Coworking space is not a new concept. They’ve been around for years. You can find traditional business workspaces in places like Seven Waterfront Plaza that charge as much as $45 per hour for a conference room. But that is not conducive to startups and entrepreneurs looking to grab a seat, charge up the laptop, get internet access and collaborate with a buddy. Coworking spaces popping up on the Mainland cost little to nothing at all. Often times they are a space managed by an investor group interested in nurturing early stage startups, perhaps in return for a piece of the company.
This idea was not lost on business development groups in Hawaii. A couple of years ago the City and County of Honolulu was looking to establish a space in Chinatown for coworking. It never got off the ground. Others have tried but the investment to build out a space and manage it seemed a difficult obstacle to overcome. That seems to be finally changing with the Lemonade Stand and Box Jelly.
Here are a list of coworking resources:
- Coworking Wiki: http://wiki.coworking.info/
- Coworking Wiki page for Hawaii: http://wiki.coworking.info/w/page/26082247/Hawaii
- Coworking Space Directory: http://wiki.coworking.info/w/page/29303049/Directory
- Loosecubes (find a space): http://www.loosecubes.com/
- The Box Jelly: http://www.theboxjelly.com (or http://www.loosecubes.com/listings/630)
- Coworking group at TechHui: http://www.techhui.com/group/coworking
- Original Jelly page: http://workatjelly.com/
- The Coffice: http://www.thecoffice.biz/
- Hawaii Coffice Club (nothing much there yet): http://www.cofficeclub.com/
Hope to see you in a coworking space nearby.