Everyone knows that WeWork offers beer on tap. But what kind of beer is in each building? The Harpoon Celtic Ale or the Mighty Squirrel? And what if your favorite is flowing on a different floor than where you work?
“It was kind of an off-handed suggestion from our co-founder,” says Calise. “He was tired going from floor to floor to see what beers were on tap.”
It’s proven to be so popular that people from other WeWork offices have asked how they could get a website of their own. It’s been a fun way to bond with the other members at the WeWork space, which has served as Calise’s office since it opened its doors in 2014.
“When people start talking to me in the hallway, I sometimes have to switch gears,” Calise says. “I realize that they’re actually talking about the beer website.”
Calise knows all about bringing people together because he’s chief technology officer for CommunityCo, a collection of invitation-only networking groups that connect professionals with their peers.
The business started out as Young Entrepreneur Council, an invitation-only group for founders who are 40 and younger. It’s an elite group, as membership requires $1 million in financing, $1 million in annual revenue, or a recent sale of a business for $2 million.
The plus for founders? In the words of one of its members, YEC is “the most high-impact group of young entrepreneurs on the planet.” Networking opportunities, branding and media advice, and a “concierge team” that provides one-on-one support are among the services.
YEC is still an integral part of the business, but the number of groups has grown considerably. Partnering with Forbes Media, Calise’s company has helped to create Forbes Councils, which are groups specifically focusing on everything from tech to law to public relations.
Calise says the past two weeks have been busy, but completely gratifying.
“We’re constantly in the state of launching these new communities,” Calise says. “We have seven that are live right now. This has been a really strong partnership for us. It’s incredible.”
He gives a lot of the credit to WeWork, which has seen his company quadruple in size since becoming members. They’ve even been able to take down the glass walls between three smaller spaces to create a light-filled corner suite.
“WeWork has definitely helped us,” says Calise. “It’s great being around so many other brilliant companies. When you walk down the hallways and see what people are working on or what they’re building, it creates an energetic environment.”
Photos: Pretty Instant