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  • Coworking Space of the Week: BLANKSPACES

    06.16.2014
    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

    4.30.2014
    Santa Monica Mirror
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    “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.”

  • Member Highlight – B2B Technology Marketing by Hugh Taylor

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    Here at BLANKSPACES, we’re fortunate enough to have one of the most unique mix of entrepreneurs and professionals coworking under one roof.

    Meet one of our newest members, Hugh Taylor. Hugh has written marketing content for clients like Microsoft, IBM, SAP, First Data, and Google. You can pick up a copy of his latest book, “B2B Technology Marketing” here!

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    “Marketing technology products to business customers is a distinct discipline. It doesn’t resemble consumer-facing tech marketing at all. It’s not even the same as business-to-business (B2B) marketing in general. B2B technology marketing requires a completely different way of thinking about customers, products, and markets, mostly because these factors are in a permanent state of flux. This book takes a pragmatic, strategically informed view of B2B technology marketing, exploring the essential responsibilities of the B2B technology marketing executive, including: • Lead generation • Filling the sales pipeline • Strategic messaging • Supporting the sales team • Communications and public relations • Creating customer preference • Product marketing”

    “Hugh has served as Social Software Evangelist at IBM, Public Relations Manager for SharePoint at Microsoft, and VP of Marketing at several early stage technology ventures. He is the author of three books and hundreds of articles, case studies, and white papers about the interplay between business and technology. Prior to tech, Hugh worked in television. He earned his AB and MBA from Harvard. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.”

  • LA Biz Journal

    12.23.2013
    LA Business Journal
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    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,” he said. “They’re looking to make a little margin to make it worth it but not looking to make a financial windfall.””

  • Surprise: Recessions don’t spark business startups

    [By Elizabeth Montalbano, contributing writerJanuary 14, 2010: 12:17 PM ET…an excerpt]

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Think recessions spur laid-off workers to launch new ventures? Think again.

    The Kauffmann Foundation has found that the number of new businesses incorporated annually in the U.S. has remained remarkably consistent over the years.

    “We have a surprisingly steady supply of new firms, despite frequent and sometimes sharp changes in economic conditions,” the study’s authors concluded. “No matter which data set one examines, any given year’s total of new companies is consistent with other years, with annual numbers fluctuating only mildly.”

    From 1977 – March 2009, about 600,000 new businesses were formed each year during that 30-year period. The data includes formally established new enterprises as well as new franchise locations and other outposts of existing companies.

    For more than a year, the potential for startup growth has been promoted as the silver lining of the recession.

    The conventional wisdom goes that as people lose their jobs, they are inspired to launch that innovative little company that’s been percolating in the back of their minds for years.

    Recessions also lower the cost of entry for new companies and make customers more willing to explore less-expensive alternatives to current products or services they’re using, said Rhonda Abrams, founder of entrepreneurial consulting firm The Planning Shop.

    “I liken a recession to a forest fire — it can be devastating, but can clear out weak and old growth,” Abrams said. “Small upstart companies have a chance to get a hold better when their competitors are weakened.”

    But Kaufmann researcher Stangler said there just isn’t data to back up that kind of ‘hopeful thinking.”

    “It’s not that the reasons behind that thinking are bad, it’s just that from the evidence, we don’t expect there to be a huge increase in the amount of startups or a decrease during this recession,” he said.

    Going back even further, to census reports from the 1940s and 1950s, there, they found remarkably similar results. Only one year — 1946 — had a noticeable startup spike, a result the researchers attribute to the effects of the end of World War II and a flood of returning war veterans.

    What’s behind the consistency in startup launches? Stangler said two findings stood out: Even in down times, the U.S. has a fairly stable and consistent economy. Also, the number of working-age adults in the workforce fluctuates little.

    But just because there’s no data to prove that economic turmoil spurs business growth doesn’t mean recession-era entrepreneurs should be disheartened, Abrams said. Citing her own research, she notes that the majority of current Fortune 500 companies were started during tough economic times.

    Another note: more than half of 2009’s Fortune 500 companies launched in bear markets, it reported in June.

    “Even if the numbers of new companies are consistent, you have a better chance at being a big success if you form during a recession or a depression than in good times,” Abrams said.

    She also believes that when the dust has cleared, this recession will have spurred more new businesses than past downturns because the percentage of those who are unemployed will remain persistently high.

    “More people will turn to consulting and other kinds of low-cost-of-entry businesses to tide them over,” Abrams said.

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  • World Magazine

    08.24.2013
    World Magazine
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    “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”. [Kristen Abitabile] says it is less stressful than working in a typical office because no one really knows what other people are working on. It also cuts down on office politics since people aren’t competing with each other.

  • LA Times

    03.07.2013
    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 in the corner — that doesn’t exist. It’s just stripped away.”

  • Wherever Worker

    08.21.2013
    Wherever Worker
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    “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

    03.04.2013
    CBS
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    “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

    02.28.2013
    Forbes
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    “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 seven years.”