Most people awoke today to find out that loosecubes is shutting down. Loosecubes was a great service, that I actually used early on, which allowed me to find an office. The premise works as this, if you work in an office building that has an empty desk, cubical, or office, you can list it out for money on loosecubes. Thus you don’t have any wasted space and make some extra money on the side. This was a big help for web startups who could now rent larger offices that would fit in line with future expansion options, and until they started expanding could rent out their extra space.
This was an awesome service for everyone.
Dear Loosecubers, Friends and Fans,
We regret to inform you that on Friday, November 16, 2012 Loosecubes will be closing its doors and ceasing operations.
Nearly two and a half years ago, we launched Loosecubes as a way to facilitate happy and productive workdays for all. Since then, we have grown to a community of over 25,000 members around the world who have embraced a new, better way of working.
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to impact the professional lives of many and are humbled by the time, energy and feedback provided by our community, advisors, and friends to make it possible. It has been an incredible journey and we can’t thank you enough for your support along the way.
To learn more about our transition and its implications for our members and hosts, please read our blog post.
From all of us at Loosecubes, thank you so much, and we hope to see you soon!
But back in July loosecubes made a horrible mistake, and this mistake is one that led to their demise, they decided to take a site that was open to the public and make it invite only. This was a horrible choice by management and one that most likely led to shutting down the service. I still would love to know the reason behind making this switch.
My educated guess is that perhaps something started happening with users and a clients, possible IP theft, property theft, or something else that made them think that going invite only might have been better than buying insurance. No website should attempt to block users from joining the site when they are reaching their prime.
This is a service that will be missed since it really had great potential. Hopefully someone else takes the idea and relaunches it.
Connecting with awesome professionals has always been at the cornerstone of a magical Loosecubes experience, which is why we’re now going invite-only, and relying on your trusted referrals to grow the best possible community.
We’re giving you three invitations to share with friends who deserve a better worklife.
As a member of our invite-only community, you’ll still be able to search and book all ‘cubes in the network for free.
Learn more about why we’re making this switch and, as always, feel free to be in touch with any questions.
Thanks so much,
Campbell, Anna & Team Loosecubes