Is work from hotel a coworking alternative in Jakarta?

The global virus outbreak has halted international travel, affecting not just the aviation sector but the hospitality industry too. Despite the struggle, some of the top-class brands in Jakarta have suited up to adapt, tapping on the accelerated future of work that has overcome the labour market. That is through the other ‘WFH’ – work from hotel. 

Work from hotel is in itself an innovative solution, a useful business strategy for the current work climate. 

From hotel lounges to private suites, freelancers, office employees and the like have explored work from hotel as a work staycation – getting their tasks done in the midst of luxury their homes could never afford. For working adults, it serves as a breather from the work from home hustle – a change in environment accommodates the challenges experienced with the rushed shift in the workplace due to the pandemic. 

Considering the hotel amenities one can avail with a work from hotel package, it sure is an alternative to coworking in Jakarta… as long as a temporary escape is all you need. 

But if your goal is to scale faster, would this solution really work for you? 

We reckon – for a long-term working solution, coworking will be a better option. Why’s that? 

A Cost-Effective Monthly Fee Lets You In More Than Just The Space

With just a basic plan on JustCo, you not only get to use a co-sharing office space but also gain access to a suite of business amenities, such as pay-per-use meeting rooms, printing facilities, mail handling and IT support anytime you need them. There’s also a shared pantry with free flow of snacks, water, tea and coffee – all within easy reach. A premium business address is yours to own too, perfect for professional freelancers and startups working independently. 

A simple upgrade will give you 24/7 unlimited access to the coworking space, a dedicated desk or a fully-furnished private office. 

Further – all coworking plans let you hop into any of our 3 centres in jakarta, as well as those within our global network. 

 

What’s in it for you? 

With a monthly fee, you get a whole package designed towards providing you with the best work experience you could ever ask for. Whether you need it only once a month or a few days each week, the coworking space will always be available for you. Moreover, you don’t have to go back to the same co-sharing office as you can step into another at our centres elsewhere as and when it’s convenient. Simply put, you’re not bound to a location, as opposed to work from hotel packages that are tied to the premises. 

To top it off, once you’ve booked yourself a private suite, you won’t have to vacate for another member to use. You have sole access – even leaving your equipment behind for the day is possible as our round-the-clock security will ensure everything is kept safe. 

 

A Coworking Space Is Designed For Personal And Business Growth

Further to the amenities provided, members enjoy exclusive perks as part of the cost-effective plans. These include participation in business events and networking sessions across industries where members can connect for collaboration opportunities. Moreover, members can take advantage of discounted services from various trusted providers. For instance, our JustCo Campus and Innergy workshop offer training opportunities for individuals willing to upskill and organisations seeking avenues for employee development. Our partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Dewaweb, and Google Workspace provide businesses with the leverage when they consider scaling operations with cloud functionalities, setting them towards a direction of growth. Yogofi Pocket Wi-Fi for international connectivity makes it easy for business travellers to stay connected while on the go. Nutrimart, ClassPass and Sayurbox privileges are additional perks that offer the perfect harmony of work and play. Here’s a quick summary of our perks: 

Skills 

  • JustCo Campus – Get personalised one-to-one skills development sessions 
  • Innergy – Speak to an experienced coach or join their professional class  

Business 

  • Amazon Web Services – Get USD5,000 in credits 
  • Google Workspace – Claim up tp to 10% discount on membership 
  • Yogofi Wi-Fi – Leverage USD2.50 global Wi-Fi connectivity per day 

Lifestyle 

  • ClassPass – Explore for free in the first month and 10% off upon membership sign-up 
  • Nutrimart – Order and enjoy up to IDR 25K off on your purchases  
  • Sayurbox – Get free delivery and IDR 25K off on your purchases  

What’s in it for you? 

With a coworking space, you’re not just signing up for an alternative workplace but a full-proof solution that considers long-term requirements. It is centred upon bringing you the growth you need as an individual practitioner or as a business. 

 

A Positive Work Environment Is Always Available

For those working from home or hotel, recreating the office environment for productive work can be challenging. The coworking space is designed to offer just that. Amping up the surroundings, the entertainment and game areas, and common pantry bring a sense of community to the workplace. 

What’s in it for you? 

If you miss the social interactions back in the office, the coworking space covers that for you. This is especially important for boosting happiness at work, a key stress reliever. The interactive space also serves as a good demarcation between work and your home, the latter essentially being your place to relax. If you want to stay away from distractions at home, prevent the blurring between work and play, and avoid the walls closing in on you – possible occurrences even in a hotel suite, the coworking space and its community-centred design give you the seamless divide you need. 

