By @SimonCocking , responses from Gabriela Hersham, co-founder and CEO, Huckletree and Andrew Lynch, co-founder and COO, Huckletree 

Describe the company – the elevator pitch …

Andrew: Huckletree is a workspace accelerator, focused on bringing together tech and digital lifestyle startups, scaleups, global innovation teams and entrepreneurs and helping to scale their businesses.

How are you different?

Gaby: Everything we do comes back to our values: Stay Curious and Be Renegade. We curate our members to create a diverse, intelligent, inspiring community. We want the renegades: those who are disrupting their chosen industries, from healthtech to fintech, via content, fashion and gaming. They all have one thing in common: they’re awesome to spend time with.

Why will you do well?

Gaby: Because we’re building a business on values that are important to us, and we’re seeing that our community is truly connected to Huckletree as a result. Many things will of course evolve and change as we grow, but I’d like to think that we’ll always stay true to our gut and to what we believe and that this will continue to be reflected in our product. It’s made with love!

Andrew: We’re so focused on transforming our spaces into hubs our members derive a huge amount of value from. Whether that’s through high-level community curation along sector verticals, or hands-on workshops where we get into the weeds of their problems, our definition of Huckletree’s success is founded on the success of our members.

Where are you based?

Gaby: We have three London locations and our first Dublin workspace, which just launched on Pearse Street. We’re rarely in the same place two days in a row!

When was the company launched?

Gaby: 2014. I’d been working out in New York from a shared workspace and was really inspired by the collaboration between the community. When I headed back to London, I did a lot of market research and realised there just wasn’t anything fulfilling that need here. Huckletree was one of London’s first coworking brands!

What have been your biggest wins to date?

Andrew: Put simply: our members. We’ve grown an amazing community over the past four years. It’s amazing to count Datadog, Kontainers and Silicon Valley Bank amongst our founder members here in Dublin.

Gaby: We’re also really proud of the buildings we’ve secured so far. We’re always pushing for inspiring spaces – our West London workspace is the former BBC Media Centre for example. Similarly, we knew our first Dublin space had to be something special. The Academy on Pearse Street has amazing cultural resonance – it doesn’t get much better than a namecheck in Ulysses!

Who are you trying to attract to your product?

Gaby: Startups, scaleups, entrepreneurs and global innovation teams disrupting the tech, lifestyle and creative industries.

What tips would you give to others looking to build their business?

Gaby: Surround yourself with people who have good will towards you and who believe in what you’re building. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have an empathetic network around you when you’re building your own business.

Andrew: Always have Plan B (and C!) up your sleeve. One thing every founder needs to understand more than anything is that nothing will ever go perfectly to plan. Great innovators and entrepreneurs have excelled because they have been able to manage each situation they have faced. To quote Shaw, “progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

Tell us about your team?

Gaby: We’re over 30 people today, across Dublin and London. I can praise my team until the cows come home (they really are incredible) but here’s something less opinion, more fact: we’re an exact 50:50 Male/Female ratio and a quarter of us are yogis.

What are your plans for the future?

Andrew: At the moment, we’re focused on building out our global ecosystem and growing our communities in London and Dublin.

Gaby: We’re always looking ahead to future spaces, too. We’re constantly researching locations in the UK and beyond. It’s about finding thriving startup ecosystems where having a base would add tangible value for our existing community.

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

Gaby: Amazon Echo, Hive, Nest.

Andrew: Since having my first child – Edie – I’ve started to look at my sleeping patterns more (or lack thereof!), so my FitBit is key here. I’d also be lost without my Kindle!

What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?

Gaby: I wish I really made use of the Apple Watch to help me track my fitness.

Andrew: One of our first members at HKT Shoreditch were a blood testing startup called Thriva. Their ambition is to help people understand what’s really going on inside your body with smart finger-prick blood tests you take at home. I wish I didn’t hate pricking my finger!

How do people get in touch with you?

Gaby: We’re always on Twitter and think it’s a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of the tech ecosystem. Right now we’re in the middle of a battle to gain the most followers. Help us out on @ourlynchpin and @gabrielahersham.

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