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What Is Coworking?

Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. [1] Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. [2] Coworking is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, [3] and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with like-minded talented people in the same space. [4] [5] Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home. [6] [7] Coworking is not only about the physical space, but about establishing the coworking community first. Its benefits can already be experienced outside of its spaces, and it is recommended to start with building a coworking community first before considering opening a Coworking space. [8] However, some coworking spaces don’t build a community: they just get a part of an existing one by combining their opening with an event which attracts their target group.[9]

 

Our History

We are a brand of coworking offices in Los Angeles. Since 2008, we have cultivated a community of entrepreneurs and freelancers who share office space to collaborate. From private offices to a communal WorkBar, we have flexible plans for a variety of sizes for any workstyles. We also have a variety of meeting room spaces that can be arranged to fit your events needs. Whether you need a permanent place to work every day, a place to meet with a client, host a seminar, or a place to drop in every once in a while, we have the right BLANKSPACE for you.

 

Staff

jerome_changJerome Chang
(323) 330-9505
jerome@blankspaces.comJerome is the founder and a still practicing licensed architect. Because he is an early pioneer of coworking, Jerome has co-founded LExC, a League of Extraordinary Coworking (the first national network of coworking spaces); COSHARE (the first national association of shared spaces); and the TBD-name first organization of coworking providers in LA. Jerome honed his design skills at Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA), known worldwide for the office headquarters of Google, Chiat/Day and Mother Advertising. Prior to CWA, Jerome was a designer at SFJones Architects, which has designed renowned restaurants such as Spago Beverly Hills, Nobu Malibu, Hamasaku, and Lucky Strike Bowl. Jerome holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University; Master of Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees from Cornell University. He instilled some right-brain training and a little more left-brain to develop BLANKSPACES. And with each project for BLANKSPACES and for private clients, Jerome iterates and improves the various elements that constitute the BLANKSPACES experience.

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Emmy Benson
(323) 330-9505
emmy@blankspaces.comEmmy has been with BLANKSPACES since September 2011, providing operational and management support, and event coordination to the Mid-Wilshire office. When not at BLANKSPACES, Emmy writes Young Adult novels and a column for the girls’ website, Wonderly.com. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Olivet Nazarene University, and several years of stage management experience garnered from Kansas City’s community theatre industry. In her free time, Emmy enjoys brunching and the theatre.

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Kristen Huffman
(213) 550-2235
kristen@blankspaces.comWith over 8 years of account management experience, Kristen provides customer service and community management to the newest BLANKSPACES location in Downtown LA. Kristen also proudly represents BLANKSPACES as the lead administrator for the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces (LExC). Having grown up in Southern California, Kristen loves spending time outdoors, traveling, wine, and most of all hanging out with her husband and 2 dogs.

Photos

Mid-Wilshire

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Downtown LA

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Community Happenings

EventFor50-c20140201_00130220140201_033627EventFor50-bSeasons GreetingsHoliday TreeHoliday Party Tree TrimmingHoliday treatsHoliday CheerMaking new friendsSharing storiesCoworker laughsThumbs up for coworking!Addicted to technologyCoworking keeps you warmCoworking family dinnerThe head honchoShmoozingGreat storiesCommunity MembersCoworking NetworksHappy CoworkingGeeking OutCoworking outside Mid-WilshirePARK[ing] Day 2008PARK[ing] Day 2008PARK[ing] Day 2008PARK[ing] Day 2008IMG_6177Social Media ClubFreelancer FridaysFreelancer Friday November 20, 2008Freelancer Friday November 20, 2008Launch Party with about 300 attendees!Launch Party with about 300 attendees!

Press

  • Coworking Space of the Week: BLANKSPACES Millennial Magazine06.16.2014 Millenial Magazine “Coworking Space of the Week: BLANKSPACES” “…BLANKSPACES is the perfect location for Millennials who want to be surrounded by like-minded individuals…Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of a home office.”
  • Santa Monica Mirror smmirror4.30.2014 Santa Monica Mirror Download PDF “Silicon Beach Coworking Spaces: A Fad Or New Trend?” LEE S. SEGAL “Coworking offices have emerged as the new commercial real estate office in the past few years in Los Angeles.”
  • LA Biz Journal Los-Angeles-business-journal12.23.2013 LA Business Journal Download PDF Ex-Phone Exec Placed on Hold” NATALIE JARVEY “Jerome Chang, the founder of co-working facility Blankspaces, said launching that many facilities in a short period of time is very capital intensive. And operating co-working spaces is unlikely to make someone a fortune. “Most people going into this business do it with the co-op mentality,” ...
  • World Magazine world08.24.2013 World Magazine download “Office Sharing” Angela Lu “Chang saw this as a solution not just to his own problem, but a problem plaguing a growing number of Americans: finding human connection—and the innovations that come with it—in an age of working remotely”. says it is less stressful than working in a typical office because ...
  • LA Times LA-times03.07.2013 LA Times “A new wave of shared workplaces rolls through Silicon Beach” Andrea Chang “What’s so fundamentally different about a place like this versus working at a company’s office is no one works for each other,” Chang said. ‘The whole bureaucracy and politics and the environment of trying to vie for the attention of that one boss ...
  • Wherever Worker whereverworld08.21.2013 Wherever Worker download “6 Tips for Being Productive In a Coworking Space” Chase Fleming “The most productive, effective way to enable good vibe and rapport is to contribute something beneficial first. You get what you put in, right?”
  • CBS CBS03.04.2013 CBS download “Best Coworking Spaces In LA” Joy Bitonio “Coworking spaces serve as a middle ground between traditional workplaces and the solitude of a home office…The biggest perk of coworking is the built-in community of talented people. BLANKSPACES offers a modern communal place to work, collaborate and get inspired on your own scheduling terms.”
  • Forbes forbes02.28.2013 Forbes download “Why Your Office Will Disappear” Marissa Feinberg “Your office as you know it will be gone…For those of you new to the concept, collaborative work spaces everywhere are defining themselves as ‘coworking spaces,’ or workplaces that foster productivity, collaboration and community. According to Deskmag, the number of coworking spaces has grown 200% annually for ...
  • BLANKSPACES is Back in Santa Monica – And It’s More Than a Return logo__0017_officingtoday-75x7502.27.2013 Officing TodaySarah Pierce download “To those who have worked with Chang, it is little surprise that he would fight to restore the full reach of the BLANKSPACES…After all, BLANKSPACES has blazed the trail for other vibrant alternative space providers such as ROC, NextSpace/Amplify and CrossCampus, to name a few.”
  • Turn Your Extra Space Into Cash… and Community logo__0027_inc02.25.2013 IncJessica Stillman download “To those who have worked with Chang, it is little surprise that he would fight to restore the full reach of the BLANKSPACES…After all, BLANKSPACES has blazed the trail for other vibrant alternative space providers such as ROC, NextSpace/Amplify and CrossCampus, to name a few.”

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