Whether you are working from a hotel or in a coworking space, a solution is only right for you as long as it addresses your needs. Making that decision requires deliberation – take the time to decide.  Or if you’re like to trial the benefits of JustCo for yourself, sign-up for a free 1 week trial here! 

Coworking vs WFH: Why a hot desk is better for freelancers

One of the biggest perks freelancers enjoy is having the autonomy to choose where they can work. Amid the many options, working from home tend to be a popular choice for obvious reasons – it’s more accessible, comfortable and less costly. 

Yet, this comes with some snags. Having a poor study set up or unstable internet connectivity, for instance, can make it difficult for some to work. Then there are distractions that hinder productivity (cue the TV, a cosy bed, your crying toddler or the adorable kitten snuggling between your legs each time you’re on a call). These point to a larger phenomenon – the blurring lines between work and home life. Since work and home are intertwined, especially when you perform work and household duties at the same time, it leads to – what we know today – the ‘WFH burnout’. While burnout can occur in a regular office environment too, the exhaustion caused by working from home is a combined consequence of attending to never-ending household needs and putting in longer work hours than you should because it is just so easy to lose track of time at home. There’s also the feeling of isolation being on your own, underpinned by the lack of camaraderie you would otherwise enjoy seated next to colleagues. 

If you’re having gripes with your work from home arrangement, similar to those we’ve noted above, it’s probably time for a change. We reckon a coworking space will help. How so? 

 

  • You can draw a line between home and office 

Since the blurred lines between work and home form the crux of many problems associated with such an environment, the first step you should take is to shift your workspace away. A library or café may be the next best option, but these come with a caveat – taking a wrong seat or not finding one at all. 

Renting a hot desk at a coworking space solves the problem. The environment, which is essentially a co-sharing office space, guarantees a desk for you to work at. This helps you establish the boundaries of work. You have the space to solely focus on your tasks with a peace of mind, and then return home to pay full attention to your household needs. 

 

  • You will work alongside a community of like-minded individuals 

Working in a co-sharing office space makes you part of a community of like-minded individuals who could be freelancers like yourself, owners and employees of new startups or independent entrepreneurs. You get the opportunity to mingle with them and share experiences, eventually making new relationships with people even as you work independently. This saves you from the isolation and loneliness felt while working on your own. When you get stuck or need some inspiration, strike a conversation with someone at a nearby hotdesk. Who knows, that might just land you your next big gig. 

 

  • You can secure yourself more prospects 

There’s no better way for a freelancer to acquire leads than to make connections. A coworking space creates an environment for conversations and knowledge-sharing, geared towards creating opportunities for growth. While you can connect with people over video, calls or chats from home, mingling with groups of individuals, in the common areas or at community events you gain access to with a hot desk plan, lets you widen your network faster. 

 

  • You can establish your freelance career professionally 

Maintaining a professional outlook is also essential for freelancers. When you book a hot desk at JustCo for instance, you get a business address to direct all work-related mails to, such as cheques or project documents. You may also print this address on your business card or add to your email signature so your prospects and clients know where they can speak with you in person – whether in our meeting rooms or cafés in the vicinity. Since most of our coworking spaces are located within or near the central business district, you also enjoy the benefits of working in the city and easily making your way to client meetings without travelling too far.

 

  • Coworking still provides you with the flexibility to choose your workspace

While working from home may appeal to some, especially those who are caregivers, a coworking plan will still prove beneficial. You can choose to come down once a month or just a few days in a week, that too at any time you want – all these while having full access to amenities and other hot desking benefits. 

Working from home is not entirely bad – often, it can be a necessity. What can help improve the situation is having an alternative workspace and a community to tap on so you don’t miss out on what you need to take your freelance career to greater heights. 

Why big corporations move to coworking spaces

The Global Coworking Growth Study reported that the number of coworking centres worldwide is expected to surpass 40,000 by 2024. At present, the Asia-Pacific region has the most shared workspaces in the world, with the highest average capacity of 114 people. While it is a promising statistic for coworking operators, what is more noteworthy is the changing profile of tenants. Startups, entrepreneurs and freelancers aside, we are now seeing a growing pool of enterprises jumping on the bandwagon. JustCo Indonesia noted a significant increase in  enquiries for flexible workspace solutions by enterprises, who now make more than 50% of our customer base. 

