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New Work City is hiring! Help us have a bigger impact on NYC and the world.

New Work City. We like awesomeness and empowering people.
New Work City. We like awesomeness and empowering people.

Inspiration for this post brought to you by coffee, good friends, and the Code Your Face Off soundtrack on Songza!

See the full job posting here and apply here!

I’ve enjoyed taking a casual approach to building New Work City. It’s just my disposition. After nearly five years of organizing, however, I’m finding myself increasingly ready to take everything we’ve done and set us up for the long term. Today, we’re taking two big steps toward growing up as an organization.

We’re hiring! Hooray for job creation!

When I first got into this back in 2007, I was transfixed by coworking and all of the opportunities it provided to meet some incredible people and learn about a world of folks who were working for themselves in ways I had never been exposed to before. Now, it’s time to find someone who is today perhaps a little like I was back then.

We’re hiring someone to help us run our space. Someone who is friendly, reliable, fastidious, and excited to meet a lot of amazing people.

They’ll help manage the space every day, opening up in the morning and sticking around until the end of the business day every day. They’ll welcome members, give tours, and generally keep things humming along. They’ll help keep the space fully functional and organized by ensuring the space is well supplied and in order.

They’ll also learn how to manage a community and a space, and all of the intangible things that go with that.

Leading by example

Hiring someone and maturing as an organization will help us increase our capacity for generating a larger impact on New York City and the rest of the world.

We’re not planning on opening more spaces, but we do want more communities like ours to exist. To that end, we’ll be documenting our experiences with our new hire and hopefully having them contribute regularly as they learn how to run a coworking community.

We hope to lead by example and inspire others to join us in building communities that help people work for themselves– not just in high growth startups, but in developing sustainable and robust small businesses and consulting practices.

Millions of people will be pursuing independent careers for the first time over the next several years, and communities like ours are a critical part of helping people start and succeed. I sincerely believe this is the only way we are going to solve some of our biggest problems.

Help us find someone awesome

As with pretty much everything else we’ve done, I’m looking to all of you to help me find the awesomest person possible for the job. Pass these links along to whoever you think might be interested, or might know someone who is:

Full outline of job listing here: http://nwc.co/workhere
Application here: http://nwc.co/applyhere

We’ve also prepared some handy links to easily share on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

If you have ideas as to where I should be posting to get the word out, I’m all ears!


Alone at NWC

Originally published here.

Back when NWC first started almost two years ago, there used to be a lot of nights where I was the last person in the space after everyone else had gone home.

Lately, with so many more members and so many more events and things going on, it’s rare for me to the the last person out the door.

Tonight, after wrapping up a successful Girl Develop IT class, I find myself alone in my new space for the first time in a long time.

The stage is set for tomorrow, the chairs and desks having been returned to their appropriate spots. In 12 hours, the space will be humming with people, building and talking excitedly.

But tonight, everything sits still in peace and silence.

Little imperfections could keep me here forever, as there’s always a chair to straighten or a tabletop to be wiped down.

Not too long from now, we’ll probably hire someone to manage the space. I’ll be freed up to focus on the bigger business stuff, and I’ll likely be spending less time rearranging furniture late at night.

As nice as that will be, I can’t help but feel like there’s a value in getting one’s hands dirty.

I wonder what it would be like to start a coworking space without having to do any of the grunt work. If you had the money right away to hire people to do all of the little things, I wonder whether you’d ever be able to fully appreciate the intricacies of every detail that make a place like this so special?

Either way, I try to take pride in having done a little bit of everything along the way.

There’s an irrational part of my mind that never wants to go home. If it had its way, I’d stop time right now and build everything I’ve ever wanted to build in the space, all at once, right now.

But that’s never going to happen, nor should it. Every day, I’ll do something to make this place a little better. It’ll evolve over time, and when I look back at it a year from now, I’ll see something which all of us carefully sculpted each day as we went.

My own personal giant bonsai tree.

I must be better with coworking spaces than with bonsai trees, because I could never keep the latter alive for two whole years. Perhaps it doesn’t hurt that, with coworking spaces, I’m only one of many people tending to it every day.

This place is nice. It’ll keep getting nicer. Then we’ll see about other places.

But for tonight, for now, my work here is done.

Time to take it all in for a moment while the coast is clear. Who knows how long it will be until I’m alone here again?

Giving and Giving Back

Originally posted here.

A lot of people have given me and NWC so much to get us to where we are today. Hundreds of people have poured their time, money, blog posts, tweets, car rides, manual labor, expertise, advice, spare belongings, weekends, emotion, energy, and so much more into something that they believe in.

For many, this is an investment into something that they intend to continue to participate in and benefit from. We’re now a much bigger group of people who all have a shared interest in making NWC succeed. For some, the help they’ve given NWC has been purely out of an interest in seeing it become a success– even if, because of geographic, professional, or other circumstances, they might never be able to participate in or benefit from it directly themselves.

People have done things that I’ve barely had a chance to thank them for. There are emails in my inbox waiting for responses that just have to wait.

I don’t really know how to properly repay or even acknowledge the people who deserve it. I’m certain, actually, that I can’t.

This frustrates me a lot.

One thing I know I can do is to continue to do everything in my power to make NWC what we all want and need it to be. It will never be perfect, but it will always be ours, and I’ll always be working on making it a better and better.

We open for business on Wednesday. A lot of the space won’t be pretty, and a lot of it won’t be finished. But it will improve every single day.

Starting Wednesday, I will be setting out to give back. Not just to the people who have helped to date, but to people just discovering us for the first time. The best thing I can do, I think, is to pay it forward and try my best to be what everyone expects me to be.

Thank you, all of you, for everything you’ve done for me and for NWC. I’m humbled by your overwhelming love and support. I can’t say I’m convinced that I deserve it all, but I’m going to do my best to earn it.