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Perfect-For-Fall Day Hikes Near Denver

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A waning Colorado summer brings cooler nights, earlier sunsets and an onset of radiant hues throughout the Front Range. See the best of fall in the Centennial State with these six accessible hikes—all less than 90 minutes from Denver. 

FALL HIKES WE LIKE

Raccoon Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

By Terri Cook

Peaks to Plains Trail

By Terri Cook

Left Hand Trail Near Boulder

By Natasha Gardner

North Twin Cone Peak

By Logan AbbottTerri Cook

Kenosha Pass

By Natasha Gardner

Elk Falls at Staunton State Park

By Katie Hearsum

Meyer Ranch Park Loop

By Terri Cook

Caribou Ranch Loop

By Terri Cook

https://www.5280.com/packages/perfect-for-fall-day-hikes-near-denver/

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Major Trends in Coworking

8 Major Trends in the Coworking Industry

We at CoworkingResources have been recently invited by a large national coworking chain to talk about major trends in the coworking industry at their annual retreat.

While that was great, we wanted to make the list with the main points we’ve talked about available to everyone. Some of them might be controversial but we’d be happy to get your comments and discuss them.

1 - Real estate is becoming an on-demand experience

A lot of companies we work with move every 18 or 24 months. What sense do 10 year leases still make? Companies look for fast solutions and there is no bigger trend visible than real estate adapting to the needs of companies and trying to become an on-demand product.

2 - Coworking is not a hippie camp, it’s modern facility management

Coworking has often been laughed at as a lifestyle choice. Truth is: large coworking space operators build out prime locations in cities and snag these spots away from interested corporate companies. To make the point: This is modern facility management, not a hippie camp.

3 - Technology can create a 5* experience

You can’t and actually don’t want to have a 20 people management team per location. Smart use of the right technologies can avoid problems and create a superior experience. More and more coworking spaces offer companies and small teams  a high technology enabled environment without having to plan and cover those fixed costs themselves.

4 - Corporates are not only using but adopting coworking

We’ve seen outposts of large corporate companies camping in small coworking spaces. But if you think about it – when those companies plan new facilities, they are incorporating coworking as part of their concept.

5 - Large coworking spaces can’t use coworking tools

Coworking tools have been built for spaces between 20 and 200 members. What happens if you have 10 spaces with 400 members each? Would managing your members in Salesforce make more sense? You can’t keep the Apple Airport Express you used with a 50 member space forever, at some point you will have Cisco routers.

6 - Coworking spaces fight for the same goal

Working with many coworking spaces in one city makes it clear to us: they don’t compete for “the best space in the city” anymore, there is enough supply in coworking members for everyone. Maybe one space is more real in their intentions than others, but the only question remains: how fast can we make the city a coworking city?

7 - Technology decides on how fast you can scale

If you are hiring a large operations team to help with every little problem, chances are you have trouble scaling that model. The more of your on-and off boarding you have automated while keeping the member experience high defines how fast you’ll be able to scale – without much team additions.

8 - Your team will have more engineers

Someone has to connect all the API’s, set up the IT infrastructure, make sure the space is secured with cameras and access control as well as keep your own data safe. Chances are you are hiring an office automation engineer this year.

Conclusions

With venture capital funds pouring more and more money into the industry in 2018 (see the massive investments for Knotel in the U.S. and Woo Space in China), independent business owners entering the market, and more and more technology tools serving shared workspaces, this really appears to be just the beginning for this vibrant sector!

We are committed to staying on top of new trends and always draw an up-to-date picture of the state of coworking.

Hope it was fun to read and got your thoughts going. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to get in touch! If you liked what you read, share it with your friends via email, LinkedIn, Facebook or meet in VR!

 

By Alberto Di Risio with Coworking Resources

 

https://www.coworkingresources.org/blog/major-trends-coworking?utm_campaign=Cowork%20Email%20Newsletter&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=65817628&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-97cAjV5293H-DVLPva8fRtKripiHoqoVUqhW5E49qQvei4S5CaUH-yL8RcLXfXsvfIXIR0vpH0Dk3P7rYoa8JJMOT5PySgAShvjhH5HnuIhSm14Bg&_hsmi=65817630

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4 Benefits That Explain Why Large Companies Are Increasingly Turning to Coworking

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Check out this article from Entrepreneur.com

 

If you picture "coworking" as a group of tech-startup millennials sitting around on second-hand furniture in a common space, think again. Today’s professional coworking sites attract a diverse array of companies and individuals as members. Most also provide chic environments with such amenities as 24/7 access, custom coffees and teas, honor bars and cafes, high-tech security, private offices, workout facilities, high-end furnishings, social and networking events, learning opportunities and much more.

Related: How Coworking Impacts Innovation for Startups and Small Businesses in the U.K.

