To fund our space, we mounted a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. 256 fabulous people stepped up to spread the word and contribute, raising $17,911 in just five weeks. An extra special thanks goes out to all of these people for making NWC possible!
Amy Hoy / Freckle
Jason Keath / SocialFresh
Benjamin Howarth / Code Gecko
Lori Anne Wardi / .Co Internet
All Kickstarter Supporters
Amber Rae Lambke
Andy de la Lucha
Angel Meakins Kwiatkowski
Anna C. Lindow
Jenn Hallam & Richard Jay
Kathryn Velvel Jones
and Joey Brenneman
Kyle Cameron Studstill
Linda E Mills
Richard & Doree Fisher
Sanford M Dickert
Satjot Singh Sawhney
The Bar of Soap
Valary A Oleinik
Getting the doors open to our space at 412 Broadway required a herculean effort. These are the people who made that possible.
Darrell and his startup, Perpetually, are one of NWC's awesomes success stories. Darrell built not only his startup at NWC, but his team as well-- hiring several of the members he met, and quickly outgrowing our space. When it came time for us to put pen to paper on a big new lease, Darrell stepped up in a huge way. He took a chance on us and made possible everything that has happened since.
Since 2009, Tina has been working at NWC on her startup, HomingCloud. When we started undertaking the task of financing our new space, she was the first to offer up sponsorship of the new space- before we had even figured out what a sponsorship would look like yet! Her support gave us some much-needed encouragement.
Alex showed up out of the blue one day over the summer and rocked our worlds. When he overheard that we needed to shoot a video for our upcoming Kickstarter campaign, he volunteered to make it happen- and proceeded to shoot, edit, and post the whole thing in about two days. The gorgeous video helped motivate a lot of people to donate a lot of money. Alex is an inspiration to us all.
Pearson stepped up in a big way by sponsoring us before we opened our doors, helping us to make the final push to finish construction. We've got a great ongoing relationship with them now and will be producing events with them periodically.
General contractor Travis Wood and his crew were instrumental in making NWC 2.0 possible-- without his transparency, communication, dedication, and his unheard of ability to deliver on time and on budget, UBG made it possible for us to open on time and stay in business.
Working with UBG actually made our buildout fun. We highly recommend them.
A tremendous design firm based in Lower Manhattan, DEGW specializes in collaborative workspace design. Their worked on an abbreviated schedule to help us design our space, soliciting members for input, putting on design charrettes, and working with us on diagrams and layouts.
They're highly professional, awesome, and ahead of the curve when it comes to designing workplaces.
Lucy, our landlord, and Scott, who works with her, loved our idea and worked with us to structure the lease in a way that made it possible for us to finally secure our own space. In a world of risk-averse building owners, their trust in our concept was a critical and hard to find piece to our puzzle.
Power is one of the most important things to have in ample quantity at a coworking space. Belkin has helped us out with tremendous discounts on all of our power supplies and other accessories for both NWC 1.0 and 2.0. Thanks to their support, NWC enjoys a plentiful selection of beautiful, highly functional power strips.
What follows is a tiny fraction of the people who have gone far out of their way to offer their valuable time, expertise, money, and public support to make NWC what it is today. There's no way to acknowledge the hundreds of people who have all contributed in various capacities over the years, and there are certainly gross omissions to the below list. Over time, we'll be filling this out to recognize the contributions of as many of NWC's all star contributors as possible.
Alex Hillman, who has personally helped us through many difficult times, introduced us to people to have helped us at critical moments, publicly written and spoken about best practices, and has led by example. New Work City has been influenced by Alex in more ways than can be described.
Amit Gupta, who pioneered coworking communities in NYC with Jelly, which provided so much of the original inspiration for NWC. To this day, we still borrow Amit's genius wording about who is welcome in our community: anyone with work to do and a friendly disposition.
Atlantic Metro & Steve Klenert, who wired up our first space and gave us a good deal on internet at our first space, as well as discounts to our members.
Dana Spiegel, who has provided invaluable technical assistance, business advice, and steadfast support and friendship from the very beginning.
Don Crossland, who designed our new brand for our current site.
Element^N and Rabih Nassar, who were the first ones to give us a chance. By giving us a flexible sublease on their startup's space, we finally had a place of our own from which to grow our community.
Fredrick Selby, Deputy Mayor of NWC from 2008 to 2009, who was instrumental in getting NWC 1.0 online and has put more time into NWC than nearly anyone. He also is the only person in NWC history with a proven ability to keep our office plants alive.
GreenSpaces, whose founders reached out to us during our most uncertain times and provided a badly needed port in a storm.
IndyHall, which has been setting an example for NWC and coworking spaces around the world since 2007.
Jonathan Wegener, who has done everything from blogging and tweeting to introductions to awesome people to painting and scraping windows-- he's been one of NWC's most vocal and supportive members.
NYC Wireless, who have been doing nothing but great things for NWC and NYC for years.
Rob Kelley, who is NWC's Resident Superhero. Whether dropping everything to fix our network on zero notice on random winter evenings, or singlehandedly tranporting his donated futon to NWC on his lunch hour, Rob Kelley is a spandex suit away from being a real-life superhero.
Sanford Dickert, who was sick of hearing people talk about building a permanent coworking community in NYC and set out to see to it that it actually got built-- and put the pieces together to make New Work City possible.
Sara Chipps, who started out bringing us healthy fruits, has now built her own movement that bears fruits all its own-- Girl Develop It. She's busted ass for NWC on countless occasions and has set a shining example of what you can do with an awesome community.
Tara Hunt, who was instrumental in uniting people with shared values and goals around the world into a movement around the concept of coworking. She's provided invaluable advice and help over the years and is one of NWC's best friends.
Whitney Hess, who is NWC's longest standing member and supporter in every way conceivable. She pushes us to think bigger every day.
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