We believe that the right workplace can move your business forward by giving your team members spaces to focus and collaborate in — spaces that make them proud to come to work. Your business is ever-evolving, so we make it easy to adapt your workplace or open a new branch halfway across the country. And those thousand distracting, critical details — like making sure the Wi-Fi is fast and secure, or that the printer actually works? At Industrious, they’re all part of the service.
Back in 2012 Industrious was an idea kicked around by two childhood friends, Jamie Hodari and Justin Stewart. Both were members of different coworking spaces with the same problem: Their businesses did better when they met clients in hotel lobbies and coffee shops — anywhere but their office. So they set out to create a workplace that combined the flexibility and ease of coworking with the professionalism and attentiveness you’d expect when walking into a Fortune 500.
The two friends took a chance on a 20,000 sq. ft. property in Chicago dubbed the “problem child” by its owner. They raised $1 million among 80 investors to cover the first year’s expenses, spent a whirlwind weekend mapping out a business plan in Puerto Rico, and put an ad on Craigslist to promote the newly-named Industrious. They soon received hundreds of inquiries, enabling them to open the location with 100% occupancy in 2013.
After successfully replicating this same formula eight times in other markets, Jamie and Justin finally decided to quit their day jobs and devote themselves to Industrious. Today, Industrious has more than 100 locations in 50-plus cities around the country, the highest member satisfaction score in the industry, and was named one of the 500 fastest-growing companies by Inc. in 2020.
At Industrious, we’re building a new kind of workplace, one which puts employees’ needs at its center and empowers them to choose where and how they work.