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Name Invest Seoul Date20-01-14 18:50

[Invest Seoul CEO Interview] Matthew Shampine, General Manager of WeWork, Korea

WeWork is worldwide platform for creators.
When WeWork expanded it's branch into Seoul, it has achieved substantial growth in the 2 years!
So, we made a chance to hear the company's successful stories!

1. Please Introduce WeWork compny.
WeWork is a platform for creators. WeWork provides them a great office environment or saves them on the built-out costs, low deposits but as well as the ability to use any of the spaces that we have around Korea or around the world for their teams. There are WeWork locations in all the different cities where companies are forming their offices so we're working with them to help them have a place for their teams in no matter what city they're going to and as they also travel, they can use WeWork locations. I think we really do believe that if you help people make new friends, friends will go out of their way to help their friends and so you're going to build all these very strong business connections by being a part of the WeWork community. And last part of it, I think is you know us working with them to really hear what their goals are as a company and figure out how we can help them achieve that right whether that's from finding other companies within WeWork to market, to work with invest in our partner with, to putting on events to connect with new types of individuals or companies or or-ganizations that they are looking to expand their business in unique and creative ways.

2. What were the reasons you considered entering the Seoul Market?
I think that Seoul itself is a very dynamic city and the local government here has also been very supportive of this idea of the sharing economy. We really determine this whole is this kind of economic hub in Asia and there was a lot of great opportunity both with the startup community but also the fact that so many multinational companies created fairly substan-tial offices here. We also believe that you know it's a great landing point for us to come into Ko-rea and get started in you know what is the city that helps connect all the rest of Asia together.