Women Who Exit Interview
Felena Hanson “virtually” sat down with coworking pioneer, Liz Elam, to discuss the sale of her business, Link Coworking, in Austin, Texas.
A leader of the global coworking movement, Liz Elam blends a spirit of collaboration and innovation with an unwavering commitment to excellence and pushing boundaries.
Founder of the largest coworking conference in the world, Elam has grown the Global Coworking Unconference Community (GCUC) from inception to a cross-cultural go-to for the workspace industry in the U.S., South America, China, Canada, the UK, Australia and beyond.
Elam unapologetically pushes the coworking movement to adopt sound business practices and think bigger about the vision and impact individual operators and workspace brands can make. Her work to dismantle the loneliness epidemic through coworking and community-building resonates with space operators and members, alike.
With a natural entrepreneurial drive, Elam launched Link Coworking in Austin, Texas, in 2010, expanded Link to three locations, and grew it to the fourth largest coworking brand in Austin before selling it in 2019. She is the first woman in the world to successfully exit a coworking brand.
A founding partner at The Deco Group, a coworking consultancy, Elam is also a partner in Co.RE the first Real Estate Opportunity Fund. Co.RE is looking to raise $100 million to invest in real estate with vetted coworking operators with proven experience running a coworking business.