30 Most Influential People in Coworking 2016

by: vincent | posted on: 1st April 2016

30 Most Influential People in Coworking 2016

Coworking, by its very definition, is rooted in community, growth, and innovation.

Because of the passion and dedication of thousands of coworking community members, the industry has expanded to what it is today – a revolutionary movement that is shaping the way our world views businesses, offices, and the way people get work done.

By the end of 2016, there are expected to be 10,000 coworking spaces throughout the world – 28% growth from 2015.

This leads to some very important questions for 2016: as coworking goes “mainstream,” will the originality and unique roots of the movement remain?

Where is the line between coworking and just working, and how do we ensure that we’re remaining authentic to the foundational elements of the industry?

Leading up to the major 10,000-space milestone in 2016, there has been a strong community of influencers who have helped shape coworking into the high-growth industry it is today.

These are pioneers, revolutionaries, and next-level leaders who are all tied to one very strong belief: that coworking is changing the way we work and is here to stay.

We asked the coworking community to nominate influencers they feel have had a significant hand in building the coworking movement, accelerating the movement’s growth, and/or ensuring the movement stays on the right track.

We received tons of awesome nominations and have broken up the influencers into six categories:

Read on to find out more about each category and the influencers!

Is this list missing an influencer that’s impacted your coworking experience? Let us know here.

Most Impressive Networks Coworking Influencers 2016

Most Impressive Networks

These individuals have established themselves as thought leaders with some of the strongest communities of members, leaders, and influencers.

Mike LaRosa Coworking Influencers 2016

Name: Mike LaRosa
Company: Coworkaholic
Location: Washington, DC
Website: www.coworkaholic.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

He is truly passionate about coworking. It’s most clear in his ability to bring communities together to collectively propel the industry forward.

Jean Yves-Huwart Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jean-Yves Huwart
Company: Coworking Europe
Location: Brussels
Website: www.global-enterprise.biz
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

He’s one of the biggest voices of coworking in Europe, and has brought together a community of coworking spaces through Coworking Europe, where we can learn from each other and discuss the future of our industry.

Tony Bacigalupo
Name: Tony Bacigalupo
Company: New Work City
Location: New York City
Website: www.tonybacigalupo.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Tony is truly passionate about the collective good of coworking, bringing together coworking owners to ensure that whoever wants to be part of the coworking movement can be.

Ramon Suarez Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Ramon Suarez
Company: Betacowork
Location: Brussels
Website: www.coworkinghandbook.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Ramon quite literally wrote the handbook on coworking, and he’s done a great job of using it to connect individuals interested in coworking from throughout the world.

Liz Elam Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Liz Elam
Company: GCUC
Location: Austin
Website: www.linkcoworking.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

She hosts the GCUC [Global Coworking Unconference Conference], and has dedicated herself to her passion of connecting and informing the industry.

Coworking Influencers Coworking Innovators

Coworking Innovators

These individuals are visionaries that are pushing coworking forward both creatively and strategically.

Craig Baute Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Craig Baute
Company: Creative Density Coworking
Location: Denver
Website: www.craigbaute.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Craig uses his solid business background in his approach to coworking – at the end of the day, we’re all running businesses we want to succeed, and he a forward-thinker who can help get there.

Drew Jones Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Drew Jones
Company: OpenWork
Location: Austin
Website: www.openwork.agency
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

He has an intuition for where the future of work is heading not just within coworking, but within the entire corporate working industry as a whole.

Jeremy Neuner Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jeremy Neuner
Company: Google
Location: San Francisco
Website: www.nextspace.us
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

He’s proven time and time again that he’s a builder and curator of great communities.

Chelsea Rustrum Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Chelsea Rustrum
Company: Sharers.co
Location: San Francisco
Website: www.rustrum.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

She has a true vision when it comes to the sharing economy, and has helped the coworking understand where it fits into this new revolution.

Iris Kavanagh Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Iris Kavanagh
Company: NextSpace
Location: San Francisco
Website: www.iriskavanagh.com/
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

She’s the community expert – she knows how to build, foster, and optimize growth for communities of all sizes and types. Most importantly, she’s a pleasure to work with!

Coworking Influencers Best Commercial Successes

Biggest Commercial Successes

The title says it all – these individuals have achieved significant commercial success in their coworking ventures.

Adam Neumann
Name: Adam Neumann
Company: WeWork
Location: New York City
Website: www.wework.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Adam built the biggest coworking space chain in the United States. It’s hard to argue with that success!

Joshua Abram Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Joshua Abram
Company: Neuehouse
Location: New York City
Website: www.neuehouse.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

With Neuehouse, Joshua shows a serious coworking model of how work collective will look like in the future.

