Open House: BOB Coworking Space Saves Digital Nomad from Homicidal Rage

come to the dark side we have cookies

We also have an Open House this coming Friday, December 18th, from noon onwards
163 East Pender Street, Vangroover, BC
and yes, we DO have cookies. Or at least apple tarts.

Speaking of which:

Donations to the Food Bank encouraged.
There are some great suggestions for practical, welcome donations in my post at Miss604.
If I do say so myself.

Here’s Muskie’s much-more-dignified article on the new coworking space at BOB. If you prefer your news with a side of funky, read on here.

After months of digital nomadism (entirely overrated, thanks for the brainwashing, Fast Company!) bravely trekking my gear from web cafe to web cafe, always seeking that elusive chair with a view, a plug, free wifi, decent coffee, and at least one sturdy wall between me and any obviously dangerous lunatics, I’ve finally found a home.

And no, I won’t get Dooced this time. We already worked that out. “We don’t really care if you say anything nasty about us” is sort of a precondition of working with me, as some of you may have noticed.

I’ve found my new home just down the street from my house; in fact, it’s between my house and the Irish Heather, which pretty much guarantees I’ll drop in from time to time and get some work done. It’s on the ground floor of the offices of BOB, Building Opportunities for Business, which basically exists to attract and support business on the Downtown Eastside without displacing, well, the people who live here.

Like me.

So, BOB is my homeboy, and he could be your homeboy too, since there are 20 19 18 spaces left for people looking for a great place to work on their own stuff. In the tradition of the late, lamented Workspace, the BOB co-working space (which really needs a snappier name and I’ll get on that as soon as I’ve settled in) offers a variety of free-range desk space, a kitchen, a lounge area up front with a window seat (DIBS! DIBS!), some funky local art on the walls, secure bike storage, and all that a young genius might require in the way of whiteboards, projectors, inspirational company, etc. It’s fully accessible for the handicapped, and the ceiling is lofty enough that you could, without inconveniencing anyone on the ground level, comfortably house a family of tented Bedouin nomads on the ceiling, camels and all, provided they didn’t mind being upside-down.

I guess they’d have to be Australian Bedouins, then. But anyway…

The amenities, etcetera:

Access to the coworking space at all hours from 9am up until I decide it’s time for me to go home (and we all know that normally happens around sunrise) with a desk, wifi, and use of common areas like kitchen, bike parking and lounge: $200 per month. The layout was designed by grad students from Stanford, if memory serves, for maximum Satori-nosity and efficient use of space, which means basically if somebody sneezes no-one ELSE has to shower knowwhatimean?

It’s also available for meetings and special events, which is I believe $300 a day standard rate, or $200 for nonprofits, or if you’ve got a compelling reason for BOB to want your event in their space, pitch them. Or me. Because they are me and I am he and we are all together.

John Lennon i am the lolrus

We’re looking at installing lockers, which would be available for a small extra fee. There are no assigned desks; you move around to where you feel comfortable and there’s room on any particular day. And a coffeemaker is on the way, although buying the coffee is up to the coworkers: shall we collectivise? or shall I just take that over and call up Guido the Collections officer to make sure everyone puts some coins in the tin?

An espresso machine is being discussed, but no guarantees yet.

BUT…here’s the best part. Which is sort of the worst part, but bear with me.

The entire space is going to be taken over for an art project during the Cultural Olympiad. This means that working there will not be possible. So, why should you sign up now if you’ll have to go back to that crappy coffee shop for the entire month of February?

Because if you do sign up, you won’t be charged until March. And if there’s room for you upstairs during February, you can work at a spare desk in the BOB offices, just like a real BOBie. And if you do sign up for a 6-month stint, raincoaster here gets a small donation to the “anger management pharmacopia” and becomes, ever so slightly, more Sandra Bullock and less Joan Crawford.

So come by on Friday and say hi and eat all the free food and drop off your own donation to the Food Bank; cash or noms accepted.

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17 thoughts on “Open House: BOB Coworking Space Saves Digital Nomad from Homicidal Rage

  1. What great news about the workspace (though I agree that a name change would be a good idea). The digital nomad existence sounds exhausting to me. When are you moving in?

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  3. Officially we are going to call it coworking@BOB

    Officially we never set a hard cap on the number of coworkers, it is something we’re going to talk with our coworkers about, the magic number of 20, is cashflow positive.

    Event meeting space is 200 for non-profits and 300 for corporate types for a half day Monday to Friday, 9-5. Full days I think are 350 and 500. Weekends/Evenings are negotiable, we realize that is prime coworking time and we want to make sure it is worth BOB’s while to inconvience our Associates.

    Also I thought the open house started at 2pm, but noon is fine. You can show up anytime M-F 9to5 and I or another BOB staffer will show you the space, or you can just stare in the window of 163 East Pender and imagine yourself working inside. There are pictures on Flikr:

    Our Coworking Space
  4. Also the art installation that is basically swallowing up our coworking space is Trippin’s Sheng High which due to BOB’s connections to the Olympics (we helped build the village for instance) and of course Chinatown, well though we tried not to, we’re now letting our space become a public gallery for 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for a month.

    You can see how this would affect people’s productivity, so the coworkers can just migrate upstairs with us, it will be a bit less open and a bit more crowded, but hey we’re offering it for free while we have this award winning art installation. ;-)

  5. You’re right, it was 2. I should never go anywhere without GCal open and ready for inputs. But I’ll be there from noon anyway.

    In fact, I showed up in time for the staff meeting, but went off to Starbucks instead because they have hot and cold running eggnog lattes.

  6. We actually have a lot of stuff happening in our Main Floor space this week. Staff meeting, board meeting, media training, job fair, maybe two job fairs. Honestly we usually use it about 4 hours a week.

    We did buy three space heaters, but if you turn on all the heaters, all the lights, the Christmas Tree, you will blow a fuse…

    So at some point people may have to choose between maximizing heat or light.

  7. The real solution is to upgrade one of the circuits, the one on the East wall to greater than 15 amps. This could also bring power to the front window…

    Of course warmer weather and the end of Christmas will solve this too.

    I’ll look into it, but after Christmas.

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