From WeWork to The Wing, co-working spaces have transformed how work gets done. We talked to three women at three different co-working spaces about what they find so inspiring about their surroundings.
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The tough-love advice writers get is to hack away at it every day, not just when inspiration hits. But what I love about The Wing is that it’s very conducive to making me feel creative. There’s a lovely, comfortable atmosphere and a supportive community of interesting women. Being among them is invigorating! I find a sunny corner and get to work, or if I’m at Flatiron, I head to the roof and take in a gorgeous view of the city.
The amenities are a major draw for me. This year I’ve been very intentional about wellness and exercise. I was doing a boot camp before work, but the facilities didn’t have a shower. It was a block from The Wing, so I could go there, freshen up, grab coffee, and make it to work on time! That convenience really sealed the deal for me; I’m definitely a proud Wing Woman.
It feels inspiring to see so many bright people getting into their hustle every day. It’s that common hustle that you don’t get in a typical corporate office.
I also like the fact that there’s such a diversity of businesses here, so you’re able to learn from people outside of your own industry. One day I was in the hallway, and a few guys were coming out of a conference room talking about the same tech issue that we have been discussing. My VP of Engineering and I immediately realized that we should definitely connect with this company. Here, there’s an endless resource of interesting companies trying to do great things. When you’re a one-company office, there’s one type of conversation. But when you’re at WeWork, you’re exposed to hundreds of businesses, and the water cooler talk could be a wide range of anything.
This past winter when I was looking for a home for HONE, three things were important to me: proximity, environment and community.
The first was critical because I have a young son and I wanted zero commute. We live three blocks away. I can pop home for a hug or meet him in Madison Square Park when I need a baby fix. It maximizes the time we can spend together, and that’s super important to me.
Environment and community were also important because everyone told me that entrepreneurship can be a lonely pursuit, and one which often causes a lot of people to neglect their own well-being. I knew I found the right place when I read the Assemblage’s credo, that its community exists at the intersection of technology, consciousness and capital. Then I had my first Ayurvedic lunch here and took my first sound bath, and I was hooked! It’s a great feeling to be in a beautiful space, supported and surrounded by like-minded people who help each other to succeed.