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Loosecubes supports mobile workers of the future

Loosecubes office-sharing site aims to go beyond listing places freelancers and other mobile workers can set up shop to connecting them with people who have shared interests.

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As a college student, I studied wherever I felt most productive — whether that be in the library, in my dorm room, or at a coffee shop. When I graduated into the world of traditional employment, I quickly realized that the notion of selecting the environment that would allow me do my best work wasn't the norm. At Loosecubes, we're focused on curating a network of spaces that aren't homogeneous, rather, that meet the different needs of our community — whether that be a co-working space or a company office. Tackling an email inbox or writing a blog post might require a quieter, less social space (and a spot on the sofa), while strategy and product-development work might be best achieved in a gregarious space where coworkers are up for providing feedback and problem solving.

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Loosecubes provides a way for businesses and organizations to invite people to work in their space. This is a bit of a twist on the co-working concept. What was your motivation to open it up in this way?

Loosecubes was started in New Work City (NWC), a community co-working space in Lower Manhattan. One of the things I loved most about NWC was the serendipitous connections made by virtue of sitting next to someone working on something different than me. Through casual conversation, I connected with people that helped me solve problems, get advice, and motivate me. The ability to tap into the collective expertise of the group without having to attend a networking event was invaluable.

Taking the lessons learned from traditional co-working spaces and applying them to company office environments lends many of the same effects. By hosting coworkers, companies reinvigorate their work environments, meet potential collaborators, hires, and friends, and embrace a new work culture. Even more exciting is the potential for host companies to help shape our economy — by offering a desk or two to entrepreneurs and small-business owners, they can incubate the companies and build businesses that will propel us out of the recession.

Having a personal workspace, with all the resources you need to be productive, anywhere in the world is new experience of work and place. Can you talk about the social network of workers and spaces that is growing out of Loosecubes? How does Loosecube's new mobile app add to this movement?

As opposed to just connecting people to space, we're focused on connecting people to people. We're working to create a network of friendly offices around the world that also results in relationships being formed on a broader scale. Through each coworking experience, our members make connections that they then impart to other Loosecubes (and Loosecubers). It's a bit of a network effect. Our integration with Facebook (LinkedIn coming soon!) also allows people to work where they have mutual connections, thus accelerating those delightfully serendipitous aspects of co-working.

In building our platform and community, we strive to help our members be as productive as possible, both from a professional and social standpoint. Our mobile site, for example, helps on-the-go and traveling coworkers find and book a convenient place to work in 42 countries. What's more, those coworkers are then able to meet potential collaborators, hires, and new friends wherever they go – just by walking into a Loosecube.

 This article was originally published at Shareable.net, a nonprofit online magazine that tells the story of how sharing can promote the common good.

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