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Digital 52 5️⃣2️⃣ - Growing an independent coworking space, Designing it with a clear purpose focused on members’ experience and community: The story of Based In.

Today's story will take you to New York, specifically to lower Manhattan. What awaits you there? A coworking space that has steadily expanded in size and influence over the years, in one of the world's most vibrant cities for coworking.
Digital 52 5️⃣2️⃣ - Growing an independent coworking space, Designing it with a clear purpose focused on members’ experience and community: The story of Based In.

Today's story will take you to New York, specifically to lower Manhattan. What awaits you there? A coworking space that has steadily expanded in size and influence over the years, in one of the world's most vibrant cities for coworking.

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Their Tags in the book
For Creatives - Interior Design - Started by Architects

You can read the story of Based In on page 57 of “Around The World in 250 Coworking Spaces”. 

Since we began working on the Digital 52 series 52 weeks ago, we always knew which story we’d end with, and it's the one you're about to read. You might be wondering, “Why this particular story?” Well, the person who founded the coworking space you're about to discover holds a very special place in the history of “Around The World in 250 Coworking Spaces.”

If you own a copy of our book, you may have seen his name in the introductory pages: Tomas Janka. Tomas was the first person to plant the seed of “let's write a book” in our heads. We met him in 2017 at his own space, Based In, while spending a few weeks in New York. At the end of our conversation, he suggested, “You should write a book about all the coworking spaces you’ve seen; I’d love to read it.” Fast forward to today, and here we are.

The book is out, and so is this series of weekly stories that have been running for a full 365 days—a whole year around the sun. Whether you've been following since the beginning or recently joined, we hope you've enjoyed this weekly dose of coworking in your mailbox. Be sure to read this story all the way through; there are a few exciting announcements waiting at the end. But before you do, immerse yourself in the fascinating story of Based In, an independent coworking space that has organically grown over the years, not only in size but also in impact and its commitment to consistently adding value to its community.

➡️ A little refresher

Who’s behind the featured space?

Meet Tomas Janka. 

Based In was initially founded by him and Ishtiaq Raffiudin. The duo met while working in the same architecture design firm. Ishtiaq is now fully concentrated on his own architecture firm, while Tomas focuses on Based In. 

➡️ Key Figures

  • Opening year: 2015
  • Size when they started: 1 floor in their building
  • Size today: 3 floors in the building 

➡️ A little tour around Based In

➡️ Behind-the-scenes

Things you didn't read in aw250cs.

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