Like many entrepreneurs, disliking your current job often is enough motivation to find the next one. Jason Saltzman hated being in real estate and hated working alone. So in April 2011, he opened the doors to Alley, a co-working supportive office space in lower Manhattan for early stage businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs.
When Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, he shot out an email saying Alley had power when so much of Manhattan did not. He offered his workspace to anyone who needed it. His email went viral and "we had 800 people waiting to get in," says Saltzman, CEO and founder.
Flash-forward to today, his members-only communal work space now has a wait list of more than 2,000 people. And members can come and go 24/7. "There's no clocking in and out when you start your own business," says Saltzman. And while co-working spaces are popping up in cities everywhere, Alley tries to differentiate itself by offering a bigger support system, with programs and workshops, like Pitch Night.
"We are a community before anything else," says Saltzman.