How Breather’s hourly platform fills a gap for Canada’s 13 million mobile workers


Since its launch in 2013, Breather has been quickly expanding across North America. The “Airbnb for workspaces” recently launched in Toronto, and raised a $20 million Series B from investors including Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures.

Breather was the latest startup to pitch on The Disruptors as part of the Work and Learning special, which focused on how startups are changing the traditional ways of work and education. Breather’s platform, which allows users to rent by the hour, includes spaces are hand-picked with “curated” furniture to ensure a consistent experience throughout. The company has garnered 100 spaces across six cities in North America.

“Breather is disruptors what we think of as the traditional workspace. Our long-term plan is to be in every commercial building in the city, and we want to be as accessible and available as the local offee shop,” said Ashleigh Berger, GM of Breather Toronto. “But with the added functionality of privacy so that people can be more productive.”

Co-host Bruce Croxon said that the pitch touches on one of his favourite types of startups featured on the show — those that can take advantage of unused inventory. “It seems particularly curated for millennials that are flexible and can go anywhere,” he said.

Watch the whole pitch below:

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Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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