Back in October 2013, I sat down with Adam Segal at his new coworking startup Cove. He told me how the space would revolutionize coworking for freelancers, contractors, students and others who were tired of working in coffee shops or their home living rooms. As a writer who had grown accustomed to stealing WiFi from coffee shops and squatting for hours on end, I was intrigued.
At the time, there was only one location – 1730 Connecticut Ave NW, just north of Dupont Circle. But Adam promised there was to come for this “neighborhood productive space.”
As Cove celebrates its two year anniversary tomorrow (with a bday happy hour, of course), Adam has delivered 8 new locations… and more.
Cove has 6 D.C. spaces: South Dupont, Capitol Hill, Dupont, Columbia Heights, 14th Street and K Street. There are also two locations in Virginia: Rosslyn and Old Town.
“We are working hard everyday to connect members to neighbors, neighbors to neighborhoods and now neighborhoods to cities,” said Adam in a recent email.
Like any startup, the company had to work out a few kinks. For instance, the original Capitol Hill location relocated a few blocks down the street. The same happened with Columbia Heights, which recently moved a few blocks down 14th Street into the historic Tivoli building. They also had to close down the Georgetown location.
Another change are the plans. Originally, they had a “for the price of a cup of coffee, you can work at Cove (for an hour)” concept. With this setup, the cheapest plan was $24/month for 8 hours per month. After conducting research based on preferences of current and prospective members, they designed a new plan. Now, packages are $59.00/month for up to two hours per day; $99.00/month for up to four hours per day; and $249.00/month for up to eight hours per day.
“Our goal is to provide a menu of productive plan options that fit people’s needs, whether they like to work in shorter bursts or hunker down for hours at a time,” said Lindsay Larner, Cove’s DC marketing manager.
Cove has made tons of partnerships including my favorite Capitol Hill Yoga (free classes once a month), Bakehouse and more. They also host a considerable amount of volunteer, networking and social events.
They’re definitely worth checking out. Happy Birthday Cove!