Lots going on in the workplace with start-ups, the gig economy, freelancers etc. We’re also seeing more big companies adopting more of the business practices of start ups. Traditional companies like KPMG are resettling teams away from their corporate offices into cooler co-working spaces – both to keep younger workers happy but also to get the cool factor that attracts clients.
Here are 3 trends I’m keeping an eye on:
1. The Airbnb of Meetings: Startups like Bizly help mobile workforces book meetings at hotels
Somehow I got on the Bizly email list and have been very impressed with the range of top hotels they have on their app to provide immediate bookings for meeting rooms (rates are by the hour). They also take care of all your meeting catering thru the app. Haven’t personally used them but would love to hear from any of you that have. Bizly says they have booked meetings for Google, Mastercard, and JP Morgan. They currently have a presence in NY, Chicago and San Francisco and will be in 10 cities by the end of the year.
The CEO told tnooz.com: In three years, 10% of all hotel guest rooms in major business cities will be converted to workspaces and meeting rooms and distributed via Bizly’s GDS.
Check out the full Q&A with CEO Ron Shah on tnooz.com, here.
Read more below on the latest in co-working spaces and the new “It” business charge card.
Co-Working Spaces Make Work More Productive and More Fun
I am a huge proponent of co-working spaces – especially when that work space vibes with your own style, personality and interests. I’m a member of both Soho/Ludlow House and Neuehouse and love them all.
I could just as easily work from home but I get more energized and am happier and more effective when I work at one of my co-working spaces – even with, or perhaps because of, the swirl of activity going on around me.
A recent article in Forbes confirms this as well: co-working’s biggest advantage is the intangible part — the sense of urgency, community and peer-to-peer learning. People prefer to work in close proximity of others. They don’t do this because the coffee is free or the desks are cheaper. They do it because it increases their output, and because it makes work more fun.
And co-working spaces are continuing to pop up around the country. Greenfield, Massachusetts is getting its first. Jeff Sauser, a planner and urban designer, and Jeremy Goldsher, co-manager of The Arts Block, are in the process of developing Greenspace CoLab, the town’s first co-working space, offering entrepreneurs, freelancers, lawyers, even students from across the region a place to collaborate with others while fostering a creative economy.
“I have never seen such interest in a credit card, and I’ve been doing this for 15 years,” travel blogger Gary Leff told the Associated Press.
It’s become the hottest card on the market. Its popularity outstripping demand which is even more amazing when you consider Chase has spent zero on marketing – it’s all been fueled by social media, word of mouth and the internet. Frequent travelers and those who try to game travel-loyalty programs have been writing extensively about the card on blogs and forums.
A big part of the appeal is how the card actually looks and feels. It’s NOT plastic – it’s handcrafted out of a metallic alloy so it has a great heft when you plop it down on the table to pay.
The card doesn’t come cheap. It has an annual fee of $450 – same as Amex Platinum.
Another reason for its popularity amongst business travelers is its sign-up bonus. If you spend $4,000 on your card in the first three months after opening the account, you get 100,000 points that can be redeemed for travel. That equates to approximately $1,500 worth of travel rewards. It also has a $300 annual credit that can be used toward travel. Assuming you redeem the credit, then, this effectively drops your annual fee to $150.
The sign-up bonus alone has people clamoring to get a card. It’s become such a hit among those who regularly apply for rewards cards in order to accrue bonus points, that Chase is purportedly disqualifying applicants who have opened five or more bank cards in the past 24 months.