Where You Are Counts – Five Questions for Kiln’s Brighton Youd
We caught up with Brighton Youd, Kiln’s Head of Marketing, at the company’s ultra-modern co-working space located at The Gateway in Salt Lake City. New to Utah in the past year, Kiln is part of the state’s fast-growing “flexible office” industry, which includes Industrious, Industry, VentureX, WeWork, Common Grounds, Impact Hub, Salt Mine, Church & State and others.
What’s Kiln’s trajectory been so far?
BY: Led by our Founder Arian Lewis and Co-Founder Andrew Redpath, our international team has more than 20 years of collective experience in the coworking industry. We are passionate about Utah and the growing tech scene that has found roots here. Between our locations in downtown Salt Lake City and Lehi, we serve 900+ professionals representing 200+ businesses. If you ever doubt if Utah’s future is bright, I urge you to take a tour of one of our locations -- the energy is palpable.
While Utah will always be our home, we are quickly working to see what out-of-state markets will benefit from our tech-focused coworking spaces and communities. 2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Kiln.
Who are some of your marquee clients?
BY: Each of our member companies are working on exciting ventures, but to note some: Bungalow, Lambda, Go1, Seek, Parachut, Everee, and CloudApp. More than 70 percent of our membership base is tech, some early-stage and others enterprise teams. We believe in the power of community to accelerate innovation and growth in companies and the people that run them. Our mission is to help our members achieve theirs.
What are the advantages of coworking spaces for start-ups?
BY: Start-ups often don’t know what the next three to six months look like, let alone the next three to six years - which is the common length of a standard commercial lease. While I can’t speak for all coworking models, Kiln’s month-to-month memberships for individuals and teams provide financial flexibility, zero long-term liabilities, an enriching community for knowledge sharing and networking, freed up management time to focus on what matters most, and power to recruit and retain top talent at a lower cost. You can only be at one place at one time, make it count.
What’s the biggest difference about co-working spaces vs. traditional office environments?
BY: Inarguably, some of the greatest advancements in human history have occurred when groups large and small have assembled in community. At Kiln, our members are never more than a few steps away from another member who may have an answer to an important question, a joke to get through a challenging moment, or a connection to help them close a round of funding. This type of communal association is tough to find when operating in a corner office on the outskirts of town.
Any trends that you are seeing?
BY: We are seeing companies achieve higher valuations, with smaller headcounts, over shorter periods of time. It’s never been more important to reduce drag in the operation of one’s business.
Bonus question – Are your networking and information sessions exclusive to your members or can the public attend?
BY: We always want Kiln to be the epicenter of the tech community. While some of our events are exclusive to members, most are open to the public. Regularly check kilnspace.com/events and RSVP for any that may be of interest. Our 150+ seat theaters and the events that are held within them may be my most favorite part of the Kiln experience.
For more information, visit www.kilnspace.com.