The start-up nation culture: 6 co-working spaces in Tel Aviv for the digital nomad
One of the solid proofs that I belong to Tel Aviv is the digital nomadic friendliness I’ve seen through the course of living here. From 9:00, you will see cafes packed with young professionals (which, by the way, the majority of the population of Israel) sitting while focusing on their laptops. Cafes are home to young entrepreneurs who make a living from the Internet and for the first few weeks that I was here, I was able to understand why Israel is called a start-up nation.
While I was still living in Dizengoff (okay, it was hotel living for a long time!), I had a routine of going to this cafe where everyone is on their computers. I figured this is a good place to work since every single person sitting down are doing the same thing as I am. I needed the peace and quiet. I needed a good environment to work in so I tried. The curious curio in me led to sneaking into their computers to know what they are really doing. And man, I was really amazed. Some computers are flashing with unreadable matrix codes and letters that I didn’t knew how to read. The others were creating crazy and impressive posters and images on Photoshop. A few were on Skype which is probably an early business meeting. Nobody’s social media window were open.
Wow, this is a city filled with the creative energy I needed! It then gave me a push to do better in my job, hence, I’ve been doing a lot of projects lately that I needed to hire another Virtual Assistant. The vibe is infectious!
It was two weeks ago when I learned that I can rent a desk in co-working spaces in Tel Aviv. On average, I am spending 100 NIS ($25 USD) for a 5-6 focused working hours in a good cafe. A good Israeli friend of mine thought if I needed to work every day and pay this price, I have to rent a co-working space to cut the costs.
“What the hell is a co-working space?!” I asked.
The first time I heard about it was in Hong Kong but it wasn’t called that. Apparently, in Tel Aviv, there are spaces (not cafes) that offer a dedicated desk and/or an office space to a shared community. Meaning, you will be able to meet the same people who are in the Digital Nomad revolution.
Since 2010, co-working spaces in Tel Aviv have been good business because majority of the young population are not employed full-time because they choose to celebrate the time of their lives with location independence. The idea of this revolution is to connect, inspire and possibly collaborate to people who are doing the same craft.
Imagine yourself walking into a space like this, surrounded by tons of individuals you don’t know but are in the same line of work as you? Wouldn’t it be a good opportunity to create something brilliant?
I found that to be true when I tried the following co-working spaces in Tel Aviv:
Considered as one of the most peaceful co-working spaces in Tel Aviv, Misanthrope’s ideas revolve around a “no talking” kind of concept where you will be able to experience a very productive working environment. With the wide range of membership schemes, you can different amenities for this space such as the refreshing library ambiance, the right sized desk and wooden chairs that are pretty comfortable.
Additional features include a porch with two comfortable bars with 8 working stations. Misanthrope has a conference room that is good for business meetings, group studies, private lessons, and workshops. They also have discounts to selected cafes and restaurants nearby if you avail the membership.
- Price: 15 NIS ($3.93 USD) per hour / 380 NIS ($99.69 USD) per month
- Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (9:00 – 22:30); Friday (9:00 – 18:00)
- Address: Frishman Street 43
I can really say that the best thing about living in Tel Aviv is the outpour of support to women leaders and entrepreneurs. This is the only Middle Eastern country where women are very free, empowered and supported by a great community in everything that they do. WMN is a co-working space for women-led ventures. In the past years, WMN has observed that the corporate ladder and the biggest start-ups in Israel are spearheaded by men. To bridge the gender gap in the start-up ecosystem, Merav Oren, founder and CEO of WMN thought it would be a shame if she didn’t do something that will make a difference to support other women who are equally good in what they do. That curiosity, enthusiasm, and the continuous need to empower her fellow women lead to the birth of WMN.
WMN aims not only to provide a co-working space for like-minded individuals but to also network and create a feminine energy that will help and support each other towards accomplishing great things together.
Different memberships include a seat in the shared work areas, access to meeting rooms, lounge, creative spaces, and promotional events and workshops.
- Price: Membership is by application
- Operating Hours: Sunday to Thursday (9:00 – 20:00)
- Address: Yarid Hamizrach (Tel Aviv Port)
Your space. Your mind. Your community. From the name itself, this is a hub where different minds meet to do greater things. The sleek concept of Mindspace draws not only locals but also tourists and travelers who are given different payment scheme options. Mindspace is equipped stunning meeting rooms, communal kitchens, dedicated services and curated design. Aside from the two (2) locations they have in Tel Aviv, they also have two (2) other branches in Hamburg and Berlin.
- Price: Starts from 1,650 NIS ($432.62 USD) per month for a private desk and 2,200 NIS ($576.83 USD) for a private office
- Operating Hours: 24/7 access
- Address: Branch 1 is at Ahad Ha’am 54 and Branch 2 is at Rothschild 45
SOSA stands for South of Salame is aiming for bigger and bolder things: to transform the south of Tel Aviv to a more creative neighborhood more than what it is now. They believe that unique personal interactions pave the way to great businesses and partnerships. Members are offered uniquely crafted spaces, design that will make you interact, creativity and collaboration and a vibrant environment to meet, work and socialise.
- Price: Membership is by application
- Address: Shocken Street 13
5. We Work
With over 30 locations worldwide, We Work recently graced the lands of Tel Aviv by opening 3 different branches in the city. “To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living” is one of their many missions since they first launched in 2010. It’s not about just building a co-working space but to create a community that is driving in the same direction.
“We are grateful for each other, our members, and to be part of this movement. We don’t take success for granted. We’re happy to be alive.”
Amenities include super-fast internet, spacious and unique common areas, desk, chairs, desk lamps, lockable filing cabinets, printers, scanner and a copier. Free refreshments such as coffee, tea, fruit, water, and beer are also offered to members. Onsite staff are available whenever you need something. There is also private phone booths just in case you need to transact businesses via phone.
- Price: Starts from 1,400 NIS ($367 USD) per month for a private desk and 2,300 NIS ($603 USD) for a private office
- Operating Hours: Varies
- There are 4 different We Work Branches in Tel Aviv: (1) Ibn Gabirol 30; (2) HaPelect Street 7; (3) Aluf Kalman Magen 3 and (4) Dubnov Street 7
6. The Library
The Municipality of Tel Aviv has been the number one supporter of the increasing number of youth entrepreneurs of the city. They have built and created a lot of projects, big and small, to improve the lives of the struggling but creative 20-something Israelis. One of their biggest contributions is the Library, which aims to be a space for entrepreneurship and innovation. It provides a co-working hub for the infusion of technological innovations such as start-ups and small businesses. They have also opened the Library for private events and conferences.
- Price: Membership is by application
- Address: Migdal Shalom, 9 Ahad Ha’am, Library floor, Western Wing
Co-working spaces in Tel Aviv is a revolution that can’t be stopped. Since the birth of location independence, this freedom made a lot of young people the ability to explore bigger and bolder possibilities for their careers. It made a lot of difference in the definition of the traditional workforce and this is one of the most unique features of a city that has been called the start-up nation.
Disclaimer: I was not paid by these companies to include them in this list. All opinions are my own.
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