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SanFranciscoCoworkingMeetingNotes20060614

Page history last edited by Joseph A P Holsten 12 years, 1 month ago

Notes

 

Attendance

 

 

Agenda topics

 

  • anchor review
  • cleaning/maintenance of the space
  • usage of space
  • reconsidering schedule
  • how do we make this more communal/collaborative?
  • hourly and daily rates
  • the website design
  • using the wiki
  • guidelines for using the name
  • review of business-to-date
  • infrastructure issues, needs
  • plan our first non-meeting gathering?
  • reconcile accounts

 

Anchor review

 

  • what do anchors get?
    • someday upgrade the space, so we need to be raising money
    • anchors are investors in the space
    • objective: $20K?

 

Cleaning up and using the space

 

  • need to clean out the corner space
  • we need to get schlomo and lorelei to clean out the shit (jay & ryanne)
    • we need to make this space ours and apologize later (not to be jerks, but to really improve the space as we're the ones needing a better environment)
  • ? trade spaces with schlomo for the connected corners
  • better lighting (brad - $150 - purchased Friday morning)
  • better wireless and networking (john cesario)
    • we have new networking equipment

 

Hourly and Daily

 

  • Brad: just do day-rates, less overhead + accounting
    • Tara: given location people won't come for less time
  • Chris: honor system, buy chunks of hours, record your time, adjust every pay period
    • benefits: hit many levels of people, broken down by "type of user"
    • ? split up by month? bi-weekly?
  • reconsidering the 10-6 M-F stipulation on anchors
  • ted: what is our goal? look to the collaborative... calendar... micro-mash pits where people pay for admittance
    • also offer days that are open
    • brad: interested in explicit collaboration, likes being forced to go to the space, people to go to lunch with
    • what services are we offering to non-anchors?
  • ivan: more important about bringing a client here, collaboration, getting here and knowing the space is open, a "day student"
  • brad: compromise: personal keycodes
  • scott: create five extra keys for non-anchors, lots of pressure on key-holders
  • what is the necessary coverage for keyholders
  • brad: hybrid, 3 days guarenteed, otherwise daily or hourly
  • it's not really a drop-in space...
  • people are paying for the community
  • kieran: don't charge yet, fix the space first
  • tara: amnesty free day... come in, check it out, free open house
    • coffee and bagels
    • movie night
  • conclusion: 5 days open
    • calendar done barcamp style on the same page, people can claim days ahead of time, two weeks in advance
    • 1 day a week will be open house
    • daily, monthly and quarterly rates? sponsorship and fundraising? contributors? supporters?
    • ted: summer at teh hat factory -- $150 (?)
  • anchors will create proposals about what they'd like to see done given conversation

 

Needs

 

  • Design Within Reach sale on Friday
  • chairs (ted scharff)
  • food, drinks, coffee

 


 

Previously Proposed agenda items

 

ChrisMessina wants to talk about:

 

  • hourly and daily rates
  • the website design
  • using the wiki
  • guidelines for using the name
  • review of business-to-date
  • infrastructure issues, needs
  • plan our first non-meeting gathering?

 

Erica Douglass wants to talk about:

 

  • what revenue model would work for our location in San Jose
  • what our San Jose location needs & what the SF location has/needs
  • whether we want to form a coworking group with multiple locations or branch off and do our own thing
  • how to advertise the San Jose location (I think we will initially have far fewer people in SJ from this group, so we'll need to think about advertising methods)
  • security for all locations and drawing up security guidelines so others would feel comfortable donating their offices to a coworking project (security will be the #1 concern for donating already in-use office space to coworking, as evidenced by conversations with my employees)

 

Ted Scharff says:

 

Sadly, it looks like I will not be able to make the meeting but I have a couple of points I you might raise in my absence:

 

  • One thing to consider for the hourly rates is a flexible bulk plan for people who (like me) have inconsistent work schedules. Maybe there could be a discount off the retail hourly rate rate in exchange for buying e.g. 80 hours at a time or more. It could work like a punch card at the climbing gym.
  • Do we have enough chairs/other office furniture? I'm planning on heading down to the UCSF surplus store this week or next to see what they've got. If I could get a count of how many chairs we still need/want or anything else people think is essential and missing, it would be helpful.