Startup Spotlight: Breather

Apr 9, 2017

Startup Spotlight: Breather

Apr 9, 2017

This week we spoke to Sidney Baptista, Growth Manager at Breather. Breather is a company that offers on-demand professional spaces for people looking to host events, meetings etc. 

GH: What is Breather?

Breather offers beautiful, professional spaces whenever you need them for activities such as team off-site meetings, client meetings, small events, individual work, or spillover space. Our spaces are available on-demand via or app or the web at breather.com. Book for as little as an hour or for as long as a month.

GH: What was your Eureka moment- how did Breather get started?

As he travelled the country as a NYT bestselling author, Co-founder & CEO of Breather Julien Smith developed the idea of having a quiet place to go. He teamed up with a longtime friend Caterina Rizzi, CCO, and created Breather with a mission to make the world’s spaces connected, accessible and productive.

GH: How did you build your team?

In Boston, we started by hiring a General Manager, Sean Mentzinger. He quickly brought on an Operations Manager, Caitlin Mathews, to help launch and manage the spaces. In June 2016, I joined as the Growth Manager to work on growing the local presence and demand for Breather.

GH: What is your company philosophy driving your company culture?

At Breather, our company values are not only the principles that link us together in the way we work, but they also keep us aligned on the same path, all working towards connected goals. These standards are what guide us on our collective journey through space(s): Contribution, Speed, Service, Independence, Humility, Ambition, Empathy, and Frankness.

GH: What did you learn from your first customers?

When Breather first launched, we focused on the entrepreneur who required smaller space and less time. We learned that we needed larger spaces to accommodate business clients for off-site team meetings. We’ve launched Breather for Business.

GH: What is the Boston ecosystem lacking in your opinion?

Boston’s ecosystem is lacking a strong community where well established, corporate companies intersect with start up companies.

GH: What was the best thing that happened to you in 2016?

In December of 2016, we raised a  Series C round of $40 million led by Menlo Ventures.

GH: What does the future hold for Breather?

Breather plans to expand our footprint in the markets that we operate in. In Boston, specifically, we plan to add locations in Cambridge, Fort Point, Seaport District, and South Boston.

 

 

Learn more about Breather here

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