venture X. The idea is to give the “working from home” entrepreneur and freelancer a professional workspace that is inspiring and can be used for client and vendor meetings.

WEST PALM BEACH — With flexible office space all the rage in big cities, West Palm Beach-based United Franchise Group hopes to capitalize on the latest trend in commercial real estate.

United Franchise Group’s new concept has a trendy name — Venture X — and a marketing pitch based on providing entrepreneurs with workspace for as little as $99 a month and without long leases.
Venture X opened its first office space in Naples and is working to add locations in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York and San Antonio, said Ray Titus, chief executive of United Franchise Group.

Venture X is aiming squarely at entrepreneurs and freelancers who are a bit too prosperous to keep toiling on the couch or the local coffee shop.

“Working from home and Starbucks works for a certain amount of time,” Titus said. “But once you build the business up, you outgrow that. When you’ve got machinery in your living room, or inventory in your den, or vendors coming to tour your facilities, it becomes an issue.”

The concept of business suites is nothing new. In fact, Titus said, United Franchise Group rents space in Las Vegas from Regus Business Centers, a long-established provider of office suites. Servcorp is another longtime player.

And the co-working concept created by WeWork has become a venture capital hit, achieving a valuation of billions based on its model of ping-pong tables and afternoon happy hours.

Meanwhile, new ventures such as PivotDesk and Liquid Space operate a model similar to Airbnb, allowing landlords to offload empty space.

“It’s a hot market with a lot of competitors, but that’s something we’re used to,” Titus said.

He positions Venture X as a concept somewhere between Regus Business Centers’ relatively staid approach and WeWork’s hipster vibe. Tenants can interact with each other and use their memberships at Venture X locations in other cities.

“It’s really a comfortable business atmosphere,” Titus said. “There’s some fun, but we’re not promoting ourselves as this just-for-startups type of scenario.”

Read More / Source: Palm Beach Post