With the increasing size and density of cities, it’s increasingly possible for residents to feel lonely within the cities they call home. The co-living trend hopes to prevent this through the creation and provision of a community settings. In New York, Founder House, the newest co-living innovator hub, creates a unique co-living platform that is currently in high demand.
Launched in 2015, Founder House was started on the premise that success is dictated by the people you surround yourself with. “Having a support network of people to build off of and collaborate with is really the best way to be successful in all aspects of your life.” Working among like-minded people, provides creative innovators with the opportunity to produce new start-ups, create jobs, build new friendships, and form long lasting connections.
Priding itself for breaking off the conventional path, Founder House offers their members the tools and support to be successful, while fostering as much innovation as possible. “The space is specifically geared towards people with the same mentality. People that are driven to improve upon themselves and their business lives. All while collaborating with others.” Co-working spaces allow members to discuss and collaborate on projects, creating high quality end products.
Their application process is simple, but selective. Benefiting from high demand, Founder House is able to accept highly talented individuals. The online application is followed by an interview with the Founder House team, and a final decision is made within two days. All incoming members desire the opportunity to innovate and live together communally. This optimizes the opportunity for people to easily form close connections with lots of new and like-minded people.
With 4 locations, three in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan, Founder House provides a co-living network of ‘upscale dorms’. Large town houses have been converted into communal houses, providing members with plenty of communal space. Depending on the location, pricing ranges from $1200 USD – $1500 USD per month. This provides you with a fully furnished apartment, co-working spaces, media rooms, and much more. This is not an experience you will find on Craigslist or Roomshare. Founder House provides much more than a bed; they create a community experience with events and networking opportunities.
With a year and a half of experience under their belts, Founder House wants to go about co-living in the most beneficial way possible. “By producing a sustainable business model, Founder House will be able to expand while also ensuring member happiness. Members need to continually see value within this co-living experience.” Their holistic approach allows for a streamline experience, where members can build relationships and networks. A co-living experience like this is based on trust, where one lives and works, combining the roles of roommate and colleague.
Founder House has big plans for the future. “Home ownership is down and people are more mobile. People don’t want to be tied down to leases and mortgages. Co-living is the ideal choice.” Based on this premise, Founder House hopes to create a network of massive co-living buildings in every major world city. Before expanding, their plan is to perfect their product, by making their members as happy as possible. In doing so, Founder House’s network will become increasingly more significant and stronger.