Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An awesome place to work from

After having been used to working from home for almost 9 months, it was really tough to get my ass up and going to work from a new office. But the excitement of setting up a new office and being responsible for it was giving me quite a high. However it turned out that the excitement of setting up a new office was short lived. The reason was that we were considering trying out a new idea namely co-working. For those of you who don't know what co-working is head to http://blog.coworking.com/ get a hang of it. If you want to know in short, read on. Co-working is relatively new idea(6 years old). It is popular in US, Europe and countries like Japan. But in India the fever has just started. There are enough number of good reasons to try Co working. Two reasons why I personally prefer Co-working to working remotely are you won't feel lonely and helps the offices go green.

Now that we had decided to go for co-working, we had to find a suitable place. We listed down the criteria for the selection of the co-working space.

  1. It should be close to me and Chakri. If not at-least the ride should be a one without much traffic hassles. 
  2. The ambiance of the space has to good. It should be a creative space rather than the normal office cubicles.
  3. It should have good Wifi connectivity.
  4. It should be a place where fellow developers would like to hang out in the evenings with a beer.
  5. We should be able to host events where we can evangelize Drupal.
Though we were not able to find a space with all these qualifications, we zeroed in on a space which we felt satisfied most of the above mentioned points. It is located in Koramangala First block. (Yes that is 13 km from my home :( ) But after having a look at this space I could not say no. Since this is a co-working space, it hosts few other companies like http://www.questalliance.net/ , http://blindboys.org/ and few interns from http://www.frogdesign.com/ I am yet to familiarize with the folks here and currently I am waiting for Chakri to come here so that we can go for lunch. There are quite a few eat-outs here as well.

If you are wondering how our new Bangalore office is check out the images below. This images doesn't cover the whole office, they just cover the exteriors and the space we work from. You should check out the whole office some time. Its like a castle :)

Side view

Front view

The main gate
Greenery and sitting space inside 

A room
The yellow structure is the space we work from

The view from my workspace

@azrians : I know I know. If you have any plans of shifting to Bangalore office, I am open to accepting gifts from you(may be an iPad :P) so that I can put across your case to Mohan and Venky ;) By the way don't let him know that I told you this.

Oh here is the address : 108, 6th Cross, 2nd Main Road, Koramangala 1st Block  Bengaluru, Karnataka 560034


Asif said...

Its really a cool working place. I have been to this place earlier and i can say that you guys are lucky to be working from there.

GeekBeyondRedemption said...


I'm looking for a co-working space for 1 person :)

I stay in Koramangala 4th block, so this would be super for me.

Please let me know where this is and how much it costs.

Could you drop me a note on prasanna 79 at gmail ?


Anonymous said...

Hi Gokul,

I'm an geek trying to bootstrap his startup.
I'm also looking for a space where I can interact with like-minded fellow techies.

Please let me know if there is space for a single person or if possible point me in the right direction.

I'm reachable on singhal.p1@gmail.com as well as 9845062777.

Prashant Singhal