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Smartworks Journey Milestones

As the year draws to an end and Smartworks embarks on its third successful year, we would like to reflect on our growth and thank you for your support. We, at Smartworks, strive to deliver an office experience par excellence and redefine workspaces in India.

All this has only been possible because of the Smartworks family, which includes you and us. For us, our community comes first! You come first! We will continue to stretch ourselves to ensure that your experience remains impeccable.

At the onset, we would like to thank you for your relentless support and the unconditional love you have shown us all through the year, which has resulted in Smartworks becoming one of the most renowned coworking spaces in India. Smartworks stands where it does today because of you. We would like you to continue to grow with us!

Smartworks started as our dream of transforming the way traditional offices work in India and has grown into one of the largest agile workspaces in India as of today.

We drew inspiration from futuristic workspaces and community-driven employee culture across the world to create Smartworks. Our ambition is to create a way of life for employees to be productive and efficient at their workspaces.

Founded in April 2016, with a motto of ‘Workspaces that work for you’, in a short span of two years, Smartworks has grown exponentially and has established a footprint of 2 million sq. ft across 18 locations in 9 cities (Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune), catering to more than 300 clients across large enterprises, SMEs, startups.

Our community is mostly enterprise focused with more than 75% of our members belonging to the enterprise community. Our member base has shown robust growth, with a total of 13000+ members and 300+ organizations sitting out of our centers. Our clients span across sectors like IT, manufacturing, telecom, healthcare to startups. Some names include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Tata Consultancy Services, Bacardi, DHL, Jaguar Land Rover, Episource, Deluxe (Fox Star Studio), Play Games 24*7 among others. We house 52% branch offices, 33% of headquarters and 4% regional offices at Smartworks offices; Increased the member count by 300% and added more than 10,000 new workstations; Grew by 2.7X in sq. ft presence across 9 cities, 18 centers and reached 2 mn sq. ft; Incedo Pune expanded with us in Chennai & Bangalore.

Some of our differentiators include –

  • Creating spaces that go beyond just being an office space
  • Configurable office spaces created as per the specifications of member companies
  • Creating vibrant communities at the workplace through a mix of state of the art real-estate, interiors, technology and hospitality
  • Integrates latest office technologies and industry-first value-added services to deliver a “wow” office experience to its members
  • Focused on building productivity amongst those who work at the facilities
  • We also happen to be the only profitable coworking space in India
  • Productivity lies at the core of what Smartworks does

 

Growth & Initiatives

  • At Smartworks, we offer more than just an office space. We combine top-notch real-estate design, technology and hospitality to create vibrant communities at your workplace
  • In the next year, Smartworks is bullish and is targetting 3 million square feet of managed office space across Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities, over the next three years
  • Our internal team grew by 30%
  • Partnered with various organisation from the likes of Niti Aayog, Lean In India, NASSCOM 10k Startups, Headstart, Network Capital
  • Total no. of coverage of 350+ garnered with 45 print coverages and over 40+ online links over media with tier 1 publications like Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, Business Standard, The Economic Times, Business Today, The Hindu, Inc.42, New Indian Express, and Mint to name a few
  • Turned our offices smarter by deploying Mitra robot at our GTP centre to enhance our member experience

 

Our friends from the media love us-

Bengaluru, we’re ready for you!

Our previous blog, announced the opening of our flagship workspace in the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore. Featuring a myriad of facilities, this centre is located in Global Technology Park (GTP) and is spread over 3 lakh sq. ft, making it our largest workspace. With our latest expansion, we continue on our path to becoming India’s largest agile workspace player.

The D-day was packed with a lot of fun-filled and engaging activities for the members. Furthermore, the event offered online contests across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the trending thread of #CoWorkingBengaluru and #BiggerAndBetter. The magnitude of the event not only saw participants from across the country but also got #CoWorkingBengaluru trending on Twitter.


The star of the launch was our pride and joy, AI-based assistant and India’s first ever ‘she’ robot- Mitri. Mitri is a robot with superior social skills. Mitri apes human actions such as constantly blinking her eyes and turning her head to analyze the people around her. When she greets you at the entrance, you register your details with her – a process where she will ask you questions and will register your name, age, workspace and other details. Mitri has the ability to recognize you and retain that recognition.


Our ‘star’ robot, understands the technicalities of a workspace and is designed to be a front desk and HR robot. Mitri is the modern day reincarnation of a superwoman who senses if employees are having a bad day and interacts with them to cheer them up!

