We’re seeing some new Meetup groups get started this first quarter. Patrick White has started an excellent Meetup group on SEO. It’s meeting twice a month at Ideas and Coffee. Sam Hotchkiss, founder of Brute Protect, is organizing several new WordPress meetups geared towards developers and businesses using WordPress. Keep an eye on the Meetup calendar for more details.
We had some issues with our Meetup feed. The calendar of events was fine, but the individual event posts are getting lost. We’ve worked out the issue with Nuanced Media’s help. If you notice any problems, please let us know!
I’m sorry to say Convivium, one of the first coworking spaces in Albuquerque has closed its doors. We’ll certainly miss Deborah’s energy and vitality in the coworking community, but I’m sure she’s working on new and interesting projects and we look forward to hearing about them!
Anyone attending any Tech Fiesta events can come work for free at the following Coworking Alliance member spaces: Convivium Coworking, FatPipe ABQ, Ideas and Coffee, Newton’s Cradle, The Produce Company, and Tech Love. Come experience comfortable work spaces, with awesome internet connections and all the other amenities of a company office, and meet fellow entrepreneurs, telecommuters, and freelancers. Who knows what great new idea will come from a casual conversation around the coffee pot.
Keep your calendars open Sept 6 -14. Tech Fiesta returns this year with new and exciting events. Look for more announcements about how the Coworking Alliance will participate in Tech Fiesta week.
Quelab’s Grand Opening celebration is happening Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10am – 6pm.
Want to learn about Non-Newtonian fluids, or how to make your own Simon Says game? Or just get a tour of Albuquerque’s excellent Maker Space, a place for makers and hackers to join forces, build things and learn from one another. The new space located at 680 Haines Avenue NW is a 6000 square foot environment for promoting creativity and collaboration in science, art and technology.
The April issue of Albuquerque the Magazine has a great article on future trends this month. One of the trends they’ve noticed is The Office of the Future, coworking. Ideas and Coffee was the coworking space they visited, but they also mention the Coworking Alliance. Check it out! Office-of-the-Future
It’s first thing in the morning and I just opened our coworking space. Turned on the lights, opened the blinds, turned on the tunes, started the coffee brewing, and plugged in my Air. I’ve got a list of things to do today on my calendar, a few post-it notes stuck to my desk, and a few things floating around in my head that I really want to get started, but…I’m just not feeling very inspired. So far everything just looks like a chore that I don’t want to do. In fact, when I’m working alone, everything I had wanted to do when I scheduled it or scribbled it on that post-it note is quickly ruined by this vague feeling of, “I don’t wanna.”
Then my first coworker of the day walks in the door. After a, “good morning!” and a bit of catching up over the coffee pot, I sit back down at my computer and realize: I just got smarter. I’m starting to feel energized, motivated, inspired. As I’m getting to work, my second, third, fourth coworker comes in, some greetings fly around, a couple of them start working together on a project they’re collaborating on…and I get even smarter. Now I’m really digging in and starting to get excited about one of the big projects I have schedule for later in the day, I just have to knock out some maintenance stuff, updating event postings, responding to a few emails, some renewal billing…boring stuff, but I get it done fast and move on to the fun stuff. I have a new idea about the project that I hadn’t had before that is juicy enough for me to turn around to my nearest coworker and share. They love it! They say, “Oooh! And you could add….” And the idea gets better. I’m in the zone. I feel brilliant; I am brilliant.
By the time I’m done, my eyes are starting to water and my head is starting to hurt, and I am no longer a reliable proofreader or judge of my own work. I need another pair of eyes, eyes I trust. I look around, see who doesn’t have their noise-cancelling headphones on, and call on one of my coworkers who is particularly good at editing to ask if she has a few minutes to take a look. She does, and after her review, I’ve corrected a few typos (one would have been particularly ugly had it gone out; I misspelled my own company name) and feel confident posting it to the world.
Whew! A job well done. Damn, am I smart. Now I can go grab some lunch with some coworkers who I can hear are in the kitchen brainstorming about a new title for one of their newsletters, and I can feel it coming on: I’m about to get even smarter.
Get smarter. Cowork.
The Albuquerque Coworking Alliance is happy to welcome another new coworking space, The Produce Company. This coworking space is expected to open in March of 2014 and is located at 600 1st street, suite 211. We’ll get more information for you as it becomes available. The Produce Company is planning to join the Visa Program making one more awesome place you can work at in the greater Albuquerque area.
The coworking alliance is working on making coworking in Albuquerque even more valuable by introducing a coworking Visa. If you’re a member in one of the Visa supporting coworking spaces you’ll be able to cowork for up to a fourth of your allotted time in any other Visa friendly space. Cooperating spaces so far are Convivium, Ideas and Coffee and The Sandbox (formerly TeamworkWorks). We hope to be adding other spaces soon! Contact your coworking space to ask about getting your Visa.