For most independent professionals, small companies, and more importantly startups, a workspace is imperative. However, it’s not always technically possible for them to get their own real estate. No wonder that co-working spaces are so popular in a city such as Bengaluru. And this is where an aggregator such as Sneed comes in. It helps you find the perfect temporary place to work out of. From business centres, hotels, and co-working spaces that offer pretty much everything including seats, wifi, parking space, and even food and beverage — everything that is needed for a basic office set-up — Sneed finds it for you.
Founded by chartered accountants Adarsh Jalan, Amit Prabhu and Ankit Sonthalia, the online platform has on it spaces that can be used either as open desks or to hold meetings, conferences, corporate get-togethers, award ceremonies and even training sessions. You can reserve them for anywhere between one hour to 11 months, and you pay only when you check-in.
Due diligence has be done while aggregating these venues; you can expect Internet connections, air conditioning, a pantry, whiteboards, lockers, and other office requirements. Some of the enlisted hotels are Citrus Hotels, Royal Orchids Hotel and Fortune Hotels, and business centres include Incubinet, Vatika and iKeva. Co-working cafés such as CoWork Cafe,WorkAdda and The iPlex are also listed on the website.
The idea behind drawing up a repository such as this (85 venues currently) is to enable a workspace on-the-go, for immediate requirement. On the website, select the area you want to work out of, check-in time, duration of usage and number of seats you require and run a search. Then call up the venue that suits you, enquire its availability, and make the reservation. In another week, you don’t even have to do that, as booking facilities will be available directly on the website.
It was while trying to expand their consultancy venture this year that the trio realised the city needed a lot more “workspaces”. They were mostly doing business from either their homes or coffee shops. That’s why they started pitching to hotels, business centres and workspace cafes to come onboard.
Talking of Sneed’s USP, Jalan says, “Not only are we letting people find spaces, we are also helping the venues utilise their resources better, make more revenue and indirectly market them. For each one of them, we have drawn up an inventory — how many seats are sold on a single day, the current bookings, and how many reservations are in the pipeline etc. All this information is on our site, so it makes their own space management better.”
Sneed will next launch in Chennai and Hyderabad. Work on its mobile app is also in progress.
Starts at Rs 50 per hour. Details: sneed.in
— Barkha Kumari