Welcome to Lagniappe’s Real Deal podcast’s 1st episode! The local business show hosted by columnist Ron Sivak.
Lately, coworking has captured the imagination of a sizable chunk of the entrepreneurial crowd in the Port City over the past year. In this week’s podcast, Ron talks twith Todd Greer from Exchange 202, as well as Stacy Wellborn and Taylor Atchison about the origin, present and future of co-op workspaces in Mobile and Baldwin County.
Perhaps more than a fad, this way of working has possibly moved into the realm of cultural Zeitgeist locally, nationally and maybe globally with the passing of the torch to the Millennial generation expected to take over half of the planet’s workforce by 2020.
In less than a year, Mobile alone may see 5 or 6 co-op workspaces popping out of the woodwork at a blistering pace; not yet even scratching the surface of grabbing a foothold inside the eighth fastest-growing county in the nation across Mobile Bay in Baldwin County.
In this episode we explore:
> The origin behind coworking’s definition and how the term was coined
> The differences between this work space set-up vs. traditional, better known remote office systems such as Regis
> The bigger picture of the changing professional workforce demographic globally
> How Todd Greer and Exchange 202 downtown blends hyperlocal with global education opportunities for business-minded self-improvement
> Whether or not the rapid local proliferation of co-op workspaces locally is a case of “too much, too soon” to succeed
> A bird’s-eye vantage point interview of two local entrepreneurs (Taylor Atchison & Stacy Wellborn) jumping into the metaphorical whitewater co-op rapids in town and their expectations about how it will turn a profit for them.
> A roundtable, rapid-fire discussion on business and real estate rumblings around town and their veracity to satisfy the gossip monger in all of us.
The Real Deal Podcast is produced in cooperation with Deep Fried Studios.
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