Is Cambodia The Next Bali?

Thanks largely to Instagram, Bali has become a hub for digital nomads over the past few years. Is Cambodia following in its footsteps? The country is quickly becoming an expat haven—trendy smoothie bowls, affordable cost of living and beautiful scenery included. While Cambodia has had a much rougher recent history than Bali, it is a relatively peaceful time for the country politically. 

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Here’s how co-working spaces is changing the future of work culture

Here’s how co-working spaces is changing the future of work culture

A couple of years ago, a quick glance at a co-working space would have given you a good idea of the people who work there.

The low seating, cushy beanbags, foosball tables, and readily available cold brew coffee (and maybe even beer) would tell you that the users were young — think – tech entrepreneurs, designers or creative types.

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Redefining the urban jungle at Yellow Tower
Cocooned in foliage and outfitted as a tech-savvy co-working space, the seven-storey Yellow Tower is the greenest office space in the capital – and one of the most aesthetically unique. Over 2,400 square metres of plant life clings to the building’s facade, forming a lush vertical garden that instills calmness and keeps out the tropical heat.

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The best place to work?

by Florian Cabirol

I am currently staying in Cambodia, and I needed a quiet place with nice amenities so I could practise my work as a web developer.

Like most people would do, I tried cafés; but I quickly gave up on the idea.

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Double Win in Coworker Awards

“What’s really meaningful to us is that this award comes from a direct vote from our members — the incredible location independent and purpose-driven entrepreneurs, professionals and creatives who form our global community,” 

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Members’ Choice Awards 2018

The Coworker Members’ Choice Awards are the only global coworking industry awards based on thousands of reviews and opinions from coworking space members around the world. This year 345 coworking spaces received recognition based on the quantity & quality of member reviews during the past 12 months.

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Coolest Coworking Space?


Situated in a green oasis overlooking the Mekong, Outpost Cambodia feels a million miles away from the chaos of Phnom Penh. Here, freelancers, entrepreneurs and digital nomads from all over the world explain why they choose to make this their office - and in some cases, their temporary home.

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Winner of Startup Sponsorship

DApact Announced as The Outpost Startup Sponsorship, a competition held to find a high potential, early-stage startup based in the Kingdom of Cambodia, has been won by local blockchain startup DApact. The prize – created by Asia-based coworking and coliving organization Outpost, and Geeks In Cambodia,

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Startup Sponsorship

by Roman Di Geronimo

The first Outpost Startup Sponsorship Competition successfully concluded on 1st February with the awarding ceremony, on the top floor of the iconic Green penthouse located across the Tonle Sap river.

Organised by the recently established pop-up co-working space, Outpost Cambodia, in collaboration with Geeks in Cambodia

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South east Asia GLOBE Magazine

The co-working and co-living space Outpost Cambodia announced details of a startup competition today that will offer a winning company free 24/7 access to a desk for up to six people for six months in its workspace on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula, four specialised consultations with Outpost’s team of global experts, and extensive exposure across its social media channels.

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Geeks In Cambodia join forces to sponsor local startup

by Anisa Menur - Yahoo news

One eligible startup will receive a dedicated team desk for six months at Outpost Cambodia’s coworking and coliving space

Coworking and coliving spaces chain Outpost and tech media outlet Geeks In Cambodia today announced a partnership to support the Cambodian startup community through a startup sponsorship programme.

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Coliving and coworking pop-up

by Cheyenne Chia

Over the years, we have seen co-working spaces sprung up in our Kingdom to help further the sense of community within entrepreneurs and startups in the tech scene. Some examples are TRYBE, a blend between a coworking space and makerspace, EmeraldHub, a diverse space for co-working and events, and ImpactHub, a laidback startup space with various workshops for all.

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Co-Working Spaces in Demand as Alternative to Rising Rent

by Hang Sokunthea - Cambodia Daily

When Duong Kim Hak and his business partner decided to expand their online bookstore to a brick-and-mortar location, the entrepreneurs went for a non-traditional store site that’s growing in popularity abroad and in Phnom Penh: a co-working space.

“It would be at least 30 percent more expensive to rent an individual house to run our business, and we would not make much profits at the end,” he said.

Through their bookstore at workspace Emerald Hub, Mr. Kim Hak has joined dozens of entrepreneurs who are warding off Cambodia’s rising rents by sharing office spaces.

When comparing the space, location and other costs associated with parking, security and utilities, Mr. Kim Hak concluded that using a co-working space would allow them to sell books while cutting some of the costs of running a business.

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Outpost pops up at the Green Penthouse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

by Blau Journal

Get your passport ready: Outpost Coworking is delighted to announce it’s first international pop up!

Set in a must-see urban treehouse, Outpost Cambodia at the Green Penthouse delivers a range of contemporary coworking and coliving options along side everything you’ve come to expect from Outpost: great events, fast internet, and a creative, productive space.

Located just across the river from the buzzing culturalfoodie and entrepreneurial hub of Phnom Penh, Outpost Cambodia the perfect spot for your next great venture.

“Our members are adventurous, imaginative professionals. They’re seeking idyllic lifestyles. We saw this opportunity with the Green Penthouse to develop a half-year pop-up in a stunning building within the vibrant, entrepreneurial Phnom Penh community and knew it was a great fit,” said Outpost co-founder Bryan Stewart. “It’s a rare find and a chance for our members to design their best possible work life balance. We love the idea of temporary pop-ups to experiment.”

