Before the concept of co-working spaces was introduced, there were hackerspaces, which are largely considered to be the precursors of today’s co-working spaces. Then came along Brad Neuberg, a software engineer who introduced the concept of coworking with the first co-working space, which was the San Francisco Coworking Space at Spiral Muse. Neuberg has written a blog about the start of co-working.
The phenomenon of co-working spread all over the world and became the new normal. However, the year 2020 threatened the very existence of co-working spaces globally, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic rewrote the rules of working and working together in a common enclosed space was not one of them. With organisations opting for work-from-home options, co-working spaces suffered worldwide, particularly in Amsterdam. Earlier this month, Germany-based Rent24 closed two of its locations in the city.