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Fast-growing technology company HourlyNerd finally finds the perfect office space

One of the many challenges for an emerging technology company is figuring out how to harness rapid growth. There are a lot of elements that factor into that equation, not the least of which is physical space. That’s where JLL comes in.

For HourlyNerd, a Boston-based technology company offering affordable business consultants via an online portal, their story began in the Harvard Innovation Lab. While their first two spaces after the i-lab were more “permanent” solutions, their rapid business growth required them to remain nimble and flexible. 

After a series of physical expansions, another office search led by JLL was needed to find a longer term solution. “We basically doubled every year in headcount and so we wanted to be able to have a space we could grow into,” said co-founder Pat Petitti.

Enter 280 Summer Street in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, HourlyNerd’s third office in just two years and a space they may have never even known about without the help of JLL.

“What I loved about working with JLL was we were seeing things that weren’t even on the market,” said Petitti.

“We were getting these incredible deals in an area I didn’t think we could afford. If you told me a year ago that we’d have an office in Fort Point in the Seaport I would have told you that’s absolutely crazy we never could have afforded that,” said co-founder Rob Biederman.

The space not only met HourlyNerd’s financial needs, but also supported their physical growth and culture better than any of their other offices had.

“Thinking of our previous spaces, they were great and they felt start-upy, but now we feel more like a mid-stage technology company and the space reflects it,” said Biederman.

“The truth is the space makes a really, really big difference in your company. It needs to support the culture you’re trying to build and the way you want people to work together,” added Petitti. “We are insanely proud to be able to call this our office.”

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