"Coworking" is typically defined as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting. As these alternative work settings have matured, they've begun to attract large enterprise clients who see these spaces as a solution to some of the tough challenges they face.

 

Check out the rest of the article here:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/319605

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Is the Coworking Bubble set to burst?

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It seems that the world is abuzz with thoughts of creating the next big tech startups, with the prospects of such innovations touted on both individual and societal levels.

For instance, a soon to be published paper from Rotman academic Laura Doering highlights the entrepreneurial potential of poor communities in Panama. Such communities have just as much potential as richer communities, they say, but they struggle to sustain those businesses into profitability compared to their richer peers.

“Poorer entrepreneurs often don’t get the chance to profit from the creativity that they’re bringing to market,” the authors say. “It helps us understand why entrepreneurship generally doesn’t serve as an avenue for economic mobility for the poor.”

 

The start-up bubble

 

The study was pertinent because this week I attended the launch of a new co-working facility in the London borough of Croydon. The facility, called TMRW, is part of a multi-billion pound effort to regenerate a part of London that is perhaps typified by the 2011 images of rioting and looting in the area.

Read the rest here:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/is-the-co-working-bubble-set-to-burst_b_10137868.html

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The new offices are getting walls!

We are very excited to share the most recent construction photos of our new space at Cobalt Workspaces! Opening October 1st, we have 3-10 person offices, along with coworking and dedicated desk space. Please come by for a tour! Email us to schedule: hello@cobaltoffbroadway.com

 

 

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The Future of Coworking

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This article originally published in the inaugural edition of the Business of Furniture on January 6, 2016 and can be found at this link. If you enjoy this story, you will love the first issue of Workplaces Magazine, a sister publication of the Bellow Press that will launch February 1, 2016. The first issue will explore the world of coworking.


“The word coworking won’t be a word in the future, it will probably just be the way we work.” -Rahul Prakash, partner at Hatch Today.

Twenty years ago, the goal was to get the job, then work your way up “Madmen” style to the office on the 30th floor. Now people on average — not just millennials — stay at their jobs only 4.4years. As workers redefine the goal line from the corner office to autonomy and work-life balance, you can bet the landscape of the office will drastically change. We are already seeing it with the rapid emergence of coworking offices everywhere. However, it’s not just coworking, it’s the motivation behind coworking -autonomy, independence, choice and meaning- that is changing the face of the workplace overall.

 

That said, coworking can’t completely take over the workplace just yet. One of the challenges of coworking is the vulnerability of the revenue model. Since most operators typically stumble into coworking space ownership from other, unrelated industries, it can be a steep learning curve. Rebecca Brian Pan of Covo Coworking says, “Coworking is a vulnerable business model in and of itself. It is not a high margin endeavor. Having all of your revenue come from membership dues, especially when you don’t own the property - and most don’t - there is a lot of risk.” She goes on to explain that lease negotiations are very dependent on market swings. When the lease expires, some landlords push rent up as much as 300%. Suddenly, what was a perfectly viable, profitable business is now working really hard just to exist.

A lot of coworking spaces, upon recognizing the vulnerability of the model, try to buy property or add additional revenue streams. In other countries, like Canada, it is possible to crowd source funding for buildings (i.e. each coworking member pays a portion and becomes an “owner”). Pan explains, “In Canada there is something like an equity bond where any individual can invest in anything they want. A friend owns The Foundry in Toronto. Members can purchase a minimum $1K bond certificate (or more if desired). By this, they were able to crowd source funding to buy the building that they originally had a lease on. We can’t do that in the US.” She went on to explain that in the US, due to laws, in order to invest every one of those people would have to be an “accredited investor.” This means they would have to have at least one million dollars in assets to qualify to invest. Laws have changed, but are not yet executable because regulations aren’t yet in place through the SEC. When this movement fully realizes, it will be a huge coup for coworking spaces.

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-future-of-coworking_b_8950140.html

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Digging Deeper: What Coworking Tells Us About The Future of Commercial Real Estate

Authors: Amol Sarva and Jayson White

With a valuation of more than $16 billion, WeWork’s incredible growth, alongside the emergence of at least 100 other growing coworking brands, proves just how popular shared and flexible office spaces have become. But as valuations climb and the headlines keep coming, we may be seeing the tip of the iceberg for an incredible wave of change coming to the commercial real estate industry.

What’s often forgotten amongst all the focus on coworking, are the much larger, more complex and far more interesting global trends at hand. As growing companies compete in rapidly changing markets, leases have been getting shorter and shorter for years. And landlords, who constantly compete for the best and brightest tenants, continue to load their buildings with amenities and “lifestyle” services.