Nick Jones Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Nick Jones
Company: Soho House
Location: London, UK
Website: www.sohohouse.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Nick successfully built the most loyal, high-end worldwide coworking and travel community.

Jim Newton Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jim Newton
Company: TechShop
Location: Menlo Park
Website: www.techshop.ws
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Jim started techshop in 2006, way before anyone thought about hardware startups. Now, he provides the world with a community garage full of tools to build their dreams.

Howard Schultz Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Howard Schultz
Company: Starbucks
Location: Seattle
Website: www.starbucks.com
Social media: Twitter, Bio

Undeniably the biggest, easiest to access coworking space worldwide.

Most Active Community Builders Coworking Influencers 2016

Most Active Community Builders

These individuals are gold mines for knowledge on all things coworking, and they do a fantastic building communities centered on their passions.

Jerome Chang Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jerome Chang
Company: BLANKSPACES
Location: Los Angeles
Website: www.blankspaces.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Jerome is always contributing to help fellow coworking space owners. He also opened the the first coworking space in SoCal and SF, long before anyone else.

Alex Hillman Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Alex Hillman
Company: Indy Hall
Location: Philadelphia
Website: www.indyhall.org
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

He’s been a community builder since the start and runs the most popular coworking podcast.

Bob Summers Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Bob Summers
Company: TechPad
Location: San Francisco
Website: www.techpad.org
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

He’s a true entrepreneur, and is the perfect example of someone who can use passion to drive community.

Jared Kenna
Name: Jered Kenna
Company: 20Mission
Location: San Francisco
Website: www.20mission.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Jered’s created the landing hub for every entrepreneur arriving in San Francisco.

Jacob Sayles Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jacob Sayles
Company: Office Nomads
Location: Seattle
Website: www.officenomads.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Community runs in through his veins: he’s a builder and contributor to Open Coworking, the coworking wiki, coworking visa, and Coworking Seattle.

Coworking Originals Coworking Influencers 2016

Coworking Originals

These individuals have been part of the coworking movement since the beginning, and helped pave the way for industry influencers to come.

Jamie Russo Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jamie Russo
Company: Enerspace
Location: San Francisco
Website: www.globalworkspace.org
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Jamie’s always willing to share her experience when pioneering spaces in Chicago and Palo Alto.

Amit Gupta Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Amit Gupta
Company: Jelly
Location: Portland
Website: www.workatjelly.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

He introduced coworking to NYC [one of the industry’s biggest hubs] with Jelly.

James Wahba Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: James Wahba
Company: Projective Space
Location: New York City
Website: www.projective.co
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

James and his brothers stay true to community coworking in NYC and constantly experiment to bring the best experience to their members.

Tina Roth Eisenberg Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Tina Roth Eisenberg
Company: Friends
Location: Brooklyn
Website: www.friendsworkhere.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

For Tina, coworking is and has been a natural lifestyle and source of inspiration.

Alex Linsker Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Alex Linsker
Company: Collective Agency
Location: Portland
Website: www.collectiveagency.co
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Alex is one of the most consistent shapers of the coworking culture.

Rising Newcomers Coworking Influenceres 2016

Rising Newcomers

The newest generation of coworking influencers, these individuals are going to play an integral role in taking coworking to the next level.

Scott Cohen Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Scott Cohen
Company: New Lab
Location: Brooklyn
Website: www.newlab.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Scott shows how an interdisciplinary, creative work facility can lift up and position an entire borough.

Rabih Helou
Name: Rabih Helou
Company: Beauty Shoppe
Location: Pittsburgh
Website: www.thebeautyshoppe.org
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Rabih built the biggest coworking space in Pittsburgh and is a role model space for up-and-coming cities.

Jamie Hodari Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jamie Hodari
Company: Industrious
Location: Brooklyn
Website: www.industriousoffice.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Industrious is the fastest growing coworking space in the US.

Zoltan Szalas Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Zoltan Szalas
Company: Croissant
Location: New York City
Website: www.getcroissant.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Zoltan made what many have waited a long time for – a space on demand from your phone.

Jason Widen Coworking Influencers 2016
Name: Jason Widen
Company: HQ Raleigh
Location: Raleigh
Website: www.hqraleigh.com
Social media: Twitter, LinkedIn

Jason proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is what drives thriving coworking communities.

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A little bit about why we built this list:

We work with hundreds of coworking spaces throughout the globe, and we feel lucky to have been an integral part in the growth of these organizations.

Through our work with coworking spaces, we’ve seen the impact coworking has had on individuals, companies, and the overall way our society thinks about the workplace.

As the industry gains more and more momentum, we wanted to take a step back and honor those who have played an integral role in helping the movement get to where it is today.