In The Loop: WeWork; Desana Raises $4 Million; And More Industry News

WeWork has partnered with Grab in Singapore to offer Grab for Business clients access to coworking space in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

WeWork Partners with Grab in Singapore 

Tech in Asia reported this week that WeWork is partnering with Singaporean super app Grab “to offer a one-month free access and discounted membership deals to select Grab for Business clients.” The coworking company will offer the Grab x WeWork Pass, which will allow Grab for Business clients to access WeWork’s psaces across Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. 

Coworking Brand Desana Raises $4 Million in Funding 

Desana, an Edinburgh-based coworking space aggregator, announced this week that it secured $4 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Berlin-based PropTech1 Ventures, BGF, and Techstart Ventures. With Desana, companies can purchase “credits” that can be redeemed by employees in different coworking spaces across Europe. Desana currently operates in Europe, the US, and Asia; the funds will be used to finance Desana’s expansion plans.  

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NYC Restaurants Turns to Coworking to Increase Profits 

CNBC reported this week that NYC restaurant, Kindred, has started renting out its tables during the day to remote workers in the hopes of increasing business profits. Each table costs $25 per person and includes free coffee, WiFi, and bathroom access. Remote workers can reserve tables from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kindred is hoping that by renting out tables to remote workers they will make some passive income, as well as get people through the door.  

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