Ever been in need of a good place to work for couple of hours, and even after trailing Google and TripAdvisor, not being able to find a suitable place?
Two French founders in Barcelona had the same problem, and recently launched Daysk, the platform that lets you book a workspace by the hour. It also lets co-working spaces and cafés add free space on the platform, for free.
Both founders are ex-Softonic employees and after working for the company for many years, Julien Palier and Benoit Gilloz quit, and started working on their own.
Julien used to be the editorial VP at Softonic, and with a solid background in French television, he started as a consultant, as well as being project coordinator for the Audi Creativity Challenge, an Imagine project.
Without an office Julien way too often ended up at an awful café with bad WIFI, and started thinking that there should be a service for people that need a couple of hours of good work.
“That’s basically how the idea of Daysk came to life, and after pitching it to my co-founder six months ago we were quickly on our way test the idea and start developing the product we have today,” explains the French founder.
Crucial months to come
Daysk believes they solve several problems:
- Make it possible for people to book a great place to work for short stays (mid-day, day).
- Giving the many co-working places in Barcelona a way to fill up there empty desks and manage both availability and payments through the app.
- Cater to the growing number of companies (from freelancers, start-ups to big businesses) that support their employees working out of office.
The next six months will be important as they’re reaching companies to pitch how their workers need to get out of the office once in a while, and how Daysk is the best way to facilitate it.
“We are talking with several corporations. We are looking to sign up our first customers in Barcelona but also eyeing abroad. We’re soon going to visit Toulouse where the remote working ecosystem is booming, to talk about ways to cooperate,” Julien explains.
It’s possible to use the service for free, with what they call the discovery feature, but to get the all the perks of booking and invoicing through the app, you need to pay a subscription.
To make the company break even they need around 2.000 users according to Julien.
Coworking in Cambodia
At the moment Daysk has close to 90 workplaces on its service, most of them in Barcelona, but also some in more exotic places Julien explains:
“The app allows people to add places themselves, and we recently discovered that we have a place in Cambodia. There is also some places in Paris, Toulouse and Madrid.”
The database is growing steadily with 2-5 new places every week.
“We also have a great group of users on the service right now, that gives a lot of good feedback”.
Stimulating the co-working places
One would think that most co-working spaces only would like to have monthly paying workers, but several places in Barcelona we talked to, really appreciated the customers Daysk brings to their tables.
“The new guys coming to work for a day or two brings a good energy and a curiosity that’s healthy. The guys we had from Daysk got to meet a lot of our people, it was a very good experience we want to repeat,” says the co-founder of ApocApoc Barcelona Valérie Aubert Pietri.
The two co-founders wants the business to continue to grow organically, but will not discard raising funds if a good offer and right people comes along.
“Right now we’re very lean, and able to explore a lot of different possibilities,” says Julien.