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Holly’s Hot List: The 5 Hottest Startup Offices On The Planet



If you’re a bootstrapped startup, you probably don’t have a glamorous office. In fact, it’s likely you work out of your one bedroom apartment, your mom’s basement, or, if you’re lucky, a co-working space. So, this hot list will probably make you jealous… but maybe inspire you to get out of your momma’s basement and into a sweet startup space.


Check out the hottest startup offices on the planet, according to my picks from Inc’s Coolest Offices list.


1. Parliament

The Portland-based creative agency rocks a log cabin feel, complete with bear rug, fireplace and wood-laden workspaces. notable Parliament clients include Gatorade and Xbox.


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2.  The Madison

If you’re a startup in Detroit, you want to work out of The Madison. What was once an old condemned theater is now a thriving co-working space with over a dozen startups, with a huge rooftop patio and an “industrial chic” decor.


3. AOL Ventures

Another sprawling startup-housing space, AOL Ventures is located in an old Brooks Brother’s building in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood. It’s decked out with an eclectic mix of medicine books, oriental rugs and cavernous meeting rooms.


4. Wonderfactory

New York City nails it again with Wonderfactory, a web-design company that has created an office straight out of a comic book. Each room has an exotic theme, with crazy colors and open workspace for employees.


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5. Quirky

Quirky is the crowdsourced product maker spanning 27,500 square feet of an old warehouse in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. My old hood, yo! The coolest part of this office is that they make the products right in the middle of the office.


6. Airbnb

The thousands of startups in San Francisco must be green with envy over the awesome Airbnb office. The hugely successful startup created conference rooms inspired by unique property listings. Clever cats. It’s a far cry from the early startup days when Airbnb was run out of a tiny SF apartment.




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marin | | tanggula | J. Nordberg | Celeste Noche

Author : Holly Hutton

Born in the Big Easy and raised in the Sunshine State, Holly has spent the last five years brunching in the Big Apple and bantering with Big Ben. As a wandering writer, techy-in-training, and avid alliterator, Holly has written everything from educational policy and political news briefs to web content and travel blogs. She is thrilled to be a part of the KS team and working with a community of smart, savvy, entrepreneurs on all things startup!

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