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Green-sulated Buildings Bring Cool Savings - Khmer Times

"Peaceful & Productive"

by Marina Shafik

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Rising seven stories above the Chroy Changva Peninsula, the Yellow Tower is distinctive for two reasons; its capsular curved-glass elevator shaft and its “vertical garden,” the lush coat of climbing plants that covers its facade.

The unusual building, completed three years ago, was designed by a pool of five architects and houses office space and a penthouse residential suite. For Phnom Penh’s burgeoning skyline, where ‘green’ buildings usually refers to construction sites covered in green protective mesh, the tower stands as a rare example of a “living wall.”

And in the capital’s tropical climate, it makes a lot of sense.

By adding a vertical garden, “the building becomes more energy efficient, which leads to a decrease in carbon emissions,” explains Kim Gjemmestad, one of the tower’s owners. “[It] also mitigates the urban heat island effect, absorbs and filters storm water, reduces pollution and acts as a carbon sink.”

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Inspiring tech entrepreneurship

Stuart Alan Becker

The arrival of Startup Weekend in Cambodia marked a new beginning for high-tech entrepreneurship as more than 80 people worked on all kinds of new business ideas all weekend at Yellow Tower across the Tonle Sap from The Riverside.

Chief Marketing Officer Joey Pomerenke of Startup Weekend flew out specially from the US to attend all three days and to lead a planning group of regional high-tech participants at the Lazy Beach private hideaway on Koh Rong island off the coast of Sihanoukville and is leaving on Tuesday.

“It is really about bringing the region together. The organisers from Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand can work together,” he said.

Startup Weekend originated in Boulder, Colorado in 2007 as the brainchild of a man named Andrew Hyde. Two friends of Pomerenke, Marc Nager and Clint Nelsen, attended a Startup Weekend in Seattle and found it very inspiring. 

“They saw an opportunity to take this model and turn it into a non-profit and scale it up across the world.” In 2009, Nager and Nelsen paid Hyde more than $100,000 for the Startup Weekend concept and since then have grown it to 86 events in 2010 and 261 events in 2011.

“This year we’re on track to do 550 events,” Pomerenke said. 

Since the status of Startup Weekend is as a non-profit, Nager and Nelsen were able to get a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest in the world for entrepreneurship, to fund The first year’s grant disbursement was $250,000.

“This is funded all through corporate sponsorships and foundations. That’s how we pay our staff of 25.”

Pomerenke says the Startup Weekends are experiential education.

“You are learning by doing and you can take these two days over the weekend and have a zero-risk way of validating your idea. In two days you learn a lot, validate your idea with your peers and you have mentors and judges on Sunday night.”

He says a “ton” of real businesses have been founded as a result of Startup Weekends, citing Zaarly as one, a business that organises deliveries.

“Entrepreneurship is the best thing for economies,” …

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Phnom Penh Post: Tech start-up pitches sought

by Stuart Alan Becker

A group of Phnom Penh-based high-tech professionals are putting on the second annual Startup Weekend Cambodia from June 22 to 24 at Yellow Tower, across the Tonle Sap from the Riverside.

Darren Jensen of Yoolk, a software company that builds content, sales and HR management systems for Yellow Pages, invites anybody who wants to pitch a good idea for a start-up business, especially with high-tech components, to pony up the $15 to join the event.

“There are 15 organisers flying in from around Southeast Asia, a mixture of investors and entrepreneurs,” Jensen said. “This is a really great opportunity for Cambodians to meet these people for the first time. Some people may get invited into an incubator which helps their business grow and may even get funded.”

Last year 25 people came to the event and 100 are expected this year.

Last year’s winner was Australian Dave Wilkie, 26, whose idea became a successful mobile dating and networking service that works all on mobile phones and does not require an internet connection. It can be seen on the website

According to Jensen, Wilkie is launching the service in conjunction with Smart Mobile.

“They’re going to launch with other partners in Thailand, Vietnam and who knows where else,” Jensen said.

Jensen describes the weekend as an entrepreneurial education experience.

“Everyone gets to pitch their business to a panel of judges, and then they announce a winner. There is a prize: some tools, vouchers, some things to help a business get started.”

A trip to the Yellow Tower on the other side

Following a ride over the Japanese Bridge across the Tonle Sap to “The Other Side”, you take a right turn and head along the peninsula, towards the confluence with the Mekong, the 7-storey Yellow Tower rises up alone, easily visible from the Riverside, an unusual building specially designed as a workplace for technology and development.

As the curved-glass elevator speeds up the front edge of the tower, the view up and down the Tonle Sap and across to the Riverside district swiftly becomes a stunning panorama.

Constructed during the last three years, the building is designed to house creative forms of businesses.

With a total of five architects involved in the design, Yellow Tower is now being completed and ready for tenants in the new year, the sides of the building are being covered in mesh with a “vertical garden” concept.

The architects believe the building offers attractive, specifically designed space for creative work and development.

While the top floor is in use as a residential penthouse apartment, four floors are available for leasing, each with more than 400 square metres of working space, 57 square metre balconies and each with their own “vertical garden” consisting of planting areas with vines that climb up the mesh installed up and down the exterior.

The architects’ design purpose was to create “a sense of an environment inspired by nature” with a buffer between the hot sun and the working space. Each floor has its own dedicated IT room and storage, along with an executive bathroom and shower, plus two other toilets on each floor for ladies and gents.

The building was designed with eight metres between the columns, offering large, unbroken open spaces, each floor with a different style of mezzanine; each floor five metres high.

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