NextSpace, the coworking community committed to killing the cubicle class, today announced that it has secured $825K in its latest funding round and added to its board David Gensler of the internationally acclaimed design firm Gensler.
This new round will be used to continue NextSpace’s expansion in Northern California and (r)evolutionize the environment where independents and freelancers can build, grow and prosper.
“NextSpace goes beyond strangers sharing a table at a coffee shop - it’s an organic community of creative minds across all trades and topics. The result is a thoroughly networked place to exchange ideas, build trust and eventually gather the resources to bring new concepts to market,” said Jeremy Neuner, CEO and co-founder of NextSpace, which started in Santa Cruz.
“This new funding will let us expand to serve more members, giving them the advantages of a professional workspace, a virtual professional network combined with real face-to-face networking, and the tangible benefits of a professional community.”
Joining the NextSpace board is David Gensler, executive director of Gensler, a global design firm founded in San Francisco that helps clients succeed by creating spaces and places that enhance the experience of people who they serve.
“There is no doubt that the workplace is changing rapidly, and employees’ needs are shaping that transformation. It’s no longer about employees adapting to their work environment, but the needs of the worker shaping their workspace,” said Gensler. “I’m thrilled to bring Gensler’s decades of workplace research and design experience to my position on the NextSpace Board of Directors.”
NextSpace offers both the social and economic benefits that professionals and freelancers need to be their creative, productive, innovative best in an environment that encourages member interaction. It combines the vital ingredients of the sharing economy - a live and ever-changing community of professionals who are willing to help and share as they work in the always-on world.
Its members come from a wide variety of industries, including software, design, marketing, legal services, architecture, healthcare and engineering.
At NextSpace, they can become part of organic serendipity: swapping ideas, generating business leads, finding jobs and gigs, identifying potential partners, and tapping into experts - something they call “The NextSpace Effect”.
This concept revolves around the insight that the lonely genius is a myth - success is all about authentic connections and success in any shape or form that comes from them. That can be an idea a neighbor suggests or a meeting with a fellow member that leads to a business idea that becomes a reality. Members might work on their own project, but they are never on their own when it comes to finding potential troubleshooters, critics and business partners.
NextSpace Website: http://www.nextspace.us
Virtual Tour: http://nextspace.us/take-a-tour/
NextSpace Events: http://nextspace.us/events/
About NextSpace - Boilerplate:
NextSpace is an innovative physical and virtual coworking infrastructure that freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creative class professionals need to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA, the NextSpace community represents more than 1,000 active members, which consists of companies and individuals from over 30 different industries in 45,000 square feet of coworking space across six locations: two spaces in San Francisco, NextSpace SOMA and NextSpace Union Square, NextSpace@Amplify in Venice Beach, NextSpace Santa Cruz, NextSpace Los Angeles, and NextSpace San Jose. To date, NextSpace has served more than 2,000 members company wide. To learn more, visit www.nextspace.us.