WeWork officially opens its doors with 1900 person capacity

(From left) InvestKL Investor Relations - Americas & Europe director & head Dennis Tan; PostCo co-founder & COO Melisa Wang; WeWork Southeast Asia MD Turochas “T” Fuad; InvestKL CEO Zainal Amanshah; Momentum Commerce founder & CEO Hans-Peter Ressel; and WeWork Southeast Asia head of Community and Member Experience Eyad Zahra

THE largest workspace operator in the world, WeWork, officially launched its space in Equatorial Plaza, Kuala Lumpur. Situated in the heart of the city, the workspace is the largest in Southeast Asia to date spread across five floors (18th to 22nd) with a capacity of 1,900 members.

WeWork has also set its sights on opening up in Mid Valley in the latter half of this year. “With Kuala Lumpur increasingly becoming a hotbed for innovation and modern development, we see huge potential coupled by Malaysia’s steady economic growth and unique position as a high-value market for foreign investment in Southeast Asia,” said the managing director of WeWork Southeast Asia, Turochas “T” Fuad.

He said that WeWork plays a part to help its members establish more partnerships and grow their businesses. “Globally, 70% of our members interact with one another and 50% transact with one another.”

WeWork’s offerings are not far off from the other co-working spaces in the market though it certainly has a larger space capacity. Workspace options include private offices for individuals or 100-person teams, dedicated desks, hot desks and membership which enables access to amenities and meeting spaces.

Prices for hot desk, dedicated desk and two-person private office are at RM950, RM1,150 and RM3,000 per month respectively. Meanwhile, those opting for larger occupancy sizes may reach out to the WeWork Malaysia team via the website.

During a sharing session at the launch, the co-founder of Lazada Group, Hans-Peter Ressel, talked about setting up office for his new venture, Momentum Commerce, within the WeWork space. In choosing the space, he says: “Three things were important to us – speed, growth and convenience. I needed to just focus on building the business and not think about anything else. As we grow and help local brands sell globally, I will travel to meet new customers and partners. WeWork allows me to grow and scale my business.”

Similarly, the co-founder and chief operating officer of PostCo, Melisa Wang, shared her sentiments. The Malaysian-grown startup became WeWork members when it first entered the Vietnam market. “At PostCo, we want to grow a regional network of locations across Southeast Asia. As we grow, we get to grow together with WeWork, not just to set up physical offices but also to tap into the increasing network of members and partners.”

As far as current occupancy rates of the KL space goes, WeWork declined to comment. The company, however, said: “We are off to a strong start and we look forward to welcoming a steady stream of a diverse mix of members.”

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