Seven Years and Five Years and Counting

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Hey there friends.

That up there? It’s the lead-in to the first flyer we made advertising The Coop, Chicago’s first dedicated coworking space, which opened over seven years ago. It’s crazy to think that Desktime was born five years ago out of our work owning and operating The Coop.

So much has changed since we offered those eight desks in Fulton Market. The Coop is now NextSpace River North and continues to thrive. There are now thousands of coworking spaces all over the world, with new ones opening weekly. Companies large and small are finding smarter creative ways to use and share their office space. Individuals and teams are finding better ways to connect and work.

We’re thrilled Desktime remains one of the best tools out there for people to find an awesome shared place to work anywhere in the world and is also used by spaces all over the country to help manage the day to days of running a coworking space.

We’ve been at the forefront of shared workspaces since day one and, seven (or five) years in, we’re more excited than ever about where things are headed. We’ve got some exciting things to share with you in the coming months. For Desktime, seven years in is still only the beginning and we’re thrilled to share this adventure with you.

Best, Sam
Co-founder of Desktime coop2 copy

Making a Name in Coworking

With our directory of nearly 1,000 coworking spaces across the globe, we come across a wide array of smart names. Many names are simple and to the point, beginning with “Co” or ending with “Space,” but we’ve also found some to be a bit more obscure. Being the curious people we are, we reached out to dig a little deeper and get the story behind some of these catchy names.

So enjoy part one of Desktime’s series Making a Name in Coworking. Soak in some fun factoids and maybe even find a bit of inspiration for the name of your future coworking space.

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New and Noteworthy

A few new listings from our Desktime Directory.

The Betagroup in Brussels looks awesome! We know because we took their virtual video tour. Prices here range from 80 to 250 euros.

Cruzioworks is a brand new space in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Their rates range from $19 for a day pass, to $539 a month for a private office. 

The Ravenswood Coworking Group in Chicago is literally next door to the Montrose CTA stop. Drop in for the day for only $20. 

Mission Fifty in Hoboken New Jersey has a ton of coworking plans to pick from, starting at $25 a day up to $599 a month. 

And lastly, if you end up in Toronto be sure to check out CO:WORK, which just opened this July and offers both daily and hourly rates!

Hometown Hot Spots: Chicago

Since Desktime is based out of Chicago our directory is filled with great shared workspaces in and around the city. Here are a few that have excited and impressed us…

The Coop is one of Chicago’s original coworking spaces, and one of our personal favorites since we got our start there. Nestled Downtown feet away from the CTA and nearby art galleries, The Coop has desks for rent by the day, week or month. The day rates are cheap ($20) and they offer flexible options for people who want to use the space more sporadically. There is a friendly office dog and free coffee in the kitchen for ‘Coopers.’ Read more about The Coop on their newly retooled website:

Enerspace is an interesting combination of a shared workspace and a workout facility. Having just recently opened in the West Loop, this coworking space was designed for entrepreneurs and start-up business professionals. Enerspace offers flexible monthly memberships and configurable seating, but what’s even better is the full fitness center within Enerspace. Need to take a workout break or quick shower after biking to the office? Do it at Enerspace! 

Walking distance from the Magnificent Mile, Workspring is an ideal place for holding a meeting. Workspring differs from other shared spaces because it functions as a full-service retreat space. That means the meeting rooms and conference rooms were designed specifically for collaboration. The entire facility is available for rent for events and private company retreats. 

Topics is one of Chicago’s first coffee houses built specifically with mobile professionals and freelancers in mind. This coffee shop has your self-employed needs covered with their private work areas, a conference room, quality coffee and a soup of the day. Topics is the ideal environment to, as they say, “drop in, turn on and tune out.”

STUDIO 24 is pretty unique… This 5,000 sq. foot space operates as a shared photography studio. There are two studio-areas (23 x 30 feet each) available for rent and the STUDIO comes equipped with a shared kitchen, bathroom, conference area and shooting space.