PAPER defining work and TOAST representing food, that was the original concept of coworking when the first ever coworking space operator PAPER + TOAST landed in Malaysia in 2010. "The concept of coworking was still relatively new globally and an unaccustomed concept in Malaysia," said Wan Imran, Director of PAPER + TOAST, "it consists of a work space and a cafe, a concept that locals can relate - working at a cafe."
Often when people think of Penang they see it solely as a tourist destination, with streets filled with hawker stalls and historical architecture - and to an extent this is true. But the city is gradually being recognized as becoming Asia's next Silicon Valley.
We've come a long way since we first launched in 2015, from our first desk in an office shared with an online booking platform to a team spread across 5 countries, operating in 11 cities around Southeast Asia.
The raison d'être for coworking spaces is community - providing members with a network of likeminded people working in a shared space, exchanging ideas, collaborating on projects, and building new relationships (both professional and personal) to help accelerate their business. Of course, this doesn't simply just happen. It takes a conscious effort to build and to then subsequently sustain that community.