photo: Rani Molla, GigaOM

Coworking spaces have become popular among startups, and they’re popping up all over the city. Our intrepid reporter spent much of the past month camping out at various coworking spaces in New York to see what the fuss is all about.



The backstory: Wix Lounge, operated by web publishing company Wix, is the only free space I visited on my coworking tour. It was launched as a marketing initiative, in 2010, and provides a way for the company to introduce its software to small businesses and entrepreneurs who could become potential clients.

Wix 2What we liked: Well, it’s free — so the price can’t be beat. And the location, right in the heart of the Flatiron District, is optimal for tech startups. It’s a good option for newbie startups just getting off the ground or for entrepreneurs who need a place to drop in for a few hours when they’re in the neighborhood.

What we didn’t like: It provides a place to sit, internet access and even coffee, but, again, it’s free, so the amenities are basic. If you want a spot at a desk, you’ll need to get there early. And even if you come in later and can find a seat on one of the couches, good luck finding an outlet. It doesn’t include any private space and it can feel crowded, so it’s not the best place for quiet phone calls or meetings. Also, it nudges everyone out at 5 p.m. everyday — an early closing time for any startup trying to make it in NYC.

The people: 
The coworkers here are a bit of a mixed bag — some people are launching startups (not necessarily in tech), others are independent contractors or employees working remotely. Alums include fashion startup Stylyt, which went on to graduate from the Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Accelerator, and Swaag.it, a streetstyle photo-sharing app.

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  1. Nicholas Paredes Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    It all started in coffee shops… The coffee shop I frequented had several mobile startups soon to exit! One of these has actually ditched their space and moved into 1871.

    The classes and camaraderie are what makes this super appealing.

  2. Great article Ki Mae. We loved having you @AlleyNYC ;)

  3. Great article. Check out openstudioclub.com for interesting spaces.

  4. We are involved in a coworking space near Union Sq with a few other start ups. It’s great for us and the connections and expertise of the coworkers are an advantage. http://www.insparq.com

  5. Comprehensive article on Coworking Spaces in NYC. Another great one to mention: SoTechie Spaces in Midtown Manhattan. Near everything awesome New York has to offer!
    http://sotechiespaces.com. Featuring FREE Coworking Fridays! :-)

  6. More Coworking Spaces to test in NYC…..here: http://www.sharedesk.net/search/list/new%20york

  7. Awesome article Ki Mae -@beyond loves working out of @Grindspaces!

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