CloudVO CEO Rated Top CEO by Owler!

 

“CloudVOOwler, the largest community-based business insights platform just announced that our very own Laurent Dhollande of CloudVO has been named one of the Top CEO’s in the country and 3rd in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

In determining the winners, Owler looked at over 160,000 CEO’s and identified the top 1,000 highest ranked leaders amongst 50 cities and 25 industries across the globe.  As a recipient of the award, Laurent ranks in the top 0.60% of all the executives on the Owler platform, a pretty amazing accomplishment that speaks to the quality of our CEO. Karina Patel, CloudVO Marketing Director said, “It’s no surprise to us, but in our Silicon Valley bubble, which is a magnet for all types of charismatic CEOs, this is an incredible achievement.”

Owler Top CEO Rankings

Owler has an active community of over one million business professionals and is one of the largest crowdsourcing sites used by business-folk and investors to gain insights into their industry’s competition.  Only LinkedIn has a larger business community.  Members from the Owler community are asked to vote on targeted questions via email or by browsing the site.  Owler collects the anonymous responses and uses them to offer unique competitive analysis to its members such as who the main players are in a particular industry including their niche competitors, private company revenue estimates, comparison of marketing content in the form of blog posts and general media, estimated number of employees, and performance benchmarks such as CEO approval ratings.

Owler rated Laurent as third best CEO in the San Francisco area and gave him the best rating of any other CEO in our industry. CloudVO currently has 255 followers on Owler, which lists WeWork, Breather, Liquidspace, and Davinci, among others, as top competitors.

Congratulations to Laurent for this Owler recognition!  We are very proud of you.


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.

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

CloudVO CEO Receives Award from Workspace Association of New York (WANY)

laurent-dhollande-wins-WANY-beacon-awardEarlier this month, Laurent Dhollande, CEO of CloudVO and of Pacific Workplaces, received the Workspace Association of New York Beacon Award For Excellence. The WANY award recognizes individuals who have exhibited exceptional leadership and influence within the Workspace-as-a-Service industry.

Tracy Wilson, CloudVO COO and long-time colleague of Laurent’s, was given the privilege of introducing her beloved business partner, who didn’t yet know that this big honor was in store.  Tracy shared with the group that the Beacon Award struck her personally as completely apropos because Laurent has been a personal and professional beacon for her in her serviced office career. “It is with a true commitment and love of our industry, and the desire to push it forward that Laurent gives to anyone who asks of his services,” commented Wilson.

Laurent was presented with a bottle of French champagne in honor of his country of birth as well as an engraved award of the honor itself. Ray Lindenberg, President of WANY, described the ceremony with these words: “It was our distinct pleasure and honor to bestow upon Laurent our ‘WANY Beacon Award for Excellence’ which is in recognition of an enduring commitment and shining achievement in our beloved industry, and has been awarded annually to other well-deserving leaders.”

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After a successful career in executive positions with large Silicon Valley companies, Laurent came to the shared office space industry in 2003, when he co-founded Pacific Workplaces, a flexible office space and coworking space provider. That same year he coined the term “Workplace-as-a-Service” to describe his vision of the shared office space. In 2010, he co-founded CloudVO which markets virtual offices, meeting rooms, coworking passes, and touchdown access to a global network of shared office spaces under a pay-per-use or subscription basis. The CloudVO network is now comprised of over 600 locations today and is well positioned to fulfill Laurent’s original vision of supporting mobile work and distributed workforces globally. Laurent is a frequent speaker at trade associations and corporate real estate conferences, including CoreNet Global, Global Workspace Association, GCUC, and WANY.

The criteria receiving the WANY Beacon Award is that the individual must have demonstrated an inspiring vision that all members of the industry have benefited from, plus a firm and enduring commitment to advancing the industry as a whole – which captures the essence of who Laurent is and always has been, and what he has meant to our industry, to a ‘T’. As far as WANY was concerned, the recipient of the 2017 Beacon Award was an obvious choice.


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.

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

The Social Impact of Coworking

This past weekend, the who’s who in the Coworking Industry gathered in New York City for the annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC). The event started on Friday with a slew of incredible speakers who covered topics emphasizing community, social impact, and growth. Saturday, attendees participated in the ‘Unconference’ component where topics and questions were posted and voted for, creating the discussion sessions for the day. Besides catching up with old friends and meeting new industry partners, we also learned a few things worth sharing.

