Why We Started CryptoCommons, A Shared Crypto Workspace Starting in NYC
Want to learn more about CryptoCommons? Email us at CryptoCommons@CryptoOracle.io
WeWork is crushing it. Galvanize is crushing it. I’m a huge fan of Work-Bench for enterprise focused companies. It doesn’t get hipper than Neue House. In other words, there is no shortage of cool co-working spaces in Manhattan.
That said, most co-working spaces lack a strong community. That’s why WeWork bought Meetup, to build it’s community. Because whatever industry you’re working in, community is becoming increasingly important.
But nowhere is community more important than it is in Crypto, where the strength of a project’s community is a major factor driving success and failure. So when we began our search for office space for CryptoOracle, we wanted a location with a strong Crypto community. CryptoNYC and Buro HQ have spaces in lower Manhattan, but those aren’t convenient locations given where the seven current CryptoOracle employees live.
So after a few weeks looking at other options, we decided that if we didn’t want to settle, we needed to start open our own Crypto shared workspace.
So like we do with all of our new businesses, the first step is finding a partner to work with. We eventually found our way Doodle’s. They shared our vision for shared workspace. And CryptoCommons found a home.
CryptoCommons Opens At 25 W. 39th
The 10th floor at 25 W. 39th is a GREAT first location. The 11,000 square foot space is beautiful (see photo at top), with a tremendous amount of light, with offices and conference rooms to go with the open floor space.
The space has one other remarkable physical attribute:
There is a remarkable rooftop to be used to hang (it has wi-fi), and to host events (e.g. CryptoMondays NYC, with over 3,000 members, we need a big space). Summer party to follow.
The building is centrally located, just a 10 minute walk to Grand Central or Penn Station. It’s one block from spectacular Bryant Park. The structure, built in 1907, was originally the Engineering Societies’ Building. Edison and Tesla used to be regulars. The building was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places in 2007, and was designated an NYC Landmark in 2011
Building The CryptoCommons Community
We consider ourselves “community first” Crypto VCs. So building Crypto communities is in our DNA. With the CryptoMondays Shanghai Meetup launching June 25th, CryptoMondays is now in 20 cities:
Crypto tenants are moving in to CryptoCommons, starting with Pulse Lab, which accelerates projects (like The DailyBit) within the crypto industry while simultaneously expanding the CryptoCurve ecosystem. By providing a strong foundation and defining a core set of standards, Pulse connects Crypto projects to a vibrant constellation of advisors, partners, and investors (Pulse is currently reviewing applications for their founding class at email@example.com and will be closing applications soon.)
When asked why Pulse Lab Founder chose to office at CryptoCommons, Ben Murray, Pulse Lab Founder and CEO eloquently said that “Entrepreneurial collaboration is a catalyst in the crypto/blockchain space, so it only makes sense that we chose to office at CryptoCommons. Our client base already includes a growing number of companies for whom we are investors and advisors in the Crypto community. If you’re serious about making groundbreaking advances and deepening your understanding — not only disrupting but putting it all back together again in creative ways — you have to put yourself in an environment where exchanging ideas with others will ratchet up your thinking. That’s why we chose to office at CryptoCommons”.
Ben…we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Be a part of theCryptoCommons community by renting space (email CryptoCommons@CryptoOracle.io), or just come for a visit. We’re at 25 W. 39th (between 5th and 6th), 10th floor. The rooftop is waiting for you.
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