Danville's first coworking space receives 2017 #GameChangers Award
April 24, 2017
At its March awards ceremony held at Innovate Pleasanton, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group honored Victor Mataraso, founder of Victory Workspace Danville, the city’s first coworking shared workspace, with the 2017 #GameChangers Award. Danville Mayor Renee Morgan presented the award to Mataraso, who launched Victory Workspace, located in downtown Danville’s historic Shuey-Podva house, in 2017.
Innovation Tri-Valley (ITV) recognizes the significance of innovation in driving new and improved products, and heralds companies that model a culture of innovation and collaboration in the regional economy. According to its press release, ITV chose Mataraso because he sees “coworking as a movement that is bringing together like-minded professionals across the workforce in a supportive, communal setting stocked with all the benefits of a fully-furnished, professional office space without the heavy cost and commitment.”
Operating under the corporate entity Reliable Receptionist, a Walnut Creek firm Mataraso launched in 2007, Victory Workspace is a shared work environment and community for entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, startups, and, increasingly, corporate executives who are flexible on where they work, offering office infrastructure and support services, such as open workstations, dedicated desks, private meeting rooms, business address and mail handling, and live telephone receptionist service.
“Victory workspace is for anybody who doesn’t want to lease a traditional office,” says Mataraso, “but who needs a place to work other than the home or the café. Our members are looking for a balance between solitude and community—where community sparks both creativity and motivation. That’s what they find at Victory Workspace.”
Mataraso, who also owns Victory Workspace Walnut Creek (formerly Laptop Lounge), notes that coworking communities are built on the power of collaboration, education, and networking and are part of a multi-billion dollar workspace-as-a-service industry represented by the Global Workspace Association, www.globalworkspace.org.
“While in existence for decades, the shared workspace industry is experiencing tremendous growth—particularly in suburban markets—as both independent professionals and corporate workers increasingly leave the traditional office environment to enjoy a more mobile work-style made possible by advances in mobile communications technology,” says Mataraso. “The community that we’ve built is more than just a place to work—it’s a community of coworkers who have similar objectives and who want to support each other in achieving them. And that’s how the name ‘Victory’ came about—based on the idea of personal achievement and success that’s important to all business professionals.”