We've long followed the growing number of coworking facilities that cater to vertical markets, specific industry groups and/or professions. It's even on our list of the Top 10 Signs Coworking is Growing Up.
This week a series of articles highlight this trend:
- Co.Exit's Forage Kitchen: A Coworking Space for Food covers a new effort to create a food-oriented coworking space. The article mistakenly says it "may end up being the first full-fledged co-working space for food". In reality there are at least several hundred shared kitchen facilities in the U.S., but it's good see more entering.
- The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Digital Media Players Unite to Launch L.A. Incubator looks at the new space io/LA which is targeted at "the convergence of tech and entertainment and aligning storytellers with technologists." It sounds very cool and very LA.
- Mashable's Green Spaces is a Coworking Hub for Social Startups talks about a new coworking and incubator space for social ventures in New York.
The growing numbers of vertical coworking spaces is another example of the shift to Coworking 2.0.
We're working on a research memot on this topic that we hope to have out soon. But the quick summary is we expect the number of vertical spaces to continue to grow and serve an increasing number of vertical market niches.