Why that shift? 

It’s A More Cost-Effective Real Estate Solution

The ongoing pandemic unveiled new real estate challenges – the need for more workspaces to house office employees amid social distancing measures. Split team arrangements and the equivalent forced many to work at home from time to time. Employees are also gradually preferring to work elsewhere than in the office (more on this later).

What do all these mean for enterprises with large but emptier offices? There will be wasted space.

If this makes up one end of the spectrum, the other is insufficient space for growing teams – one of the biggest hurdles large organisations always face.

What both scenarios entail is a cost – enterprises with such traditional office spaces are tied down to long-term leases with additional fees when they downsize or upgrade, alongside substantial fit-out spend This prevents them from scaling when they need to.

The solution: a flexible and cost-effective real estate plan – also known as a ‘core and flex’ model.

The ‘core and flex’ refers to an idea where enterprises occupy a long-term office space (‘core’) and a flexible workspace somewhere else (‘flex’). A smaller traditional office or a serviced suite as ‘headquarters’ can serve as the ‘core’. Dedicated hot desks at coworking spaces or private cabins as satellite offices in shared work areas complement the former where employees can jump on immediately to work – the ‘flex’. And there’s no need to worry about amenities – from meeting rooms and day-to-day office equipment to a curated range of professional services, coworking spaces have them all covered.  

There’s Opportunity For Networking Even With Privacy

For employees or those in the management level, networking is key to keeping up with the pulse of the market. A traditional office setting does not allow for seamless connections with the like-minded but a coworking space can. A conversation in the common area like the pantry can lead to meaningful business partnerships you’d never imagine.

Hot desking employees would have ample opportunities for networking in the shared office space. Yet, privacy can be of concern – a dedicated cabin within the shared area will make the cut.  

Regardless of the coworking plan, enterprises have access to regular networking sessions with industry practitioners, making it easier to enhance brand exposure and source potential leads.

You Uplift Employee Morale And Productivity

Having the option to work where employees want keeps them happy – an essential aspect of employee morale, which translates to productivity. If the office is too busy, having a flexible and secured workspace somewhere in the city or neighbourhood gives them a peace of mind to tick off tasks from a to-do list. Perhaps a parent needs to pick a child from school at an odd hour – a hot desk in a nearby location saves a good deal of commuting time. And on days when the walls close in on you while working from home, having a ready work desk in a coworking space solves the problem. All these with 24/7 access and security, so you’d never need to think twice where else to get your work done! 

The coworking environment also offers a creative and collaborative workspace for employees who can break away from groupthink they unconsciously subject themselves to in the office. They can enhance the quality of their work with out-of-the-box ideas, ultimately benefiting the organisations they serve.

Coworking spaces have evolved over the years. It is no longer just a workspace arrangement for small businesses but also a practical solution for enterprise-level organisations to better manage the office and workforce. If you’re looking for the future of work, this is it.

Together through difficult times: Young inspiring entrepreneurs share tips on staying resilient in times of crisis

Caption (clockwise from top-left): Laura Dawson from JustCo Australia, Han Jin, Co-founder of Lucid, Eileen Kamtawijoyo, COO & Co-founder of Populix, Will Fan, Co-founder and CEO of NewCampus, Pahrada Sapprasert, Director of 500 TukTuks. 

 It’s tough being an entrepreneur, and perhaps – even tougher at the time of a global economic crisis. Over the recent few months, many entrepreneurs, start-ups and large businesses have been battling challenges while looking to pivot and reposition themselves amid the COVID-19 situation. The entrepreneurial journey can be a difficult path to walk alone, so opportunities where entrepreneurs can come together to share their challenges, seek advice, and even share learnings with others, would make them feel less lonely in your business battles 

How does one cope when faced with barriers and obstacles in today’s ever-changing business landscape? At JustCo’s Regional Signature Event, In Conversation with Inspiring Entrepreneurs, We spoke with four young entrepreneurs and game-changers from the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list of entrepreneurs. As members and partners of JustCo, they exchanged stories on their entrepreneurial journey, real life case studies on how to mitigate through crisis, their approach to innovation and more.   

 

Every challenge presents us with a new opportunity  

Crises don’t last forever. It is temporary and also a test of an entrepreneur’s resilience and ‘never give up’ spirit. For an entrepreneur, any disaster or challenge presents an opportunity for change and renewal an opportune moment to not only redirect and point businesses to a solution.  

