18 Mar The Top 8 Companies that Launched from a Coworking Space
Coworking spaces offer communities a jump-start by providing workspace and amenities to budding entrepreneurs and more established companies alike. It’s a big accomplishment to launch a company out of a coworking space and move into a space of one’s own, so we’re here to chronicle eight companies that, thanks to a coworking space, got off the ground.
1. Bluebridge from Launch Fishers in Fishers, IN
We’ll start with a hometown favorite. A mobile app development company, Bluebridge started right in Launch Fishers. In fact, Santiago Jaramillo, the company’s CEO, was one of the first folks to sign up in support of Launch. Since he founded Bluebridge out of his college dorm room, the company has grown to a staff of 21 people in their own dedicated office space.
2. Nuracode from Strongbox West in Atlanta, GA
Nuracode launched out of Atlanta’s Strongbox West and has partnered with AARP, Samsung, and Kodak to pay the bills while they develop apps Sayroom and Wavy. Founder Iziah Reed founded Nuracode to be by people of color, for people of color.
3. Timehop from New Work City in New York, NY
If you’re on Facebook, you probably know about Timehop, the app that combs through your photos so you can see what you were doing a year ago, three years ago, five years ago, and so on. It’s a fun way to look back, relive memories, and connect—however briefly—with anyone else in the photo. In a fundraising post for New Work City, Jonathan Wegener, founder and CEO of Timehop, had this to say: “Having an awesome home to independent workers and entrepreneurs is crucial to New York City’s goal to become a major technology hub.” The co-working space gave him a platform to launch from, and he’s eager to see what new companies can emerge from the same place.
4. Arcweb in Independents Hall (Indy Hall) in Philadelphia, PA
Arcweb, a produce design and development company, launched out of the popular Indy Hall in Philadelphia. They’ve worked with Comcast, Capital One, DirecTV, and MakerBot, among others. Their work with MakerBot, the desktop 3D printing company, involved integrating MakerBot’s Replicator 2 software across seven different operating systems. They completed the project on time, within budget, and much to MakerBot’s satisfaction.
5. charity: water in WeWork in New York, NY
The goal of charity: water is to bring clean, safe drinking water to the 748 million people of the world who do not have access to this most basic of human needs. The organization raises money in a variety of ways, from the traditional ask to empowering those interested to create their own fundraising campaigns, which could involve swimming the San Francisco Bay or asking for donations on your birthday instead of gifts. You also have the option to sponsor various projects spearheaded by charity: water.
6. Instagram in Dogpatch Labs in San Francisco, CA
Yes, that Instagram, as if there were any other. Instagram started humbly and, as we all know, was recently acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. Unfortunately, the founders of Dogpatch Labs, Polaris Ventures, closed two of Dogpatch Labs’ locations in California and New York to focus their efforts on the other locations in Cambridge and Dublin.
7. Ezeep in Betahaus in Berlin, Germany
Sascha Kellert started his software-as-a-service company in his mother’s kitchen but, when operations outgrew the table, Kellert moved camp to Betahaus in Berlin. Kellert thrived in the collaborative and supportive environment, and he’s now found success in helping businesses manage their printing infrastructure in an effort to reduce waste.
8. Haven in Launch Fishers in Fishers, IN
We’re bringing it back home for our final company. Haven quickly outgrew its dedicated space at Launch Fishers. With Haven’s app and service, homeowners register their home. Haven then sends the homeowner reminders about maintenance and improving your home and can also recommend home service experts when you need to tackle a job outside of the DIY realm.