Happy Birthday to MELD! One Year of Coworking in Austin

MELD Coworking birthday party

In April 2019, MELD Coworking turns one year old!

You can read the story of why I opened MELD here. Today I’m sharing a behind-the-scenes recap of our first year in business where we have had the honor of building our community, working productively, and supporting entrepreneurs and freelancers in Austin:

 

Pre-Opening: MELD Renovations

Our initial renovations were technically more than a year ago, so we won’t dive too deeply into that– plus, I’m still having flashbacks from our 18+ month construction process ?

But if you’re interested in how I transformed a Frankenstein-esque house into a thriving blue coworking space, read the full story here. Suffice it to say, when construction was over I never wanted to hear the word “renovations” again.

Before and now MELD image

Pre-Opening: Building Our Community

A true coworking space is more than just a room with desks in it: it’s a community that works together. Recognizing this, we spent a lot of time thoughtfully building and nurturing the MELD community before we opened our doors.

Many of our original members attended our coworking meetups around Central Austin, and in the true spirit of coworking they even helped us paint walls and assemble chairs and desks in MELD at our famous Furniture Building Party!

Furniture Party

Open for Business: The Early Days

Even though my mind and schedule were a whirlwind during this time, it was fulfilling to see the conversations and connections occurring in our space when we opened – proof that our hard work had created something beautiful.

We didn’t have all of our decorations up yet, but people still worked productively at MELD as our community and décor started to grow ?Our founding members held meetings, sent emails, ate lunches in our kitchen or outdoor picnic tables, and enjoyed our beer keg after hours. MELD was officially open for business!

Early Days

 

April 2018: Grand Opening Party

What’s a grand opening without an official party?!

At MELD’s grand opening party we offered professional headshots, complimentary food and drinks, and an epic raffle featuring free coworking day passes and discounted memberships.

Steel City Pops and Clean.Fit Box sponsored the event, and Hanna Barakat, an Austin-based rock singer and songwriter, provided incredible live music.

If you missed our opening party, or if you became part of the MELD community in the months following the party – never fear! We’re throwing a one-year anniversary party in April 2019 and would love to see you there ?

Opening Party

One Year of Events

Here at MELD, we believe in getting out from behind your screen and meeting other humans at real-life networking events.

From hosting local networking groups like digital media exchange and Austin Shopify Meetup, to renting out our space for meetings, to throwing our own exclusive Member Happy Hours, we enjoyed meeting people and facilitating connections in our space throughout our first year.

Margarita Happy Hour

September 2018: #FREECON18  / The Freelance Conference

FREECON is the premier conference for freelancers, and we were honored to host several FREECON sessions and events here at MELD including Stop Cold Calling: Speak to Grow Your Business, The Hidden Power of Your Personality, and Finding Your Tribe.

I spoke on the topic of “Make Networking Fun Again!” for a FREECON session held at the Microsoft office, which was truly an unforgettable experience.

Freecon

October 2018: Austin Startup Week

We were the only coworking space in Austin to offer free coworking all week to Austin Startup Week participants – and it was such a fun experience!

We met hundreds of new people who were buzzing with excitement about their entrepreneurial endeavors, and I loved experiencing Austin’s thriving and energetic local startup scene on the Austin Startup Crawl.

Startup Week

January 2019: Upstairs Renovations

What was I saying before, about never wanting to hear the word “renovations” again…?

In January we made a few improvements to our upstairs area, including installing all-new luxury flooring and additional soundproofing:

New Floors MELD

Mostly: We Coworked Together

Yes, we throw fun parties after hours, encourage networking, and strive to provide a positive experience for everyone who walks through our doors. But at the end of the day: our coworking members love MELD because they can work productively in our space.

Our members rely on our dedicated fiber internet, appreciate our sit-to-stand desks, and confidently bring their clients to our casual-yet-professional space.

 Coworking

April 2019: One Year Anniversary Party

We would love to celebrate one year of MELD Coworking with you at our anniversary party on April 4th!

The anniversary party will include free coworking during the day, followed by cocktails, punch, food, a raffle, and complimentary nitro cold brew coffee from Cuvée Coffee. Tickets are available for just $5 here.

 

We look forward to many more years of “working from home away from home” – together as the MELD community ?

 

And if you can’t make the party but are interested in joining MELD as a coworking member, you can explore our pricing options here or sign up for our email list to claim a free trial day in our workspace.

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