Another day, another desk: GigaOM tests out New York’s coworking spaces

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Grind

Grind

The backstory: Grind says it caters to the city’s “free radicals” — its term for independent professionals. Cofounder Benjamin Dyett, who launched it with Stuart and Karina Warshaw and the CoCollective, said they select members to ensure a balance of people with different specialties — from tech startups and venture capitalists to designers and marketers to accountants and lawyers.

Grind 2What we liked: The floor-to-ceiling windows, modern (and sustainable) Vitra furniture, generous selection of Intelligentsia coffee and gallery of framed LCD screens that members can use to show off their work via an RFID-enabled membership card. It also created a sophisticated digital system for helping members identify collaborators for projects, and several I spoke to said they’d found clients and partners through Grind.

What we didn’t like: The monthly rate is already on the higher end of the spectrum, but if you want to use the LED-screen-equipped conference rooms, it’ll cost you extra (many other spaces include conference rooms in their regular membership packages). Also, because, it says, “Grindists” tend to be a bit more established in their careers, the space provides fewer networking and programming events.

The people: I saw fewer hoodies and more button-down shirts during my couple of days there. A few members include TechStars NYC alum WantWorthy, creative agency Bynd and TEDxHarlem. Klout’s New York team also worked from Grind before moving into a space of its own.

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