Episode 20: Collaborative Coworking Partnerships: Grind and Verizon
In early 2016, Grind and Verizon launched a coworking space in Verizon’s iconic New York headquarters. Benjamin and I talk about the particulars of forming this historic strategic partnership between a communications giant and a coworking pioneer.
About Benjamin Dyett
Benjamin was a mild-mannered lawyer who woke up one day and, together with some partners, decided, Hey, let’s change the future of work. So, along with his friends, Stuart and Karina, and Co:, Cool Hunting, Behance, Magic + Might, and Breakfast, he created Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system but within a strong community.
Built for free-range humans who carry their offices in their backpacks, Grind is the antidote to everything you knew about work. It’s dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of the old work experience and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine (sorry, old work experience, but you had it coming).
About Coworking With IrisCoworking With Iris was created to help drive the coworking movement as a whole towards sustainable success through sharing the stories and insights of workspace creators, community catalysts, and coworking thought leaders.
Iris Kavanagh works with shared workspace organizations to streamline operations and develop dynamic communities. She fell in love with coworking when, as a member in 2009, she realized how powerful the experience of a real, in-person community was and quickly started thinking of ways to change the world through the coworking model. Iris led the NextSpace team during initial expansion from 1 location to 9 and co-founded the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces and COSHARE, produced Freelance Camps and has spoken at various conferences including the Global WorkSpace Association Conference and the Global Coworking Unconference Conference.
Iris currently consults, leads Coworking Mastermind groups, heads the board of directors of COSHARE and showcases industry and movement leaders through her media series, Coworking with Iris. She lives in Santa Cruz, California with her two kids, two cats and two chickens.
Visit CoworkingConsultant.co to learn about working with Iris.
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