Coworking spaces can be inspirational spaces for thriving communities to grow and excel.  A number of startups have grown out of coworking spaces to become brand-name and billion dollar companies. (Interestingly enough, a number of large, established companies have also moved some of their teams into coworking facilities to reap some of the benefits that startups enjoy.)

Here are five companies you’ve heard of that started in coworking spaces. May their stories inspire ideas like your own to thrive.

1. UberImage result for uber logo

By now you’ve heard of Uber, the ridesharing startup that’s currently valued at $70 billion. What you might not have heard of was the fact that a big part of Uber grew out of The Yard, a coworking space in New York City, and RocketSpace, a coworking facility in San Francisco.

Today, Uber operates in more than 80 countries and 660 cities across the world. Cofounded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp Uber stands as the largest ride sharing app.

Uber has major focus on self driving vehicles including ride sharing services and the trucking industry. Lately Uber has been the focus of large amounts of publicity both good and bad.

2. InstagramImage result for instagram logo

In April 2012, Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger sold their platform to Facebook for $1 billion. It was a fast exit: The company was only 18-months-old at the time. At the time the world was baffled by Facebook’s willingness to buy a company with no revenue for a billion dollars.

Today in retrospect it was one of the best purchases facebook has made. Instagram currently serves as Facebook’s weapon of choice to compete with Snapchat.

Instagram grew out of Dogpatch Labs, a former coworking space in San Francisco. Though the company became too big for the coworking facility rather quickly, the energy and excitement that were inherent parts of the Dogpatch community inspired Instagram until it became a Facebook property.

3. ZipRecruiter   ZipRecruiter

In 2014, ZipRecruiter—a platform that connects jobseekers with companies looking to fill positions—announced it had raised $63 million in a Series A round.

ZipRecruiter was built at Coloft, a coworking space in California that closed in 2016. The company has continued to expand at a rapid clip since it moved to its own space in Santa Monica.

4. Timehop   Image result for timehop logo

If you use Facebook, you’ve come across Timehop, the nostalgia app that allows users to share old memories, statuses, pictures and other updates with their networks. Millions of people use the platform every day.

Timehop’s journey began at New Work City, a since-closed coworking space previously located in lower Manhattan.

“Having an awesome home to independent workers and entrepreneurs is crucial to New York City’s goal to become a major technology hub,” CEO Jonathan Wegener says.

5. IndiegogoImage result for indiegogo logo

The popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo is another company that can trace its roots to a coworking facility. In 2014, Indiegogo closed its Series B round, pulling in $40 million.

Today, Indiegogo is one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in the world. Ironically, the site has been used to finance a number of companies that are based in coworking facilities themselves.

Coworking makes sense to many startups that are growing because of the flexibility and community of the spaces. Every coworking space is a bit different. However, its a great option for many companies.


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Josh Bobrowsky- CoFounder & CEO