A combination of modern aesthetics and state of the art technology ensures productivity for your business at the highest possible level. Book your tour today!

Two steps up in Mumbai

Sitting by the calming waters on Marine drive or indulging in some celebrity spotting at the Pali Hill Cafe, Mumbai is the city of dreams, success, and stardom. The natives are always on-the-go, looking for the next best thing in town. Mumbai is not just a thriving business hub but also home to a million starry-eyed aspirants hoping to make it big! This grandeur and hunger to succeed made us open not one but two coworking centres in Mumbai, the burgeoning city!

Both our centres are found in prime locations making accessibility easy in a city known for its exasperating traffic. The first is in the Fleet House, Andheri East and the second in Indiabulls Finance Centre, Dadar West.

Smartworks Andheri is the preferred location for corporates who want the best of cost and class. Metro connectivity feels like a dream as this centre is seamlessly connected from West Andheri to Ghatkopar. On top of that, the proximity to the airport is a mere  3 – 5 km. It’s not just close to residential areas like Goregaon, Malad, Borivali, Powai, Vikhroli but also to the malls & hotels like Holiday Inn, Westin, Infiniti Mall, Inorbit Mall, and Oberoi mall.

In terms of connectivity, the Indiabulls Finance Centre is no less! Located only half a kilometer away from the railway station, it’s sure to solve all your travel woes. Moreover, it’s at a stone’s throw from top-rated hotels and malls like Shangri-La and Phoenix respectively.


These premium quality, high end commercial centers’ strategic locations and features like biophilic architecture and creative collaborated zones make them the ideal business hubs. Furthermore, these expansive centres boast of high-end cafes and multi-cuisine restaurants in their compound. Whether it’s taking a much-needed coffee break or a quick pop-in to the nearby mall, these centres have it all.

We’re glad to be a part of this bustling city and are certain that our coworking space will become an indispensable part of it. Come and experience the true essence of coworking and productivity at our centre!

Smartworks takes Bengaluru!

 

A casual stroll in Cubbon park, an exciting evening at Koramangla, breakfast at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar or a shopping spree at Brigade road. Bengaluru is not just a melting pot of cultures but also the Silicon Valley of the country. Here, a number of successful startups were conceived and today, new ones are born every fortnight. So, the tech-first city invariably became our choice for our newest coworking space.

With recently launched centres in Hyderabad and Mumbai, we’re all set to launch our biggest centre yet in Bengaluru. We’re thrilled to be back in the city to open our second centre at the Global Tech Park in the beautiful suburb of Bellandur.

Accessibility feels like a dream in a city known for its exasperating traffic. To soften this blow, we decided on a strategic location to ensure your corporate life is a joyride. Our flagship centre is easily accessible to all parts of the city via BMTC and close proximity to key residential hubs like Outer Ring Road, Bellandur et al. Keeping in mind the frequency of travel for work, the Baiyappanahalli metro station, and the KR Puram railway station are at a distance of 15 km and 10.5 km respectively.

The luxurious marble finished double height lobby and perfectly manicured lawn will greet you as soon as you step into the spacious compound.  It not only offers plenty of natural light but also superior indoor air quality. As you look around, biophilic architecture and open walkways will catch your eye. Furthermore, the enormous centre has enough space to house 5000 members.

The members enjoy benefits like multi-cuisine restaurants, planned crèche and gym facilities in the vicinity of their workspace. Not to forget, our offices have opened the doors to your furry friends as well (pet-friendly). Whether it’s taking a much-needed coffee break in the smart cafeteria or a quick pop-in to the nearby mall, this new centre has it all. In addition to malls, the centre is at a stone’s throw away from premier hotels like Royal Park Plaza, NOVOTEL, Aloft, IBIS, CITRUS and retail outlets like More Hyper Mart, Total Mall.

We’re excited to take a plunge into Bengaluru’s bustling tech scene through the reinvention of traditional office spaces. We’re certain that our coworking space will become an indispensable part of the city. Come and experience the true essence of coworking and productivity at our centre!

Solving the Snag with Smartworks: Internet not found

Connectivity issues are a serial killer of productivity and the number one reason for wasted time. While we celebrate the demise of the sluggish dial-up, the supposed ‘high-speed’ internet is no less. Such a technical glitch becomes twofold at a workspace when you’re desperately trying to meet the deadline and your internet connection is taking its own sweet time. A recent survey by MonsterCloud concluded that of the 2,000 office employees it consulted, over 60 percent cited slow wifi or internet connection speed as their top IT pet peeve. Thus, confirming our argument that employees are extremely unhappy with the speed and performance of their internet connection.

