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8 Things Startups Love About Coworking

Coworking is becoming a popular trend all over the globe and with good reason. If, by any chance, you are unfamiliar with what coworking is, well let me explain it in the simplest way possible: coworking is a membership-based workspace with a diverse group of professionals in a communal setting.

Now what is it that makes this concept of coworking so effective and appealing to those in the startup scene? To find out we decided to do a little internal research among our own companies here at the ETC to find out exactly why coworking spaces have become so popular.

  • Community & Culture

Entrepreneurship can get lonely at times, but when you are in a workspace that thrives on energy, it gives you an extra burst of motivation that you may not get from working in your home office or local coffee shop. A close knit community is what makes coworking a great office space option for many members.

  • Diverse Industries

Unlike a traditional office, coworking spaces consist of members who are working for different companies and organizations among a variety of different industries. Working among people that do  different kinds of work can also make your own work identity stronger. One member said, “having relationships with the different companies lets us use each other as resources”. So when you’re placed in a setting where the norm is to help each other out—and there are many opportunities to do so—it opens up doors.

  • Variety of Communal Workspaces and Flexibility

Your work environment and  style is completely up to you. Coworking allows people to decide whether to put in a long day, sleep in and work late, work early and leave early, take one break, take ten breaks, the options are endless and it’s all based on what makes you feel the most productive. But it doesn’t just stop at having the freedom to make your own work schedule, coworking spaces also give people the option to work in a more quiet space when they need to focus, or jump into a collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged.

  • Events

At a traditional business office you are with one company who, more so than not, has the authority to tell you which industry related events or conferences you are or are not going to attend. However, in a coworking space that is definitely not the case. Events are one of the greatest benefits of working in a coworking space. Launch parties, hackathons, tech talks, workshops, venture capitalist guest speakers, happy hours, panel discussions, monthly classes and demo days are some of the most popular types of events that coworking spaces host but the options are endless and in regards to connections, there only going to grow.

  • Open Concept Office Space

Cubicle life, most people have been there, done that, and as someone who has experienced it first hand I’m sure I can speak for most when I say that it is the worst. Having an open concept office space creates an environment that is inviting, warm, and makes you want to come to work.

  • Massage Chair (or amenities)

So the massage chair is specific to the ETC space but we had to throw it in here because come on, if your space had access to a massage chair at all times of the day it would be on your list too. Although, to make this more general towards all spaces, it is known that one of the most appealing aspects of coworking are all of the awesome amenities that come with being a member. Coffee, espresso machines, conference spaces, coffee, telephone booths, free printing, did I say coffee?

  • Interaction

With the ability to get multiple opinions from people in different industries with different points of view can be extremely helpful when help is needed. However, even though you are surrounded by a group of people, socializing isn’t mandatory or forced by any means. Members have the freedom to pick and choose when and how to interact with others. For example, members are more likely to enjoy discussions over coffee in the kitchen area because they went to that part of the space for that purpose.When they want to be left alone elsewhere in the building such as at their desk, they are able to get that privacy.

  • Not traditional

Coworking is not your traditional workplace setting and that, in itself, is appealing. Although coworking spaces are becoming a rising trend in cities around the world it is still not considered the norm therefore it’s desirable.

A coworking space opens you up to people and experiences you would have missed in the first place. You’re only as boring as the space and people around you. The excitement that anything can happen, anyone can show up, at any time on any day makes a coworking space anything but boring; which as it would seem, gives justification to this popular trend.


So, are you a startup still working from home or your local coffee shop?

If so, it might be time to consider coworking as the next steps in moving your business forward. For more information about the ETC or to schedule a tour contact us or email us at info@etcbaltimore.com. 


‘Using Data Effectively’ workshop

Get a glimpse into the world of data mining and data sources. Gain valuable insight into the market and into tools you can use to analyze and visualize data you already have.

