Networking Sofia: The Google Alike Office Environment for freelancers

Translated from original article by trending topics published on 14th of May 2019 “Today in Israel most of the new large buildings have a coworking space, it is very hyped. And we believe that in Bulgaria there is a growing demand as well. Especially in the premium segment,” tells us Shekerdzhiiski. Like office, like home Networking has no industry focus and unlike many other spaces, is targeted especially at freelancers. Teams and companies are, of course, also welcome – for instance, the Bulgarian team of UK fintech Revolut also has its office here, but this is not the target audience. Soon, the space will have 120 working spots – most of them are flex desks. It’s located in a six-floor house in the downtown of Sofia, which the founder bought and has already invested over €500K in. Three of the floors are now dedicated to coworking, events, and …just hanging out. There are also different types of lounge zones and creativity. “We give our best to offer the people a community, not an office,” amplifies Trifon Mihaylov, Managing Partner at Networking Sofia. “That is why we have a gaming area with consoles, chess and board games, so people can laugh and have fun together. All the areas are ready to cast screens, so you can have your presentation easily on, or just show the fun video to your buddies.” Inspired by spaces in Tel-Aviv and the Valley, the Shekerdzhiiski and Mihaylov have added several more perks to the experience – free beer, a personal chef who prepares lunch every day, soon also e-scooters. The shared space also has homemade wine and their own brand of whiskey. ​ “We make jam sessions and watch movies together. All because this place is created for the people,” explains Mihaylov. ​ But mostly, because people, who spend quite a good amount of their lives there have to feel good. Here is where the business part also kicks in. ​ “When you are feeling well, you don’t want to leave,” Mihaylov explained. “Another great advantage is that you share everything under one roof, and practically even financially, it’s just better. How else would you have the pleasure to have a fireplace in the office or home-theater like a lounge area.”

The creativity scent

Even though the space was started with the idea to bring together the blockchain community of Sofia, things changed quickly, and it now has a more generalist concept. And is indeed open for any type of activities. Networking now also has a creators’ room inside which the occupants can laser print their designs or create real-world objects of 3D printed models. To unleash the inside quaint charm of the individuals, Networking have taken a step further by setting up a sewing machine and artistic tools. The whole spirit of the space is gently accompanied by musical instruments like electric guitars and a 200-years-old majestic wooden royal. Artists are welcome to make exhibitions of their visual arts, and if the painting is sold, the buyer pays double the price, which