Commute with our CEO Episode 11: How did PAC and CloudVO start?

Episode 11 of “Commute with our CEO” video series is now live! Laurent explains how Pacific Workplaces and CloudVO started.

It started when Laurent worked for a large Silicon Valley company last century. He realized the workspace that they provided to the thousands of employees was just not adequate. That is what led him to co-found Pacific Workplaces in 2003. The company was created to provide professional space, meeting space, collaborative space; a space for people to cowork and build a work community. However, he also wanted to provide members with access to workspace on-demand wherever they were, which is what led the team to start CloudVO in 2009, providing on-demand workspace and virtual office space. Today, CloudVO offers on-demand workspaces and virtual office spaces at over 600 locations worldwide.

 

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About Laurent Dhollande

Laurent Dhollande is the co-founder and CEO of Pacific Workplaces (www.PacificWorkplaces.com) and CloudVO (www.CloudVO.com). He has set the agenda in Alternative Workplace for more than 15 years. Pacific Workplaces is a shared office space operator with 16 locations in the West Coast. CloudVO is a provider of on-demand office and meeting room space with a network of 600 locations worldwide. Laurent is a frequent speaker at professional conferences that focus on coworking and other forms of on-demand office space. Prior to his current activities, he held various executive and management positions at Sun Microsystems, Litchfield Advisors, and Hewlett-Packard Company, with responsibilities in Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Development, Operations, Finance, Customer Service, and Marketing. He holds an MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley.

About CloudVO™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO Episode 10: Ubiquitous Work and Car as a Workplace

Our tenth episode of “Commute with our CEO” video series is now live! Laurent shares his perspective on working from your car – part of the ubiquitous work concept that CloudVO was built upon. For example, several business professionals, freelancers, mobile workers, etc. spend a lot of time on the phone. What is really exciting to Laurent is the self-driving car and how they are becoming a part of our everyday lives much faster than we anticipate. Laurent sheds light on the gain of productivity – drafting and sending emails or creating a presentation – basically, we will be facing our laptops while we drive. When compared to the amount the work we avoid right now during our commute, this is a great gain in productivity. The way we use our cars will be redesigned and we will be able to conduct meetings facing each other with four or five people in a car going to a client site. Laurent wraps up the idea that started this company – the workplace was going to be ubiquitous – and that includes a Car-as-a-Workplace.

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Listen in to the Commute with our CEO video series, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

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About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO Episode 9: Your Non-Compete Provision might be worth $1 million – Continued.

Episode 9 is now live! This is a follow-up to our last episode of the Commute with our CEO video series, where we learned why a non-compete provision is important to include in your master leases. In this episode, Laurent explains a situation where a landlord would pay off another operator to move into the same building. This is why that non-compete provision (in your master lease) becomes extremely valuable!

Listen in to the Commute with our CEO video series, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

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For more resources and information specific to workspaces providers, visit our LinkedIN Workplace-As-A-Service discussion group.


About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO Episode 8: A Non-Compete Provision in Your Master Lease can be Worth a Million

Episode 8 is now live and Laurent dishes about Non-Compete Provisions! In this latest episode of our Commute with our CEO video series, Laurent discusses why a non-compete provision in your master lease can be extremely valuable, even when the landlord may reject such a provision, to begin with. He explains how these provisions are valuable as a defensive mechanism against other workspace providers encroaching on your turf. Listen to learn more!

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Listen in to the Commute with our CEO video series, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

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About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO Episode 7: More on DeskMag Survey

Episode 7 is a follow up on Laurent’s previous takeaways on the DeskMag Survey on Coworking. This latest video in our Commute with our CEO series touches on some interesting data, such social media is the number one tool to attract new members. 34% of new members found their coworking space via word-of-mouth/social media, which makes social media much more effective than internet searches.

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Listen in to the Commute with our CEO video series, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

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About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO Episode 6: Health of our Coworking Industry

Episode 6 is now live! Watch the latest video in our Commute with our CEO series where Laurent comments on salient data from the preliminary DeskMag survey on coworking. For those of you who are not in the know, the Global Coworking Survey, in its sixth year, released their survey to the industry to collect data from coworking operators for their 2017 Coworking Forecast.