Read the rest here:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/digging-deeper-what-cowor_b_10150894.html

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Cobalt Food Spotlight: Gabribaldi Mexican Bistro

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You would never know it is there....hidden in a gas station, in the heart of Englewood, Gabribaldi's has become my favorite authentic Mexican restaurant in Denver! Fresh, light, classic Mexican seasonings and style of cuisine, this is not your dressed up 'fancy' taco joint, just your mouth-watering, stuff your face, flavor explosion, simple and perfect authentic Mexican food.

Check them out....and you're welcome.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/garibaldi-mexican-bistro-englewood?osq=mexican

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Working remotely doesn't mean you should work from home!

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You're a permanent freelancer or an early stage entrepreneur and you don't have an office to go to. Your options are usually one of these three things: work at home, work at a coffee shop, or work at a coworking space.

This post originally appeared on The Next Web.

In my own progression as an entrepreneur, I've gone through the above stages in that order and here's my insight into how you should evaluate your own space:

Working at Home

The big perceived incentive for working at home for most people is the savings. Spending money to rent a desk or buying coffee/food is cash that could otherwise be used on your business. It's a valid assumption, but it's important to think about how much value you could be getting by not using your home as a workspace.

Read the rest here:

https://lifehacker.com/working-remotely-doesnt-mean-you-should-work-from-home-1510086412

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Pop Up Coworking

L.L. Bean, Industrious bring outdoor pop-up coworking with wi-fi, outlets, and stationary bikes to Navy Yard

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Check out more  info below!

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/retail/l-l-bean-industrious-outdoor-coworking-wifi-outlets-stationary-bikes-navy-yard-20180718.html

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The rise of women-only coworking spaces

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For entrepreneurs, a coworking space can be the perfect place for a great idea to take root. Without a designated office to go to every day, freelancers, artists, and independent business owners can rent a desk in these hip spaces, which serve not just as an alternative to the noisy coffee shop, but also as a networking spot, where connections are made and ideas forged.

Indeed, coworking has been on the rise for years. The most infamous coworking company, WeWork, has 120,000 customers in more than 150 offices across the globe, and is worth a stunning $20 billion. But not everyone loves this trend. Some women find the spaces on offer so packed full of men who work in the tech industry, they might as well be called "broworking" spaces.

As the #MeToo and Time's Up movements shine a light on some of the hazards of working while female, coworking hubs for women and people who identify as non-binary are popping up around the country.

Read the rest here:

http://theweek.com/articles/759527/rise-womenonly-coworking-spaces

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1.7 Million Members Will Work in Coworking Spaces by the End of 2018

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In 2018, Coworking Spaces are again expecting great things for their market. The average number of members is growing and operators are planning expansions with almost the same speed as in the previous years. There is currently no dip on the horizon. However, many operators expect a consolidation. Here is the first bundle of results of the latest Global Coworking Survey: The 2018 Coworking Forecast.

According to estimates, 1.7 million people will be working in around 19,000 coworking spaces around the world by the end of 2018. Contrary to the expectations from last year, the share of new coworking spaces didn’t decline. 29% of all coworking spaces were opened over the last year – almost the same ratio as in 2017. On the other hand, the number of members didn’t grow as fast as expected.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.deskmag.com/en/1-7-million-members-will-work-in-coworking-spaces-by-the-end-of-2018-survey

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If you love coworking...you must check out GCUC

Camp GCUC is only a few week away and it’s the perfect opportunity for industry novices to get the ins and outs of opening, operating, and growing a flexible workspace.

  • GCUC will take place this April 22-25th in NYC.
  • Camp GCUC will be a coworking boot camp for those interested in entering the coworking and flexible workspace industry.
  • Speakers include industry pioneers and experts that will cover technology, real estate, design, community, and more.

For the past seven years, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) has been at the forefront of coworking trends and happenings. What started as a single event in Austin, Texas in 2011 has become the world’s largest coworking event, and as the coworking industry has grown and evolved, so has GCUC.

Three years ago, in 2015, GCUC hosted the first ever Camp GCUC. In their words, “Camp GCUC is the perfect opportunity for industry novices to learn everything about opening, managing, and growing a flexible workspace.” After all, the coworking industry is all about community, about inclusion, and just because you haven’t yet opened your first space doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the ‘juicy’ fun.

In November 2016, Liz Elam, Founder and Executive Director of GCUC, told Allwork.Space that GCUC is a constantly changing event, one that pivots based on current market trends and needs. “We change every year, depending on what’s happening and what attendees ask for.

As the industry has grown older, our content has evolved.(…)GCUC is no longer just for the beginner, but it’s also for those who have been in the coworking business for years.”

And this is why Camp GCUC was created, as a stand alone event. At Camp, attendees will learn all the basics for opening and operating a space: real estate, legal issues, design, fit out, building a community, finances.

