10 Best & Affordable Coworking spaces in Bangalore

With one of the highest proportions of independent workers in India, it’s no wonder coworking spaces in Bangalore are becoming wildly popular amongst the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial and freelancer scene.

In a city where individual freedom is not only respected but encouraged, there are many excellent co-working spaces offering a wide range of services and packages for start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Here is a list of 10 of Bangalore’s best co-working spaces:

Best Coworking spaces in Bangalore

WeWork

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Events, Free parking on premise, Free Coffee, Swimming Pool.

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 7500.00
  • Dedicated desk – INR 12000.00
  • Private office – INR 18700.00

Locations: Byatarayanapura, Koramangala, Marathahalli, Bannerghatta, Mahadevpura, Old Madras Road, Domlur (Embassy Golf Links), Church Street, Hebbal (RMZ Latitude), Devarabisanahalli, Infantry Road

The multinational co-working company, known as a haven for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, has multiple community-focused locations in Bangalore. There’s a broad range of features at all locations including high-speed internet, conference rooms, and communal lounge areas.

Aimed at fostering interaction and growth, WeWork Bangalore also organizes social events throughout the month that allow clients to meet with other like-minded professionals and potential colleagues.

91 Springboard

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee, Heating, Freebies from Amazon Web Services, Hubspot, FreshDesk, etc.

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 6700.00
  • Dedicated desk – INR 8400.00
  • Private office – INR 9400.00

Locations: MG Road, Indiranagar, Koramangala, Mahadevpura, JP Nagar

91 Springboard has become the heart of the Bangaluru startup community, helping startups grow and focus on what’s important, by providing a productive workplace with an international network.

This stunning coworking space in Bangalore offers several different rental packages that range from individual hot desks in shared spaces to larger, private offices that are accessible for 24/7. 91 Springboard prizes flexibility and allows clients to renew (or terminate) their rental contracts on a monthly basis.

BHive

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee, Events

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 7000.00 onwards
  • Dedicated desk – Not disclosed
  • Private office – Not disclosed
  • Daily Pass – INR 424.00 onwards

Locations: MG Road, Koramangala, HSR Layout

Decorated in a modern with an industrial-chic setting, packed with creatives and startups, BHive is great for collaboration and being integrated with other budding professionals in the light-soaked space.

There’s also a wide variety of workshops in BHive when the workday hit a lull.  As a member, you’ll have access to shared meeting rooms, high-speed internet, security, kitchen facilities, and 24/7 access with close proximity to great restaurants and eateries.

Cowrks

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee, Events. Private studios and private suites, Beanbags, Swimming Pool, Outdoor Terrace,

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 10,999.00 onwards
  • Dedicated desk – INR 12,999.00 onwards
  • Private office – Not disclosed
  • Daily Pass – INR 699.00 onwards

Locations: Whitefield, Koramangala, Residency Road, Ecoworld, Indiranagar, Yehlanka, Ulsoor.

Cowrks is a dynamic space that encourages innovation and collaboration. This space provides the right toolset, knowledge and social environment to improve your business in the best way possible.

Cowrks offer affordable fixed desk rental options, which include high-speed internet, a shared kitchen, lockers, boardroom access, meeting tables, swimming pool and bike storage.

Innov8 Coworking

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee, Events, Green lawn, Two open terraces, Nap rooms, Eccentric artwork, Pool, Foosball table

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 7500.00
  • Dedicated desk – INR 9999.00
  • Private office – INR 12999.00 onwards

Location: Koramangala

Innov8 Coworking is a cozy creative coworking space in Bangalore where many freelancers, web developers, marketing specialists, and web developers have found their second home. It offers monthly membership options ranging from shared desks to premium private suites in an open-plan environment.

Innov8 is a community-oriented space situated in the heart of the city. It offers super-fast uncapped internet, and access to common areas, nap rooms, and meeting rooms, with plenty of opportunities to socialize and network.

