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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.