Proximity Space acquires North Carolina software firm

Josh Freed

Proximity Space, a Western Colorado firm that supplies software and hardware to manage coworking spaces, has acquired a software company based in North Carolina.

The addition of SMPL will bring new and enhanced features to software used by thousands of members of coworking spaces, said Josh Freed, chief executive officer of Proximity Space based in Montrose.

“In an industry with a number of software solutions, SMPL stands out as a leader in customer experience,” Freed said. “This is true of their product and customer support, and we’ve been incredibly impressed with every SMPL interaction. Our conversation started with a discussion about features, but it quickly became clear we have a lot of shared values. We’re a match because we’ve built our businesses on community and taking care of customers.”

Garrett Tichy, cofounder of SMPL, agreed. “SMPL started with a focus on the community that coworking creates, and we see the same devotion in the Proximity platform and their team. I believe our companies have been headed in the same direction, and joining our visions together is the natural progression of our shared desire to connect the mobile work force.”

Coworking spaces using SMPL software will gain access to additional features and a digital door control system. The members of those spaces also will have an opportunity to connect with a network of remote and freelance workers and entrepreneurs. Features of SMPL software will be incorporated into the Proximity platform, including the ability to delay membership start dates, invite new members with single-click signup and more effectively manage attrition.

Proximity Space provides software to manage coworking spaces, including access, conference room scheduling, event management, internet access and membership billing. The company also offers training to manage coworking spaces and operates coworking spaces in Grand Junction, Montrose and Ridgway. For additional information, visit