Because this is the only way we can succeed. We need furniture to be able to host enough coworkers in 2 months, otherwise we will note be able to cover the costs on our own.
We are not businessmen. We have saved money and rented a venue for 3 months. But we don't have money to get all the other things:
For a minimum start we would need 1,000 $, in this case we will buy 5 desks and 5 chairs. For a full launch we need 3,500 (ex. Indiegogo fees) in which case we will buy 10 desks, 15 office chairs, bookcases, beanbags, a projector, a printer, as well as cover some small renovation issues.
Needless to say, we will inform all our contributors and the public how the money was spent!
Yes, we want to build a shared workplace for independent professionals like freelance programmers, designers, translators, writers, etc.. By doing so we want to support a constantly growing community of freelancers in Yerevan.
We believe that with assisting freelancers we support the struggling economy of Armenia, because most freelancers are not limited by political borders or export costs. Besides, we believe that more and more people will work independently in the future, without an employers: they will be less restricted, more creative and productive.
We are a team of three guys.
Vachagan Gratian has freelanced for almost a decade, he also worked an IT company and a university in the past, and is currently Board Member of an Armenian NGO: Wikimedia Armenia.
- Armine Bekaryan is a psychologist. Maybe you know her as organizer of "Psycamp" unconference.
- Lilit Petrosyan is studying linguistics and pedagogy, she is currently designing a new model for teaching Armenian to foreigners.
We rented a house on Tskhakhotagortsneri Street, only 2,5 km from Republic square. We have worked hard and saved money to be able to do this.
The venue is not directly in the downtown of Yerevan. This is due because the high prices in the downtown. But we also think that Yerevan (and Armenia) is too much centralized, and we think people should sometimes get out of the center and invest in other parts of the city.
See the location on Google Maps
One of the first thing we have done, was staring an online survey which helped us to understand that there is a great call for a coworking space in Yerevan. We have now a network of freelancers and independent professionals who are interested to build a coworking community with us.
And, as already mentioned, we have worked hard since early 2013 to save money and then searched for the ideal coworking space. Finally in February 2014 we found and rented a house very close to the downtown of Yerevan and very convenient for a coworking space.
Please support us if you believe in what we believe in. We believe that individuals and communities should help each other. We believe freelancers will shape the future and we believe in the power of crowdfunding.
Today we are the community with a vision and you are the one who can help us make it happen.