But there are a bunch of other players that are making bold moves that you just don’t hear about as much. Let’s talk about them, their leaders, why we’re excited about their future and why you should be too.
In no particular order:
Founders/CEO/Chairman - Olly Olsen, Charlie Green, Enrico Sanna, Katrina Larkintheofficegroup.com
Don’t even get me started on this brand. The spaces are gorgeous and you can tell the training is immaculate. They know how to scale. They merged with FORA (who decided to go into coworking after attending a GCUC). Fora’s focus on health and wellness is unmatched in the world. These leaders are down to earth and have the eye of the tiger.
Founder - Shlomo Silberbondcollective.com
You know when you walk into a Bond you’re going to be overwhelmed by the sumptuous design. They invest heavily here and it shows. You feel successful just being in a Bond. They bake fresh cookies, have showers and focus hard on the details and it works. Shlomo is one of the most dynamic and hard working founders you’ll ever meet. No wonder everyone loves him and his brand.
CEO - James O’Rileywork.lifetime.life
The only CEO to ever mention activity-based work to us is James. Lifetime has figured out connection, health and community and that is extremely rare in a company that is publicly traded. They’re coming for suburbia and they will succeed. We’ll drop a podcast with James after their quiet period that you won’t want to miss.
CEO - Sarah Traversworkbar.com
A rare woman-led brand that is very different from the rest. Workbar makes no apologies for not wanting to see you everyday, it’s part of their strategy (see GCUC podcast with Sarah Travers.) They are making the move into commercial real estate and their numbers are phenomenal. We’re also a big fan of covering up your own city before you expand out. Discipline is the name of the game at Workbar and it’s working.
Co-Founders - Tyler Scriven, Paul D’Arrigo & Maxwell Bonniesaltbox.com
Launching in 2019 and not even hitting their stride yet, Saltbox is supplying benefits and amenities to keep their members happy, engaged and thriving. Smart. It's warehousing and coworking and it’s gonna soar. We like seeing some diversity (finally) and love that three friends are working together. Look for a podcast with one of the founders dropping soon.
Founder - Felena Hansonherahub.com
I’ll never forget Felena Hanson taking the mic from me at the end of GCUC in 2013 and promising to scale. She has been through a couple of different models but we believe she is starting to click. Felena, at her core, wants to change the world. She already has, but there is more to this story.
Founder - Brad Krauskopfhubaustralia.com
Brad has got Australia by the tail. An early mover, he has built a great reputation and team. His spaces are thoughtful and bright and evolving. He is a B-Corp, lands on the best places to work annually, is carbon neutral, WELL health certified and has a number of other credentials. Another lovely human with his ego in check, Brad also has the best laugh in coworking.
Founder - Michael Feinsteinburomiami.com
Michael also was a very early mover in coworking. He is quietly building a great network of spaces in Miami, which is currently a coworking hotspot. He has the calm, meticulous, steady hand it takes to be a fearless yet pragmatic leader.
Founder - Mara Hauser25ncoworking.com
25N is another rare, women-led coworking brand—and Mara is quietly building an empire. In addition to her coworking brand, she has a thriving design consultancy. She knows how to operate, scale, make deals and design. She is a force to be reckoned with and we’re cheering her on.
CEO - Chris Daviesuncommon.co.uk
Uncommon is stunning. Period. The design is on point. The plant game is next level. It's rich and sumptuous and smart. Not to mention the staff that just get it and are clearly trained to take ownership. Chris is a natural leader and we can’t wait to see where they go from here.
CEO - Javier Garciaiosoffices.com
Javier has built an empire. He is crazy-smart and takes the same mentality and drive with which he approaches his athletic adventures and applies them to business. Get out the way (you know the song).
CEO - Bill Bennettexpansive.com
Expansive owns most of their buildings. So smart. They’re also always doing keen innovations like offering corporate event space, storage, corporate services and more. With Bill at the helm you can be assured of a strong, opinionated leader.
CEO - Jason AndersonCoworksllc.com
Coworks started out with Venture X and recently acquired Office Evolution. They’re growing fast and even expanding internationally. Jason is a thoughtful and aggressive leader. Backed by United Franchise Group they’re looking for more brands to add to the portfolio, we’re looking forward to seeing who they land next…..maybe someone on this list.
Founders - Dan Zakai & Yotam Alroymindspace.me
Mindspace figured out before a lot of other brands how to activate the lobby. The design stays fresh and they get the value of building a community. They’re expanding quickly and hire good people that stay. One of the only owner sets on this list we haven’t met yet.
Founder/CEO - Arian Lewiskiln.co
We met the founders of Kiln at GCUC UK a few years ago and my oh my how they have grown. They’re on top of the plant game, design, community building, events, retreats, air quality and more. Arian is constantly pushing and evolving.
If you’re reading this list and are bummed you didn’t make it, we’re sorry. There are just so many amazing growing brands we couldn’t list them all.
We do want to put a shout out to my friends who are Industrious. Brands at their scale start to show cracks, but Industrious has not. We’re bullish about them in particular because I know Jamie Hodari and he is one of the good ones.
We find that coworking attracts leaders that, at their core, are good people that care about humans. If you open a coworking space and identify as one, you probably have a higher purpose than just providing a place to work. The reason GCUC exists is because we believe that people need, crave and deserve community space where they can belong and we want to help proliferate it and support it—globally.
There is a common thread with all of these brands: all of them engaged with GCUC over the years. All but four of the leaders have been on stage at GCUC. What does that tell you? The best brands in the world can be found at GCUC. Join us next time in Chicago! na.gcuc.co
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Post written by: Liz Elam, Founder of GCUC