Meet WESST’s new coworking space, the Veterans Suite

The Albuquerque Coworking Alliance is happy to welcome WESST as our newest member.

WESST, a small business development and training organization, has opened the Veterans Suite, a coworking space designed to assist those who want to start and grow their own businesses. The Suite is dedicated to priority use by Veterans and Active Military. The new space with have fifteen workstations with computers, monitors, and printing capabilities as well as high-speed internet. More information can be found here.

Open Hack moves to Fat Pipe

If you’ve been missing the great book club discussions and the chance to meet and work with other developers in Albuquerque, fear not! Open Hack is back and working at Fat Pipe. Future meetings will be on the coworking Meetup calendar now. Thanks to Geoff Petrie for organizing this great Meetup!

Their next event will be on April 16th at 6:00pm.

New Meetups hit the scene

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’ll miss you Convivium!

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!

Free Coworking during Tech Fiesta!

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.


Quelab’s Grand Opening – May 3rd

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.

More information about Quelab and the event can be found here.

I just got smarter.

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.

Convivium Members brainstorm in the kitchen.
Convivium Members brainstorm in the kitchen.

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.