August 24, 2023

Top 15 Brands Born in Coworking Spaces

In the last couple of years, coworking spaces have become incredibly popular among freelancers, remote workers, startups and firms of all sizes. These shared workspaces offer various benefits including better collaboration, increased creativity, fostered productivity and also cost reduction for companies. The truth is coworking spaces could go beyond being standard workspaces. They are vibrant headquarters that foster innovation, entrepreneurship and better community.

As you can see from this post many successful brands have emerged from coworking spaces and have gone on to become global leaders in their respective industries. These brands were born in coworking spaces' collaborative & inspiring environments and achieved remarkable success in the end. From innovative tech startups to creative design agencies, you can find the top 15 firm that flourished from coworking / workspaces in their early-stages.

In this detailed post, we will delve into the journeys of these remarkable brands. By exploring their stories, we can gain valuable insights and inspiration to boost our entrepreneurial aspirations.

Uber

Uber, the famous ride-hailing company, revolutionized the transportation industry with its innovative approach in the world in the last couple of years. Uber was founded in 2009 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp and Uber's journey began in a coworking space in San Francisco. Boosted by unique vision, the company rapidly expanded its presenc and expanded more than 600 cities worldwide. Uber has became the best go-to platform for ten-millions of riders seeking safe and reliable transportation.

In 2024 Uber's market value exceeded $90 billion, Uber's impact extends beyond its financial success because of its vision. It has fundamentally shifted how people navigate and experience the world around them. Whether it's a daily commute or a journey to a new destination, Uber continues redefining how we move, connecting people and places in ways never imagined. They have also firms like UberEats in different cities in the globe.

Spotify

Spotify, the renowned music-streaming giant, was founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon in Sweden. Their journey started in a humble coworking space in Stockholm called SUP46. As you can see their passion for revolutionizing the music industry took shape in a coworking space like Uber. Their vision created a truly new, unseen, modern platform, they envisioned a platform to connect people with music, empower artists and revolutionize how music is consumed at the end.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, Spotify remains as top firm against Apple Music and Youtube Music. They are constantly exploring new ways to enhance the music-streaming experience. With it's quality, accessibility, artist empowerment, Spotify is focused to shape the future of music consumption.

Airbnb

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk founded Airbnb,in 2008 a famous home-sharing platform that completely disrupted the traditional hospitality industry. This innovative concept took shape in acoworking space in San Francisco like Uber, where the founders worked tirelessly to create a platform that would connect travelers with affordable accommodations across the globe. With the circumstances in the world, Airbnb quickly gained popularity and expanded its reach to over 220 countries and regions until 2024. Today, Airbnb carries an impressive portfolio of over 7 million listings, ranging from apartments to luxurious villas in different destinations. Airbnb has revolutionized how people explore and experience the world, fostering connections and cultural exchange like never before.

Instagram

Instagram was founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. The famous photo-sharing app that revolutionized how we communicate and share moments since then. Fueled by their passion for visual storytelling, the two innovative minds came together in acoworking space in San Francisco's heart like Uber and Airbnb. Surrounded by a community of like-minded creatives, they embarked on a journey to create a platform that would empower users to express their creativity and connect with others through captivating visuals.

Slack

The team collaboration tool Slack was founded in 2013 by Stewart Butterfield and his highly talented team. The birthplace of this platform was a  coworking space in the   the Railtown, Canada. With its useful interface and innovative features, Slack quickly gained traction among professionals across various industries, becoming the go-to platform for seamless communication and efficient teamwork. Since its released to the world, Slack has continued to evolve, introducing new integrations and customization options to fulfill the needs of professionals and organizations. Today, Slack has  12 million daily active users and has expanded its reach globally. Moreover, the success of Slack is reflected in its staggering valuation of over $15 billion in 2024.

Basecamp

Basecamp, the renowned and widely used project management software, was founded in 1999 by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Their journey started in a coworking space, called 37signals, in the heart of Chicago. From challenging beginnings, Basecamp has steadily grown into a trusted and influential platform, attracting over 3 million users worldwide in 2023.

A rich history and a solid reputation, Basecamp continues to evolve and innovate every month. Keeping up with the ever-changing demands of modern project management. They have lots of competitors but Basecamp still remains in the top 10 tools in the word. Success story of Basecamp inspires aspiring entrepreneurs and is a testament to the power of simplicity and user-centered design.

Indiegogo

Indiegogo, the renowned crowdfunding platform that empowers entrepreneurs and creators, was founded in 2008 by Slava Rubin, Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell. Their journey began in a vibrant coworking space in San Francisco, USA like some other brands, where they forged the vision and laid the foundation for their platform. Boosted by their passion for supporting innovative ideas, they set out to create a platform to democratize funding and allow individuals to bring their dreams to life. In conclusion, Indiegogo's journey from a vibrant coworking space to a globally recognized crowdfunding platform is a testament to entrepreneurship's power impact of innovative ideas.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite, the famous social media management tool that simplifies marketing, was founded in 2008 by Ryan Holmes in a vibrant coworking space known as the Bootup Labs in Vancouver. From its beginnings, Hootsuite quickly gained market share and became a global platform, attracting over 18 million users worldwide in the first couple of years. With its innovative platform, Hootsuite has earned the trust and loyalty of top brands such as IBM, Sony, and McDonald. They remain as a leader in their industry.

TransferWise

The innovative money transfer platform, TransferWise, was founded in 2011 by Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Kaarmann. Their entrepreneurial journey began in a coworking space in London called Level39. They harnessed their vision and expertise to disrupt the traditional banking system.

Timehop

Timehop was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Wegener and Benny Wong. This dynamic duo embarked on their entrepreneurial journey in a coworking space, called General Assembly, in NYC. With a passion for creating a digital time capsule that allows users to relive their cherished memories, Timehop quickly gained traction and grew exponentially.

Eventbrite

The innovative ticketing platform called Eventbrite that revolutionized event organization and participation was founded in 2006 by Kevin, Julia Hartz and Renaud Visage. Their entrepreneurial journey started in a coworking space in San Francisco, USA, where they transformed their vision into reality. These three founders combined their passion for events and technology, they set out to create a platform to empower event organizers.

Square

The innovative payment processing company, Square, was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. Their vision was to empower businesses to accept credit card payments seamlessly using their smartphones. This idea was revolutionary in these days. The company's challenging beginnings can be traced back to a coworking space in San Francisco, where the founders laid the foundation for their revolutionary idea.

Cloudera

The innovative and visionary data management and analytics platform, Cloudera, was founded in 2008 by Mike Olson. Their journey began in a coworking space in Burlingame called AWorkspace, where they laid the foundation for their innovative ideas. They set out to revolutionize how companies handle and derive insights from their data by combining their expertise in big data, machine learning, and cloud computing.

Birchbox

Birchbox is a popular subscription-based service founded in 2010 by Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna. The idea came to life in a coworking space called AlleyNYC, located in New York. Birchbox quickly gained traction and now boasts over 1 million active subscribers with a mission to deliver personalized beauty products to customers. Birchbox has also expanded its offerings to include grooming and lifestyle products, catering to a broader range of needs and preferences.

General Assembly

The world-renowned education and career transformation platform General Assembly was founded in 2011 by Jake Schwartz, Adam Pritzker and Matthew Brimer. Their vision was born in a coworking space in New York City, named General Assembly. Drawing inspiration from the city's endless energy and diverse talent pool, they created a learning community to empower individuals to thrive in the work landscape.

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