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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How Accurate Is IP Based Geolocation?

I’ve just written a definition of Geoblocking for the Web Glossary and came across whatismyipaddress.com in the process. The part of the site that I found interesting is the home page. When you arrive there, they try to display your current location on a Google maps. They do this by determining your IP address and then looking up the location for that IP address.

I’ve always been impressed by the ability of Google Analytics to accurately pin-point my visitors right down to particular areas of a city. But how accurate is this information? Certainly in my own case it’s very accurate, usually attributing my visit to my district of town or the neighbouring one.

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