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Did you know that 1 in 4 millennials feel isolated? That’s right, according to Casper ter Kuile and Angie Thurston from Harvard Divinity School, a quarter of millennials do not have day to day peer support, or often nearby family, which means the sustained communities associated with coworking is a new century need.  Coworking communities often provide ‘pastoral-like’ services to their members, serving as much more than just workspace, they offer a strong sense of belonging.

Amrit Dhir, Global Operations for Google For Entrepreneurs, shared a few lessons Google has learned from building Google Hubs  for entrepreneurs worldwide.  He offered takeaways, here are some of our favorites:

  • Don’t just welcome diversity, demand it.
  • Be uncompromising with your culture. Only 95% of what is said sticks, so it is important to remind members of your culture. It’s what draws people to your space and why they stay.
  • Be flexible with your community.
  • People need the connections, but allow time and space for quiet too.

image of gcuc 2017_social impact of coworkingDuring the unconference portion, we heard from various owners and community managers who all touched on one common theme,  Social Impact. As coworkers, how are we bringing positive change into our community, and, how are we passing those affirmations into our homes, families, friends, school, etc?. Millennials care about social change and community contribution. We also learned about AllGoodWork and the (good) work they are doing by working with workspace providers to support local nonprofit organizations by providing free workspace.  With “doing good” as the primary topic, we walked away working on a plan to improve tactics altogether.

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CloudVO is committed to serving our partners in their ‘good works.” Since we are each other’s best resource, we’d love to hear from you on how you are creating change within your community? Has your community taken on a particular social challenge? Do you have a story about the impact your community has had on a member in need? Please share with us your stories and we will be sure to share.  Even small projects can have profound impact, we’d like to rejoice in the social impact this wonderful Social Impact that coworking communities bring to the world.


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.

CloudVO Donates $300 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Every NFL Season, CloudVO hosts its Annual CloudTouchdown Football Pool as a way to enhance the sense of community throughout its partner locations. With close to 150 participants, the event is not only a great way to connect people through participation in a fun activity, but CloudVO donates a portion of the proceeds to a charitable organization. We are pleased to announce CloudVO’s donation of $300.00 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The football pool itself is not just for sports enthusiasts, but also acts as a relationship builder for workspace members, as it sparks competitive yet friendly water cooler conversations. The buy-in is a modest $25.00 for the entire season and there is a winner each week, so earning your money back is more than doable! Everything is managed online, and participants use a point system to rank the teams they think will win for that particular week. Whoever has the most points at the end of each week wins a small pot of cash. The amount depends on the number of participants. At the end of the season there is a 1st through 5th place overall winner, and then of course a portion of the proceeds are always reserved for donation to organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs.

Chase Curtis, CloudVO’s Football Commissioner, a.k.a “The CloudTouchdown Commish” said, “For the past three years participation in the pool has grown because it allows our workspace members to share something in common. Participants ‘razz’ each other each week in a harmless fashion over who is ahead in the game. This creates connections, and on top of it, we get to make a charitable donation. Bringing people together, donating to a great cause mixed in with football – that’s just fun all the way around.”

CloudVO is proud to have created this annual tradition and looks forward to many more seasons of charitable contributions and thinking of fun ways to connect people for the greater good.


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.

A Loan to Ahmad

With today being Giving Tuesday, we wanted to take a moment and highlight one of our KIVA loan recipients. CloudVO’s KIVA team, Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, helps entrepreneurs to have a similar chance at chasing their dreams and working for the future. Working with KIVA has allowed CloudVO to support business owners in countries with limited economic opportunities, and we could not be more proud to share another loan recipient given that today is all about giving back.

ahmad_kivaloanrecipientMeet Ahmad. He is from Ramtha, a city in the far northwest of Jordan. Ahmad is 40 years old, owns a grocery store, and lives with his wife and four children. He used to commute to work outside of his hometown, leaving his family alone. Given the instability in Jordan, Ahmad started to think twice about leaving his family alone, eventually causing him to make a career change.

Ahmad opened a small grocery store beside his home, where he worked hard to create multiple departments. He currently sells food supplies in one department, provides smoking and the staff of “Argeelah, Sheesha” (flavored tobacco) in the second department, and a butcher in the third department.

