“It’s great to have all sort of disciplines together and to see how they interact on the same projects.” – Collab&Couch Founders
Colab&Couch is a Co-working space in Dresden where Start-ups and Freelancers rent a desk and thus own an affordable office. It is open 24/7 and has been active for about a year. It offers two opportunities for people interested to rent a desk: Flex and Fix.
With Flex, one doesn’t rent the desk, just its usage. It operates on a first come, first serve basis and one can’t leave one’s stuff on the desks overnight. Fix demands a somewhat higher price for a fixed desk and higher internet speed. The Fixed places cover the general expenses of the space and any extra money gets reinvested in the space with personal financing happening only through private projects.
Speaking of re-investment, they have commandeered the ‘Feedback board’ method: Everyone is allowed to post what they perceive as ‘Correction Points’-things that can/need be improved upon. These ‘Correction Points’ get to be voted on by everyone and thus the highest priority (of things to be fixed or improved) is clear.
Aside from all that, they offer ‘Masterminds’. Masterminds is an open event where anyone can bring in an idea and everyone tells them what they think about it or how they would approach it. Furthermore, they offer some educational events and also Office Yoga every week to their members!
When asked about their advertising campaign, they replied simply with “Mouse-to-Mouse advertisements”. …It apparently can be that easy on occasion!
If you want to find more about them, check their website: www.collabandcouch.de
by Artemis Nikolaidou-Vichou