As others scramble to fill the void left behind, some will inevitably figure out how to do the best job of offering up the best platform for sharing facilities. It will be dry, and it will make good money. And there will always be a struggle among competitors over securing the most market share.
But someone out there will figure out how to make a platform that truly embraces the fact that sharing space is about the people and not the facilities.
I was sad to see Loosecubes shutdown as I liked the people and the idea was hitting upon an important trend. Coworking is not some fad, it is the future of working. Tony is correct that there will be plenty of others entering the space that will make money. However coworking is about people first and the company that realizes that will do very well.
Judith Watson, associate dean of CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism
“I would argue that the entrepreneurial sector is as powerful a job creation engine as ever. The cause of the discrepancy between the 1999 numbers and the 2011 numbers, above, isn’t an indicator of the declining hiring power of start-ups. Rather, the discrepancy comes from how we define a “job.”
For too long, we’ve stuck to the old definition of job: a full-time hire with a steady paycheck, benefits, and a W-2. That metric worked in the industrial- and information-based economy that dominated most of the 20th century. But as we sit at the dawn of the innovation economy that will dominate the next century, that definition will become less and less useful. Here’s one of my favorite stats, courtesy of Intuit’s 2020 Report: by 2020, 40% of the American workforce will be freelancers, independent contractors, or other specialists-for-hire.”Jeremy Neuner, CEO of NextSpace, in their newsletter (via letsfixthestupidjobcrisis)