61. How Verizon’s Corporate Real Estate Team is Leading the Charge on Coworking and Innovation

Last Flight Group of 2017:

 If you are starting a shared workspace, I am kicking off our last 2017 cohort of our “Flight Groups” to help you avoid making all of the mistakes you’d make by trying to do this by yourself. Be more confident in your decisions, save time and money and just enjoy the process more by not doing it all on your own. Next week is the launch of our third group. We’re going to start one more on November 1st - then the next chance to get in will be February. So if you’d like to get in, tell me now!

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 This week I talk with Nick Livigne, Manager of Workplace Transformation for Verizon and head of Verizon’s Coworking group about his team’s innovative projects.

 Verizon is transforming underutilized real estate assets (both owned and leased), into collaborative workspaces focused on localized tech innovation.

 Not only does this project bring Verizon authentic access to innovative teams, but the “Powered by Verizon” brand is a for-profit marketing tool and the spaces are designed for a positive ROI.

 Nick shares their objectives, some of their learnings over the last two years, how they localize the spaces and what they look for in a local partner.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The culture of Verizon’s real estate team

  • The driver for Verizon getting into the coworking business

  • How their approach to coworking has changed since they first launched in Manhattan (they are now also in Boston, DC, and London)

  • What value Verizon is getting out of creating coworking spaces

  • What qualities Verizon looks for in a local partner

  • Where mobile Verizon employees work

  • Verizon’s 5-year plan for their coworking business


If you’d like to learn more about Verizon’s coworking spaces, here are a few recent articles:

Verizon is transforming old property into a new DC coworking space

Verizon is opening a coworking space in Cambridge

US telecoms giant, Verizon, is launching a coworking space in London

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