Funzing x Hubble: The Effects of Neighbourhood on a Fast-Growing Startup

Grace Chen
Grace Chen|Updated February 27th 2018

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Neighbourhood: Shoreditch
Desks booked: 20
Type of space: Private office

We visited Funzing in their buzzy workspace in the heart of vibrant, bustling Shoreditch and spoke to Co-founder and CMO Yaron about how neighbourhood is everything, and how Funzing manages their office space as a fast-growing startup that makes frequent new hires.

About Funzing

Funzing is a marketplace for unique local experiences hosted by real people in the community who want to share their creativity and inspiration with others. Whether it’s with kids over the weekend or a romantic evening out with your partner, Funzing has memorable experiences created by the users themselves. Anyone user can be a merchant, a buyer or both.

Learn more about Funzing at Funzing.com.

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Can you tell me a bit more about Funzing? What is it that you do and what is your vision for the company?

Yaron: Funzing is a marketplace for unique and extraordinary experiences. We’ve created a platform where people host or join authentic experiences based on the skills, knowledge, and experiences of those hosting the events. We got the idea for Funzing 4 years ago when we found ourselves being bored of doing the same things repeatedly.

And so Funzing was born. We wanted to create a platform that helps people make extra income from what they love doing while giving others the chance to experience something new in their own city. Through Funzing, you can do things like learn how to cook from people’s kitchens and astronomy from their backyards. We also have users who transform spaces into venues for ticketed events that allow people to tell stories and provide unique content, such as academics talking about drugs or psychologists about love.

Funzing hosts over 100 talks in London every month from inspirational speakers, journalists, TED speakers, and so on. We’re challenging classical content and taking it one step further. Today, there are over 1000 talks, workshops, tours, etc. on Funzing, all created by our users.

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How are you and your team liking your office space and working in Shoreditch?

Yaron: When we started Funzing around 3 years ago as 2 people, we worked in coworking spaces around Shoreditch. As our team grew, we decided to find a serviced office that provide privacy for our team to collaborate, brainstorm, and work together. It tends to be rather loud in our office as our team members are often speaking to venues and hosts, so it was important for us to find an office that suits our needs.

Our current space is great because we’re located right in the heart of Shoreditch where our business was started. However, since we now have a private office, we have the benefits of a space that we can make our own.

Why did you choose to set up in Shoreditch? What drew you the neighbourhood?

Yaron: We’ve always known that we want to be around Shoreditch. Funzing exposes unique events and people so we chose to focus on East London as a start. East London is such a hub for talented and inspiring people, so it made sense to start here.

Want to be neighbours with Funzing? Check out other creative spaces in Shoreditch.

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This isn’t the first time you’ve booked through Hubble. Why did you choose Hubble the first time and what made you come back?

Yaron: We like how Hubble understands the specific needs of startups and provide spaces that are accommodating. Hubble has a great supply of offices and always has good offerings whenever we look on the platform. We also like how the Hubble website is straightforward with good UX. It’s simple to use.

Our previous space was perfect for what we needed at the time, with a shared kitchen, bathrooms, and communal area. Now that we’ve grown up a bit, we’ve gotten a more private space that puts us a bit in our own world but it’s also exactly what we need right now.

Find a Shoreditch office to inspire you today.

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What’s next for Funzing?

Yaron: Funzing is working on expanding. We have a community in Manchester and Bristol, and recently went live in Singapore and Israel. Our plan is to open in several other cities in the UK, then start looking at the US in the next year. We’ve just taken up another space in our current building (also through Hubble) for our growing team and sealed a big funding round.