What is coworking, exactly?
It’s for people who can work anywhere they can bring a laptop, part-time or full-time, and who want something different than the isolation of home and the distracting coffee shop scene. More so, it’s for people who get more done by having a place to go, people nearby, and a sense of of being part of a small, smart community. That’s our take. Wikipedia’s nerds came to this consensus definition: “Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.”
What’s it like in there?
We have some preliminary photos from our new space on Main Street. We need to get some professional photos, and how! But, for reference:
- Seven 200 cm desks in the front “bullpen” area (conversation, window views) with a dozen rocker office chairs.
- Three solo desks that accomodate secondary monitors.
- Air conditioning and heating (notable in Buffalo!)
- Three phone rooms for calls and Skype conferences, and our old-time-y, nostalgic phone booth for some weird reason.
- Windows with a view of Main Street, the Metro Rail trains, and Shea’s Buffalo (pretty beautiful at sunset).
- A microwave, two small fridges, a sink and Brita pitcher.
- Free snacks and coffee.
How could you honestly get more work done around other people?
At a minimum, there is great power in knowing that people can see how many Wikipedia tabs you have open, and whether or not you’re shooting things or stacking cards on your screen. More specifically, there are, sure, some small distractions of people chatting, getting up, and so on. But the big distractions of home (waiting on UPS, guilt over chores, entertainment) and coffee shops (variable music, close quarters, power/Wi-Fi limits) are gone.
How is the Wi-Fi?
Quite solid. It’s a Time Warner Cable business line, which means a stable, honest 10 mbps down and 1 mbps up.
Where is CoworkBuffalo?
653 Main St., Suite 104. It’s two doors to the left of the Bijou Grill (facing from Main St.), and across from Shea’s Ticket Office. (You typically park on Washington, Ellicott, or another nearby street to the East.
When are you open?
10am-6pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Members and visitors who need earlier access can usually be accommodated, and monthly members will soon get access.
How much does it cost to work at CoworkBuffalo?
$125 per month, $15 per day, and, or $125 for a 10 visit “flex” (use any day) pass that expires in 3 months. Group discounts and other arrangements can also be negotiated.
How can I pay?
Who’s launching this, and why?
Nick Quaranto, Kevin Purdy, Dan Magnuszewski, and Brian Fending, with Kevin Christner joining later on. They are not doing this with the hopes of retiring early. They just want to try creating something neat and helpful for semi-nomadic workers like themselves.
What’s the coffee situation?
We buy locally and freshly roasted coffee whenever possible. We make batches of coffee twice daily in a Chemex, and offer individual pour-over Hario V60 cups for when you need in-between beans. We have mugs, but you are very welcome to bring your coolest mug, too. For those more needing a walk, or off-hours coffee, there are the usual Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and Spot options within walking distance.
Where can I eat nearby?
Nick created a handy-scan grid of Buffalo’s food trucks, so you can see when they’re on Main Streeet or otherwise nearby. In more stationary eats, we have Sue’s New York Deli, the Bijou Grill, Seabar, the Washington Market, and, very soon (spring 2014?), Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
I have more questions. Who do I contact?