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Check Out Angel Kwiatkowski’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Kwiatkowski. Them and their team share their story with us below:

In December 2009, Angel Kwiatkowski and a few other industrious souls began gathering in a donated reception area once a week to try out a new notion known as coworking. All fourteen available chairs were occupied within five weeks, and they’d managed to “break the internet.” A few months later, Cohere Coworking was officially launched in a small Old Town Fort Collins building. That original building left something to be desired. The walls were thin, the floors slanted, and it smelled a bit like a fish tank.

Fortunately for them, co-working was never really about the place—it was about people. Cohere relocated to a rare mid-century building and has been there for coming up on 11 years. They’ve survived the recession, the pandemic, and everything in between. Today, 115 remote workers, freelancers, and non-profits share the space and the connections they’ve forged.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Any perceived struggles we had for the first 11 years paled in comparison to the pandemic in 2020. We were a community that went from sharing food and laughing loudly in each others’ faces to being told that we were not allowed to gather in the same building for any reason for months during the start of Covid.

This was devastating for everyone and exhausting for the founder as she tried to navigate the many rules coming down from the city, county, and the health department. On top of the physical space challenges of germ warfare, we were all having very real mental health struggles with isolation, lockdown, and remote learning. We were able to somewhat successfully pivot to online-only activities, then masking in person to finally a semblance of the old days.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Cohere specializes in the whole human work experience. We don’t simply provide a desk and wifi to our members. They can get that ANYWHERE. Our secret sauce has always been whole-person programming whether that’s having potlucks, accountability groups, or doing yoga over lunch. We have always emphasized our friendship-based coworking model and its special and enduring.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting?
If you are starting a business, find a way to be in service to others. It’ll become your north star and you can always come back to how to best serve people when you feel lost in the woods of fads, technology, or logistics.

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