The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your business’s progress over the past year and plan how you want your business to develop. Do you want increased success in the coming year or more chances to enjoy the success you’ve achieved? These top New Year’s resolutions are designed to help you do both: strike a better work-life balance and increase your business success in the new year.
The concept of a New Year’s resolution is a familiar one. Whether you’re looking toward a healthier lifestyle or a more successful business, personal and professional goals often overlap during this time of growth and reflection–and the LAX Coastal Chamber is here to help you achieve them.
If the 10 resolutions listed above aren’t enough inspiration (or you’re looking for a little more accountability), let our LAX Coworking program help you start 2019 off right with a Lunch N Learn series on developing yourself and your business. This Friday marks the first workshop of our New Year, New Business series, where each session is free to attend and aimed and making all of us a better professional. We invite you to spend this month learning new skills and making new contacts. Here’s to a great 2019
Today, there are coworking spaces all over the world, helping freelancers and startups grow and succeed as part of a community of like-minded, entrepreneurial spirits. LAX Coworking is a perfect example of the key values behind coworking: aiming to give startups and freelancers a space to collaborate, focus and succeed. LAX Coworking does exactly what coworking was built to do, giving a new kind of worker a chance to grow in an impressive workspace at an affordable price.
Brad Neuberg, the person who set up the first official coworking space, aimed to give home-workers, freelancers and remote workers a place where they could maintain the freedom that came with their positions whilst providing them with the community and structure necessary to succeed. Today, LAX Coworking is an example of this ethos, giving freelancers and startups an impressive space to collaborate and succeed. In 2015 the space was set up to help accommodate a new breed of worker and startup, and continues to do so today.
Given how much LAX Coworking values the fundamental ideas behind coworking, we wanted to look at some key moments in coworking’s history, how those values came to be and LAX Coworking’s place in that history.
1995 – In the autumn of 1995, seventeen computer engineers create one of the first ever ‘hackerspaces’, C-Base, in Berlin, Germany. Hackerspaces are obvious precursors to coworking spaces. The hackerspace is intended as a not-for-profit space which brings together computer enthusiasts, offering them facilities, as well as an opportunity to collaborate, share knowledge and equipment. Given the dawn of the internet, computer engineers no longer need a fixed place to work, so the space is set up to give them a place to work alongside others in their field, where they can collaborate and share new ideas.
1999 – The phrase ‘coworking’ is coined by Bernard DeKoven. However, the term refers to something different than today’s concept of coworking. DeKoven, a game designer, uses ‘coworking’ to refer to the way we work, not the space that we work in. He hopes to evolve ways of working that involve collaboration, a breakdown of hierarchy and seeing co-workers as equals.
2002 – Two Austrian entrepreneurs set up an ‘entrepreneurial center’, Schraubenfabrik, in an old factory in Vienna. The space is aimed at entrepreneurs, giving them a place to avoid having to work from home, where they can collaborate and work with like-minded people. The space included architects, PR consultants, startups and freelancers. This space is clearly the mother of coworking and although not called a ‘coworking space’, it’s undoubtedly a clear precursor to what we know today.
2005 – On August 9th, Brad Neuberg sets up the first ever official coworking space, San Francisco Coworking Space, at a feminist collective called Spiral Muse in the Mission district of San Francisco. The space is intended to maintain the freedom of working independently whilst providing the structure and community of working with others. Neuberg has to pay $300 a month to use the space for two days a week. For the first month, no one turns up. After more outreach from Neuberg, an athlete and startup developer named Ray Baxter arrives, becoming the spaces first member and in turn the world’s first official coworker.
2006 – From 2006, the number of coworking spaces and coworking members approximately doubles each year for the next seven years. This exponential growth will soon become known as the coworking revolution.
2008 – Coworking visas are introduced, meaning that members of specific coworking spaces are given free access to other coworking spaces also included in the agreement. This means that workers who travel can use coworking offices all around the world without having to spend extra money and also develops the global coworking community. The key ideas around coworking and collaborative working are developed and continue to spread around the globe.
