Strong wifi, strong coffee
Coworking wasn’t even a thing a few years ago. But with more and more workplaces moving away from traditional office hours and structures, there has been a demand for something between the home office and the coffee shop.
My theory on co-working is that it is all about three things: strong wifi, strong coffee, and a great community. After I joined my first coworking space and found a group of misfit toys that felt like family, I wrote an article calling these spaces “The New Urban Tribes.”
“It’s people cooking lunch together and spontaneously collaborating on work and passion projects. It’s developer jobs written on the whiteboards, a kickball team and a kitchen with five different ways to make coffee. It’s hacking classes in the evening and yoga in the mornings.”
Since then Austin has seen a surge of co-working spaces, each targeting a slightly different kind of remote worker. I’ve broken the best of the best in town here, according to information available on their websites and my own (admittedly biased) opinion. I am one of the founding members of the first on the list:
This homey, east-side office is a great deal for start ups and people wanting to network and work on Austin’s eclectic east side.
Founded primarily by local female entrepreneurs, the comeback is all about helping your dream come true.
They host development classes, writing workshops and hacking events. Also there is a yeti.
Open tab at Brew & Brew, 2 conference rooms, unlimited printing, 2 full kitchens, monthly events and happy hours, yoga, showers, dog-friendly, free snacks and sparkly water, event space, parking passes available
WeWork is a national chain of shared spaces with locations downtown and opening one soon at the Domain. “If you’re looking for office space that’s more than just four walls, WeWork has two one-of-a-kind locations in Austin that give you plenty of space to grow. There are lots of common areas where you can find like-minded entrepreneurs, whether you’re in tech, media, graphic design, or any other field.
When you’re looking to relax, both buildings have lounge areas and easy access to great restaurants and the city’s unparalleled music scene.”
Super-fast internet, spacious and unique common Areas, business-class printers, free refreshments, onsite staff, private phone booths.
“Located right in the middle of downtown Austin, Capital Factory has stunning views of the Capitol building and 6th Street. Our space is the ultimate place for entrepreneurs to learn, work, and accelerate their companies.
$150 to $750/month
Dedicated desks, meeting rooms, event space, a classroom and a fantastic break room, private offices, dedicated desks, a game room, and a video recording studio.
Vuka is an ultra modern electric shared work and event space in south Austin with two new locations coming soon. “A modern community center in the heart of Austin where like-minded people come together to celebrate life personally and professionally.”
Lounge areas, conference rooms, fast Wi-Fi, and a full kitchen stocked with fair trade coffee and yerba mate.
$150 to $300 a month; drop-ins are $15 a day ($5 on Fridays)
Want more coworking options?
These are just a handful of options for Austinites, there are dozens more – here’s an extended map for your perusal.