Regular internet troubles can divide our attention between our actual job responsibilities and the technical support required to fix the issue. According to a report published in a leading UK daily, workers estimated technology problems meant losing 30 minutes of working time each day. Unfortunately, coworking spaces too fall prey to this issue. There are several reasons for this. First, placement of the Wi-Fi router can wreak havoc on the coworking space as every team will demand a place convenient to them. Second, sharing an internet router is impossible and will eventually lead to troubleshooting. Third, the type of material used in the construction of the workspace can affect the speed of the wireless connection. Lastly, some places do not offer internet connection at cost-effective prices.

At Smartworks, things are done differently as we know how crucial time and productivity are to your business. Smartworks provides a high-speed internet connection through LAN and Wi-Fi, to all our members. Keeping in mind the operational cost of businesses, we provide these services at nominal prices to give you a smooth experience at work. Also, our on-call tech support ensures no troubleshooting or technical glitches. In case our members experience such an issue the team resolves it at the earliest. As our core values include increasing productivity and working efficiently, we believe that valuable time should not be wasted on inconsequential issues like these. Instead, business should channelise their energy into their work and leave the glitches to the experts.

 

coworking

Solving the Snag with Smartworks: High Rent

Coworking has exploded globally over the past couple of years. Recent statistics show that there are currently 1.69 million people working in coworking spaces worldwide. A whopping 33% increase from 2017 is a clear indicator of a coworking becoming ‘the place’ to thrive. With the largest coworking companies securing several million dollars in funding and new players entering the market, there have been a host of options for decision-makers to choose from.

However, the number of desks taken by a majority of independent firms haven’t been massive. According to recent statistics, 52% occupy a mere 0-50 desks each. The question is why? There is a common understanding that coworking spaces are mostly dominated by either a startup with a handful of employees or self-employed and freelancing professionals with a lack of large corporations. On the contrary, there has been a surge in the occupancy rates of both the categories yet the stark difference between them is the ‘price’. Every business has different needs and operates on different costs, so a higher price per desk may not be suitable for everyone. That said, coworking spaces aren’t pricey unless one opts for the fancier spaces. Most coworking spaces offer a myriad of facilities, albeit the ‘fancy’ ones offer some extravagant amenities which is why they come with a hefty price tag. Most of the time, such luxury is a tad bit unnecessary. It might suit one business but can be completely redundant for the other. So, before zeroing in on a workspace, one must differentiate between the needs of its members and business. Regardless of a startup with employees or a self-employed individual, there are coworking spaces that fit every budget and need.

At Smartworks, we offer select plans that include expanded bandwidth and dedicated private offers that attract all types of clientele to space. With fully-customisable workspaces, one can choose what goes into their bill without compromising on any of the facilities. From a smart suite, a nonintrusive office space that shadows your business’ ethos, to a smart cube, a space with the best of both worlds- private, with the benefits of networking as well. There is an option to suit every need. Moreover, regular interactive events, a free-flow of roasted coffee and an easy vibe at the cafeteria offer a much-needed breather from mundane work. Most importantly, we believe in the power of coworking spaces and want to provide the best experience to startups and large firms alike. Our aim is to help companies thrive off the productive energy of such spaces and focus only on scaling their business.

 

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Solving the Snag with Smartworks: Vibe ain’t right!

Are the daily tasks lists and meetings the only reasons for your gloomy mood and fatigue? While most of us unconsciously blame it on the certain external factors, we miss the most important one- the vibe of your workplace.

The vibe of any place has the power to set the mood for the day, and this holds true for coworking spaces as well. Depending on who or what is using the space, a coworking space can go from utter chaos one day to being as quiet as a library the next.

Even at a regular office space ‘work’ becomes a convenient scapegoat. However, the real culprit is the disapproving vibe existing in the air around you. The inexplicable nagging and constant pessimism have become quite prevalent in most workplaces. At a coworking space, the intensity of such a vibe tends to increase due to the variety of companies working there. Every firm working in the vicinity will have their good and bad days which most likely won’t be in sync with yours. While most days would be spent in harmony, there will be others where this ‘vibe’ might float over to your side.

Fret not, at Smartworks; we believe the vibe at a coworking space can only be what you make of it. And it can be so much more than just another place to get work done. The potential for productive networking within a coworking space is one of the significant advantages. Interacting with individuals beyond your colleagues can be therapeutic of sorts. When done right, this networking can be low-key and feel as productive as a brainstorming session with colleagues.

