In the second interview of the Meet Gable Hosts series, we're talking to Ben Seidl, who runs Neyborly workspaces.
Gable is a network of inspiring neighborhood workspaces, but it’s also a community of remote workers, advocates, and enthusiasts all working towards a common goal: making remote work better.
Hi Gable team! I’m Ben, and I’m an entrepreneur with an MBA from UC Berkeley. For the last five years, my journey and obsession has been building ecosystems for creators in our local neighborhoods and main streets.
The way I’m doing this is by finding utility in vacant commercial real estate spaces and transforming them into resources for community residents and remote workers. Our spaces are meant for artists, entrepreneurs, and creators to meet, socialize, and grow their businesses in their local neighborhoods.
I have no background in commercial real estate - I was just intrigued by the possibility of redesigning our cities and making them more walkable, more liveable, and more accessible. One way to contribute to that is by taking these spaces that have fallen out of favor and recycling them into something that provides a lot of value for the city.
I signed up for Gable because I wanted to promote our spaces and make them as visible as possible. Gable offers an excellent way to attract remote workers and increase our visibility. Also, Gable’s practice of partnering with remote-first companies is really exciting, and I think that’s going to be the future of remote work. It just made sense for us to partner with Gable and introduce our spaces to the Gable network.
That’s a good question and a hard one, but if I had to choose, I would say my favorite neighborhood is the Historic Waterfront District in San Francisco. It’s probably my favorite because it’s very peaceful and there are many natural elements around it. There’s the Bay, the Embarcadero, parks, a lot of sunshine, and fresh air. It feels like an urban oasis where you get fantastic scenery, like the Bay area, combined with great office amenities and transportation.
Absolutely! I like RJ’s Market & Deli, on Sansome Street. They had to adapt throughout the Covid-19 crisis but never closed their doors and kept serving good, fresh food to their neighborhood. They are a truly local-based business that I love.
I genuinely think people will enjoy working from our spaces because everything is designed from the ground up to be turnkey, accessible, and easy to use. We have a team of designers who makes sure everything you need for a successful workday is there. Our approach is professional, proactive, and deliberate, and I’m convinced every guest will see and feel that.
We enjoyed talking to Ben and getting to know him more. You can catch up with Ben by signing up for Gable and booking one of his beautiful workspaces - do it today!