WeWork expanding in region despite global woes

The co-working space provider is not scaling back says Southeast Asia managing director Turochas Fuad.
By: | January 16, 2020

While last year was a very tough one for co-working giant WeWork, its fortunes in this part of the world have been unaffected. In fact, it is expanding its office space in Singapore.

WeWork was once the darling of Wall Street, valued at almost US$50 billion. But a series of controversies involving its chief executive officer (CEO) Adam Neumann saw it fall from grace. WeWork’s valuation fell to less than US$8 billion and a planned IPO was shelved.

Although there were some job losses in Southeast Asia, WeWork is now focused on “growing in a smart way” according to Faud. While WeWork’s Southeast Asia operations are still part of the firm’s global business, they are ‘’self-sufficient”, with strategies done locally he adds.

WeWork, along with other co-working operators like JustCo and Spaces, is in the sweetspot as more companies look at more flexible ways of leasing office space.

In Singapore, WeWork has 12 co-working spaces, the majority of which are located in the CBD. It is expanding in Raffles Place, Alexandra Road and Collyer Quay.

WeWork’s also has outlets in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.