If you need a job, you might go to LinkedIn. If you need a room, you might go to Craigslist. But where do you go if you need a spare cubicle for your job? The new startup LooseCubes offers an answer, providing workers who need a place to work with open cubicles at companies who want to fill them.
Which only makes sense, given the fact that 62 percent of businesses now have employees who work remotely at least some of the time. Combine an increasingly flexible work force with the somewhat barren recession-era cubicle farm, and you have a natural match.
It was the recession that inspired founder Campbell McKellar. While on vacation to Maine, she realized that she had absolutely no desire to return to her depressing office.
“I told my boss, ‘I’m not going to quit,'” she says. “But can you give me three months to work remotely? So my boyfriend and I went up to northern Maine and worked from a cottage.”
After a few months of working and living in the cottage, McKellar realized that while working remotely was ideal, she missed some aspects of the office. “My boyfriend and I would be fighting for the one place with mobile service in the house, things like that. I ended up really wanting an office I could work out of that would allow me to come back home to the cottage and have a glass of wine at the end of the day. I thought, ‘Oh my God, if I can pull this off I’ll never have to go back to New York!’ I had this dream of being able to do this all over the world — doing my job in places that inspire me.”
The company currently has $1.23 million in funding, and doesn’t yet charge for listings, although McKellar says that pay features will eventually become part of the plan. For now, the process for companies is as simple as posting a listing, filling the cube, and collecting cash. For workers, it allows the freedom to work in any of 186 cities worldwide, including Loosecube’s DUMBO-based offices in New York, for one day or several months.
Also, you have to like a company that apologizes for getting hit by the Amazon EC2 failure by posting a pair of corgi puppies on their website. Which makes sense for a company whose tagline is “Work should be fun.”
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