In what promises to be a world first, naked Hub is opening up its spaces on a by-minute basis with a hot desk seat and full access to a hub’s facilities for RMB 15 an hour, including community services and free tea, coffee–and beer.

As of today, casual co-workers in Shanghai can use the new naked Hub GO service via the naked Hub app or WeChat mini program to find nearby hubs with availability then scan a QR code at the entrance to access the building. A whistle blows and the timer starts. When the work is done, scanning again on the way out sounds a clocking off whistle and a bill is generated and settled like a Didi ride via WeChat or Alipay. No deposit required, and no need to interact with reception staff.

Naked Hub has grown through investment and mergers to become the largest premium coworking space in Asia and believes it is the first network anywhere in the world to launch a truly on demand service. We asked naked Group’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dominic Penaloza, why he thought China is the first place to see this happening:

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...