Here are this week’s coliving news and thoughts - enjoy the cocktail slurp 😋
Coliving for entrepreneurs: the BIG opportunity —
Last week, I was more than delighted to see that Tribe Theory, a hostel chain at the intersection of being both a startup accelerator and coliving, raised $3.5mio by American venture capitalist Tim Draper and rebranded itself Draper Startup Houses. Their new goal is to provide affordable and stimulating housing for one million entrepreneurs by 2030.
Here’s the deal: I believe there is a tremendous opportunity in combining coliving with traditional startup/accelerator programs.
Why? Carlos de la Lama, founder of Startup Embassy, nailed it down to three points when we talked about it last:
First, participants get accepted rather late into acceleration programs, sometimes a week prior to its start, hence having to figure out accommodation quickly. Second, accelerator funding money often comes with huge delays, making it hard for participants without savings to invest into their own accomodation. And third, the coliving space would be easily marketable once the program is over, especially thanks to the amount of high-quality members and personalities that inhabit(ed) it.
On top of that, the exchange of knowledge between founders would be massive: many of my friends, who are accepted at big accelerators such as Techstars, end up not interacting with their peers at coworking spaces, as teams are focussed on getting things done. This could change if members of accelerator batches would share their free time together - namely, sharing a home, a kitchen, a living room, where the time and space for interaction exists.
Draper Startup Houses are onto something. And accelerator programs should follow their lead.
Coliving updates from the web —
Coliving events not to miss —
And what I've been up to...
I flew over to Buenos Aires, were I settled down with Renat, one of my best mates and my partner in crime when it comes to creating coliving spaces, marketing agencies, and epid adventures (like this one).
Since then, I’ve been waking up at 6am, heading to the coworking space and cranking out my book. The result: 22,166 words in 10 days - it’s finally coming to fruition 😋
Also, I had the honor living on a boat for a few days in Amsterdam (thank you SPX!) and discovered barefoot running (which broke my running records).
While I'm currently under the radar in terms of social media and “big project announcement” but promise, you’ll see a lot of 💥 coming up starting March.
(yes, I love to tease 😜)
Have a great February,
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