TheSquareFoot is part of ER Accelerator's 2013 Winter Class - Onward and Upward

Hello from New York City. For the next several months, TheSquareFoot will be going through one of the premier accelerators in the country: Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator. We will be spending time working on our business with some of the best and brightest (mentors and advisors) helping us along the way. Alumni from previous classes have grown into great business receiving funding from VC firms like ff Venture Capital, First Round Capital, 500 Startups, FirstMark Capital, and more.

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Why Going From 0 to 20 mph is Harder than 20 mph to 100 mph

I joined my first startup about 4 years ago, early in the life of that company. We had about 50 paying enterprise customers using the product and who willing and eager to share feedback to make the product better. While I was there, we were lucky enough to grow and continued to add customers to our subscription service. We grew enough to get our cash burn down to zero and eventually became profitable (20mph – 100mph). However, we faced many challenges along way. Some of which at the time made it seem like we were never going to make it through.

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INFOGRAPHIC - Apple's Profound Impact on Retail Real Estate

After reading all of the recent articles about the dominance of Apple stores and as avid Apple users ourselves, we decided to take a deeper drive into the numbers. Not only are most of the facts pretty mind boggling, we believe there is a trend emerging. In retail real estate, the anchor tenant is usually a big box retailer like Nordstorm or JC Penny, that gets a sweetheart lease rate and terms in order to attract traffic and smaller tenants. However, it is smaller Apple stores (many of which are under 6,000 square feet), that are becoming the attractive brand to attract traffic and tenants to retail real estate. It will be interesting to see if Apple is able to reduce its average price per square foot and how it might effect the big box retailers.

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Office Space Of The Week - CultureMap Houston

We had the pleasure of touring CultureMap's Houston office space, located on Wood Street in East Downtown. Given CultureMap's hip and trendy vibe, our expectations were high and the offices did not disappoint. With hardwood floors and the sun shining through the windows, the space has a happy, warm tone. The main area of the space includes a spacious open room for the writers to work and a large kitchen, where almost any meal could be prepared. In the back is the living room type set up with great artwork and great looking (and very comfortable!) furniture. We finished off the tour in CultureMap CEO Stephen Newman's office and saw why CultureMap is inspired by great design.

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INFOGRAPHIC | Trader Joes Moves To Houston | Retail Real Estate Figures

Since Trader Joe's just opened a new store in The Woodlands and is in the process of opening another store in Upper Kirby, it was an opportune time to see how big Trader Joe's really was. The Houston retail real estate Trader Joe's uses is 14,000 square feet on average, which is 40% bigger than their average store size (10,000 square feet) across the country. This is an interesting departure from the norm, since many feel Trader Joe's competitive advantage comes from its small store size.

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Unorthodox Office Leases | Millenial Office Space

For the next generation of workers, an office space is much more of a destination location than it was in the past. Businesses that hire Millennials have likely found that if they design an office lease that is conducive to collaboration, they are better able to attract and retain these younger workers.

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Office Build Out Cost

If your company is preparing to move to a new office building, it’s prudent to keep in mind what you might want to do in terms of building out your office space. Landlords have different approaches toward how they will reimburse you for this kind of work. Expect your real estate broker to handle the negotiations with your landlord.

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Executive Office Suites Houston

Are you starting a new company and in need of a place for your headquarters? Perhaps you have an established company that is starting to do very well and you want to move to a new and improved location. In such cases, you will want to consider looking for executive office suites in Houston to make a good impression.

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Dallas Office Space

Do you have a great idea for a new company? If so, you may be able to work from your home temporarily as you work out your business plan and figure out how many people you will initially employ, what kind of audience you are targeting with your goods or services, and what your supply chain or other logistical requirements will be. As you become more certain about your plans and the requirements to reach your goals, it will be time to get some Dallas office space.

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Houston Sublease Office Market

The Houston sublease office market realized growth in 2012 on the back of a strong local economy. Professionals looking to relocate, renew a lease or establish a new position in the Houston sublease office market should take the time to research recent developments and projects expected to initiate or complete in the near-term as well. Some of the first places to start looking in the area should be Houston’s most active Class A office submarkets:

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Startup Office Space Dallas

Finding a startup office space in Dallas, TX can be difficult for new business owners that aren’t sure what exactly they are looking for. Whether it’s a low budget tech firm or a headquarters for a new local eatery, one of the best places to look for a startup office space is Dallas, TX.

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Happy Thanksgiving From TheSquareFoot

So it's that time of year. Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite holidays as it brings together two of my favorite things: food and more food (and my family). The other nice thing is that it always brings me back home to Houston, Texas when the weather is perfect this time of year (75 as I write this). I flee the colder climes where I have lived for the last 7 or so years in the artic tundras of DC and NYC.

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Four No-Nos When Choosing Houston Office Rentals

If you find yourself in charge of finding new Houston office rentals for your company, there are many things to consider. A lot is riding on your decision, with a whole workforce having to relocate; in the case of large relocations, employees may even be moving home and their families to follow you. The trouble to move is not something you want to go through in the near future, with work possibly being interrupted and the reaction your clients will have towards this. So below, we list four things to keep in mind when looking for new Houston office rentals.

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Medical Office Space Demand to Rise from Dirty Desks?

As we are approaching flu season (TheSquareFoot friendly reminder...get your flu shots!), this infographic created by our friends over at Learnstuff talks about the germier side of our favorite topic...office space for rent. Take a gander at some interesting stats including "a typical desk has 400x more germs than the average toilet seat" and "men's work spaces are 20% dirtier than women's". And make sure to buy some hand sanitizer when you are at the drug store getting your flu shot!

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