Creative people need creative spaces to work in. It has always been the case. But in the modern world, as large corporations swallow up buildings to run into offices, there was for a long period of time a distressing lack of creative studios and spaces for freelancers, artists and entrepreneurs to build their projects. This demand for creative ‘laboratories’ as some label them, fueled the rise of the modern open work spaces. In happening cities like Portland, Oregon, more and more creative studios are being established by entrepreneurs looking to help the cities’ creative individuals and help them flourish.
One such man is Tony Peniche, for whom Entrepreneurship in the Modern Age relies on being able to work in spaces conducive to creativity. Tony Peniche is a long time Portland, Oregon citizen who graduated from the University of Arts in the city. Creativity flows through this exciting young individuals blood, and his focus on the world of enterprise and commerce did little to dampen his appreciation of the arts.
One of his proudest projects came in the form of the NXT Industries work space. In mid 2012 he opened a 5,000sqft creative studio/office called NXT Industries and curated the space by renting the spaces to a diverse collection of freelancers in man artistic and commercial fields so that they had a little of everything. This curating approach allowed small businesses to leverage each other’s skill sets and behave like larger companies- a model which helped many of them grow quickly.
In late 2013 Tony Peniche opened up a 2nd creative studio/office. This 2nd location was 7,000sqft where he converted a junky old autobody shop into a clean modern office with the coolest conference room ever!Over the years he has been lucky enough to work with more than 200 freelancers and entrepreneurs, all of whom have appreciated Tony’s creative space projects and served as inspirations to each other and himself.
For Tony Peniche, it is these spaces which allow happening and cool cities like Portland to thrive. The city is known across the world for its forward thinking approach in the arts and indeed commerce, as more and more people seek to transform their concepts into reality in the trendy city. If you;d like to keep up to date with the young entrepreneurs progress and learn more about the city, then follow Anthony Peniche on Instagram.