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Mónica Guzmán

Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

Category: Habits
March 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Sitless in Seattle: Standing desks give workers a leg up

The office of the future might look a little funny. Peek over the rows of workstations in the marketing department of Tableau Software in Fremont, and you’ll see dozens of employees leaning into their screens. It’s a crisp, modern office setting that looks like any other. Except that a good fourth of the workers are standing…

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February 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Hack your life: Pioneering Seattle event makes habit change a group effort

“We’re here to change habits, change lives,” James Norris told 100 people gathered on the first floor of Pioneer Square’s Impact Hub. “You guys are all part of a movement.” It was the kickoff to Spark Weekend Seattle, a first-of-its-kind, two-day event Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 that got my attention as soon as…

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January 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM

At CenturyLink Field, Seahawks fans want a win and a signal

Joseph Sunga is a happier Seahawks fan this season. The eight-year-season ticket holder will watch his team battle for the NFC title Sunday in what might be the franchise’s best year ever. Nothing tops that. But there’s something else. This season, Sunga and many of the 68,000 fans who’ve packed CenturyLink Field could actually, reliably, finally use their…

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January 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Should you be coworking? New Seattle space signals shift

New York-based WeWork operates shared work spaces in three cities and opens its first Seattle space next month. This building in Los Angeles, like most of its spaces, features plenty of glass and light. (Photo: Design Helm for WeWork)

New York-based WeWork operates shared work spaces in three cities and opens its first Seattle space next month. This building in Los Angeles, like most of its spaces, features lots of glass and light. (Photo: WeWork)

The first floor of WeWork's Seattle space, which opens Feb. 1, will feature an events space near reception and a large room for open coworking. (Photo: WeWork)

The first floor of WeWork’s Seattle space, which opens Feb. 1, will feature an events space near reception and a large room for open coworking. Desks start at $300 a month. CLICK TO ZOOM. (Photo: WeWork)

Inside new construction on the corner of Yale Avenue North and Republican Street, builders are busy.

Seattle entrepreneurs are sporting hard hats to tour three dusty floors of 500 Yale Ave. N., and the crews have fewer than three weeks to turn its skeleton of wood, glass and metal into the largest, most ambitious coworking space Seattle has seen.

When it opens Feb. 1, the WeWork space in South Lake Union will show how neighborly work habits have become.

The 55,000-square-foot space will fit more than 800 workers — 57 at long, shared tables on the first floor and the rest in glass-walled rooms housing from one person to 18.

But what will make this assembly of desks a “coworking” space won’t be proximity. it will be pingpong tables. Unplanned happy hours. Regular talks and mixers on the first floor. It will be the free coffee and free beer (yes, beer), the décor fit for some hip young magazine and, if activities at any of the 15 spaces the New York-based company currently operates spread, crazy things like Mario Kart tournaments.

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