Stormy McBride, GCUC producer, said that this year Camp GCUC is taking it up a notch. “Camp this year will be workshop and boot camp style; presenters will share content and knowledge, but we will also hand out worksheets and other takeaways that will help attendees grasp knowledge, but more importantly, know how to  implement it.”

Meet The Speakers

Liz Elam – Welcome Message

Liz Elam is the boss lady behind GCUC and she’s also the founder of Link Coworking in Austin, Texas. Elam has conducted a lot of research related to coworking and she’s the first-ever president of the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces. Elam is one of the pioneers of the coworking industry and she’s the first person you will hear speak at Camp GCUC, giving attendees the official welcome and officially starting Camp. Elam will also participate in the closing panel, where attendees will have the opportunity  to ask presenters questions.

Benjamin Dyett – Real Estate, Negotiations, and NNN

Benjamin Dyett was co-founder of Grind, a coworking space founded in 2010 and is now with Open Work Agency, a coworking consulting and advising company. Dyett has a background in law, which is why he has ample experience in real estate, corporate law, and negotiations. In 2015, Grind and Verizon announced a partnership where Grind would open and manage coworking spaces within Verizon’s real estate. At Camp GCUC, Dyett, alongside a fellow colleague, will be speaking about negotiating leases for flexible workspaces, how to raise money to absorb all the necessary costs, and how to turn your real estate into a profitable business.

 

https://allwork.space/2018/04/a-crash-course-into-coworking-meet-camp-gcucs-speakers/

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Cobalt is excited to welcome GUM to our space!

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Ginger Up Marketing aka GUM

About us

To say we enjoy our work and have a sense of humor is an understatement. That said, mix that sense of humor with 20+ years of combined marketing, graphic design, and video production. Ginger Up Marketing may be a “new” company, but these veterans are like a superband like the Raconteurs, Audioslave, or Highway Men (analogy of Avengers, X-men, or Justice League works just as well....whatever blows your hair back) of a digital creative firm. Ginger Up Marketing is a digital/video marketing and graphic design firm focusing on those who are "Gingering Up" and living their dreams. Aka GUM. We believe every company has a unique story to tell, and we love nothing more than to collaborate and help you get this story out to your target audience. We focus on high quality story telling video, graphic design, WordPress website design/development, and digital marketing (as in FB Ads, Google Adwords, and general strategy....NOT deep rooted SEO). We are based out of Denver, CO and also have operations in Austin, TX.

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We welcome in the SPRING!

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We here at Cobalt are really excited for Spring to begin in Colorado! In the season of growth and renewal we are thrilled to announce the many changes coming for Cobalt! We are currently building out 20 brand new offices spaces, along with another shared kitchen, event space and more! Come and stop by Cobalt to check out the new developments and help us to celebrate the new season!

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Featured Member: Kind Home Solutions

 

We are proud to have Kind Home Solutions as one of our featured members!

Kind Home Solutions

Proudly Serving You with Efficiency

Kind Home Solutions was founded with a single goal in mind; to change the way homeowners view home improvement projects and home contractors. This industry has received a bad rap over the years and we are here to restore your trust in home professionals. Our team is passionate and determined to make a positive impact within our community while specializing in exterior painting, interior painting, and window replacement. If you're looking to support a local, family owned, Colorado company that delivers on professionalism, high quality service, and serves your community give Kind Home Solutions a call today to schedule your free estimate.

 

How We Got Started

I chose to work in this industry because I saw a real opportunity for homeowners, clients, to be treated the way they deserve. For far too long contractors have been able to get away with putting customer service last because that's what had become the industry standard. My favorite thing about this industry is the relationships you build with great people who started out as just a client. Here at Kind Home Solutions we have a dream to continue to connect with every single one of our clients and bring them the service and experience they desire and deserve..

We describe our business as Family owned and operated

https://www.homeadvisor.com/rated.KindHomeSolutionsLLC.71521577.html

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Epic Escape Room

Did you know that Epic Escape Room is in the same building as Cobalt Off Broadway? A great team building experience!

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You and your team are locked in a room.

You have 60 minutes.

You must find clues, solve puzzles, and escape the room...

Can you make an Epic Escape?

Come and experience this fun, challenging, and mind bending experience! 

https://www.epicescapegame.com/epic-location/englewood/

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Cobalt is excited to welcome The Little J Marketing Co.

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About us

Perception is reality. The Little J is a creative agency helping clients of all sizes by boosting brand awareness and building brand equity through strategic, creative marketing services. Our services include brand identity development, research & strategy, messaging & copywriting, visual & web design and video production. Inspired by a passion to serve, we know your brand deserves to be handled with intentionality, principle and responsibility. At the end of the day, the purpose of marketing is to generate revenue and deepen brand loyalty. That's what we do.

You can find them here:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-little-j-marketing-co-/

https://www.facebook.com/thelittlejmarketing/

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