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Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 1 | 2008
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Caroline Collective Debuts in the Museum District

Imagine a cafelike collaborative space for developers, writers and independents looking for an alternative to the traditional working office. Rice University graduate students Ned Dodington and Matthew Wettergreen did and, this summer, they launched Houston’s first creative coworking space.

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Located at 4820 Caroline St. and dubbed Caroline Collective, the coworking space is Houston’s first, although similar operations already are successful in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Paris, Vancouver, Milan and Buenos Aires.

“The coworking movement strives to combine the relaxed working environment of the home office with a dynamic social atmosphere,” Dodington said. “The model encourages the free flow of projects and ideas and is founded on the belief that working together is working smarter.”

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“The coworking movement strives to combine the relaxed working environment of the home office with a dynamic social atmosphere.”

Ned Dodington

Dodington and Wettergreen’s idea to create a coworking space in Houston met with interest from the city’s creative and technical communities. As the global marketplace continues to free professionals from a physical location, more and more people work either as “digital nomads” or from their home offices. However, many professionals still desire the amenities an office can provide, like conference rooms, networking opportunities, collegial conversations and free Wi-Fi.

With the help and support of business partners and Wulfe Urban developers Jeff Kaplan and Adam Brackman, Wettergreen and Dodington secured a 6,000-square-foot space in Houston’s eclectic Museum District, making Caroline Collective one of the largest coworking spaces worldwide to date.