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Office flexibility — now even with larger global companies like IBM — is starting to trump corporate identity and risk

Office flexibility — now even with larger global companies like IBM — is starting to trump corporate identity and risk

By Howard Ecker According to a recent study I read about, leasing out flexible or co-working office space can be as much as 50 percent more profitable than leasing it out the more traditional way to a single tenant on a longer lease. But the same analysts that arrived at this statistic were quick to suggest that real estate companies…

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How Traditional Businesses Can Build Offices Like The Hottest Silicon Valley Startups

Silicon Valley and San Francisco aren’t the only urban centers that have office workspaces completely different than those that existed just a decade or two ago. Thanks to tech behemoths like Facebook and Google, companies around the U.S. are seeing a fundamental shift in workspace. Traditional space users—law firms, accounting groups, ad agencies, and so on—are now looking to edgy…

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Startup Culture Inspires Changes In Traditional Chicago Office Spaces

Chicago office spaces originally suited for law and accounting firms are being repurposed to attract tech startups and the firms who want to emulate that culture, says Howard Ecker, whose eponymous Chicago-based firm, founded 38 years ago, matches tenants to space. He described to Blue Sky some ways startup culture is impacting the local commercial office space scene. Below are…

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5 Secrets To Finding Commercial Property For Startups

“Commercial real estate is an archaic, lumbering, anachronistic beast.” —Danny Boice, startup co-founder Startups don’t get us. They dress like skate punks, don’t shave, keep weird hours and say “awesome” all the time. Who’d want to invest time and effort in finding commercial property for startups? Well, Valentine Ecker Klutznick would. She’s a Vice President at Howard Ecker + Company,…

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