About the interviewee:
Benjamin Dyett is the founder and CEO of Grind, a members-only collaborative workspace and coworking community. Prior to founding Grind, he was a mild-mannered lawyer who worked at a number of law firms where he specialized in real estate law. One day he decided, “Hey, let’s change the future of work.” So, he created Grind. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, and has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet. Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups.
Benjamin graduated from NYU Law School in 1986 and practiced as a solo practitioner and with other firms, both legal and financial prior to founding Grind. Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople, owned his own consulting firm, and has always been at the epicenter of where business and imagination meet. He lives in Brooklyn.
Tell me about your firm (number of employees, location, type of companies you work with, etc.).
Grind is a members-only collaborative workspace and coworking community with 3 locations (2 in NYC and 1 in Chicago) with more on the way soon. Our goal is to create a frictionless and productive environment for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small companies to grow stronger businesses. We only have 15 employees, since Grind itself is still a startup.
What type and size of companies do you have as clients?
Our community is completely industry agnostic, and we love that. Grindists work in fashion, education, design, and everything in between, and the space works great for individuals and small teams (2-10 people) alike.
What comes to mind when you think of “breaking the mold” in Business?
Quite frankly, I can’t help but think of Grind. The traditional office is old and tired, and we’re changing the way people think about work. We truly believe that innovation, creativity, and collaboration require proximity. The standard office plan is currently full of something that contradicts this belief: walls. Our open platform is the opposite to that and a testament to the fact that we are committed to breaking the mold.
What are the best practices for being innovative and on the cutting edge?
At Grind, we consider ourselves to be a 22nd century platform and The Future of Work. In order to stay this way, we are constantly open to change. Not in a reactive way, but in a proactive one. In some cases we even try to push our own comfort to the limits in order to stay ahead.