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Listen in to the Commute with our CEO video series, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

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About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO Episode 5: Contrasting Coworking and Virtual Offices

Watch Episode 5, Contrasting Coworking and Virtual Offices, of our Commute with our CEO series. Laurent explains the fundamental differences between coworking and virtual offices, and their respective benefits. Both types of workspace solutions have advantageous qualities, and you may learn how one solution may be better suited for your business needs over the other!

Listen in to the Commute with our CEO video series, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

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About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO Episode 4: How to Manage Annual Fee Increases & the Value of Set Up Fees

Episode 4: How to Manage Annual Fee Increases and the Value of Set Up Fees is now live! Laurent discusses how to manage the service agreement annual increase when the time arrives, even if the service price may not change for new members. This episode is a follow-up on Episode 2 and 3 that explored the value of annual service agreement increases and how increases should be included in short-term coworking and virtual office contracts.

Listen in to the Commute with our CEO video series, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

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About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Commute with our CEO

You asked, we listened. This year, we are committed to providing more resources and understanding for operators to stay in the know. To start the year, CloudVO has published a new video series offering workspace providers an insightful perspective on one single thought or topic.

Laurent Dhollande, CEO of Pacific Workplaces and CloudVO, shares advice and answers question in a fun format. These 60- to 90- second video series, aptly called Commute with our CEO, follows Laurent on his daily commute. Based on his 10+ years of experience managing business centers, coworking spaces, and observing best practices in the coworking industry, he is one of CloudVO’s best resources. So why not ask him the questions you’ve been scratching your head in wonder?

Over the course of this series, Laurent will cover topics from annual fee increase on short-term contracts, healthy range of rent expense to revenue ratios, contrasting coworking and virtuals offices, and the current health of the coworking industry, to digging into WeWork’s growth in 2016, what the most profitable shared office space operations look like, and exploring which conference, Global Workspace Association (GWA) or Global Coworking Unconference Conference, brings the most value.

Listen in to these videos, perhaps during your commute, or while taking a break at your desk, and be sure to send your questions and thoughts to Laurent along the way!

Click here to view the full catalog of published episodes, upcoming episodes, and future topics.

You can also subscribe to the series and receive notifications when new episodes are available.

Do you have any questions or suggestions for future topics? Submit them below.


About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Don’t Leave Your Clients Out In The Cold

Don’t leave your clients out in the cold. That’s what Virtual Offices are for!

Keith’s short video is not just hilarious; it gives a true sense for at least a couple of the key value drivers that plead in favor of virtual offices:

1) Convenience – Your home office may not be out in the snow like Keith’s, but chances are it’s not a convenient place to have a business meeting. Alternatives like meeting at Starbucks have limits, WRT privacy, amenities, or lack therefore. CloudVO features over 600 Virtual Office locations worldwide with multiple professional meeting rooms, part-time offices, and touchdown spaces in each center.

2) Brand & Image – Not all business transactions can be done online. People often want to know who they are dealing with. Meeting in a professional space will often inspire more confidence. At the minimum, it is more likely to support a productive meeting (for example with reliable Internet connection and projection tools). The concept of image here is not about “pretending” you have a big shot office in a nice building, this is about being efficient and effective. A productive meeting that you host will reflect positively on your brand, personal or corporate, which is related to, but goes way deeper than a superficial view of “image”. A virtual office provides this opportunity at a fraction of the cost of a full-time office in the same building.

3) Better Customer Service – If your virtual office plan includes the use of live phone answering service, you will ensure that your customer calls will always been promptly answered and that you will be less likely to miss an important prospect call if you are not able to answer the call directly. While a call is patched to you, you also have time to mentally prepare yourself, collect your thoughts, and make the caller feel he or she is your most important customer.

4) Low Cost – A virtual office is the most cost-efficient way to establish a strong local business identity at a fraction of the cost of a full-time office – even in a shared office space. Anywhere between 5-20% of the cost of a dedicated office, in our experience, depending upon the level of service you need.

The Cloud Office plans by CloudVO are designed to establish a strong local business identity, with a local phone number, live answering services, and 16 hours/month of free access to day offices and meeting rooms at many of its 600 locations. Their cost is typically in the $250 to $350 per month range, but Virtual Office plans can start as low as $50 with basic use of a building address and mail services; although most mail services would be in the $69 to $99 range.


About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.