When I first heard about Breather, an app that lets you book a room on the fly through an app, I thought it was too good to be true.
For $25 an hour (for new users, your first hour is free) you can rent out a clean, spacious office with a beautiful view and chic/modern decor. Currently the app is only available in New York and Montreal, but they tell us that they’re planning to expand to other cities soon. You can also write to them to request it in your city; the more requests, the better.
When you arrive, simply open the app and you will have a code on your phone that you use to unlock the door. In the room, you get access to wifi, and instructions on the wall providing details to everything that you need (including how to find the restrooms).
Equipped with a desk, whiteboards, and plenty of chairs, the space itself, isn’t just built for work. There’s also a lounge area for you to just chill out. In the room I visited there was a huge mirror, perfect for mirror-selfies. Oh, and is your phone dying but you don’t have your charger? Well, the rooms come equipped with an iPhone charger and plenty of outlets.
The definition of what constitutes a workspace is changing dramatically at the moment. Where once an office space decked out with all sorts of amenities was a telltale sign of success and capability. Now, living in the innovation economy that we have, these sorts of offices are viable alternatives while a business is getting off the ground. And these sorts of apps, to help startups and entrepreneurs find them, will should start popping up more and more. If you’re using this app or a shared workspace, please share your experience in the comments.
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