CoCo Mpls makes Business Insider's list of the country's coolest co-working spots

The 40-foot ceilings and former grain-trading pit are vestiges of CoCo's days as the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
The 40-foot ceilings and former grain-trading pit are vestiges of CoCo's days as the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
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CoCo Minneapolis, the co-working space that took over the old Grain Exchange floor, hit its first anniversary back in August. To mark the occasion at the time, we checked in with its founders to talk about whether the space had lived up to the hype, and where CoCo would go next.

One of those places, it turns out, is onto Business Insider's new list of "The 17 Coolest Co-Working Spaces in America."

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The list is heavy in coastal cities, where the kind of entrepreneurs and freelancers who use co-working spaces tend to congregate: Three of the 17 spaces are in New York, two in Boston, five in California.

But the top spots include those in less-obvious locations, like Nashville, Denver, and even Grand Rapids, Michigan (this one's a "cottage").

Out of all of these, our own CoCo stands out as one of the coolest. Most of the other offices on the list are set up in ordinary business-type or cafe-like fashion, which means they have nothing on CoCo's 40-foot ceilings and 20,000-square-feet of space.

CoCo's on the affordable side, too: membership starts at just $50 per month for part-time, and while some of Business Insider's picks offer free access, spaces in Chicago, L.A., and Austin can set members back $350, $275, and $300 per month, respectively.

If co-working still seems like a phase, the Business Insider intro explains some of the perks that could help it stick around. "Gourmet cafeterias, discounted gym memberships, and expensive artwork used to be luxuries afforded only by big corporate offices," the list-maker writes. With collaborative spaces, entrepreneurs can get the same benefits, plus the advantages offered by socializing and brainstorming.

Back in August Don Ball, one of CoCo's founders, gave us another reason why co-working might start getting more familiar: the nature of work is shifting.

"We intuitively know that what's happening in a space like this is related to how the world's changing," he said. "We believe that we're staring down a flood of people coming into this lifestyle. Our next step is to liberate the suburbs."

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