This will be short and bittersweet. We wanted to let you folks, the ones who backed us nearly five years ago, know that we've reached the end for CoworkBuffalo 2.0.
We signed a five-year lease on our space, the one you all helped us fix up. That lease is due up for renewal, and five years later, the co-founders and managers of CoworkBuffalo are in very different places. We decided that we cannot devote the time necessary to keep a good community in place, and so we're closing on Nov. 2, 2018. That leaves us about a month to clean up and wrap up the space and business.
We've posted more details and a FAQ on our homepage. We never expected to get rich from our indie coworking space, and honestly, we're impressed we made it all these years, with only a small scrape or two involving a refrigerator purchase and a couple dire winter months. But our space would never have made it without your support, and we meant that. We had the confidence, the funds, and the initial momentum to set up and reach out.
Kickstarter projects, especially regional projects, especially projects that don't result in a product shipped to your home for a discount, are far less prevalent today than when we started this. We are glad to have had your support when we did. It will always stick with us that a whole bunch of people looked at a few dudes who said, "We want to barely make any money building a little community of people who don't want to work alone," and responded, yes, you should do that, here's some help with it.
If you have any little notes, questions about our 5-year run, need advice about your own coworking ideas, or anything else, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For now, we thank you, and we hope this little reminder of something you did five years ago sparks a little joy.
~ The CoworkBuffalo founders
P.S. - If you're a backer and you live in the Buffalo area, keep an eye out. We might be hosting a little thing to celebrate the end of our run.
We sent out all but 4 (by our count) of the reward bundles to our kind backers last week. Most of them are long rectangular tubes, arriving via USPS. For those who are getting a shirt, a poster, a day pass and a sticker, a quick but notable tip: pull gently to remove the shirt, because it is wrapped around a very cool poster.
You last four backers will get your stuff very soon. Apologies for the delay.
If you notice any problems with your poster, your shirt, or any of your other rewards, please let us know, either through Kickstarter message or email@example.com
Finally, the second-to-last Kickstarter Upgrade just arrived today, via 18-wheeler: a portable partition. Now small teams and after-hours meetings can have a bit more privacy, a "bunker" feel, and our hard-working members can keep on cranking at their own desks. We're still figuring it out, but it's here.
Our last upgrade will be the phone booths, which will be named, fully sound-proofed, and maybe given some kind of color beyond Moonglow White. More on that soon.
Thank you, once again, for helping us make this happen.
CoworkBuffalo has entered a bold new age.
Orville's came by this morning and put the finishing touch on our new fridge: a working water line. It is new and frightening, this concept of drinking "water" instead of "coffee" or "tea," but we're willing to give it a try.
Then again, we now have far more space for our members' frozen meals, leftovers, treats they want to share, and ice cubes. And do you know what you can make with ice cubes? That's right: iced coffee. So much cold brew is coming.
The space has also become the proud owner of eight steel black hex keys (commonly known as Allen wrenches, but you are discouraged from using that term). Using those little fellows, we assembled eight new modern office chairs, with adjustments for arm rests, lumbar support, lean-back tension, and a few other things most of us have yet to figure out.
Our portable partition was delayed in stock and shipping, but should be here very soon. It should create a semi-private area for mid-day or after-hour meetings at our conference table.
Finally, in describing this miraculous new era, I will mention that we have also acquired 25 amazing cardboard tubes, with which we shall mail out all the remaining rewards. We apologize for the delay to our local recipients; we were far too ambitious in seeking to coordinate a mapped-out and synchronized delivery of your goods. We're straight-up shipping them out next week, and you should seem them very very soon. And we're making time to finish up soundproofing on our phone rooms.
There are 11 members quietly cranking out their work at the space today. We have quite a few meetings lined up at the space this month for community groups, sports leagues, events, hacking groups, and others. If you haven't had a chance to check out the space yet, it's getting close to the perfect time to stop in. Bike racks and traffic signs are going up on our section of Main Street, and the Metro Rail will soon be back to its regular schedule.
Thank you to our backers, supporters, re-tweeters, referrers, and everybody who makes this space possible. We've been at our new space for six months, and we're really starting to feel at home here.
~ The CoworkBuffalo Nerds
P.S. - Did you know that Google Plus, if you enable auto-backup, will automatically make GIFs out of rapid-fire shots? Member Chris works so, so hard.
In any case, we're back at the space today, and we're ready to start shipping you the gear and details you deserve. Let's get down to it.
The Goods Will Be Shipping
We have a few mugs, lots of posters, quite a few T-shirts, and lots of day passes to send out. Figuring out the best shipping vessels and packing schemes for these rewards has been one of those Something New Every Day challenges that, honestly, we like about CoworkBuffalo. But now it's time to start stamping and sending.
If all goes well, we should have everything shipped out to those backers who did not pick up their gear at the backer party by early next week (hopefully by end of the day Monday). Those getting posters are getting them in tubes. Those getting coffee mugs should look for a box or seriously stuffed envelope. And those with stickers and day passes can expect an envelope with our little pixel buffalo (Pixallo?) in the upper-left.
Meanwhile, Nick Q. is really enjoying his time mail-merging and feeding sticky envelopes into a hot, beeping printer. Just addressing the moment as it washes over him. You should see his face right now. Very precious.
Speaking of Mugs
Quite a few folks have remarked that they really like our coffee mugs, with their screenprint-style white-on-black logos and sturdy build. Good thing, too, because we ordered quite a few of them to get down to a reasonable price.
We'll be offering those mugs for sale through our website very soon. In the meantime, we hope those of you getting them have some great coffee or tea to put into them.
The Backer Party Was Quite a Shindig
Thank you to the backers who spent their early Friday evening with us at the space last week. We shared in Community Beer Works' Frank, tacos from Lloyd, and a Wegmans Ultimate White Cake with Pixallo on it (that might really be his name now). To those of you living out of town: buy yourself a cookie today, because you should have tried that cake.
We put up a poster with our backers' names, and your names shall always have a place here. Honestly, though? The paper version was the result of a slight communication issue. We hope to replace it with a more sturdy version at some point this year.
The next update will tell you when everything is out the door, and we'll also share the status of our space upgrades: meeting space, furniture, a big ol' fridge, and maybe even a little coffee magic. In the meantime, we have some packing to do.