1. Free Wi-Fi
This is just not any type of free Wi-Fi, this is typically (in most tech hubs) uncapped, unshaped, fast and no content filtered free Internet. An essential resource enabling you to work on that innovative and disruptive startup idea 😉.
2. Free (Good) And Unlimited Coffee
You could go work at a coffee shop and pay $2 plus for a cup of good coffee but it typically comes with limited Wi-Fi ("freakin' 30 minutes of Wi-Fi" as someone put it). If the Wi-Fi is not limited it comes with that uncomfortable what-are-you-ordering-next-or-leave stares 👀 the waitresses give you.
So it is best to kill two birds with one stone and get good unlimited coffee and Wi-Fi by working out of a tech hub.
3. It Makes You Look Like You Are Working On The Trendiest Or Edgiest Startup
You instantly, as if by osmosis or magic, feel like you are working on something life-changing.
If working out of a tech hub doesn't make you feel like that, everyone else (especially friends and family) thinks you are working on something disruptive and innovative.
4. Free Food (There's Always Events)
Come on, be honest, when has networking at a tech hub event filled with startups just like you ever lead to something major?
Be honest, you go there mainly to save on your food (and sometimes drinks) budget as there's always startup events happening at tech hubs.
5. It's Like Tinder
This is legit a reason some people gave for choosing to work out of tech hubs.
Not just guys, ladies too.
6. The Spaces Look Uber Cool
They mostly do. Especially with lots of colors and those quirky and motivational posters.
Poster at a tech hub | Koketso Moeti
Adds to the part that makes you feel like you are working on the trendiest startup.
7. Happy Clappy People
Some say the tech hubs have great energy. Some say they are filled with Happy Clappy People who are always upbeat. Ask them how their startup is doing and you'll likely hear "we are growing at x% week on week" or "we are starting to see a J-curve" etc.
They are always quoting "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries or Peter Thiel's "From Zero to One" as their trusted gospels. If you dare argue or disagree on any of the aspects they quote, the demons that possess you will be exorcised.
Cover Photo Credit: Curls by Nicholas Kinsey | CC by 2.0