Deciding on Co-Working?
Deciding what type of Co-Working space fits your personally. Here's a look at the different types of Co-Working space environments.
“Members say they’re so much more productive, and they feel like there’s less pressure in an environment without men,” says Audrey Gelman, cofounder of The Wing. The first location, a 3,500-square-foot space in New York’s Flatiron District, opened in October, attracting members ranging from fashion designer Jenna Lyons to actress and model Hari Nef. The waiting list for membership is hovering around 3,000, and The Wing is planning three new locations, for SoHo, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. (When the D.C. location was announced, it got 1,000 applications within 24 hours.)
“A lot of coworking companies seem built to fulfill the fantasies of male 20-something engineers,” says Industrious CEO Jamie Hodari. But Industrious goes above and beyond to offer inclusivity instead. The company’s 12 locations across the country have private rooms for nursing moms to pump milk, and recently, Hodari says, “our regional director in New York took three hours out of her day to help a member prepare for her citizenship test.” The approach clicks: Industrious raised $37 million in funding in September.
Technically, Croissant isn’t a coworking space. It’s an app. Through it, remote workers can “rent” available desks at established coworking spaces in New York, San Francisco, Boston and D.C. Croissant offers three monthly subscription plans that range from $39 to $299 -- far less than most coworking memberships. “We just wanted to meet for a couple of hours a week, so $400 per person for one location didn't make sense for us,” says cofounder Nisha Garigan.
Business District is for professionals who care less about free beer and more about the flagship office’s brag-worthy home in an I.M. Pei-designed building. Matt LoGuidice founded the Boston-based company after time spent overseeing his East Coast property management business out of a shared space in Los Angeles. “I couldn’t find a center that occupied the niche I wanted -- a center that feels more like a boutique hotel,” he says, explaining his design sense. “We might be the only center of its type in the country where every office has an adjustable-height Herman Miller desk.”
“We often become the destination for individuals who have ‘graduated’ from coworking as their business grows, either by way of capital raised or by new customer acquisition,” says TechSpace CEO Vic Memenas. TechSpace’s offices sport a slick aesthetic -- more like what you’d expect from a corporate office than a startup -- and cater to entire teams working in offices, rather than individuals camping out on sofas.
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