Elvina Beck – PodShare.co

Born in the former Soviet Union, Elvina jokes that she built a socialist, affordable housing model because her conservative parents wouldn’t let her have sleepovers as a kid. 

PodShare was founded when Elvina recognized three trends: the rise of the freelance economy, the loneliness solo travelers experience when overspending on solitary hotel rooms, and the difficulty transplants have when apartment hunting in a new city. 

Thinking “dormitory style co-living is a great way to save and socialize”, she flew her dad to Hollywood to help build the first “pods” in 2012. Together, they redesigned the rickety bunk bed by replacing the ladder with a stairway, and adding amenities like flat screens, outlets, lockers, and night lights. 

In three years, PodShare has proven market value (94% occupancy), collected big data (publishing over 5,000 “Podestrian profiles”), and built a reputable brand (where 16 people have tattoos of the “social travel” logo).  PodShare is “a social network with a physical address” that offers “access” to multiple locations with napping pods, co-working desks, full kitchens, showers, bicycles, and a DIY makers lab. As a membership-based live/work space, PodShare offers two pass options: 12 hours ($15) or 24 hours ($50).

Business Travel Life

Business Travel Life:

There is a co living start up specific to Los Angeles called PodShare that is also a membership-based company that allows you to live and work at any of their locations. The catch here is that the only doors in these spaces are for the showers and toilets. The idea behind that is the belief that a door may block out the opportunity of social interaction, networking, and community. Funnily enough, the inspiration for this open door concept came from MTV’s The Real World, according to an article posted by Skift.

Dare I mention that hostels may even be on the rise for business travel? The word hostelalone probably brings quite a distaste to the taste buds of many seasoned road warriors, for completely understandable reasons. When I think of a hostel, I picture a grimy room with three story bunk beds and bathrooms that look like they are cleaned once a month. Yes, maybe this is the case for backpackers looking for a nothing more than a bed to sleep in while they venture the world on what little amount of their savings is left.


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