Why we do what we do
Rewind to November 2014.
Big biz is still stuck in the mud after the financial crisis. A tide of tech and creative startups is on the rise… and let’s imagine you’re one of them.
You’re on a mission with tons of potential, doing your best work together, making a dent in the universe. Yet you’re struggling to find an office.
The big office brokers are focused on their fellow big businesses. Biiiiig deals, with leases that go on and on and on.
Fair enough. But what are you and the rest of the gang supposed to do?
Something had to change. That’s why our two founders left their corporate office gigs and set up Kontor.
Kontor came along to help scaleups and unicorns find the offices they need
To get them access to inspiring spaces where their teams actually want to work. To give honest and expert advice every step of the way. To make sure they weren’t taken to the cleaners.
And we were in it for the long haul.
Helping startups scale from 10 desks to 20, from 50 to 100, from 100 to infinity. Helping them expand internationally. And helping them get through the tough times too. The downsizing, the budget cuts, and yes... the craziness of coronavirus.
To serve them well, we had to break the mould.
Square footage isn’t the only thing that matters in an office search. We had to get under the skin of what makes clients tick, their vibe, where they are on their journey.
And with the world’s pace of change always on the up, “business as usual” was no longer part of the playbook. Not in 2014, and certainly not today...
Founders, managers and ops bods had enough on their plate already. So we had to step it up to deliver the support they needed.
This meant replying to emails in minutes, not weeks. Building tech to take away hassle. Hiring a team who bust open the stereotypes about brokers, but also know their stuff inside out and can tease out requirements the client never even knew they had.
Because wouldn’t it be nice if you could actually look forward to the office hunt?
Now it’s 2022, and things are as interesting as ever.
The industry is in flux. Growing demand for a mix of remote and in person “hybrid” working, shifting market economics, innovative solutions dialing up the flexibility. It’s all to play for.
Although startups and scaleups are our OGs, these days we’re lucky to work with some other fine folks too. From billion-dollar disruptors to VCs and even like-minded blue-chips too for good measure.
We’ve helped people acquire a few square feet of office space over the years… 3 million, to be precise. (That’s around 55,000 desks in 600+ offices across 11 countries, but who’s counting?!)
Between us we have over 85 years of industry experience. For names, faces and juicy facts, meet the people behind Kontor.
We’ve moved offices six times in five years. We’ve expanded across the pond from London to New York. (Which is fortunate, seeing as we’re part of the Mayor’s International Business Programme.)
Our team of two has grown to 15. And like so many others, we've had our fair share of covid curveballs to deal with. (TLDR: the highs, the lows... we get it.)
And we’re excited to join you on your journey.
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Trusted globally by over 600 scaleups and unicorns
Some are fourth or fifth timers with Kontor. Most we’ve earned through word of mouth.