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I worked at an early non-profit coworking space in nyc back in 2005 and we also experienced every single one of the problems you mentioned in endless supply. How to make enough money to cover program costs coupled with high turnover and lots of people either succeeding out early or failing out after months of not paying rent both happened regularly. We had institutional support so could weather the costs, but the idea of it being self-sustaining given the economics was a big lift. we were always approaching something like success but never quite reaching it for the reasons you listed.



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