WeWork to acquire mobile access control expert Waltz, enhancing global platform

Together, we will bolster our ability to provide enterprises with seamless access to our workspaces around the world

Access is the foundation of people’s lives. You leave home and lock the door. Swipe your Metrocard to enter the subway. Scan your badge at the front desk, and again at the elevator. Frictionless access drives how people engage with each other and the world around them. 

Flexible access to inspiring workspaces has always been at the core of WeWork’s business. We’ve worked with large companies around the world—from GE Healthcare in Seoul to Microsoft in New York City—to give their employees the flexibility to work out of any WeWork in their city, country, or world. Our on-demand memberships help organizations expand their global footprint and provide employees with unlimited access to our spaces and communities around the globe. The key to supporting our on-demand memberships is the ability to provide each member with a single global credential connecting people with space everywhere. 

Today, we’re excited to announce the next step to building a physical access platform for our global membership by welcoming Waltz to the WeWork family. With deep expertise in mobile access and system integrations, Waltz has the most advanced and sophisticated products to provide that single credential to our members and to help us better connect them with our spaces. 

Waltz has developed a mobile application and reader that makes it easy for employees and guests to securely enter buildings and offices. This technology will help us provide seamless access for members across our spaces and in our locations around the world. 

“Our technology team is focused on global access control in order to provide our members with a frictionless experience from curb to office,” said Shiva Rajaraman, WeWork’s chief technology officer. “Waltz’s incredible team and technology will allow us to broaden our access capabilities, giving members and guests an enhanced experience across our global platform. We are extremely excited to welcome the Waltz team to WeWork.”

Waltz was founded in 2015 by CEO Matt Kopel with employees based in New York and Montreal. Through this deal, Waltz will become completely integrated within WeWork and will continue to maintain its current customer base. 

“Waltz was founded with the mission to reduce friction in the physical world through a single credential to access buildings and more,” said Kopel. “WeWork has created a truly global platform, and we’re thrilled to join with them in realizing our vision by deploying our technology solutions in the built world.”