We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Magni (CEO) & Gian Luca Olivieri (CFO) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea & Gian Luca, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Both me and Gian Luca (and Gianmaria – the third wheel that helped us a lot during the starting phase) love to make business that could help others and that could be valuable in the future. We launched COW-ORK because we both loved the idea and trusted “the process”. We realized it was something that could be valuable to people and businesses because of the pandemic, also. I don’t think there was a real thought process behind, we just loved the idea and embraced it at its fullest. Sometimes the best things come out of nowhere.
What should our readers know about your business?
COW-ORK is an innovative company that transforms restaurants, hotels and other hospitality venues into an all-access network of working and meeting spaces, allowing freelancers, home-workers, flexible employees and students to work in shared spaces at an affordable price.
We launched this project during pandemic to help hospitality businesses regain traffic and remote workers get out of their apartments and return to a “new normal” life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Every time someone visits us either from Italy or from any part of the world, we do have some favorite spots that we think are “must do” in Miami. The Standard Hotel is one the first place I like to show people, the mixture of party and calm is palpable as soon as you enter the lobby, the food by the pool is nice to chill and the happy hour at the end of the day is something do die for.
Faena for a drink at night is perfect to dive into the old style classic Miami vibe.
A great spot that we love to go for a nice dirty brunch is Blue Collar, a very old style diner that makes incredible food… but don’t make any plans for the afternoon because you’ll be in a food-coma for a while.
Depending by the vibe you want, we also like Call Me Gaby in South Pointe for some nice Italian style pasta and/or pizza under the stars. The place is very cozy, with candles lights all around and a bohemian design. However, the best pizza you can have is from one of our best friends, Mister01. A real shoutout to Umberto for giving us free pizzas!
If you feel posh enough, we would say Sushi by You at the Versace Mansion is the perfect spot to enjoy a great homakase sushi or just some drinks in the former bedroom of Gianni Versace. It might sound commercial, but it’s not… and sushi is just great!
Miami is full of great spots and every year it changes the fun scene in better. Other great places to visit I would say Wynwood – there are many great spots, from daily shops on the streets, festivals, fairs to clubs, restaurants and amazing people to meet.
Personally (Andrea), I’m not a big fan of Brickell, but I recognize it’s a great place where to go out if you live in the are.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We definitely need to acknowledge the support of our families and friends who supported us throughout the early stages of our startup and still provide us great ideas and feedbacks on how to improve the service and grow the business.
Karli Evans, Alicia Pettit, Lamont Howard, Monica Molina
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