Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What is COWO?

COWO is short for "COWORKING."

That statement, I hope, defines what we are as a company. 

COWO, I'd like to think, is a unique business idea that makes the virtual office concept cool. Of course,  admittedly, we are not the first ones to do this. Coworking spaces have been around for so long in other countries, and so far, I think the concept is answering the problem of increasing cost of space, as well as the rise of the mobile workforce.

A COWORKING space creates a place where entrepreneurs, freelancers, professionals, working moms, mobile employees and other people who value networking, to collaborate/connect with each other in a cool, open office environment. That's what we envision to develop here in the Philippines.

Aside from giving the space, which coffee shops already offer, we provide business support services such as secretarial work, business registration services, money transfer, and things that entrepreneurs need for them to focus on their real work. Members can enjoy the convenience of a business center for printing requirements, concierge services and stand by messengers who can send packages to different areas in the metro.

We provide cozy private meeting rooms where you can write on the walls, which members can rent for only Php 250 per hour. 

If you prefer, you can get a private cubicle where you work alone, and just go out to network with people whenever you are ready. Being a resident member gives you access to even more benefits, and your own local number. 

There is a coffee bar for freshly brewed Italian coffee, pastries, light lunch and cold drinks. You should taste our bibingka, supplied by our COWO member Ferino's. 

There's a cool couch area for relaxed and casual brainstorming sessions, meetings, projects and sharing of ideas. A lot of books to read, and coincidentally, the square hole on the wall leads straight to the coffee shop.

I call these the conversation seats. I wish we purchased more of these. 

We plan to open several COWO branches within the year, so that members can move from office to office, wherever it is convenient for them. By May 2012, we will be opening another COWO spot at the CAV wine bar at the Fort, Taguig to service people who work within the Makati area.

The good news is membership is a steal - only Php 10,000 a year (a few cups of Frappuccinos a month). More about our services here - http://www.cowo.asia/services.htm and http://www.cowo.asia/membership.htm

To know more about the COWO concept, you may visit our website at http://www.cowo.asia or our Facebook fanpage http://fb.com/cowoasia. If you'd like to see our lovely faces, you are more than welcome to visit us at G/F Suntree Tower, 27 Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. 

See you at COWO and looking forward to cowork with you. 

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