Ahmad’s grocery store is the only source of income for his family. With goals to improve his family’s living conditions and to buy necessary stock, Ahmad applied for a loan to stock his store and expand his inventory. Some necessities included soft drinks, chips, candy, etc., along with meat for the butcher. Ahmad asked for a loan of $1,450, which was fulfilled one year ago, with the help of 34 lenders.

The loan is special because it empowers Ahmad, who lives in Jordan, a country with limited economic opportunities, to help his family and his business. Regional instability has caused Jordan to be excluded from global investments for several years, which makes this loan extra special.

Join the movement of Giving Tuesday and join our team and contribute. Help empower another entrepreneur!


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 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

We are all in the Coworking Business

Heard at the 2016 GWA Conference in Las Vegas

Each year our workspace-as-a-service industry gathers to exchange information and share best practices. This year, the event took place in Las Vegas last week with probably the best content and the richest exchanges we have had to date.

We’d like to share some of the salient discussions that attracted our attention starting with the Community Management break-out session moderated by Iris Kavanagh and a follow-up presentation by GWA President Kane Willmott the next day.

Kane Willmott’s impromptu presentation drove the idea that “we are all in the coworking business”, from the young, hip, open, creative spaces and to the more traditional business centers. Both sides of the industry were well represented in the conference attendance.

Kane’s beautiful demonstration started with the Google definition of Coworking that every operator in the audience should find relevant to their space, no matter how professional, private or open they are. There was also an agreement that community building is critical to all spaces, but that the immediacy, intensity, and openness of the community can widely differ, depending upon the concept and the design of the spaces. That theme was a frequent topic of discussion that surfaced in multiple break-out sessions at the conference.coworking-does-not-equal-open-planKane insisted that coworking no longer means “Open Plan” and that the image of what coworking means has changed a great deal in just the last 5 years. He shared that he refers to his own operation in his local market as “coworking space”, even though 90% of his centers’ office space is made of private offices, in part because that’s the term people use on Google when searching for shared office space.

In separate discussions, Benjamin Dyett shared Grind’s own evolution, indicating that the first Grind location in New York city was all open space, but that his latest centers have 40 private offices or more, saying “everyone seems to be meeting in the middle”.

Lori Spiess shared her own personal evolution towards tearing down walls in her traditional business centers in Minneapolis and opening up vibrant community spaces. She described her move as an Eureka moment, with great passion, and how she overcome her own fears and old habits that were in the way. The result: almost a 100% growth in profits in 5 years.

While coworking means different things for different people (and many users would refer to traditional executive suites as coworking), in the end the market decides what it wants to call it and it is very clear that “coworking” is the term.

Next GWA debrief article will feature discussions on Creative Landlord-Operator deals and joint ventures.


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 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

 

A Loan for Ashalata

As you recall, CloudVO’s ongoing Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs campaign funds  loans to help small business owners access the tools and resources they need to develop and succeed. With our post about Arben, we highlighted the importance of these loans, and how they empower our team and community members to give back to other startups and established business owners on a global level.

Today we will highlight, Ashalata.

Ashalata, 38, is a married woman living with her family in the Khurda district of Odisha, India, located in the Eastern coastal region. She currently runs a sewing business to earn her daily bread, where she makes traditional clothing such as salwar suits, pickku, patiala suits, blouses, along with household items like pillow covers, etc. Her monthly income is Rs. 2,500. That is approximately $37.32.

Ashalata runs a sewing business to earn her daily bread.
Ashalata runs a sewing business to earn her daily bread.

In order to support her family, and develop her professional skills, Ashalata aims to grow the sewing business. Therefore, she asked for a loan of Rs. 20,000 ($298.60) from MSF, Milaap’s field partner facilitating this loan, to expand her business. (Milaap is India’s biggest crowdfunding and fundraising website). Ashalata expects to use her loan for purchasing a new sewing machine and more raw material. This will help her grow the business by increasing inventory, as well as variety, indicating more choices for her customers.

Ashalata anticipates that her monthly income will increase by approximately Rs. 1,000 ($14.93) after she purchases the sewing machine and fabric. This allows her to save more money for the future.

This loan is special because it serves women living in some of India’s poorest and most remote areas.

On August 30th, 2016 with the help of CloudVO and 8 other vendors, Ashalata received her loan in full. She was extremely grateful to everyone who came forward to support her.

Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs continues to fund loans to help business owners worldwide. Join our team today and help women like Ashalata achieve their business goals.


