A Tale Of Two Coworking Spaces

Well, 5 spaces actually, but why ruin a good title.

So this week is global Coworking Week 2014 and I’m spending my day back at my coworking alma mater, Betacowork.

These days, I’m not to be found there so much as I spend most of my coworking time at The Mug, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at some of the coworking spaces I have experienced over the past 3 years. I’ve enjoyed them all, but usually in different ways as they offer something different for everyone.

I’m based in Brussels, but spend a fair bit of my time in New York and occasionally, London so I’ll cover those 3 cities.

Betacowork my Belle

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, my first coworking space was Betacowork. It was the first coworking space in Brussels to really get traction and this in large part was due to the personality and drive of the founder, Ramon Suarez and the connection with the BetaGroup community of tech entrepreneurs.

I spent nearly 2 years there, on and off, and really came to understand what coworking is. Prior to coworking, I would A) spend a lot of time working alone B) compensate for this by spend a lot of time at professional events. Once I was installed at Betacowork, I stopped spending/wasting so much time at events. There was no need. My peer group and potential customers were around me and then the events started coming to me! Betacowork and the ICAB building in which it is housed quickly became the hub for tech startup events. Read More

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Programming Fads

I was recently researching some arcane programming techniques to do with language analysis for Search Cog ( I won’t bore you with the details ) when I came across this little gem in Wikipedia.

Regarding SNOBOL: In recent years its use has faded as newer languages such as AWK and Perl have made string manipulation by means of regular expressions fashionable.

Yeah, you really have to watch out for those PERL hipsters and their shiny new regex don’t ya.

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The Magic of Coworking

I’ve been wanting to write an article about the “magic of coworking” for a while now. I feel it every day, I really do, but whenever I go to write something about coworking it just sounds like I’ve joined a cult.

To truly understand the benefits of coworking, you have to experience them. If you haven’t already, then you’ll just have to settle for a story.

Are you sitting comfortably? Let’s begin…

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