Loosecubesが閉鎖。「作業空間共有市場」モデルに暗雲

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仕事のためのデスクや場所を持つメンバー同志を繋ぐワークスペースのための「コミュニティー・マーケットプレイス」、Loosecubesが閉鎖される。11月16日金曜日が同サイトを通じて行った予約が有効となる最終日で、それ以降の予約はキャンセルされる。その後サイトは消滅する。2歳半のスタートアップは、わずか5ヶ月前に780万ドルを調達したばかりだったので、この行動は少々奇妙にうつる。これまで総額903万ドルを、Accel Partners、Battery Ventures、New Enterprise Associates、Hamilton Investment、Partners Revolution、および複数の個人から集めていた。

本誌では不明な点を聞くために同社に問い合わせているところだ。しかし、あえて予想すれば、市場に対する需要がこのモデルを存続させるには足りなかったということだろう。たとえどれほど資金を投じたとしても。

サイトに掲載されている声明文を以下に貼っておいた(原文)。

Dear Loosecubers, Friends, and Fans,

We are deeply saddened to announce that on November 16, 2012, Loosecubes will be closing its doors and shutting down.

The past two and a half years have been such an incredible journey. From a team of two to an incredible company of 16. From a big idea to a community of 25,000+ Loosecubers in over 60 countries around the world. And from a single coworking space to thousands of hosts, from Stockholm to San Diego, who have opened their work environments and minds to a better way of working.

We’ve been amazed to see how the Loosecubes community has grown and embraced a new attitude toward the workplace and the people they work around. We’ve watched Loosecubers launch organic food companies together, hire each other, and attend each others’ weddings. It has been incredible to see just how many partnerships, businesses, and friendships have been formed in in our midst.

We’ve learned so much along the way, and are so appreciative of all who have lent their time, feedback, and expertise to making Loosecubes a success. We’re humbled to have had even a small impact on peoples’ ability to do great work.

What this means for our members and hosts:

Friday, November 16th will be the last day that we will honor reservations booked through Loosecubes.
Loosecubes reservations booked for any date after November 16th have been cancelled.
After November 16th, members and hosts will no longer be able to log-in and access our site.
Member confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us. Rest assured that we would never share or sell your information without your permission.

If you have any questions, please contact hi@loosecubes.com and we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you to all of our members, hosts, colleagues and friends who have spent their workdays with us and supported us along the way.

Keep work loose,

Campbell, Anna and the Loosecubes Team

[原文へ]

(翻訳:Nob Takahashi)