Presented by Philippe Duverger, Associate Professor, Towson University

Philippe Duverger is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Towson University where he teaches courses on principles of marketing, consumer behavior, marketing strategy and marketing research. He is also the Director of the Graduate Program for the M.S. in Marketing Intelligence. Dr. Duverger received his Ph.D. in business administration – marketing from George Washington University. His research focuses on service innovation and quantitative methods. Dr. Duverger has published in numerous journals, and prior to his academic career, he spent 20 years in the service industry in different executive capacities.


Baltimore TechBreakfast: Wed-Ease, Collonies.com, and More!

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.

And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them 🙂

Agenda for Baltimore TechBreakfast:

8:00 – 8:15 – Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat
8:15 – 8:20 – Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:20 – ~9:30 – Showcases and Shout-Outs!

  1. Wed-Ease: – Tony Valentino
  2. Collonies.com – David Taylor
  3. *** OPEN ***
  4. *** OPEN ***

~9:30 – end – Final “Shout Outs” & Last Words Baltimore TechBreakfast Sponsors:

  • Baltimore Development Corporation – The Baltimore Development Corporation is the economic development agency for the City of Baltimore
  • Bowie & Jensen – Bowie & Jensen is a leading business law firm representing clients in all types of business matters.
  • CBRE (Baltimore) – CBRE is a global commercial real estate firm that transforms real estate into real advantage.
  • DLA Piper (Baltimore and Columbia) – DLA Piper is a global business law firm that provides corporate, IP, capital raising and other legal advice to technology startups and high growth businesses.
  • Diversified Insurance – Diversified Insurance is a prominent regional independent insurance agency since 1969.
  • DonQuiSoft – Smart. Mobile. Solutions.
  • Emerging Technology Center – The ETC is a non-profit business incubator program with two separate incubator facilities, focused on growing companies in Baltimore City.
  • G&M Investments – The Wealth Management firm focusing on retirement, legacy, and business transition strategies with an emphasis on investment portfolio management. Our clients are founders, company executives, divorcees, widows and widowers
  • TEDCO – TEDCO is an independent organization that strives to be Maryland’s lead source for entrepreneurial business assistance and seed funding in Maryland’s innovation economy.
  • Tenable – Tenable integrates vulnerability and threat management to make your IT security teams more effective

2016 B’more on Rails Workshop for Women

February 19-20th

Come learn about the basics of programming with Ruby on Rails. During this two day workshop, The B’more on Rails crew will guide through building and deploying a web application. You’ll walk away with the resources and tools to continue programming for the internet.


Friday Installfest

7:00pm – 9:00pm

We’ll work together to set up your computer with the necessary tools and explore the command line a little. Bring your laptop and the battery charger. A tablet won’t work for this. Let us know if you have a problem getting a computer and we will see if we can get one for you.

Saturday Workshop

The big day. Saturday will be focused on getting your Ruby on Rails application built and launched.

8:30am – 9:00am | Registration, coffee, & last-minute installation help

During the morning we’ll make sure your install from Friday is running well. Be sure to meet the other participants during this time! We will have breakfast and juice ready to get you going for the day.

9:00am – 9:30am | Welcome to B’More on Rails

We’ll review the day’s schedule & hear from our sponsors.

9:30am – 11:00pm | The building begins!

We’ll review command line and Start programming. (This includes a 15-minute break.)

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch!

Coders need to eat! We will have sandwhiches, salads, and soup. There will be options for gluten-free, vegan, and veggie.

1:00pm – 4:30pm | Making Progress

We’ll continue working on our applications, covering terminology, ruby and the command line as needed. We may not all finish building our applications – but everyone should have the tools and knowledge to continue after the workshop.

4:30pm – 5:00pm | Closing Ceremonies

5:00pm – 7:00pm | Afterparty!!

After the workshop, take some time to relax and hang with the local Rails community. Attendees, coaches, and tech&creative communities more than welcome to come out.