Taskade updates its coworking startup with a lounge and group rooms

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Taskade, the one-year-old enterprise coworking space, is today rolling out a big update to its platform.

The startup is rejiggering how it’s selling its flexible workspace solutions, marking a significant pivot in focus away from its early pedigree as more of a community and self-help environment. Taskade is now focusing on providing an online and mobile workspace environment akin to the “Ladies Room at the World’s Smallest Hotel” with more “family-friendly” design elements.

As part of the product revamp, Taskade is launching a new, collaborative workspace where people will work at round tables, instead of the usual desks. There will be plenty of plans and individual desks, as well as co-working spaces, but Taskade is hoping that the new design is a way to broaden the number of potential users who might get in-person play and then hire a professional for their office over the course of a few days.

“At Taskade, we’ve always taken the holistic approach of providing a wide variety of support to our community, while we know not everyone needs office space,” CEO and co-founder Sachin Luthra said in a statement. “This innovation allows us to bring the great office experience of Taskade to those people, without the investments of moving into a physical office, or the cost of renting an office on top of your Tasked expenses.”

Taskade has opened 13 offices and created 1,800 unique spaces in the past year, a number the company expects to nearly double by the end of the year. The new desktop workspace comes alongside an open plan office option which had previously been sold only via Taskade’s in-person experience. On the app side, the startup today launched its first platform-wide office collaboration solution which lets members setup their own group chat.

Taskade’s new desktop workspace is opening to all members of the coworking space for a subscription starting at $1,200 per month, with an annual payment option available, while its open-plan office will be offered to different paying customers for an on-demand subscription rate of $7,500 per month. Memberships for private phone rooms begin at $1,000 per month, while Taskade offers a variety of table options, with desk packages starting at $3,000 per month.

Taskade is accepting expansion partners who want to have their own desks in the office. Working out of either offices or makeshift indoor lobbies, the startup currently has offices in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Taskade is announcing today that it has raised $5 million from SoftBank’s iQIYI Ventures and Rothenberg Ventures with an additional $1 million from Intel Capital. The company is not disclosing how many members it has.

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