Erin is a software engineer at Google, but she also likes to work out.
She’s also a writer and a vegan.
She was recently offered a new position at an Indian startup, but when she asked her co-workers for advice on how to get a job she realised that they didn’t understand much about the industry.
In this episode, Erin talks to a couple of her co, a former co-founder of a startup, and an entrepreneur about the challenges they faced in getting a job in the tech industry.
They also discuss what makes them different and how they’ve learned from their mistakes.
Erin’s work on the new startup, a social network called Zayya, has already raised $10 million from venture capitalists.
Her co-founders and the founder of Zayyas app, Anup Kumar, have also started a co-working space called Workbox, which has attracted over 1,000 new users since it launched.
Erin, Anand, and Kumar spoke to the ABC’s Today program about why they’ve decided to launch Workbox and how the new space is different from the existing co-ops.
What’s the story behind Zayyyas app?
Why did you choose to co-start a coworking space in New York?
Erin: Zayyah was a coop when we started it in 2014, but it grew rapidly.
We were getting 20-30 users every day, and we were starting to get really frustrated.
The idea was that we could co-work and share resources, and that made sense to us.
We wanted to make sure that we were making our co-op a resource for our cofounders.
Anand: We had a ton of people in the co-operative and we weren’t sure how we were going to grow in the long run.
We had been working with a lot of people, but there was this disconnect between what we thought the ideal environment would be and what we were actually seeing.
We started thinking about creating a space for people who are in the same boat, who are on the same journey, and want to share and connect.
Kumar: The idea of a space like Workbox came about when we wanted to build a cowork space that wasn’t really co-run, where we were connecting people who needed help, and making sure that they could have support from other co-operatives around the world, and it was a way for them to get to know each other.
It was a place where they could get to network, it was like a space where they were working together.
We thought it would be a good way to bring in new people, and a place that people who had previously not been connected could share and learn together.
What was your co-running experience like?
Anand and Kumar: We didn’t have a co co-sponsor.
We got a loan from a bank, and when we got it, it seemed like it was going to be an overnight loan, so we had to make some sacrifices.
Erin: We ended up going to work for the coop and it really wasn’t a good experience for us.
You’re basically working on a project for a couple hours, and then you have to sit down for a week and watch your projects and work on them in order to make them complete.
It didn’t feel good.
We didn and we went home, we felt like we had done a bad job and that we had missed the boat.
Kumar and Anand have had their share of struggles with co-routes.
Erin and Kumar have been working together for over three years.
They’re both founders at Workbox.
They have three children together.
They met at the same co-creative team in Silicon Valley.
How has co-located helped them get a start-up life?
Kumar: It’s really helped us.
Our co-ownership model allows us to see how to run the business and to build our culture and our values, which is really important.
The co-shop is a space in which we are able to build the cooperative culture and to be able to say that this is what we are going to do and to say this is how we will do it.
We also have a lot more freedom in how we run things, because we don’t have to share the money.
The way we run it, we are also able to hire people who want to work here and have a real connection with our co co workers.
This helps us build the skills and build our organisation.
The biggest thing that helped us in terms of the coworking experience is that we are all in our 20s, and all of us are women, and our co workers are all under 25.
The work has a lot to do with making sure we are supporting each other, and creating a culture of support and collaboration.
We feel very comfortable, because all of our coops are really small