Another day, another desk: GigaOM tests out New York’s coworking spaces


We Work

The Backstory: WeWork, the company that mostly provides partitioned coworking offices, opened WeWork Labs last year as an incubator-style space for early-stage startups. It offers accepted members deskspace, access to healthcare packages, legal advice and office hours with investors and reporters. There’s also plenty of opportunity to goof off: WeWork has a Kegerator, foosball table and pinball machine.

We Work 2What we liked: From the fruit-infused water in the kitchen to the clean and nicely appointed bathrooms (the best on my circuit) to the private phone booths with velvet seats and dedicated land lines, it’s clear that WeWork knows that the devil is in the details. They also get a big thumbs up for a noticeably more balanced male-to-female ratio. And it wasn’t dead quiet, which I liked — the hum made for a good background for phone calls and conversations.

What we didn’t like: I’m clearly not its only fan, so startups interested in joining may have to put their names on a waiting list of hundreds. (Note: referrals count, so if you know someone who works there, use the connection when you apply.)

The people: Current members include Fitocracy, travel startup Routehappy and PictureLife, the startup from Nate Westheimer, executive director of the NY Tech Meetup.