Co-Working Space: The Office of the Future

Michaela Anchan, Founder and Director, Woolf Works; Paul Lee, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Workcentral, and Jonathan O’Byrne, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Collective Works

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : March 14, 2016

Time : 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $0.00

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Hosted by the SME/Entrepreneur and Property Committees

For small businesses, start-ups and one-person outposts of large companies needing more than a coffeehouse but not ready for a 64-storey office building. Co-Working Space is the new office concept for the modern businessmen and women. The shared working environment offers the flexibility as well as a very good option for small start-ups and individuals to get their businesses off the ground.

Join us as the founders & CEOs of co-working spaces speak to us on this new trend, what are some of the challenges faced, and the emergence of a new asset class providing solutions for SMEs and start-ups.

About the Speakers:

Michaela Anchan
Founder and Director
Woolf Works

Michaela believes coworking is a game changer for women. Her coworking space, Woolf Works, provides a quiet work space and a supportive community to female freelancers, entrepreneurs, novelists and adult students. Her aim is to help these women prioritise themselves and their professional goals, and to be part of the larger conversation happening globally around gender equality in the home and the workplace. Michaela is originally from New Zealand, arriving in Singapore by way of South Korea and Mumbai in 2011 and is also a writer, speaker and small business advisor in her 'spare time'.

Paul Lee
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been a team and community builder all his working life. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a BA in Psychology and English, he took the road less travelled and re-enlisted with the Singapore Army as a regular officer because of a deep personal calling. During his time in service, he trained and groomed new officers, led soldiers in training and operations and later acted as consultant to senior commanders as a field psychologist. Through all this work, he was building cohesive teams and strengthening the communities he was a part of.

Paul joined Wellspring Investments in 2012 as Chief Operations Officer for the company’s property development project in Mongolia. After two years on the job, he felt the need to connect and engage with the wider business community in Singapore. He also greatly desired to create a ‘dream’ workplace that was more vibrant than the small family office the company was located in. Working for a SME, he experienced first-hand how isolating it can be to work independently, physically disconnected from a larger work community. It was from this personal experience, that the idea of Workcentral grew.

Now, Paul is firmly committed to building up a community and workspace that members are happy and enthusiastic to be a part of. More than putting together a fancy looking place, he wants to create the best working environment where members can flourish with other driven business people around them.

Jonathan O’Byrne
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Collective Works

Jonathan builds offices for Entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Collective Works,
 an award winning coworking space in Singapore. Jonathan O’Byrne founded the business to improve the drive, creativity and social interaction of small businesses. In under three years of operation, Collective Works has grown to become an unparalleled entrepreneurial community of over 90 companies with members from 20 countries. The facility itself has undergone several expansions     and now comprises over 11,000 sqft of prime CBD real estate. Jonathan’s goal is to connect Entrepreneurs across Asia and in doing so revolutionise the way they work.

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