2009 – “I’m Outta Here! How coworking is making the office obsolete” is released. This is the first book on coworking and charts the course of the people and the places involved in the coworking revolution, as well as how coworking is changing the way we view the traditional office.
2010 – After meetups of coworking enthusiasts in 2008 and 2009 at SXSW, Loosecubes decided to create a fully-fledged event. With the help of Liz Elam of Link Coworking, they staged the first ever Coworking Unconference. 120 coworking enthusiasts from around the globe attended. Liz then took over the conference and began planning the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in 2011. Today GCUC is an enormous coworking staple, with thousands attending events all across the globe.
2012 – In 2012, 93,000 tweets are sent with hashtag #coworking. This is more than twice as many as the previous year, mirroring the doubling of coworking spaces and members which continues year on year. With and without the hashtag, the word “coworking” is included in 217,000 tweets overall.
2015 – In January of 2015, LAX Coworking officially opens its doors to startups, freelancers and solopreneurs. The space is set up by LAX Coastal Chamber in response to a growing need for more flexible workspaces in Silicon Beach. Silicon Beach is home to hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs, and LAX Coworking is designed to accommodate the changing requirements of a new, more mobile professional for whom the traditional office does not suffice.
Today, there are millions of coworkers and thousands of coworking spaces across the globe. LAX Coworking continues to uphold the key values which began with the experimental workspaces of the nineties. They offer truly affordable space to freelancers and startups, emphasis business development through events and talks, and have built a thriving and collaborative community of startups and entrepreneurs in Silicon Beach.
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their newest staff addition, Chad Maender, who will be taking over as Vice President of Membership.
Chad has spent the last 12 years of his professional career working in various leadership capacities for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Most recently, Chad served as the Executive Director of the Mid Valley Family YMCA in mid-San Fernando Valley—one of L.A.’s densest and under-resourced communities. During his four years, he grew fundraising by 88% and established key community relationships that included major hospitals and healthcare providers, major corporations, and both local and state-wide elected officials helping to establish the Y as a premier collaborator in the community.
Prior to Chad’s YMCA work in the Valley, he served for eight years at the Westchester Family YMCA, running day-to-day operations and programs serving the youth, families, and seniors of the Westchester, Playa del Rey, and Playa Vista communities.
In his role at the LAX Coastal Chamber, Chad will be growing the Chamber’s list of Corporate Partners, currently occupied with such influential giants as Google, United Airlines, Boeing, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), as well as working to strengthen the LAX Coastal community.
The LAX Coastal Chamber is also excited to announce growth within their current staff. Christina Davis, President/CEO, is proud to begin the W.A.C.E. Academy, hosted by the Western Associate of Chamber Executives (WACE). This Academy is a three-day, three-year program on Chamber management essentials geared for today’s Chamber executives and professional staff. Since its beginning on 2003, it has become the leading training program entirely devoted to Chamber professionals in the west.
In addition, Chamber staffer Kirby Israelson was recently promoted from Creative Director to Vice President of Marketing & Communications. In her position, Kirby is responsible for both marketing and managing the Chamber’s brand, and also works one-on-one with Chamber members to market their businesses and services to the greater community. She is also the manager of this innovative program, LAX Coworking, which was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as the top 11th coworking space in LA County.
While the Chamber’s number one priority is to maintain a healthy and thriving local economy—achieved through being an advocate and resource for the businesses within their region—what sets them apart is their unique commitment to service. Each member of the LAX Coastal Chamber staff is ready and enthusiastic to meet your needs. Though they serve in different roles, each individual spends each day working toward the betterment of the LAX Coastal neighborhood through supporting the success of their 532 current Chamber members.
At the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, they are building the relationships that strengthen the community. What relationship are you looking to build?
Your LAX Coworking Manager, she's here to help!