Kafnu

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee and Tea, Events, Community Lunches, Drinks, Community App, Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Accessibility, Ergonomic Chairs, Beanbags, etc

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 11666.00
  • Private office – INR 25000.00 onwards

Location: Residency Road

With memberships suited to all needs, meeting facilities, and a very flexible mentality, Kafnu offers a vibrant space for entrepreneurs with a motto to encourage creativity through plenty of space and freedom.

Kafnu is a serious and versatile workspace that offers high-speed internet, 24/7 access, complimentary coffee and use of the kitchenette, ergonomically furnished work areas plus a swimming pool.

Awfis

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee and Tea, Events, Sound Recording Equipment, Video Recording Equipment, Free parking on premise, Wheelchair Accessibility, Outdoor Terrace.

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 5000.00 onwards
  • Dedicated desk – INR 11000.00 onwards
  • Private office – INR 52000.00 for four people
  • Daily Pass – INR 300.00 onwards

Locations: Whitefield,  Residency Road, Hosur, Indiranagar, St Marks Road, Outer Ring Road, MG Road.

Awfis is a creative and community-based workspace housing talented and ambitious freelancers, startups and enterprises in the heart of Bangaluru. With meeting rooms, workshops, multiple decks, and chairs, and a place to eat, Awfis is the perfect fit for co-workers who want to interact, work hard, and have nice conversations with fellow colleagues.

Awfis offers a vibrant, creative and collaborative environment of ultimate comfort and style where like-minded professionals can share and prosper, and many ways to relax and de-stress the mind.

Indiqube

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee and Tea, Events, Table Football / Foosball, Ergonomic Chairs, Heating.

Price: 

  • Dedicated desk – INR 6500.00 onwards

Locations: HSR Layout, Varthur Hobli Outer Ring Road, Hosur, HAL, Kadubeesanahalli, Bellandur.

Indiqube is a trendy base for a wide array of entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups and small businesses in a spacious and supportive environment. Members have access to office facilities including ergomatic chairs and a fantastic range of benefits.

With its beautiful design, full-service environment, flexible working hours and packed social agenda, Indiqube offers the best coworking spaces in Bangalore. Not to mention a fully-equipped event space and fully adaptable meeting rooms.

Workafella

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee and Tea, Events, community Lunches, Mentorship Programs, Pitching events, Free parking on premise, Wheelchair Accessibility, Outdoor Terrace,

Price: 

  • Open hotdesk – INR 10000.00 onwards
  • Dedicated desk –N/A
  • Private office – INR 10000.00 onwards
  • Daily Pass – INR 550.00 onwards

Location: Infantry Road

Based on five core values: collaboration, community, openness, comfort, and accessibility, Workafella embodies what co-working is all about. It offers meeting rooms, conference rooms, terrace, kitchen and places to develop creatively.

Workafella’s sleek and boasting room-scape offers some much-needed air in the workplace.  It has a top-notch location in Bangalore and provides 24/7 access to office space, printing/scanning services, super-fast wifi and a warm community of like-minded startups and small companies that help each other grow.

Workshaala

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Amenities: Work Desk,  Lounge / Chill-out Area, High-Speed WiFi, Air Conditioning, Standing Desks, Kitchen, Free Coffee and Tea, Events, Personal Lockers.

Price: 

  • Dedicated desk – INR 4000.00 onwards
  • Daily Pass – INR 365.00

Location: Banaswadi, Bellandur, Koramangala, HSR Layout

Workshaala offers beautiful spaces equipped with everything you need and more to ensure productivity and innovation. Members receive high-speed internet access for clients, meetings and boardrooms, kitchen facilities, and access to events.

With a range of monthly memberships and daily passes for guests, coupled with its prime locations in Bangaluru and close to world-class restaurants, shops, and hotels, Workshaala is a highly recommended option.

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Dropbox Vs Google Drive In 2017

There are several cloud storage companies and services you could look at, but in terms of reliability Dropbox and Google Drive are miles ahead of competition. When you are relying on a cloud service to store professional or personal files, you need to be certain of their reliability and accessibility at all times.

