The Largest Coworking Companies in the US: 2018
Coworking chains are interesting for potential members in many ways. They have multiple locations in most major cities, which means there will definitely be one next to your home, or your Airbnb while you're traveling, and they also have flexible membership options. Having access to multiple locations represents a huge benefit to users that travel frequently—whether it's for work, to meet clients, or simply for pleasure.
The biggest coworking companies include:
- Impact Hub
- Your Alley
- District Cowork
- Make Office
- Industrious Office
- Serendipity Labs
- Green Desk
Current and future coworking space owners should keep an eye on them because they have unique features and, at the moment, are extremely successful. From spaces adopting a franchise model, to those working with fully-managed workspaces, these companies are experiencing tremendous growth. It will be interesting to see how they impact the industry in the years to come.
Overview of the top coworking companies:
Speaking of impact in the industry, Impact Hub has 92 locations (14 are in the U.S.) and an additional eight are being constructed or have already been planned. Impact Hub has more than 16,000 members in 81 cities all over the world. It works on a franchise system, which means that anyone can open and run an Impact Hub, given that specific requirements are met. More information about franchising can be found on their website.
WeWork counts a whopping 341 locations in 65 cities around the world. Founded in 2010, WeWork currently has over 50 locations in New York City and is on its way to becoming the largest private office tenant in Manhattan. They offer a “We Membership,” hot desks, dedicated desks and private offices. The basic membership, with access to the WeWork network and credits to book a room or use a hot desk, starts at $45 per month. At the moment, they have more than 200,000 members.
Your Alley has two locations in New York City, one in Washington D.C. and one in Cambridge, MA—a few minutes away from MIT. Alley is a smaller chain, compared to others on our list, but there are many more locations coming soon! Day memberships, shared desks, dedicated desks and private offices are available.
Knotel has raised over $95M in funding, in just over a year, and with more than 1-million square meters of workspace and 45 locations, it's quickly becoming one of WeWork's main competitors. Domestically, the company has its major offices in New York and San Francisco, but Knotel has also begun an aggressive international expansion and now operates in London and Berlin.
District Cowork has one location in New York City. More locations in New York, Miami, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto and five locations in Asia are coming soon. Available membership plans include gallery desks, dedicated desks, private offices and virtual memberships.
Make Offices currently has14 locations across Chicago, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Locations in other states are coming soon, too. Like most of the other coworking space chains, they offer virtual office memberships, open desk memberships and private offices. The virtual office membership starts at $75, while a daily pass is $25.
Industrious Office has 44 locations all over the United States, with more opening soon in Portland, San Francisco, Irvine, Phoenix, Boulder and Orlando. They have flexible leasing offers and members can choose between different types of offices.
Techspace has nine total locations. Three Locations in New York, one in L.A., two in Orange County, one is in San Francisco, one in Austin, one in Houston and a new one opened in Washington D.C.
Serendipity Labs has 19 locations in the United States and, according to the company, over 100 Serendipity Labs are in development across the country. They have four different memberships: Friend of the Lab, Mobility member, coworking member and resident member. The basic membership starts at $49 and the resident membership, where you have a dedicated desk and access 24/7, starts at $799.
Green Desk offers nine locations in New York City, three of these are in the Brooklyn borough, DUBMO. They have space for individuals and also for growing teams, consisting of up to 30 people. They count around 5,000 members and their virtual office service starts at only $49/month.
SomaCentral has three locations in San Francisco and Oakland. It focusses on tech startups. Instagram, Mashable and Twilio are all SomaCentral alumni, along with dozens of other successful companies.
Even though these coworking space chains are really big and have many locations all over the U.S., small coworking spaces still have a big chance to become successful. The market for coworking is huge and it's far from being saturated. Members who seek a big network, consisting of many other co-workers, should definitely consider a coworking space chain.
Spaces is originated in Amsterdam, Netherlands and has been growing rapidly since 2008. As of now Spaces has offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia & Pacific and even Afria. Just in August alone this year there are 5 new space openings. Customers are especially happy with the flexibility that Spaces provides, as the contracts are tailored to each client's needs.
Other Major Companies in the Coworking Industry
While it's difficult to define what a coworking company or a coworking chain really is, here are some other interesting companies making waves in the U.S. as well as in the rest of the world:
Considered one of the first companies worldwide (if not the absolute first) to offer and market shared office space options, Regus currently works with around 3,000 coworking spaces worldwide. Its unique model (it is really more of a platform than a coworking company) means that Regus faces very different challenges, compared to most of the spaces listed in this article but, nevertheless, it's one of the biggest players in the industry and ultimately competes with the other coworking giants.
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Talent Garden is Europe's largest network of coworking spaces, with 23 campuses in eight different countries. The company's focus is on the community, rather than the spaces themselves, and to achieve this they are partnering with leading companies in the tech industry such as Google, Cisco and BMW.
Chinese company Woo Space is the largest coworking chain in Asia, and thanks to the recent acquisition in 2018 by Ucommune, it is now valued at more than $1 billion. Woo Space counts 24 locations in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, covering a total workspace area of over 100,000 square meters. It's also estimated that around 700 enterprises are currently based out of its multiple locations.
The founder of Novel Coworking witnessed the success of Regus and determined to add more personal touch into his company. Today Novel Coworking distinguishes itself by owning the buildings and therefore charging lower prices than its competitors. This also enables the clients to customize their offices more easily. Apart from the 4 spaces in Chicago, Novel Coworking also has locations in major cities such as Denver, Houston, Richmond, Seattle and more. Check their website to find out about their locations.
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