Michael-StarrMost of the time when I tell people I am interning at a shared coworking space, they either stare with a confused look, or they nod and pretend to know what I’m talking about. For those who don’t know, a shared coworking space is a work environment for free-lancers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs that allows them to share office amenities while developing relationships with other entrepreneurs and young companies. This synergistic environment can yield new ideas and strategies for your company, while controlling expenses and fostering new friendships and connections along the way.

But not all coworking space is created equal. The vibe of the company can differ depending on the physical set-up and the personalities of the workers using the space. I have heard people say how the previous space they were at was more technologically advanced but the people kept to themselves and it was hard to interact. That defeats the whole purpose of a shared workspace. Learning and making relationships should be a part of what you purchase, not just a desk and some Wi-Fi. The same people have also claimed that they never had social events in the space either. It was strictly business, and that’s fine, if you’re into that sort of thing. However, that’s not how transforma bcn rolls. In the two months I have been here, we have hosted six Nomad Talks, six Meetups and other community events, two art expos, and two community meal days. On top of that, every Wednesday one of our co-workers leads a 20 minute stretching class so other co-workers can take a break from their work. If that isn’t enough for you, go downstairs for a game of ping pong. Within seconds you will have a new friend (or enemy depending on their competitiveness). Transforma is the definition of community.  Yes, there is a little bias, but only because they welcomed me with open arms and I felt a part of the team immediately.

Now, I find myself with only a month left before I head back to the States and I will really miss this place. I have made so many connections with people from all over the world, people who I can see myself doing business with in the future. The people at transforma are some of the most genuine people I have ever met. It is sad to say that in just four short weeks, I will be leaving my new family.

By Michael Starr