Helping founders and remote employees find flexible workspaces
My friends and I felt frustrated running around from one crowded Starbucks to another trying to find a place to work in Manhattan. I was working on a startup idea at the time, and wanted to get out of the house to get inspired and focused. Coffee shops seemed like a good idea, but they ended up being more trouble than they were worth. The wifi was spotty, seats were uncomfortable, and we had to constantly buy more coffee and croissants to not feel guilty (which is where our company name comes from).
Croissant is an app that gives remote workers drop-in access to inspiring coworking spaces in their city. Originally, the idea was the make an app to book seats in advance at local coffee shops. We quickly switched to coworking spaces when we realized that they were already perfectly set up for drop-in work sessions. It solves the problem of not being to find a flexible, easy, and affordable place to work. When you become a Croissant member, you can check real time availability of workspaces nearby, then just show up and check in with the app. You’ll get access to fast wifi, unlimited coffee, and all other amenities of the workspace.
We started out in New York City with 3 coworking space partners. Now, we have expanded across the US & Europe, and 400+ workspace locations! I’m super excited to be partnering not just with beautiful coworking spaces, but also with other types of space too. We have yoga studios reaching out who want to make use of their empty space between classes — hotel lobbies and cafes have been listing their spaces too. I love being able to offer such a wide breadth of spaces for members to work out of, while making real estate more efficient.
We hope to become the go-to app that remote workers use whenever they want to access flexible workspace. Many new members find out about Croissant through word of mouth. This is amazing! But it also has its flaws, especially when we launch in a brand new city. When we first got started in New York City, we as the founders were going around trying to spread the word at events, conferences, talks, and all that. It works, but it takes a long time and it is difficult to scale. We are still trying to figure out how to kick start that word of mouth growth in new cities, but we are constantly iterating and experimenting to make it happen!
We believe that the lines between work and life are becoming blurred more and more each day and that having a way to integrate your work into your daily life will be crucial for creativity and productivity. We’re here to help!