The idea of an open-source website is not new, but how about open source workspaces? The founders of social-contact manager Network Hippo are using Web Collaboration, a virtual office, to find the definition.
Not everyone works from the office these days. Companies leverage external contractors in all walks of business. Publications employ freelancers; web designers can work from home and “IT guys” are scattered. That’s why virtual offices like Web Collaboration were formed. They allow remote employees to receive tasks, communicate in real-time with teammates, organize to-dos, calendars, and more.
But often, being present at the office provides education you just don’t get working from home. Impromptu conversation, brainstorms or even looking over your boss’ shoulder can be invaluable. Here’s where Web Collaboration and the idea of open-source workspaces can help.
An open-source website allows any and all to study how it works, how it thinks, how to replicate it. An open source workspace does the same for the process of collaboration. “Say you want to fundraise,” said Scott Annan (pictured above), founder of Network Hippo and Web Collaboration. “You can see what someone did for their successful work space – all the tasks and discussions they had. You can look at what they did and use it as a framework.”
Annan believes this could find success in MBA programs, where students can study actual business projects and decipher why it worked or didn’t. In fact, Web Collaboration already has agreements with more than 30 academic institutions.
For those seeking work, these projects can supplement job applications as a virtual case study of one’s track record.
Annan launched Web Collaboration a few weeks ago and is seeing it gaining traction. “Early numbers are good, but it’s a crowded space,” he said. The company is seeing 10-20 new signups a day.
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