5 Successful Start-ups Which Were Born in Coworking Spaces

By Nune Nazaryan, Community Manager

No doubt coworking spaces are great choice for start-ups. They offer membership plans which are very convenient compared to traditional office spaces. Coworking spaces are very flexible; they give great networking opportunities and space to speak out about your start-up. Another advantage is the opportunity to work next to high-performing professionals. Plus, coworking spaces also encourage and often help start-ups a lot along their way to growth and success. It’s not at all surprising that many well-known successful start-ups have grown up in coworking spaces.
Wanderfly is a great example of how startups benefit from coworking spaces. Founders knew from the beginning that they should launch the company in a coworking space to make their team stay highly motivated and thus have the best chance to succeed.

Here are 5 successful start-ups and their success journeys from coworking spaces in the US and Europe.

  1. Instagram

Instagram was founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. They have started their Instagram “journey” in Dogpatch Labs, a coworking space in San Francisco, California. Instagram is a free, online photo-sharing application and social network platform. It was purchased by Facebook in 2012. Instagram gained huge success really fast. On the very first day it was launched, Instagram gained more than 25,000 users. It overtook the world after the famous celebrities started using it and sharing their photos. Instagram had 40 million active users just two years after the launch.

  1. Uber

Uber was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. They have started their Uber “journey” in the coworking space The Yard in New York. Uber is a technology platform which connects driver-partners and riders thus making an ordering taxi process really easy. Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, founder-friends came up with the “Uper” idea while they were in Paris having trouble to find a taxi. After they came back to New York they started actively working on that idea and succeeded in making it a reality, a reality which became the most recognized innovation in car-for-hire service. Uber operates in 377 major cities around the world.

  1. Charity: Water

The founder and current CEO of Charity: Water is Scott Harrison. He has started Charity: Water “journey” in WeWork coworking space in New York. Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Charity: Water has gained 360,000 likes on Facebook and celebrity endorsements and corporate sponsors, thus raising more than $100 million dollars. In just ten years Charity Water has funded more than 22,000 water projects in 24 developing countries. When complete, these projects will provide clean, safe drinking water for more than 7 million people.

  1. Wanderfly

Wanderfly was founded by Cezary Pietrzak, Christy Liu, Evan Schneyer and Jorge Trujillo. They have started their Wanderfly “journey” in a coworking space called Projective Space in New York. Wanderfly is a web platform for discovering and sharing personalized travel recommendations. They state that they are here to make travel planning more personal, simple, fun, human and inspiring as everyone travels differently, so we all need different recommendations. Wanderfly was founded in 2009, raised $1M in 2011, and got acquired by TripAdvisor.

5.Orderbird

Orderbird was founded by Jakob Schreyer, Bastian Schmidtke, Artur Hasselbach and Patrick Brienen. They have started their Orderbird “journey” in Berlin’s Betahaus, a prominent European coworking space. Orderbird is the provider of the award-winning iPad POS system for restaurants. It is considered to be one of the best applications in restaurant business. Orderbied has more than 43,000 downloads in Apple’s App Store and more than 8,000 customers - restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, ice cream shops and beer gardens.

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Inspirational Quotes

By Nune Nazaryan, Community Manager

No matter how motivated you are and how many goals you pursue, each day you need some kind of motivation to move on. It’s very easy to dream and set goals but it’s not that easy to work to achieve them. What lies on the basis of each success is a real hard work. I have prepared a list of quotes for you by successful people to make you feel much more motivated and do your best to achieve your goals and make your dreams a reality.

  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius (Chinese philosopher)
  • Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success. Virat Kohli (Indian cricketer)
  • Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It's the best part of the day. George Allen (American football coach)
  • Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams. Donovan Bailey (Olympic athlete)
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle (Greek philosopher)
  • Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Brad Henry (Former Governor of Oklahoma)
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison (American inventor)
  • Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. Henry Ford (American captain of industry)
  • The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest. Deepika Padukone (Indian film actress)
  • Just be yourself. Be honest, work towards a goal, and you'll achieve it. Emraan Hashmi (Indian film actor)
  • Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you'll be a happy person. Tom Petty (American singer)
  • Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things. Byron Dorgan (United States Senator)
  • Management is nothing more than motivating other people. Lee Iacocca (American executive)
  • Work harder than anybody you've ever seen. That's what I believe. Meek Mill (American hip-hop artist)

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How to Start a Coworking Life?

By Nune Nazaryan, Community Manager

Quite common scenario is this: you have quitted your full-time job and happily started an own business or decided to work on your own. You think that you will have much more time to spend with your family and friends and have more time to relax. However, after some period of time you start feeling the urge to go out and meet new people instead of sticking on your pyjamas all day long at home. Should you get back to office working routine? No, that’s probably not something you really wish to restart. What can you do then? If it were some years ago, I wouldn’t probably be able to recommend you something… So what you have to do is:

  1. Conduct a research on coworking spaces near your location. Each coworking space is unique with its internal design, offered services, events, etc. You need to make a small research to find out which one is the best for you and your business needs. Thankfully you have a wide choice in Yerevan.
  2. Ask for a demo tour. Once you have chosen a coworking space you like, give them a call and ask for a demo tour to explore the space in detail.
  3. Gather everything you need for working. Before heading to your coworking space, pick up all your stuff you need for working and concentrating. I would advise you not to take with you extra things that may divert your attention and weaken your concentration.
  4. Advise family members and friends to join you. Of course, working hours will be much more pleasant if your best friend is with you. You will be able to spend the coffee breaks and resting times together.
  5. Introduce yourself, socialize with other members. Your friends are not willing to start a coworking life like you. Never mind, coworking space is the place where you have a chance to meet a lot of like-minded people and get a chance to form new friendships and business relationships from which not only you but also your business will gain benefits.
  6. Buy noise cancelling headphones. Sometimes you will need complete silence or your favorite music to concentrate so it’s a good idea to have headphones which will muffle unnecessary noise and give you a chance to concentrate on your work.
  7. Don't miss after-work events, trainings, speeches and workshops. Coworking spaces often organize amazing events for their members. Once you are a member of a coworking space, do not consider missing such events as they are another great chance to socialize, raise awareness about your business, learn something new and find possible partners for your business.

This is all you need to know to get started. Take this life changing steps and enjoy every minute of your working life.

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