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You can find most of our entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, startup team members at one of our two locations in the Des Moines metro. We're getting ready to move into a new space in downtown Des Moines, so check back soon for updates.

(You may have also seen us all over the internet in stock photos.)

Gravitate Downtown

Gravitate Valley Junction

 
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Don't just take our word for it – other people think our coworking with us is pretty great, too.

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When I joined Gravitate in 2017, I was looking to get out of my home office and find a place to be more productive; I wasn’t expecting to also find my “Office Tribe.” Every morning, I look forward to going into Gravitate, because I’m surrounded by innovative and creative minds!

- Colleen Kinsey, KinseyCo.

 
When I moved to Des Moines I was in need of two things—workspace that was outside of my house, and a way to meet new people. Gravitate has been an indispensable resource that has helped me manage both my professional and social life in one convenient place.

- Mason Kessinger, Wright Auction


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You know what they say – it takes a village. Say hello to the friendly faces who keep everything "Gravitate" running smoothly.

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GEOFF WOOD

Founder, connector and space captain

Geoff started Gravitate in July 2013 to work with freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Geoff also hosts a podcast, speaks at conferences, organizes events and has been helping tell the story of the Iowa startup community since 2009.

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Kyle Lewis

Community Manager (Valley Junction)

In addition to Kyle’s work with Gravitate, he sits on the organizing team for 1 Million Cups Des Moines, and he and his wife own Babydale Diaper Service, the only cloth diapering service in the state of Iowa! Follow him on Twitter @KyleJLewis

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MEGAN BANNISTER

Freelance Writer / Digital Media Specialist

When Megan’s not writing about the city's best coffee shops or sharing stories on creative coworking, you can find her at the Des Moines Art Center or planning a road trip to a "world's largest" thing. Follow her on Twitter @meganebannister

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Abby Rowling

Community Manager (Downtown)

Abby is a startup enthusiast and has a passion for the Des Moines community. She serves as treasurer of the female art's collective the DSM Girl Gang Collective and is the founder of the annual donation drive Red Alert. You can find her on Instagram at @fancyabby

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Jake Slobe

Managing Editor for Clay & Milk

Jake is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa. In addition to his work for Clay & Milk, Jake writes blog posts for Gravitate. He has previously written for the Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, Iowa Journalist and The Daily Iowan.

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Hercules Mulligan

Hercules is the coworking dog. He needs no introduction

 

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Our History

Gravitate began on July 8, 2013 as Welch Avenue, LLC, an organization focused on helping people to build early-stage, tech-enabled businesses.

Later that month, we launched a weekly newsletter featuring the most important stories about the people, companies and organizations who help this community grow. Nearly 200 issues later, The Pull, is the best way to stay connected to the Iowa innovation community.

On September 2, 2014, we launched a coworking space in the heart of downtown Des Moines and changed our name to Gravitate. Our community is now more than 1,000 members strong and features professionals in a wide-range of industries.

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In April 2017 we opened our second location: Gravitate Valley Junction and in June 2017 we moved our original location, now called Gravitate Downtown, a few blocks to its current location. Soon, we'll be expanding into an even larger space nextdoor.


Want to meet in person?

Visit one of our spaces and see the Gravitate difference for yourself.