The workspace brand WeWork was founded in 2010 by Israeli-born Adam Neumann and Oregon native Miguel McKelvey. WeWork expanded and improved on a model the duo had successfully and profitably tested with their previous startup, Green Desk, through which they leased an entire floor of a building in New York to re-lease as a co-working space to multiple tenants. And so WeWork was born, not in Silicon Valley — the West Coast home to world-famous startups — but in New York. As of the first half of 2016, the company had locations in 39 cities in 12 countries around the world, not to mention a valuation of US$17 billion.
WeWork has become home to a diverse pool of tenants, officially called “members.” Freelancers and small businesses make up a large majority, but major corporations are also setting up their global distribution and marketing teams in WeWork spaces. WeWork plans come in a variety of options and prices, including private offices, dedicated desks, and the flexible, undesignated “Hot Desk” option. The spaces are also outfitted with a variety of convenient features and amenities, from a private phone booth for quiet calls to a lounge for relaxing or holding meetings, to a kitchen. Most every element one might consider necessary in the modern working space has been included.