When asked whether is COVID-19 hindering or helping innovation? Will, Co-founder and CEO of NewCampus, is quick to respond, “You need moments like this to really trigger transformation. This pandemic has pushed us to look into new areas that are currently untapped, areas that we can arbitrage.’ 

 

Innovation begins with small steps 

Today, businesses are aware that innovation is the only way for them to grow and move forward. But what exactly is innovation?  

“In a start-up, if you don’t innovate on a daily basis, you die. If you’re not doing something different on a daily basis, then you’re not innovating and not bringing the company forward. This is what start-ups need to survive,’ highlights Han Jin, Co-founder of Lucid. 

Innovation doesn’t have to be big changes. It begins when someone sees an opportunity and reacts to it. Most importantly, it has to have a massive impact on the world of sensors and the internet of things. The difficulty lies in failing to recognise them and embarking on the very first step.  

To identify innovation opportunities, we need to put ourselves in the customers’ shoes – that’s an entrepreneur mindset. By constantly innovating, we are improving, growing and moving forward,” says Eileen, COO & Co-founder of Populix 

 

Fall down seven times, get up eight 

Being a successful entrepreneur does not happen overnight; it takes a lot of time, perseverance and a resilient mindset. Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey, but you don’t have to do it alone. Surround yourself with good advice, mentors, friends, family who can help you push through these tough times, says Will, Co-founder and CEO of NewCampus 

It is important to mitigate loneliness by developing camaraderie and a sense of belonging in  your team – it makes this journey a lot more fulfilling as everyone is working towards the same goal and direction.  

Believe in yourself. Keep learning and put your mind to it! For me, it is very rewarding to see new start-ups and entrepreneurs succeed – this is definitely something that keeps me going!” says Pahrada Sapprasert, Director of 500 TukTuks 

Last but not least, never be afraid to fail. True failure comes in the form of not trying. Entrepreneurship involves the creation of processes, not just the creation of work.Just like sailing; we cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.  

 

Interested to make your work and business better?  

  • Sign up for a free trial here, to experience being part of an ever-growing coworking community across Asia Pacific. 
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  • If you’d like to collaborate with JustCo for our next signature event, feel free to reach out to us here.  

Co-working Spaces Promote Creativity and Innovation

Today, there’s a high premium placed on creativity and innovation, and co-working spaces are proving to be the best enabling environment for these skills to flourish.

Co-working spaces are fostering ingenuity for an increasingly flexible intellectual labour force. As a feature published by the Harvard Business Review argues, co-working spaces are reminiscent of the Renaissance “bottega” of 15th-century Florence. These Florentine workshops were spaces where artists, engineers, and scientists met for inspiration and knowledge-sharing.

This Bottega Renaissance of sorts is best exemplified by the rise of flexible workspaces in Asia, which hinges on the burgeoning startup and freelance market. In fact, SCMP reports that the market for co-working spaces in the region has outpaced its global counterparts. Many of the 8,600 centres found across Asia-Pacific are targeted towards flexible office arrangements.

SPACE FOR CREATIVES

One key factor in the swell of flexible workspaces in the region is the growth of the creative industry and its demand for venues that cater to their needs. This has also meant that co-working spaces had to offer more than just available desks and tables.

CNN Travel reports how flexible spaces in Hong Kong now offer overnight and dynamic venues that can cater to a range of creative needs. This can include studios for podcast recording, green screen rooms, and even urban fitness centres. A key reason for this is due to the city being the centre of Asia’s social media scene. Hong Kong-based digital marketing experts Ayima detail how the region hosts social media giants Baidu, Facebook, and WeChat. This allows western countries greater access to invest in markets in Hong Kong, and vice versa. The percentage of social media penetration is expected to increase to 64% by 2023. This has made the city a hotbed for social media professionals—many of whom work freelance.

Similarly, more professionals and startups in Jakarta and Shanghai are paying a premium for spaces with better working environments that focus on building a community. Melbourne is now the city in Australia with the most co-working spaces as it’s at the centre of the country’s growing tech industry. One reason for this, as we put in our location guide to Melbourne, is that it is a city with a “vibrant mix of cultures and community” – with the co-working spaces being at the heart of many of these communities. Massive disruption in several key industries have also opened up opportunities for startups to flourish – most of which need more flexible arrangements.

The inherent flexibility of the creative and technology industries are shaping the spaces they operate in, which, in turn, are opening up new opportunities for growth across Asia.

