The biggest, loudest and most visited team operating out of our Coop these days is Uber. Over the past year we’ve watched as Uber Chicago built up their services, expanded their team and developed a well-respected reputation. In fact, just last week the Chicago Sun Times wrote this article on Uber’s business model. But what is their business, you ask? Their drive is simple: The second city doesn’t deserve second class transportation. Whether talking business in the Loop, club-hopping in River North, or eating your way through Bucktown, @Uber_Chi is the most convenient and luxurious ride in the city. And although most passengers still think of this car service as the anti-taxi, here in Chicago they just expanded (exploded?) into the taxi scene. Go Uber!
“The Coop provides us a great work space to get all our shit done. We get to meet a variety of people working on interesting projects, and the atmosphere and fellow Coopers help us get through our long work day.” Said Kenny Tsai of UberCHI.
But we admit, their rapid growth has been a bit of a challenge on our little coworking casa. We had to devise new ways of accommodating them in our open layout. In an attempt to keep Uber happy, as well as our other Coopers, we relocated their team from a secluded corner to the largest side of The Coop, previously occupied by One Design Company. So far it seems like a good solution for everyone, well except the Uber drivers who instinctively and immediately still walk to that back corner.
Joss, the Coop’s Chief of Happiness, explains that ”If we didn’t have Uber with us, our days would just be too quiet, we love their energy and the different peeps they bring here.”