Albuquerque's own FatPipe ABQ has been named as one of the country's best coworking spaces by technology magazine Inc. (Courtesy FatPipeABQ)
The list, published Thursday, includes coworking hubs from New York City, Miami and beyond. Of the 23 listed places, FatPipe came in at No. 19.
Inc. did not specify the methodology behind choosing the best coworking spaces but did call FatPipe an “outstanding location, space and community,” praising the networking opportunities that present themselves there.
Located at the old Albuquerque High School, it was founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneurs Stuart Rose and Lisa Adkins. It currently has 67 members representing 35 companies and solopreneurs, according to Adkins.
FatPipe plays host to many events, including the weekly 1 Million Cups where entrepreneurs pitch their startup ideas. Recently FatPipe was the location from where Gov. Susana Martinez announced the first recipients of Catalyst Fund money, which is a $20 million fund-of-funds investment vehicle.
Adkins, FatPipe’s COO, said its inclusion in the list was completely unexpected. But she had a few reasons for why it made sense to her.
“Of course, we think it’s fantastic that we made the list and a testament to the expansion of coworking nationwide and even right here in Albuquerque,” she said in an email. “We think we are among the top coworking spaces in the U.S. because of our location, our customer service and eagerness to make everyone feel at home.”
FatPipe is one of at least five coworking spaces in Albuquerque, according to the directory on its website.
Adkins also said the quality and availability of its internet makes FatPipe a great place for people to work out of as well.
“Whether someone steps into work for a day, week or the entire month – we do our best to help them make the connections they need and want in the community,” she said. “Besides that – it’s a fun place to be.”
And there may be more FatPipes around New Mexico if all goes according to plan. Last September, Adkins teased some future locations for branches of the coworking space such as Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Taos. In February it finalized plans to open a second location at the New Mexico State University Grants campus to help telecommuters.