With the opening of two new co-working spaces, the $17 billion unicorn WeWork now counts Washington, DC, as one of its largest markets. WeWork’s Dave McLaughlin explains why.
Cooperation can be found in at least one place in DC. The coworking concept has boomed (1.8 million square feet and growing as of last year) in the District, which is also quickly climbing the ranks as one of the country’s top startup cities. At popular shared office space WeWork, companies looking to get off the ground can find a home next to freelancers in need of a place to take meetings that isn’t Starbucks. And Starbucks it is not. With precise design details, plush furniture and a stocked kitchen, WeWork spaces are cultivated like a tastemaker’s playground.
WeWork currently has 10 DC locations—Tysons, White House, Manhattan Laundry, Dupont Circle, Chinatown, Wonder Bread Factory, K Street and Crystal City —with the 80 M SE and Apollo on H St. NE locations newly opened this summer.
“It is easy to think of DC as all government buildings and lobbyists,” says Dave McLaughlin, the general manager of eastern U.S. and Canada at WeWork, “but within the WeWork community in DC, we see a mix of industries that serve government and others that reach far beyond it. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, tech firms to high-impact nonprofits and NGOs, all are members of our community in the District.” Local tenants include Commonwealth Joe, Byte Back, Memory Well, Misfit Juicery and Spotify.
WeWork accommodates everyone from remote workers who only need a desk part-time to large companies looking for custom private spaces. Which also means that your next client or collaborator could be in the next exquisitely wallpapered conference room.
There’s even a thread of community through WeWork locations in other cities or countries. “When a member walks into a WeWork anywhere in the world, they are a member. A member could be sitting in Washington, DC, today, book a conference room in London or Shanghai tomorrow, all with a simple swipe of our app,” says McLaughlin.
Amenities include cleaning services, private phone booths and unlimited coffee, while some buildings have unique touches like meditation rooms and game lounges. The hub of each community is the livingroom style common areas.
McLaughlin is heartened by the diversity of WeWork’s members. “Our members do business together, create things together, and WeWork is providing the platform.” From $300, wework.com