INCUBATING INNOVATION

As mentioned above, startups are also a huge contributor for this shift to co-working spaces. The decisive push for governments in Asia to support startups has also catalysed the proliferation of spaces that cater to these innovation centres. This is why more companies like Singtel are also embracing the change, as it will help cultivate an innovating culture necessary for growth.

The JustCo Labs in Singapore, for one, helps both enablers and accelerators to reduce innovation risks and costs of setting up shop. It also offers exclusive programs to aid SMEs in reaching their target markets and find good hire opportunities. This model is currently being replicated across the region, as more economies rely on innovation.

GREATER POTENTIAL, GREATER VALUE

It’s not surprising that collaborative spaces are making a comeback at a time when great ideas command value. Co-working spaces encourage flexibility and the potential for interaction. Innovative layout and mindful design spark conversations and ideas. More than anything, they’re a space for more connections that can foster a strong network of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This potential, as shown by more pro-active space providers, can be cultivated by building a community around the service provided. Some offer networking events, training programs, and social events so people can connect beyond eight-to-five meetings.

In fact, JustCo enables its members to work anywhere in its 40 centres around Asia-Pacific – providing greater flexibility and connections. The only Asian co-working space provider with a multi-city presence in the region, JustCo is also planning to extend its reach to Japan and other areas in the Asia Pacific this year.

Flexible work venues provide exactly what modern creatives and businesses need—space. This is especially true for the younger entrepreneurs coming into the workforce. As innovation leads today’s economic growth, the environment that nurtures it will expand further.

Keen to connect with a diverse community of 25,000 members? Contact us today to find out more!

 

Exclusively written for JustCo

By Jillian Davis

5 surprising perks of hot-desking

Sheree McIntyre, Vice President and Head of JustCo Australia, highlights some of her favourite hot-desking perks and sheds light on the upside for businesses.

 

  1. People talk to each other

Co-working spaces can be really social environments as well as spaces to discover new business opportunities. But you can also have peace and quiet if you want it, with phone booths and free private breakout areas away from the hive of activity.

You can also bid adieu to the dark ages of awkward networking breakfasts. The JustCo App has a “Just Connect” function that allows members to browse profiles of potential partners, strike up conversations on the app to discuss ideas, and establish new business collaborations within JustCo’s community across Asia Pacific.

That’s a global index of contacts you’re getting without having to make small talk over the breakfast buffet or wait for tradeshows to meet.

  1. The views are dreamy

Enormously high rent does not always equal great views, but at a coworking space, some of the best views in the world are available to you without the big price tag. For example, Level 19 of JustCo at William St overlooks the Yarra and Melbourne city skyline (better than the view from the home garage or study!).

William St view photo

A killer view of the Yarra and Melbourne city skyline from JustCo’s newly opened workspace at William St

  1. It’s good for your posture and your business

Hot desking spaces offer the benefit of not having to sit in the same tired seat day after day. Investments in ergonomic furniture by co-working companies pay off – and you can save on your physio bills! The inspiring art and décor are also great to absorb while you stretch your legs.

  1. Hot-desking isn’t a ‘singles-only’ activity

 Plenty of large and small companies are opting to hot desk rather than face paying increasing rent for a traditional cramped and isolated space. Being around a group of other talented and diverse individuals can mean curtailing the dreaded stagnation that can affect a small group in a lonely office.

Many people who can work from home opt for a hot desk instead in order to escape the distractions of the home, work from a more professional environment, meet new people, and to simply encourage creativity.

  1. It saves your business a ton of hassle

Contrary to popular belief, going down the hot-desk route isn’t only about cost savings. Time is money, and getting on board a co-working space will save you both. A co-working space such as JustCo takes the hassle out of every day office operations, allowing companies to really focus on their business objectives. From IT support to electricity and a reception to greet your guests – we’ve got you covered.

Interested to find out more? Book a tour with us today!

Sheree McIntyre is currently the Head of JustCo’s Australian division. Backed by Frasers and GIC, Singaporean-born JustCo is Asia Pacific’s leading co-workspace provider. Under Sheree’s leadership, JustCo is on a fast trajectory of growth in Australia, with five current locations and a goal to open five more Australian office spaces by Q2 2020. Sheree understands the importance of building offices with quality materials and close attention to detail, and believes firmly in JustCo’s sustainable business model and refusal to cut corners.