That said, there needs to be just the right amount of interaction and privacy. At Smartworks, we provide fully-customisable workspaces to suit your business and employees needs. From a smart suite, a non intrusive office space that shadows your business’ ethos, to a smart cube, a space with the best of both worlds- private, with the benefits of networking as well. There is an option to suit every need. Moreover, regular interactive events act as an ice-breaker between firms. It not only provides a much-needed breather from mundane work but also presents an excellent opportunity for healthy networking.

Lastly, the coworking mentality is one of openness. We believe in nurturing a supportive community where one shares knowledge that can not only help a co-worker but also lead to future gains. We also believe in creating a harmonious environment where all our members can thrive in good energy.

SmartShuruaat

This Diwali, make a #SmartShuruaat

In our country, ‘new beginnings’ start with a customary visit to the temple, splitting of a coconut, or even stringing together lemons and chillies, all in favour of good fortune. Such customs instil in us a belief that every beginning done right will lead to a successful ending.  

When new beginnings matter as much, it’s crucial that they start on the right foot.

The onset of Diwali brings forth an opportunity for new beginnings and to do things differently. That said, no journey is complete without a ‘great start,’ one that not only brings success in the beginning but also lets you sail in it till the very end- The #SmartShuruaat

Why a #SmartShuruaat

A #SmartShuruaat means choosing not only a fruitful present but also a prosperous future. Whether it’s something as complex as shifting into a new office space or something as simple as a decision to either go green or burst crackers on Diwali, every choice you make should benefit you and others around you, today and tomorrow.

Your #SmartShuruaat begins today!

This Diwali, why not make a #SmartShuruaat with us! With a rise in pollution levels, the festival of lights has involuntarily become a death wish for all of us. So, a small step you take today can reap significant benefits for your future. Here are a few ways which will help you make a #SmartShuruaat.

  • Instead of going all out on crackers, eschew them and celebrate a true “Green Diwali”.
  • Skip the electric lights and opt for traditional diyas and candles. These will not only reduce electricity consumption but also encourage local artisans. A  community which is brimming with creativity but lack sales, due to commercial products and electric diyas. Purchasing such items is the best way to support them and give back to society. On the plus side, painting diyas can be a fun family activity too!
  • Ditching the incense sticks and room fresheners will have a significant impact on the environment around you. Choose fresh flowers instead!
  • Wrapping paper is wasteful, outdated and a significant contributor towards felling of trees. To make your gifts more festive-worthy, use decorative cloth material, dried flowers et al.
  • Diwali cards? It’s the age of technology. A well-written Whatsapp text, Tweet, Facebook message, Instagram post or a creative image will work just as well. It’s the thought that counts, no matter what the medium.
  • Hosting a Diwali party? Why not make it a potluck dinner! The catch is that only the ones who take the public transport or carpool shall be served food. Fewer vehicles on Diwali mean fresher air for us.
  • Lastly, the best way to celebrate Diwali is celebrating it with those who need your help the most. Become a good samaritan by either volunteering at the local NGO or donating food and clothing items to the needy. Putting a smile on the faces of the underprivileged will give you immense happiness.

So, put the words into action and celebrate Diwali, the smart way! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

 

coworking spaces

Bursting 5 misconceptions around coworking spaces

Over the last few years, professionals across the globe have been ditching traditional office spaces in favour of coworking, but some professionals are skeptical of the shift as this movement disrupts long-held business norms. People often think coworking spaces are too distracting, only for startups, or just a glorified term for any other office space.

While many coworking spaces do have a casual vibe, they are definitely much more ‘work’ than play. So, today, let’s debunk some of the most common coworking myths once and for all!  

Misconception: “Coworking spaces are not for big enterprises.”

Truth: While coworking facilities are great for startups as they cut overhead costs, startups are not their primary users. Gone are the days when the majority of occupants at coworking spaces were startups or small enterprises. With affordable prices, a dynamic environment and ease in transitions (staffing, location, and renovations) many large enterprises are looking towards coworking spaces as a solution. Even Smartworks, in addition to several budding businesses, is home to conglomerates including Jaguar, and Amazon India.  

Misconception: “Our business has a fully-functional office, so a coworking space isn’t suitable for the company.”

Truth: Traditional office spaces are a comfort zone for a majority of businesses, which is why coworking spaces become an uncharted territory for them.

