The Cloud Room Celebrates Third Anniversary
The independently-operated coworking space and cultural laboratory has curated a diverse membership Seattle’s best and brightest since opening its doors in 2015
Seattle, WA- October 15, 2018 – The Cloud Room, a shared workspace and cultural venue located in the heart of Capitol Hill, celebrates its third anniversary this week. As co-working becomes increasingly popular, the Cloud Room continues to stand out with its focus on bringing together those seeking an inspiring environment to work, meet and collaborate in. From established members of Seattle’s arts and culture communities, to up-and-coming entrepreneurs, to those from corporate settings looking for a change of pace, the Cloud Room offers a home away from home.
“Three years since our opening, I still walk into the Cloud Room lounge and am blown away by its warmth and beauty – and I know our more than 200 members are equally inspired by both the environment and by their fellow co-workers,” said Cloud Room founder Liz Dunn. Dunn is herself a former techie who has since built an award-winning career in community-focused real estate and creative place-making. She was inspired to open her first coworking space in 2012 after being a member of the original Hub in London, and the Cloud Room is one of the few significant co-working spaces in Seattle that is not part of a venture capital-funded national chain.
“We’ve created a community comprised of Seattle’s most innovative talent; I am constantly heartened by the collaboration I see taking place and the impact our space has had on individuals and organizations.”
Since its initial opening, the Cloud Room has attracted hundreds of members from throughout the Seattle area, in a wide range of industries - technology, media, design, real estate, non-profit, human resources, venture capital and many more. Several member startups have successfully raised money and significantly grown their businesses, including The Good Ship, Van der Pop, Cone & Steiner, Recompose, Cascade Built, Plum Restaurant Group and others. In recent months, City Arts Magazine as well as the production team for upcoming indie film “Thin Skin” have made the Cloud Room their headquarters. In additional to its individual entrepreneurs, the Cloud Room has part-time members from an incredibly broad range of larger Seattle-based corporations, including Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, The Stranger and Windermere Real Estate.
“The Cloud Room is my getaway; whether it's for offsite creative brainstorming with my team, focus time for me, or a drink at the bar with a business associate, it always provides a relaxed environment and creative vibrancy that I find energizing,” said Kiki Wolfkill, Studio Head - Halo Transmedia and Entertainment at 343 Industries. “When you work at a company as large as Microsoft, it's invaluable to switch up your scenery and context once in a while. Plus I undoubtedly always meet someone outside of my sphere with an interesting and different voice and perspective”
The Cloud Room also prides itself on the civic and cultural programming it has developed to augment its business members’ daytime experience. Two upcoming examples include becoming an election night headquarters for the Families & Education levy, and all community members are welcome to join. And later this winter, the Cloud Room will collaborate with local NPR affiliate KUOW on Curiosity Club, a cultural experiment being billed as a “supper club for inquisitive humans”.
In addition to frequent community events, its location inside Chophouse Row provides the Cloud Room members with an integrated work-live-play experience that includes an award-winning collection of restaurants and retailers as well as personal services that now include a barber, skincare salon, doggie daycare, bike repair shop and Crossfit gym.
“We’ve grown so much over the past three years, and I can’t wait to see how our community evolves and what our members go on to accomplish”, continued Dunn. “Seattle is truly a unique city with so much to offer – I am proud of our role in helping to both preserve the “soul of our city” in terms of its roots and amazing culture, while supporting those innovating and defining our future.”
About the Cloud Room
In its lofty perch above Chophouse Row, located in the heart of Seattle’s arts and music scene on Capitol Hill, the Cloud Room provides a warm and lushly appointed shared workspace and cultural venue. The Cloud Room is enriched by the diversity and entrepreneurial talent of its members, many of whom are drawn from Seattle’s deep-rooted arts, music and media industries. In addition to fostering member businesses and entrepreneurs, the Cloud Room is proud to offer a curated event series with local thought leaders, community wellness partnerships, an exceptional bar program and a rooftop lounge overlooking the city.