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ABOUT COLO

Launched in early 2016, CoLo is a platform designed to unleash the potential of underutilised office space, to curate a global coworking community, and to foster human-to-human connections in an increasingly digital world.
An initiative of BizDojo - one of the first 250 coworking spaces in the world - CoLo connects workers with unique coworking spaces and communities, from all around the world.
CoLo is built on years of knowledge and experience - nine years to be exact - so we know the challenges that come with running a coworking space and managing a community, because we’ve been there. We know coworking inside and out, and CoLo is about sharing our learnings, so that you can forget about the admin of finding new members, and get back to focusing on the stuff that matters.

The feeling of belonging is one of the primary drivers of humankind, and CoLo helps match people with the communities and spaces that make them feel connected to something bigger, and feel like they truly belong. We make that happen by using our Culture Engine - a tool unique to CoLo, and new to the office letting industry. Our Culture Engine works by creating connections that go beyond simply connecting workers with deskspace. Instead, our Culture Engine learns about you, your personality and your spatial preferences, and then works to connect you to the kinds of spaces and communities that suit your style. Whether you’re a host or a guest, becoming a part of CoLo means you become a part of a new global community. CoLo unlocks work spaces from all around the world because we believe that creativity has no borders and so accessing the spaces to nurture it shouldn’t either.

WHAT COLO DOES FOR GUESTS

CoLo connects you with a diverse range of workspaces and the cool communities within them, using our unique Culture Engine. Even at just a moment’s notice, CoLo can find you the spaces and communities to suit your wants and needs, no matter where you are in the world.

- Say goodbye to monthly invoices, and hello to a simple, click-and-go credit card payment system.
- Enjoy flexible plans across multiple locations
- Know you’re in safe hands.

Through our nine years of managing coworking spaces, we know coworking inside and out. Our experience and knowledge means you can trust CoLo to find the spaces and communities that work for you.

WHAT COLO DOES FOR HOSTS

CoLo brings the right people through your door. Using our Culture Engine, CoLo finds awesome humans who will add value to your community, fill your space and pay for it too.

CoLo is a great way for you to showcase your space, to a global network of freelancers, digital nomads and mobile/remote workers.

Forget about dealing with the nit-picky admin of trying to acquire new members, or the annoying credit card fees you encounter online - CoLo makes it simple by dealing with the invoicing so you can get back to business.

Know you’re in safe hands. Through our nine years of managing coworking spaces, we know the challenges that come with it. We’re here to share our learnings with creative spaces, all over the world, to ensure our global community is learning, growing and finding opportunities together.

FOUNDERS

Nick Shewring

Co-Founder

Jonah Merchant

Co-Founder

Lachlan Sloan

Co-Founder

NICK SHEWRING

Co-Founder

Nick Shewring, Cofounder of CoLo, is a spatial design enthusiast and rebellious innovator.

After years of pioneering start-ups centered around mobile applications and experiential marketing,  Nick was struck with the intense loneliness of autonomy upon returning to freelance work. Then, after outstaying his welcome at a number of local cafés for whom he’d installed wi-fi to operate his business, Nick partnered up with his former colleague, Jonah Merchant, to launch BizDojo - one of the first 250 coworking spaces in the world.  

In the nine years since, Nick and his co-founders, have expanded into even more innovative projects including CoLo - a platform designed to combat the loneliness of autonomy and the disconnectedness that comes with being constantly on-the-go.

Jonah MERCHANT

Co-Founder

With over 15 years experience in digital production and innovation management, BizDojo and CoLo Co-Founder, Jonah Merchant, is taking the goal of unleashing the potential of people and spaces, right to the top by delivering and realising business value for the companies he has co-created.

Jonah brings his extensive knowledge and interest in design-led, user-focused thinking to CoLo, along with a particular passion for introducing online, mobile and other interactive tech solutions to a range of industries.

Jonah is no stranger to developing and leading high-performing, co-located and cross-functional teams, meaning he can drive outstanding results. Plus, his keen interest in innovation methodology keeps us ahead of the game!

LACHLAN SLOAN

Co-Founder

A natural entrepreneur, Lachlan brings a breadth of experience that aligns seamlessly with the offer of CoLo.

Aside from his passion for connecting people, Lachlan has enviable experience up his sleeve, at both a governance level and with practical hands-on skills in the startup world too. These skills are grounded with significant experience in the shared spaces industry as one of the founding members of Compass Offices, where Lachlan played a key role in transforming the company into a leader of the shared space market in Asia, growing from just one location to 45 during his tenure.

Lachlan is passionate about the connections people can make through physical spaces, and it’s this passion, combined with his diverse skill set - including recruitment, technology, business growth, leadership and investment - that makes Lachlan the perfect fit for managing and informing the operations of BizDojo, and now CoLo.