SOURCE: PivotDesk


October 28, 2013 09:00 ET

PivotDesk Paves the Way for Startups, Expanding Business Into Six Major Markets

Boulder-Based Company Attributes Rapid Growth to Success and Adoption of the Sharing Economy

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2013) - Today, PivotDesk announced it has launched its service in Boston and Portland, accompanying its existing presence in Denver, Boulder, San Francisco and New York. The dual-city launch is attributed to entrepreneurial and SMB demand, which has also driven new product features and enhancements, and expansion of the PivotDesk team. Businesses currently benefitting from PivotDesk services in Boston and Portland include Dashbell, Techstars, and SixView Studios.

The Boston and Portland launch was a result of the Spaced Out Startup Cities Initiative in which PivotDesk asks entrepreneurs in all cities to weigh in on where startups are struggling with space issues. The ongoing campaign gives a voice to entrepreneurs by allowing community members to determine which city PivotDesk serves next.

"After our TechStars graduation and raising our seed round, we instantly needed a space to grow our business," said Tom Coburn, CEO and founder of Jebbit. "I quickly found myself wasting valuable mindshare on being a landlord -- a role I unwillingly adopted in order to try and recruit other businesses to help share our space and save money. Once I found PivotDesk, they made it easy. They gave us a way to promote our space, find the best guests, and manage the payment process. Now I have the freedom to focus on growing Jebbit, which is what matters most."

Many would debate that 2012 was the year of the sharing economy, but according to PivotDesk CEO David Mandell, it was 2013 that put the stake in the ground for the burgeoning trend. This year brought controversy, government entrée, and a bevy of new players. So what will 2014 bring? Will businesses have to alter their infrastructure to cater to a new generation of sharing, or will the sharing economy simply fall to its demise? Below are Mandell's top predictions for the future of the sharing economy:

  • We will continue to see established businesses begin to dip their toe in and test the sharing economy. Similar to what Hertz has done by offering a car for a few hours, big businesses won't necessarily transform their entire business model, but we will see them adopt strategies to modify portions of their business in order to remain competitive in the sharing economy.
  • Government regulation will continue to challenge businesses and some will crack under the pressure. Established groups with large lobbying budgets never like to sit idle while someone else profits in their industry.
  • The sharing economy will make us more accountable and responsible consumers and citizens. The sharing economy raises our standards, which raises the bar for customer service, and raises the expectations for our culture, the economy and ourselves.

"There is no such thing as harmony in business, but it's my belief that big businesses and new sharing players are not at odds," said Mandell. "As infrastructures and industries continue to evolve, we are finding new ways to offer solutions. It is my hope that we begin to see collaboration and sharing as more beneficial than it is harmful. We are simply putting new mechanisms in place to enable a different way to think about culture and community." 

About PivotDesk

PivotDesk helps entrepreneurs find room for growing their businesses by connecting them with companies that have excess space. PivotDesk allows both sides to focus on growing their businesses instead of the challenges of dealing with office space. By eliminating the pressure and panic of a long-term lease, PivotDesk helps startups find the right place for right now, and helps host companies avoid empty-desk syndrome and easily market, manage and monetize their excess space. With a focus on cultural compatibility, PivotDesk takes the stranger danger out of the shared office picture and helps to facilitate a cohesive, cultural match -- helping both sides build a great business. For more information, visit

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