I’ve spent the last few weeks coworking. Every single day. In a shared space. With a variety of different people. And this week, I’ve been popping in to familiar haunts where I used to work before this whole pandemic set in.Read More
It’s no secret that the way people work is changing. Equally not a secret is the growing population of Portland. So it only stands to reason that there are any number of coworking spaces popping up and thriving around these parts. And news that a new provider was opening a Portland space inspired me to take a quick look at what was out there.
It wasn’t that long ago that global coworking giant WeWork announced that Portland — specifically the Custom House — would be a WeWork Labs instance. And like all startuppy things, changes are already afoot. In the past few months, WeWork Labs has been experimenting with its Portland presence and going through some iterations. And now, there’s a new person heading up the Portland efforts, Josh Carter.
While coworking is thriving in the Portland urban core with a variety of providers, there are any number of workers on the edges of Portland or residing in suburbs that don’t have a great deal of options. That’s why I’m always happy to see folks stepping up to support coworking options. Like the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce.
Portland has no shortage of coworking spaces. And there are more opening every day. Providers from outside town — like WeWork and Industrious — recognize the market potential around here. But we have homegrown coworking spaces, too. And if you want to test drive a couple of them, Portland Startup Week is the perfect time to do so.
You may have heard of a little company called WeWork. (Actually, the company is called We Company, now, but bear with me…) They’ve got a few spaces where folks can, you know, work. They even have a few of those spaces here in Portland. But what you may not know is that they’ve recently launched an accelerator program for startups called WeWork Labs. And we’re getting one of those here, too.
When it comes to Portland coworking, it’s a story of constant growth. And new players entering the game. But you have to take notice when the leading company in coworking, worldwide, continues to invest in Portland. So if you’re a startup looking for a workspace and you want to check out the newest WeWork, I’ve got some good news.
If there’s one thing that always intrigues me about modern business, it’s the constant creative fragmentation that makes things more and more accessible to individuals on an as needed basis. Cars, housing, stuff, workspace… it’s happening on any number of fronts.
When we originally heard the rumors that WeWork was considering opening a Portland branch, I can say the initial reception was best described as “cautiously optimistic.” We’d always expected it to happen at some point, given that cofounder Miguel McKelvey was from Eugene. But it took a while for those rumors to come to fruition.