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: Mobile app developer Fueled has only about 30 employees, but more than one hundred people fill out the top floor of its expansive Soho office. That’s because earlier this year it opened up its Fueled Collective coworking space to startups — in part, says Fueled founder Rameet Chawla, to provide his own employees with a more creative environment. Next year, he’s looking to move to a location that could double the size of the community.

Fueled 2What we liked: 
With artisanal chandeliers in the conference rooms, leather couches and dogs roaming around, Fueled feels more like a home living room than an office. It also has a kitchen with a big sitting area and a ping-pong table. Fueled is in a prime location (in the middle of Soho on Broadway) and offers a snack bar piled high with snacks and a refrigerator stocked with coconut water and other fizzy drinks.

What we didn’t like:
Those amenities apparently add up: Fueled Collective is the priciest space on our list, with a monthly rate of $650. Also, it has regular happy hours and parties for its own members but is less focused on networking and educational events for the greater tech community.

The people: It hosts startups that have two to 16-person teams, including gaming and well-being startup Happify and movie-making app Cameo (from the makers of group messaging app Fast Society). Alums include restaurant review app Fondu, which was acquired by Airbnb, and New York’s Klout staff. Also: building mates include Foursquare (Fueled’s sublessor) and ZocDoc.

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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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