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05/31/2011

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Steve

Thanks for the link to the article. Somehow I missed it:).

Deskmag

Hi Steve,

you're right, compared to the size of Austin, it's the city with the highest density of coworking spaces. We didn't want to deny it and also wrote about this once: http://www.deskmag.com/en/austin-coworking-space-156 :)

We just wanted to mention the possibility that many central talks about coworking were conducted in Austin since it was a topic at big events such as the SXSW last year and this year also at the unconference itself. So probably many people googled this term there.

Anyway, good article!! .)

Steve

SXSW and the coworking conference probably did influence the data, but not enough to push SF above Austin.

Another measure of coworking intensity is coworking facilities per capita.

Given Austin's size, if it is 6th in the number of coworking facilities it's likely 1st in coworking facilities per capita.

Deskmag

Austin is definitely one of the cities with the most coworking spaces in the world. In our current analysis we counted 9 to 10 coworking spaces there. It would be placed on the 6th rank on a global scale, following Chicago.

However, as Google said, it doesn't need to reflect the real demand. We had the great coworking unconference in Austin, with a lot of people entering the terms "coworking" and "Austin" on Google, which might explains the big gap between Austin and San Francisco:)

It's nothing against Austin! We love the city - and especially Conjunctured and Link Coworking!! And we're looking forward to visit Austin next year again!!! :)

Marc Mapes

Well this is good to hear since I'm moving to Austin in August and will be launching the US version of HireMatch.me from there later this year. Will need a good space to work.

Looking forward to checking out some places.

Liz Elam

This is great information. As a Coworking space owner in Austin, I can validate that the demand is great and more spaces continue to open to meet that demand. Just last week I learned of another new space in Austin.

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