Today’s story will take you to northern Poland, more precisely to Gdańsk, a city on the seaside, that is also home to a unique coworking space supporting many communities, from pupils to women to Entrepreneurs.
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People often ask us “how did you find all the coworking spaces featured in the book”? And while sometimes Google is our best secret helper, some of the coworking spaces featured in the book came directly to us. Like the one you are about to discover, which is called O4. The very first time we met O4 was actually in Berlin. At the time, the O4 team was exploring coworking in the city and ended up visiting the space we were based in. We connected with Marta, the managing director of the space, and loved hearing what she was building in her own city. During the conversation, we shared with her what we were up to with our own research and we started discussing all things coworking… and left it there.
A few months down the road, Marta’s team reached out to us to ask if we would consider coming to Gdańsk, to take part in the very first coworking conference that they were organizing: Now Coworking. We immediately said yes. Two trains and many adventures later, there we were, sharing our story, learning from O4 and other operators how coworking was changing the Polish work scene. Since then, and for various reasons (one being that the Now Conference is also where we met Kinnarps, one of our partners for the book), we’ve followed the growth and impact of O4 with great pleasure. And the best part is, you are about to discover it all, right here, right now :)
➡️ A little refresher
Who’s behind the featured space?
The initiative came from three investors: Maciej Grabski, Tomasz Woźniak and Marta Moksa.
“We've known each other for 20 years, done a few startups together, so it was a natural, organic path of cooperation - Maciej and Tomek were always those crazy and out-of-the-box thinking people, I was the one trying to make all these strange ideas happen.”
➡️ Key Figures
- Opening year: 2015
- Size when they started: 5,000 sqm
➡️ A little tour around O4
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