We caught up with founder Thaddeus Squire to find out what he learned in the nearly two-year process of creating a coworking space in the city. Check out our photos of the new spot here, plus more details on the business itself.
- Build a community before you open up shop. CultureWorks launched with nearly 70 members (almost half of which were full members), about a third of its capacity. Squire said he spent almost two years recruiting members before the space actually launched because you can’t attract new members to a community that doesn’t exist yet.
- Shop for a landlord, not a building. Squire said he got lucky with his landlord, Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties, because Goldman was willing to take a risk on the coworking space since it fit the brand he’s trying to create along the 13th Street corridor. Goldman has a vision of building up an arts-focused corridor in Center City, Squire said.
- Let your members program the space. CultureWorks offers one multipurpose room that can be used for conferences, events and screenings, and it encourages its members to program the space: to organize seminars, meetups and the like. Squire said he wanted to keep CultureWorks “member-focused” by making sure its public space was available for its members and not booked with events run by people outside the community.
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