Breather Announces $1.5M Seed Round Led by Real Ventures with Gary Vaynerchuk, Loic Le Meur, Mike Walsh

June 5, 2013

7:00 am

Breather announced today that they closed their seed round of $1.5 million dollars led by Real Ventures with Gary Vaynerchuk, Loic Le Meur, Mike Walsh and others also participating in the round.

Breather is a network of rooms inside cities that are opened by phone.   If you are a member, you can access them at any time for a small fee — it’s like a Zipcar for rooms.  Just like you need short term car usage, lots of people use space in the short term. Right now, the best option when you’re away from your office and home is Starbucks, but Breather wants to change that.

All the spaces Breather plans to use must go through a curation process because the company wants its service to be a great experience for everyone.  All the spaces have WiFi and all the other work essentials, but they’re more like a lounge than an office.

“On-demand space is inevitable. It was just about how it was going to be done. As soon as I saw the technology emerging, I knew what the implications were. So I went for it,” said Breather founder and CEO Julien Smith.

“I wanted to give people a place where they could get peace and quiet, anytime, whatever their reason for it.  A Breather is like a little studio apartment or office. We make sure it’s always nicely furnished, with good WiFi you don’t have to ask the password for. They’re always quiet, private, and clean, so you can take a phone call, have a meeting, or take a nap.  It’s basically like you own the space for the short time period you’re there.”

Breather HQ’s will be in NYC and Montreal, and you can learn more and request an invite on their website.


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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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