Dropbox was founded in 2007 based on the idea that emailing different documents to others from different computers made sharing slow and tedious. Hence, it started as a file sharing system that would allow users access files via internet in shared folders that was securely placed on a server. Now there are over 300 million users of this service. Google started to work on the idea of developing an online storage system as early as 2006. However, they took additional six years to get their ideas out there. Google Drive was launched officially in April 2012 and today it has about 240 million users worldwide.

In this post we have laid out the pros and cons of both of the services to help you subscribe to the right solution for your business.

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Ease of use

Google Drive vs Dropbox

This is the first aspect that makes a difference for anyone who is new to using cloud services. So which service is simpler to figure out, Google Drive or Dropbox? With Dropbox one needs to understand how the syncing procedure works. It is possible to add folders and files through a web browser as well as a desktop or mobile app. Although large files can also be shared with one-click link generation feature, users often face issue when they try to sync very large amount of data. With Google Drive the options are similar. You need to have an account with Google and create different folders on Google Drive in order to segregate the files you upload. It also allows direct upload through a web browser, desktop or mobile app. But, Google Drive for Business is better when it comes to syncing and accessibility. All of your data get stored in the cloud and updated in real time across all the shared users and devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Reliability

This is the primary aspect of any storage solution. If a service becomes inaccessible or takes a lot of time to open files, that is what would prevent one from using the service further. Dropbox in this context has decent reliability as it had an average record of less than seven hours of downtime over six months (Source: Pingdom). Comparatively Google Drive has an average of a minute of downtime in a period of 30 days. Most users are happy with the availability of Google Drive. However, in context of finding files, some users have found some files missing in their Google Drive account which could have arisen due to a memory problem. In case of Dropbox the loss of files was mostly accounted to syncing errors.

Storage Space

Dropbox Business begins with 2TB of storage space, but Advanced and Enterprise plans offer unlimited storage. It is also quite easy to change plans among personal, business, and enterprise-level by transferring account to the new plan without making any changes to file configurations.

Google Drive for Business starts at 30GB space per user and advanced plans (Business and Enterprise) offer  unlimited storage with some additional features. As Google Drive comes with G Suite apps, users also get to use GMail, Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Hangouts features.

Speed of services

As most people are now looking at cloud services in terms of reaching their files and folders as and when required instead of storing them on local computers or servers, they need to know how fast both services are. Indeed, most cloud services advertise the possibilities of opening, sharing as well as editing documents on their platform. For that speed and responsiveness is important. In case of Dropbox, a folder with files, accounting to 42 MB takes about three minutes to get synced or transferred. This is an aspect that Google Drive loses out as they are a bit slower in this aspect.

Security

Dropbox employs 256-bit encryption at rest and a 128-bit tunnel while syncing data between local storage and the cloud. Apart from that, Dropbox uses blocks to store data and metadata is stored separately. If you lose access to a connected device, the remote wipe feature can be used to erase the data saved on the device someone else tries to access it.

Google Drive uses encryption at rest and during transfers for all accounts. Google also claims that they deploy the same security measures for their products as they use for their own purpose. Google also allows 2-factor authentication for all accounts to provide additional security. Business accounts have privilege to control user accounts and apps, including remote wipe of connected mobile device apps.

Collaboration

Although Dropbox claims to have automatic syncing, it is not powerful enough for real-time shared collaboration you enjoy with Google Drive. Dropbox informs you when a team member opens or edits a document, and both of you get the option sync and work on the latest version on your computer. The problem arises with real-time collaboration as you are only allowed to work on the latest saved version.

Google Drive, on the contrary, lets you and your team members collaborate at the same time, and you can even see the changes as your teammate types them. This feature is highly useful for distributed and remote teams that rely on collaborating and document sharing for project work.

Integrations

Dropbox integrates with many of the popular business apps, such as Slack and Docusign, enabling well-thought-out workflows and sharing capabilities. As the product is mostly popular with business users, project management tools like TeamWave also connect. An additional layer of security offered by Symantec and CipherCloud also adds much value.

Google Drive also offers plethora of integrations for businesses, including CRM, project management, accounting, and customer service. TeamWave also offers strong integration with Google Drive and other associated Google services.

