Yogi dating site finds peace in LoDo office space

Amy DiPierro January 18, 2017 0

A MeetMindful employee sits in the firm's new office space. (Amy DiPierro)

A MeetMindful employee sits in the firm’s new office space. (Amy DiPierro)

When Amy Baglan started the dating website for yogis MeetMindful in 2014, she found that coworking spaces were a perfect match for her startup.

But relationships need room to grow.

In the last year, MeetMindful moved from Galvanize Platte to WeWork in Union Station and doubled its staff. But cramming seven people into a 225-square-foot WeWork office wasn’t the best recipe for mindful meetings.

“We just needed space, let’s put it that way,” said Baglan.

So last month, Baglan moved MeetMindful into a 1,900-square-foot office in LoDo.

“The intention here was to create something that provided private workspace, but also…a public workspace,” she said. “We wanted to create space where people could rotate and close doors if they need to.”

Landlord Unico Properties, which bought the Elephant Corral building at 1444 Wazee St. for $13 million in February, renovated the space before move-in by demolishing part of a wall, updating the kitchenette and adding a fresh coat of paint.

MeetMindful set up shop in the Elephant Corral building at 1444 Wazee St. (Amy DiPierro)

MeetMindful set up shop in the Elephant Corral building at 1444 Wazee St. (Amy DiPierro)

MeetMindful’s web developers work in one room, with windows overlooking a main space. There’s also a conference room and a room for one-on-one meetings or grabbing lunch. There’s also a break room with a ping pong table and, naturally, MeetMindful will be adding a meditation cushion and yoga mat.

Rob Bain of Cushman & Wakefield represented MeetMindful in its lease negotiations.

MeetMindful caters to singles looking for someone to share their love of meditation, yoga and other mindful activities. It graduated from startup incubator Techstars Boulder in May.

Baglan did not disclose revenue figures, but said the website’s revenue and total membership climbed 400 percent in the past year. She’s projecting that revenue will bump up another 500 percent in 2017.

Baglan said she is raising a seed funding round. According to a tally of SEC filings, MeetMindful has already brought in at least $1 million from investors.

Colorado remains MeetMindful’s biggest market, she said, with growing dating pools in a few California cities, Portland and Seattle.

And locally, MeetMindful is experimenting with a series of singles mixers. The first, later this month, is a 9 a.m. dance party and yoga class organized with Daybreaker.

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