A Portland native is building a new co-working facility with concierge-style amenities in a spacious former garage downtown. Cloudport opens in mid-July on the corner of Federal and India streets as a “multi-space” co-working facility.
Beyond wifi and desks, members will have access to a boardroom, training room and full-fledged kitchen with local beer on tap. “Members get free beer and coffee,” explained owner Nik Caner-Medley, who is modeling his venture on WeWork, the New York City-based co-working concept that’s gone global.
Caner-Medley, a professional international basketball player who went to Deering High, first got hip to the concept while on the road in Kazakhstan. Working out of a co-work space in Central Asian blew him away. “It was so open and modern. I loved it. I felt this is something that Portland needs.”
He is targeting small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, retirees and out-of-state professionals who need places to both work and socialize. “This is the future of office space and community space,” said Caner-Medley, who puts the emphasis on social collisions that spark ideas. The space is geared for events, which can be held here without a membership. A cafe and open kitchen will greet members dead ahead.
The 32-year-old plans to provide free boardroom use to non-profits and city officials. “I’ve already told Portland City Manager Jon Jennings, Jon this is your new office,” said Caner-Medley.
What sets Cloudport apart from established Portland co-working outfits like The Think Tank and Peloton Labs are white glove amenities.
There will be a wine fridge in the boardroom, a private shower and a concierge to freshen your coffee or run copies of your latest earnings report. A wine delivery service for members who want to propose an impromptu celebratory toast is also part of the package. And those that pony up for the “plus” membership will gain their own personal trainer.
“Maybe you bike here, or want to shower after a day of work before you head out to dinner,” he said. Need a reservation at Scales? Text the concierge.
Cloudport can hold up to 200 members. A pre-opening special of $99 a month will be available when www.cloudportme.com goes live in a few weeks.
He had us at free beer.