Conclusion

As far as business users are concerned, both of the apps are highly competitive. While Google Drive is more intuitive, we can only use the browser to work on the files. Syncing large amount of data on Dropbox can be difficult, but Dropbox offers the convenience of working offline with the data synced with your computer. While comparing these two services we should consider usability vs. access trade-off.


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Workplace – Facebook at Work Review

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Facebook’s foray into cloud-based enterprise software has started with the launch of a service called Workplace (previously known as Facebook at Work). After 2 years of private beta testing, this communication and collaboration software currently has more than 1000 companies as customers (RBS, Starbucks, Renault, etc.). Facebook is also accepting applications from companies that are interested in using this service at Workplace website. Read on to find out if this will be a good fit for your business.

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1. Value Proposition

The primary advantage for Facebook is its familiarity. For any enterprise SaaS app, one of major challenges is user onboarding, as users find enterprise sofware complex to use in comparison to consumer software. But, in case of Facebook people are already familiar with the product so the learning curve will be minimal. That said enterprise software requirements are quite different from consumer apps’ requirements. Here are two significant benefits that Wokplace offers:

  • Companies will be able to reduce or do away with internal collaboration tools like intranet, telephony systems, video conferencing and distribution lists.
  • Companies will be able to ingrain transparent and simplified communication at all levels by truly embracing digital and mobile.

Let’s now go through the core functionalities offered by Workplace.

Groups

These are similar to the Facebook groups present in the consumer app. In the enterprise setup, groups can be formed on the basis of locations, departments (sales, marketing, logistics, etc.) and wtithin these groups users will be able to share updates.

Collaboration with External Companies

Workplace lets you collaborate with external companies via ‘multi-company groups’. Basically you’d create a group that will be shared with multiple companies and users will be able to share information that needs to be, but at the same time keep other information as private.

News Feed

The news feed will show the posts created by the employees.  For example, a designer could share her work in a group and ask for feedback via comments.

Work Chat

This is the enterprise version of Facebook messenger. It’ll help users quickly connect with team members and share updates, files, etc.

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Live Video

Most of the customers of Workplace have requested for live video streaming feature. It helps users stream live to everyone in the company right from the mobile phone. For example, employees of Eimskip (a shipping logistics company) can now connect with their ship crews using Live video.

Security

Workplace offers enterprise grade security features like single sign-on (SSO) and secure identity management. Customers retain ownership of the data their employees post into Workplace, and have the option to export that information. Apart from that Facebook follows third-party industry standards set by organisations like Cloud Security Alliance.

2. Pricing

Facebook believes that it can keep individual employees engaged with the product, so it’s betting on a pricing plan that charges companies according to “monthly active user” instead of charging a flat rate per company, says Workplace director Julien Codorniou. Facebook has also deployed progressive pricing – more the number of active employees, lesser is the per user subscription fee.

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Workplace is free for non-profit organisations and educational institutions.

3. Partnership

Workplace has two types of partners:

  • Service partners guide the customers while adopting Workplace for their organization. Deloitte Digital, Edelman, CSC, TBWA are some of the prominent names among the service partners.
  • Identity partners (G Suite, Microsoft Azure, okta, one login and PingIdentity) help companies securely set up and manage deployment.

4. Customer Profile

In a recent interview, Workplace director Julien Codorniou said that Facebook’s support for widely distributed teams is providing great value to big banks and retailers supporting dozens if not hundreds of satellite branches and offices. Royal Bank Of Scotland’s 100,000 employees have signed up for the service and in India, Yes Bank has onboarded their employees. Yoma Bank in Myanmar will use Workplace by Facebook to replace fax machines and newsletters.

The top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, UK and France.

Although most of the current customers of Workplace are multinational companies or large enterprises, we do believe that it can be valuable for small businesses as well.

5. Competition

Workplace competes with other collaboration apps on various fronts. The ‘Feed’ feature is similar to Convo, Salesforce Chatter, and Microsoft’s Yammer. The Messenger app competes with internal communication tools like Slack and HipChat and the live video feature could compete with Skype.


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