Episode III: Qdesq Feat. Coworker
Qtalks : Sam Marks talks about flex being new normal and more
Sam is the founder of Coworker.com, which is the largest coworking marketplace with global presence. In the third episode of the podcast, host Paras Arora, CEO, Qdesq, and Sam Marks, Founder, Coworker.com, started off the discussion with Sam’s personal side, talking about why he chose to become an entrepreneur at such a young age. Sam replied with various factors like his parent’s business that encouraged him to choose the path of entrepreneurship l while growing up and the flexibility it gave them and his experience abroad.
Sam walked us through the business model of the coworker and how it serves various countries with ease. When talking about demand, he placed India first. Marks shared his opinion about the impact of the COVID-19 and coworking sector and how if the industry can survive a few months, it will witness the biggest growth curve, and Paras concurred with his thoughts.
As Marks is inclined towards Startups and product development, Paras took the opportunity to seek his advice for the new product managers do. Sam shared a common error that all amateurs do, which he followed up with his personal experience. The last segment of the conversation was a rapid fire with questions on the business world and personal side.
The chemistry between Sam and Paras was undeniable, making the episode fun and food for thought. The engaging conversation will pull in sharp focus from the listeners.
Episode II: Qdesq Feat. Smartworks
Smartworks Co-Founder Harsh Binani talks about flex being the new normal and beyond
In the second episode of the podcast, host Paras Arora, CEO, Qdesq, and Harsh Binani, Co-founder, Smartworks kick-started the discussion with the versatile journey of Smartworks. Harsh talked about the initial days and what inspired him and Neetish Sarda, Founder of Smartworks, to start the venture. They saw the opportunity to innovate in coworking four years back. The duo then decided to create an integrated office environment coupled with customised workspace experience. The idea of moving beyond conventional offerings, and creating a successful enterprise workspace model become their guiding light.
Talking about the current scenario, Harsh said,
“All businesses are hit due to the pandemic. Although, I foresee a huge demand where companies will focus on segregating teams into different flexible offices rather than having one headquarter.”
He also talked about the various measures Smartworks is taking to ensure a safe working environment for all its occupants, including regular sanitisation and thermal screening.
To sum it up, even in these uncertain times the coworking segment is positive about its growth and sustainability.
Episode: I: Qdesq Feat. Wework
Qtalks : Varun Gopinath talks about flex being new normal and more
Qdesq launched its one-of-a-kind podcast series, Qtalks, to discuss fresh perspectives on the future of the flexible workspace industry with market leaders.
In the debut episode of Qtalks, host Paras Arora, CEO, Qdesq and Varun Gopinath, Head of Sales at WeWork India, discussed the current scenario (of covid 19 pandemic) and future of the coworking industry. The discussion also covered strategies post lockdown and how WeWork is currently dealing with the opening of the centres in India as the government announced some relaxation in the orange and green zone.
Paras was curious to know how does WeWork’s team foresee the positioning of flex spaces in the workplace sector.
‘‘The future seems bright as people will move away from traditional offices for overhead cost reduction and conduct its functions across various flex spaces,’’ – replied Varun.
When talking about his work experience, Gopinath pointed out the art of sales, according to which a good sales pitch doesn’t feel like a pitch at all. Sales is all about building trustworthy relationships and solving problems of the customers effectively.
He shared the learnings he had acquired from various startups and discussed the importance of the decision in the state of infancy and ambiguity. ‘Ability to take the right decision even in ambiguous situations, I think that is one of the biggest learning that startups provide’ quotes Gopinath.
The episode concluded on a lighter note with a discussion around how Gopinath is utilizing his time during the lockdown. If you are looking for a refreshing outlook on the flex industry, then tune into this podcast right now.