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We’d like to introduce you to Launch Pad! With multiple spaces in the southern and eastern part of the U.S., Launch Pad specializes in building community and connecting members. They define their strategy as “People with Pride. Cities with Soul.” and their workspaces do in fact facilitate creativity, collaboration, and of course, soul. We are thrilled to have them join the Proximity Network.

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When did you open your coworking space?

As one of the originators of the coworking concept in 2009, Launch Pad New Orleans has been a leader in the community over the last nine years. We are now expanding our network of coworking spaces across the country. In the last year, we added Launch Pad locations in Newark, New Jersey, and East Nashville, with a Memphis location opening up this fall.


Tell us about your spaces? How big are they? What kinds of amenities do they have?

Launch Pad New Orleans has grown from 2,500 square feet to 22,000 square feet today. Every membership level includes, but is not limited to, locally roasted coffee in our communal kitchen, blazing-fast Wi-Fi, local artwork, educational programming for startups and small businesses, and community meetups and social events, not to mention being dog-friendly. We aim to facilitate growth and community building in every new location.


What is your favorite thing about operating a coworking space?

“My favorite thing about operating a coworking space is the opportunity to meet many people from various industries, who I otherwise wouldn’t have met. Launch Pad brings together an amazing group of individuals and organizations who all come together in the space. I also enjoy the autonomy and creativity that comes with the role, especially the potential to run all kinds of events.” – Cassandra Damascus, LP New Orleans Community Manager


What has been the most surprising/unexpected thing about operating a coworking space?

“The most surprising thing about working at Launch Pad is the enthusiasm and support from the members. It is more than just a desk or place to work from. The members and staff have truly developed a community and are extremely welcoming.” – Cassandra Damascus, LP New Orleans Community Manager


What’s your favorite story of one of your members?

“While we were hosting a Stripe event at our Launch Pad New Orleans location, I met someone who expressed interest in coworking. When he came to test out his coworking membership, I introduced him to a big company in our space, Align, and he ended up getting hired by Align right around the time they closed a huge funding round. To me, this shows the opportunity of a shared workspace and how it can benefit everyone in our community.” – Ella Simmons, LP Business Development Manager


What is your biggest piece of advice for someone wanting to open a space?

“My biggest piece of advice is to promote community involvement. This means both the coworking community, as well as getting out there in the city community and supporting other organizations. A coworking space is only as strong as its members, and engagement grows along with community involvement.” – Cassandra Damascus, LP New Orleans Community Manager

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