The psychological effect of the colour green

And 3 reasons why you need to have it at work

 

Think of the offices of many of the world’s most successful and innovative companies today and it’s likely that vertical gardens, lush landscaping, and green nooks also come to mind.  

It’s not just trendy design either – from giving the office a more ‘homely’ feel to acting as a natural air filter – plants are more staples than finishing touches of interior design now. In 2017, Apple famously bought out over 3,000 trees for its new Cupertino headquarters in the pursuit of a literal ‘greenest building on the planet’, according to CEO Tim Cook.  

At JustCo, we also believe in the power of green, which is why our open office spaces feature strong greenery to inspire our members. Here are five reasons why being surrounded by the colour green will improve your workday:  

 

  1. It increases productivity and creativity  

Colour psychology suggests that our moods and emotions are affected by the colours that surround us. For instance, white might invoke feelings of calm, and stillness.  

Green is associated with nature and life, and invokes feelings of tranquillity, energy, and calm. Many studies have shown that bringing plants into the workplace increases productivity by at least 15%, while helping to decrease stress and agitation throughout the day.  

 

The views from JustCo at Marina One (East and West Towers) offer an awe-inspiring blend of twisted metal and full, lush greenery  

 

Workers have also reported a better flow of creative and new ideas when surrounded by greenery. In one study by German researchers, people glanced at the colour green for two seconds before doing a creative task, and concluded that it boosted their creative output more than other colours did.  

 

  1. It attracts the right talent  

If you’re a company looking for creative and spirited talent to inject a breath of fresh air into the team, having a plant-filled office might help you find some. Green, open offices have come to be associated with fun, open-minded work culture, and this in turn will help attract the kind of people you are looking for.  

 

JustCo at 6 Raffles Quay features a lush green nook for members to enjoy

 

  1. It improves the well-being of your employees 

Science already dictates that plants can improve air quality at the office, a place where most people spend a large part of their day. Poor quality air often leads to health problems such as headaches, eye fatigue, throat irritation, and asthma. Plants are said to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve general mental health.  

This means an enhanced quality of work life for your employees, and less sick days for the organisation.  

 

JustCo has over 35 co-working spaces around Asia-Pacific’s major cities. Explore our network here to find a location that suits you.  

Inspired to make your work better? Get in touch with us today to arrange a visit.   

A special partnership with Dropbox

Su Hock Koh, Dropbox Head of Local Business and Partners (Asia) believes in harnessing the power of networks for doing good as well as to create extraordinary possibilities for greater economic, social, environmental and human good. So it’s no surprise that he loves working in a coworking space and chose JustCo as home to Dropbox’s Asia headquarter. “Not only does JustCo offer beautifully designed spaces and attentive community teams at each location, it also engages its members with regular events and offers services which are both professional and personal.”

Su Hock and his team are no strangers to the coworking concept as they had worked at another smaller coworking space before moving to JustCo. When their team outgrew the space and they needed a new location, they were impressed by JustCo’s personalized service and access to senior management: “Everybody made us feel welcome from day one. Not all coworking spaces have this service attitude and attention to detail so it was a pleasant surprise and a huge pleasure to work with the JustCo’s team – they are really the perfect embodiment of the JustCo brand story”.

But Dropbox is not just a member, it is also a partner to JustCo. Dropbox provides cloud computing and collaborative tools to all JustCo employees and offers exclusive benefits to JustCo members. “From the beginning we realized that both us and JustCo are really in the business of connecting people and making their work faster, easier and more productive. JustCo does it through space, we do it through the power of the network”.

Currently, Dropbox houses its Asian HQ at Marina One, where they lease a beautifully appointed office. “Besides our own private suite, we often use other common areas, from casual and semi-casual spaces to formal meeting rooms or phonebooths when we need more privacy. Having partnered with JustCo for so long, we have seen how JustCo is constantly evolving their product to cater to their members’ needs” says Su Hock. “What we appreciate the most is that they really listen to feedback and always endeavour to improve their members’ experience.” This partnership extends to events, which are a centrepiece of the JustCo experience. “We organize regular events at JustCo, where we invite panelists on a range of topics from new technologies to the future of work. JustCo has a variety of spaces that fit our needs.”

Dropbox is just one of the examples of how JustCo builds and nurtures amazing communities at its coworking spaces. Join the JustCo community now!

SMUAA Start-Up Hub powered by JustCo

In September 2018, JustCo is delighted to announce a collaborative effort with Singapore Management University Alumni Association (SMUAA).

