“10 years ago, in the middle of the recession, I built this little coworking space called CO+HOOTS. When I built CO+HOOTS, I wasn’t looking to build a space. I was looking to build a PLACE. A place that didn’t yet exist in Phoenix. A place that connects, revives and supports people who are out risking it all. This place has a physical address, but extended beyond the zip codes we were given. Through my work at CO+HOOTS and building a business hub for innovators, I saw how a connected city results in a thriving city. Today, I just want to see more individuals, cities and leaders take an active role in furthering the innovation ecosystem that is being built right in their own backyard. ”
— JENNY POON
Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and founder of CO+HOOTS. Ranked No. 4 coworking space in the U.S. by Inc.com, CO+HOOTS currently houses 280+ scaling entrepreneurs and small businesses and has been an integral role in creating hundreds of jobs locally. She has led CO+HOOTS from its inception in 2010 to being recently ranked the No. 1 most innovative coworking space in the world. Through her background in business, design-thinking and marketing, she built a place where she could connect with like-minded professionals who believe business growth comes from collaboration between different industries. She speaks regularly on leadership, the importance of nurturing innovation in the workspace and works tirelessly to bring visibility to coworking as a new economic development tool for building vibrant and equitable cities.
Jenny serves as an advisor for numerous startups, Board Chair of CO+HOOTS Foundation (a 501c3 nonprofit) and as a mentor for several young entrepreneurs. Jenny was named Phoenix Business Journal’s 2016 Phoenix Businessperson of the Year. The first minority and the first woman to receive the honor.
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