Locus Founder Will Bennis,
with wife Lea and son Daniel.
In 2007, with the good luck of having a friend describe a potentially profitable version of this kind of business and an agreement with my wife that we would move from Chicago back to Prague, a city that I thought would be perfect for coworking for a number of reasons, I began to think seriously about setting up this kind of business, and soon after discovered the term coworking already existed and seemed to be getting ready to take off. By the time we finally moved to Prague at the end of 2009, it already had its first coworking space, Coffice, and a second much larger space was in the works as part of the Hub franchise. But by this time I had a pretty particular view of what I wanted for a coworking space which none of the other spaces provided, and I was sold on the idea of coworking as something that could thrive in many shapes and sizes as long as each individual space was of high quality. Locus Workspace might succeed or fail, but not because there were other coworking spaces in Prague, any more than a new Sushi (or pizza or Thai) restaurant would succeed or fail because there were already some other restaurants in Prague, or even some other Sushi (or pizza or Thai) restaurants. Just the opposite might be true: for a coworking space (or a restaurant) to succeed, there needed to be enough of them for people to know they exist and to see their appeal.