Making The Coffee Shop Your Office, Without The Guilt

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about pay-as-you-go coffee shops popping up around the world that offer a place to work "without any kind of moral shame" or pressure to spend money on coffee and snacks.

They also discuss how the rise of the bioscience sector in Cleveland is revitalizing the city's economy.

The New And The Next

  • Coffee Shop Stints With A Clear Conscience

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    Some coffee shops overseas are using a pay-as-you-stay model.
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    "There's now a new option called 'pay-as-you-go cafes,' where instead of paying for the coffee, you actually just pay for the time you're there. Some of the spots are only literally a nickel a minute, so only about $3 an hour. ... It's taken off in Europe as well as South America ...

    "A lot of young people and a lot of just freelancers in general are finding this makes all the sense in the world, and for less than $5 an hour, I have kind of a clean, safe place to do my work without any kind of moral shame."

    Read 'A Café For The Freelance Nation' On Ozy.com

  • A Biotech Boom In Cleveland

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    A technician in protective gear holding vial of blood in front of face.
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    "While lots of folks thought about the Rust Belt and thought about the struggling manufacturing sector there, a whole new area has boomed, and in particular medical technology companies that are spinning out of the Cleveland Clinic and several other universities there and now are providing just under half-a-million jobs. ... Close to 100 companies have spun out of the work that's happened there ...

    "The city of Cleveland has set aside a 1,600-acre parcel where you see lots of innovative companies, including one we profile this week called HeartLab."

    Read 'Hiding Out In Ohio: Bioscience' On Ozy.com

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