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Alice Nell
September 10, 2015

Coworking on the open seas

Imagine yourself on a boat, relaxing in the sun shining brightly above you, surrounded by crystal blue water with the tranquil rhythm of waves crashing. While you sip on a tropical cocktail, you’re working on your business idea, raising funding for your startup, or writing your first book. Sounds like a dream, right? Well. A not-for-profit project called Coboat is turning this fantasy into a reality. Much like Remote Year, Coboat is a coworking space for digital nomads who want to work, create, explore, and network...all while sailing anywhere from Thailand to Indonesia to the Mediterranean. We were curious, so we asked Coboat's Gerald Schömbs a few questions about the project and how you can take a trip with them.

In short: what’s the vision of Coboat?

Coboat wants our electric sailing catamaran to be a relaxing yet productive and creative space. The goal is for different teams to be able to bounce ideas off of one another and work efficiently with little distraction. Coworking in Greece, Spain, or Turkey can make for a serene and tranquil atmosphere for productivity.

What is the experience of Coboat like?

The 82ft retrofitted electric sailing catamaran can hold up to twenty people and offers comfortable sleeping and working accommodations. Coboat provides three meals a day and water sports equipment for when teams want to take a break and have a bit of fun. It is good for the environment too! Our boats use sustainable green technology and rely solely on solar and wind generated power and desalinated ocean water.

Is there WiFi on the boat? Is it possibe to get good enough internet in the middle of the ocean for people to work effectively?

Well, Coboat uses cutting-edge technology. We offer a seamless transition from cellular to satellite-based communications so you can always stay connected.

Any way we can get on board for free?

Coboat has teamed up with Jovoto for an upcoming competition called “Made on Coboat” where winners will have 100 days on the catamaran to work on their startup projects. All you have to do is submit a one-page summary of a project or idea you’d like to work on while at sea. We have only 8 days left to apply! 

Don’t want to compete and just want to get on board? Use the code CBBHAUS10 to get a 10% discount on your next Coboat journey!

Click here for more information! 

We’re sure you have a lot of questions about what’s coming next. 

We want to hear from you! Email us at themove@betahaus.com or join us for a closed Town Hall where we’ll answer all of your questions and talk through any concerns. We’ve also started members-only page for FAQs, resources, and important dates about the move (check your inbox!). 

We've got some big changes ahead of us, but one thing's for sure: we're so glad to have you with us for the ride!

We're looking forward to this new challenge, and will keep you updated along the way. Get in touch with any questions you might have about Full Node!

Not a blockchain startup but looking for a coworking space? Be sure to check out the flexible membership options at betahaus!

Finally, You describe your target group as LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), which is a very niche market. Can you tell us more about what type of people they ARE and what theY value? What's some advice you can share to other startups targeting this market?

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