But the perception is slowly changing with professionals believing in a change of scenery. Companies are today using co-working spaces for a variety of tasks, example, hosting business meetings with visiting clients, providing workspace solution for short-term employees or renting the space during expansion of the business.

Also Read: Fun Things That You Can Do in a Coworking Space

Misconception: “ Coworking spaces will only work for my business if I were a solo entrepreneur.”

Truth: Another name for a coworking space is “flexible space.” The coworking model is flexible and works for businesses of all sizes, be it independent workers, small businesses or satellite locations for larger corporations. According to an industry report by JLL, “Workspace, Reworked: Ride the Wave of Tech-Driven Change,” flexible workspaces will comprise up to 30 percent of corporate real estate portfolios by 2030. Which means coworking spaces will not only work for solo entrepreneurs but also provide an excellent setting for all size of enterprises looking to combat isolation and to thrive in a productive environment.

Misconception: “ Coworking spaces are an extrovert-friendly arena.”

Truth: People often think of coworking spaces as offices with a  bunch of hipster programmers working on their start-ups, walking in and out with their pets, usually wearing pajamas. That’s really not true. A coworking facility does not confine to a set layout, every space is different, and some are designed to facilitate socialisation more than others. While some spaces offer open office space, others provide private offices.

These spaces include both common areas as well as spaces for independent work. Therefore, professionals get to choose the extent of socialisation and can strike a balance between mixing and personal autonomy. This benefit offers space for personal expression and creativity, making coworking professionals thrive.

Misconception: “Coworking spaces means people who share a job.”

Truth: This is one of the most common misconceptions about a coworking space. People tend to assume that only similar businesses and jobs share a coworking space. Getting different professionals to work together is not always the purpose of a coworking space instead a coworking environment often has professionals working on various projects or even in different industries.

What sets coworking spaces apart, is the rapport that coworkers working in different industries build, as their work relationships grow. Such camaraderie allows for a transfer of knowledge across industry lines which has the potential to bring insights and innovation to disparate fields.

Coworking is a unique business model which has something for every business. So, if you’re on a hunt for the most productive and profitable environment for your business, consider coworking.

 

Women Entrepreneurs

7 Inspirational Quotes from Women Entrepreneurs to Inspire you Instantly

Beyonce said it best when she sang, “Who run the world? Girls.”

Gone are the days when women were seen in pre-defined roles in a male-dominated society. The women today, across the globe, are not only vocalizing the issues that were for long brushed under the carpet, but are increasingly taking and nailing the top-ranking roles across the spectrum.

As India recently dedicated the nine auspicious days of Durga Puja to celebrate the power of women, we feature seven incredibly inspiring quotes from iconic women entrepreneurs and trailblazers to motivate every single woman to strive for their goals.

Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo  

Indra Nooyi defied the stereotypes of gender and race to become the CEO of the world’s second largest food & beverage company, PepsiCo. She is a living example of what can be achieved through determination!  

Estee Lauder, Entrepreneur

Being one of the most successful business owners, Estee Lauder was one of the richest, self-made women entrepreneurs in America. She believed in the products she created and that was the single most important reason for her roaring success.  

Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur, Producer and Philanthropist

An American media mogul, TV host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey’s story is beyond rags-to-riches journey. She believed in herself and worked hard to turn her dreams into reality, without letting anyone define her.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, Author

An entrepreneur and a successful author, Sandberg is someone who has made successful transitions from Washington to Wall Street. Her growth to one of the most well known startups of the world shows that anyone can turn things around- all you need is a much-needed second chance.

Kiran Majumdar Shaw,  Founder Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of Biocon Limited

Voted twice by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is one of India’s most successful female icons. She made her name in the gender-biased industry by sheer grit, ideas and vision. Under her guidance, Biocon became the second Indian company to cross the $1-billion mark on the first day of listing by closing with a market value of $1.11 billion.  

Indu Jain, Chairperson of Times Group

Indu Jain, with her knowledge, experience, vision and hard work, made the Times Group one of the largest media industries. Her work has shown not only the nation but the whole world that a woman can make her story unique and powerful by herself and she doesn’t need to sacrifice anything to do that.

Chanda Kochhar, Former MD and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank

Considered by many as a transformative figure, Chanda’s leadership approach was questioned by many industry leaders, but it never bothered her. Even as the world is just coming to terms with women leadership, women entrepreneurs like Chanda help eliminate archaic beliefs and nuances about women in leadership.