The Ski-In Ski-Out Office
What is an ideal space for creativity? For entrepreneurs of the modern age, an office space doubles as a networking – and inspirational – opportunity. In the case of The Network Hub, much of that inspiration comes from the surroundings of their co-work space: the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb.
According to The Network Hub co-founder Jay Catalan, coworking spaces, as we know them today, were begun in San Francisco in the early 2000s. As a young graduate, Catalan and his friends obtained work as web developers and after entering what is often a lonely line of work, they sought a place to connect with other innovative individuals – during the workday. They jumped at the opportunity to open their vision in Downtown Vancouver, and it was only a matter of time before the entrepreneurially minded friends had the idea to open a branch that was right off the trail so that individuals burning the midnight oils to build new businesses could refresh by skiing at a moment’s notice of fresh powder. “It’s better than coffee,” says Catalan.
Located right at the head of a hiking path and a few steps away from a gondola lift, The Network Hub is not only the vacation home of Canadian entrepreneurs touring the circuit of coworking spaces, but a burgeoning hub of the creative minds developing in local Whistler. Catalan wants to provide a place that encourages business and bolsters creativity. Videographers, creators of mobile social games, and even high school students working toward a business idea for a class have gathered at The Network Hub, with one fledgling startup growing so large they bought two floors of office space down the road. It’s true that if you build it, they will come, but in this case, they will also grow… and ski.
Source: Lincoln Now