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Jul. 27, 2012 1:25 pm

Benjamin’s Desk: coworking spot soft launches with new tenants Curalate, Uber, Zokos

Benjamin’s Desk, the Rittenhouse Square coworking spot, is just about open for business. The space soft launches August 1, when it will welcome three tenants: Pinterest analytics firm Curalate, the local arm of car service Uber and Zokos, the startup pegged as “Kickstarter for dinner parties.” The new tenants, who will work in Benjamin’s Desk’s […]

Benjamin's Desk co-founder naval officer Lt. Michael Maher inside the coworking spot back in February.

Benjamin’s Desk, the Rittenhouse Square coworking spot, is just about open for business.

The space soft launches August 1, when it will welcome three tenants: Pinterest analytics firm Curalate, the local arm of car service Uber and Zokos, the startup pegged as “Kickstarter for dinner parties.”

The new tenants, who will work in Benjamin’s Desk’s three private office spaces, have varying degrees of presence in Philly.

It will be Zokos’ first official space in Philly, says co-founder Brad Baer.

He previously split his time between Philly, where he lives, and New York, where Zokos is headquartered. Baer will work full time out of Benjamin’s Desk along with two part-time Zokos staffers. The startup will keep its New York office, where the rest of the nine-person team works, Baer says.

Curalate and Uber both felt they outgrew their current spaces, and with their growth plans, this stop may be short-lived too.

Right now, the three-person Uber Philly team works out of accelerator Seed Philly, says community manager Meagan Norman. Curalate’s staff of seven works out of Venmo’s former office in Rittenhouse Square.

Benjamin’s Desk co-founder Jennifer Maher says the spot’s open desk space is one-third full and that management is in talks with other potential tenants. The grand opening party will be after Labor Day, Maher says. Construction delays pushed back their original springtime launch.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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  • http://www.BenjaminsDesk.com Michael Maher

    Thanks for the coverage Technically Philly. We think these three companies are doing great things are just the type of foundational members we’re looking for. We’re planning the post-labor day grand opening and invite all readers to attend. We’d be remiss if we didn’t thank Alex Hillman of Indy Hall, Brad Denenberg of Seed Philly, Zoe Selzer of Good Company Ventures, Nathan Solomon of The Philadelphia Game Lab, the members and team at Philly Startup Leaders, and countless others in the Philly ecosystem that have been helpful throughout the process. Together, Philly succeeds. Cheers.

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