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 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

A Loan to Arben

CloudVO’s ongoing Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs campaign entrepreneurs for entrepreneursfunds loans to help business owners access the tools and resources they need to develop and succeed. The importance of these loans empowers our team and community members to give back to other startups and established business owners, not just locally, but globally. CloudVO’s objective is to make an impact with all entrepreneurs everywhere, and KIVA allows us to do that!

Today we are highlighting one particular loan: a loan to Arben.

Arben, 43, from Poblacion, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur (South Philippines) is married with one child. He owns a transport service business, which he started 10 years ago. His monthly salary is 10,000 PHP. That is $213. In order for Arben to further develop his business, he is borrowing 20,000 PHP from Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GDMPC), a field partner facilitating this particular loan. He needs this loan to purchase additional parts, accessories, and tires. The loan also allows Arben to access training to improve his skills. He hopes to one day expand his business.

With the help of 16 various lenders, Arben received his total loan, enabling him to buy spare parts and tires.

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Arben working his Transport Service Business

Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs continues to fund loans to help business owners worldwide. Join our team today and help people like Arben attain their business goals.


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 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

We are Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs!

Join us in helping deserving entrepreneurs all over the world with Kiva loans

For the past few years, CloudVO has sponsored a business lending team called Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs with entrepreneurs for entrepreneursthe San Francisco-based micro-lending group KIVA. It has been an educational, and enjoyable effort … and we hope one that has made a difference. However, at a recent CloudVO staff gathering, we got to talking about our KIVA team, and frankly, how we let our efforts with the team lapse; as what often happens when the day-to-day gets in the middle of a great idea. We asked ourselves what could we do to help entrepreneurs, including in areas where we don’t have shared office space quite yet, such as in developing countries.

We became energized and re-engaged about KIVA, the power of globalization, and the impact of small changes and efforts toward bigger things. So, we decided to re-launch and would like to share our re-commitment with you, our CloudVO partners; our fellow “Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs”.

What is Kiva? Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005. Kiva Microfunds is a 501 non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. Kiva’s mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.” Kiva allows individuals or groups to make a loan to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Kiva crowdfunds loans, often through another ‘in-country’ microlender aggregator, so there are many individual lenders who come together to contribute to each successful loan.

CloudVO created its KIVA business lending team ‘Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs’ because CloudVO’s very existence is about helping entrepreneurs have a chance to chase their dreams, create their own future, and grow healthy businesses, whether they use CloudVO meeting spaces or not. The flexibility and economical cost of virtual business solutions REALLY does create this opportunity for many small business ventures. KIVA is also a global initiative, and CloudVO is a burgeoning one, with almost 600 partner locations worldwide.

I excitedly joined CloudVO’s team effort in “Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs” for the opportunity that my small donations might make a positive impact toward a hard-working and enterprising soul somewhere else in this great big earth we share. I found another great benefit, and that is KIVA’s program provides me a “feel good” connection by allowing me to virtually explore the globe, while learning about the experiences of the myriad of enterprising individuals looking to create something bigger or better for themselves and their families. I’ve virtually traveled through many countries, and many regions, both robust and remote and received a little taste of life in places I will likely never get the chance to visit in real life. In a word, it’s COOL!

Top Countries Impacted by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs
Top Countries Impacted by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs

To date, the members of CloudVO’s Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs team have made 270 loans for a total of $7,075, $25 at a time. You can see in the graphics below how our member choices have stacked up. I personally have joined in for 17 loans made to 10 countries, lending $450.00. The best part of it is that the loans get repaid with a very low default rate. I could withdraw that money anytime (not that I plan to).

Kiva Lending Team Impact Report
Kiva Lending Team Impact Report

I hope I can make a difference helping these deserving entrepreneurs $25 at a time. I’ve enjoyed the process, and I hope you will join me in the ‘Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs’ Kiva Lending Team!

Tracy Wilson
CloudVO COO

If you are a shared office space provider in a developing country, become a CloudVO partner and we will make special efforts to help you out.


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 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Significance of Jamie Russo’s Appointment as Leader of GWA

Jamie Russo, better than anyone, can build an Association that is commensurate with the growing importance our industry represents.

Image of Jamie Russo, newly appointed GWA President
Jame Russo

Last week, the Global Workspace Association (GWA) appointed Jamie Russo as its new Executive Director. This marks a tipping point for our Workspace-as-a-Service trade association for 5 main reasons.

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