We've gotten a lot questions about our recently released coworking forecast.
While many think the forecast is too conservative and that coworking is growing faster, others wonder if we aren't too optimistic and if our forecast should be lower.
We readily admit this is a tough industry to forecast. But it's also clearly growing really, really fast.
For example, we took a look at just news from the past week on coworking space openings in the U.S. and Canada.
We did this doing a simple set of Google searches. This probably understate the number of new spaces opening or announcing their plans to open.
We found 62 U.S. and Canadian space openings or announcements over the prior week.
We don't know if this was a representative week, but if it was it would indicate over the course of year there would be a bit over 3200 new space openings or announcements in the U.S. and Canada. We're not going to try to this for the entire world (our coworking forecast is global) because it would be way too much work for blog post.
But if there are 3200 new spaces over the next year in the U.S. and Canada alone, the folks who think our coworking forecast is too conservative are correct.
Here are some of the more interesting example from this week's news:
According to CBC News, Saskatchewan's 1st co-working space had an open house. An alert reader (see the comment below) pointed out it is one of 7 coworking spaces in Saskatoon.
According to the Calgary News, Coworking is booming in Calgary.
According to BetaKit, Toronto's RNDMWRK WANTS YOUR NEXT COWORKING SPACE TO BE A BAR. I know I wish my coworking space served Moosehead beer.
If you happen to be in Vancouver on August 19th, stop in at L'Atelier Coworking's Opening Party!
Thirllist says Philly is in the Middle of a Coworking Boom
The Richmond Times Dispatch covers a new space in Richmond's suburbs. This is a good example of the growing number of suburban spaces.
Another example comes from Denton Texas, where the Denton RC reports the opening of a new space in this Dallas Fort Worth suburb.
Continuing the coworking bar theme, SF's Historic Jack’s to Become Another Coworking Space Called Bar Works. I doubt they will serve Moosehead.
Regus continued its coworking push opening one of their Spaces spaces near Google in Silicon Valley.
Covo Coworking, another coworking space combining food, alcohol and coworking had their opening party last week in SF. It's a tap room at night, so maybe they will have Moosehead. Covo's Cafe is pictured below.
This is just a subset of the coworking news for last week. Coworking really is booming.