Established since July 2005 and run by alumni volunteers for alumni, the SMUAA leads SMU alumni in creating social impact and harnessing the power of the alumni network. Overseeing all local and overseas SMU alumni groups and chapters, the SMUAA facilitates networking between alumni groups, nurtures and supports alumni leaders, and grows the alumni network. SMUAA comprises future leaders, adventurers, explorers and budding entrepreneurs, poised to take on leadership roles in their organisation and in society. They also possess the determination to embark on entrepreneurial endeavours.

Singapore has grown to become a hub for aspiring entrepreneurs and a recent finding from Channel News Asia revealed that, start-up founders based in Singapore were the youngest in the world, with a median age of 28 and 32% saying they started their current business while they were still studying.

Whilst all entrepreneurs face challenges when starting their own business, young entrepreneurs face fiercer complications. More often than not, these new start-ups are short of suitable office spaces, network connections, proper tools, equipment and resources; which are easily accessible in today’s co-working model. Hence, in support of these young entrepreneurs, JustCo unveils its latest exclusive collaboration with SMUAA, named the SMUAA Start-up Hub powered by JustCo.

Located within JustCo’s newest and largest co-working space at Marina Square, the SMUAA Start-up Hub powered by JustCo will occupy a dedicated area of the centre. What’s more? SMUAA members will be automatically connected to JustCo’s large community of talented and like-minded businesses, where they can explore new business opportunities and leverage on a common pool of resources to drive success to their business.

This start-up hub ultimately aims to encourage interaction, knowledge sharing and collaboration amongst entrepreneurs through regular social and professional events organised at JustCo! In addition, as many entrepreneurs are constantly seeking for workplace flexibility, members are not limited to work from Marina Square’s co-working space only. JustCo is also value adding members by offering complimentary hot-desking work stations across seven co-working centres in Singapore, which aims to increase productivity among members!

Started since 2015, JustCo has always been connecting vibrant and dynamic communities in open, conducive and creative work spaces and we look forward to welcome SMUAA as part of our ever-growing community!

This exposure can bring needed awareness and inspiration, so they can find purpose and meaning in their own work. It can also help them expand their network and meet new people. Moreover, coworking spaces encourage collaboration and learning among its members which helps business managers and employees alike learn the value of helping one another and working harmoniously to achieve desired goals.

If you are a freelancer, an entrepreneur, or a manager who is looking for a virtual office in Singapore that would be most beneficial to your line of work, get in touch with JustCo today. JustCo offers premium coworking spaces and shared offices to suit your needs.

The hype is real: Bitcoin and the future of blockchain

JustCo had the pleasure of bringing together four insightful panelists to go beyond the hype of cryptocurrencies and dive deeper into the realm of blockchain technology.

Participants not only gained valuable insights from industry experts, they also got to mingle and network over free flow of beer and wine, sponsored by our good friends at PwC.

Our community sharing ideas over a drink… or two 😉 .

For many, the concept of blockchain itself is enough to leave us muddled and confused. Blockchain is, put simply, a digital ledger of transactions that can be programmed to store anything that has a value.

The products that have come from the technology of blockchain are specifically designed to solve existing economic issues, from remittance to intellectual property to even logistics.

“Right now in this world and age everyone is dependent on third party storage and third party logistics. Everyone wants to have more control, and they want to know where the product is and how it is being treated.” Says Sarah Nabaa, Country Manager of Vechain.

Blockchain technology removes the need for an intermediary because it is a decentralized database. Duplicating or cheating the data will affect the previous chain of records on the ledger. This results in a higher level of accuracy for companies seeking to improve their business process.

Introducing our lovely team of speakers (left to right):
John Patrick Mullin, Hayk Hakobyan, Leyu Ong, Sarah Nabaa and Hong Qi Yu.

However, the use of a public database might not be necessary for non-retail services, where it is purely B2B. Hayk Hakobyan, a partner at Vision Capital, explains: “For chemical logistic companies, you need some type of privacy. Let’s say you are going to a doctor, you tell him you are sick. Do you need people to vote whether you are ill or not?” With this, the audience chuckles. “No, of course not, so I’m not for the inclusiveness if it is not needed.”

The evening concluded with a variety of questions raised from our audiences. We are grateful to be able to bring like-minded individuals together to share thoughts and ideas! A big “thank you” to all of you who made it, you guys rock <3

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Written by
Victoria Wong