Naked Group

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The naked Group (stylized naked Group) is a Chinese company that operates resorts, coworking spaces, and an "online wellness platform". It was founded in 2007 by South African entrepreneur Grant Horsfield and his wife Delphine Yip-Horsfield with headquarters in Shanghai, China. The CEO is Manoj Mehta.

History[edit]

naked Group was founded in 2007 and its first project was a boutique resort - naked Home - in Moganshan, China. It was built out of several renovated farmhouses in a small village.[1]

In November 2011, naked opened its second project - naked Stables - a much larger resort (121 rooms) also in Moganshan.[2] This resort was built upon principles of environmental sustainability and in 2013, naked Stables became the first LEED Platinum certified resort of its size in Asia.[3]

In 2015 the group launched naked Sail - a luxury catamaran available for hire based in Phuket, Thailand.

In 2017, naked opened its third resort project - naked Castle - also in Moganshan on the site of naked Home Village.[4] naked Castle has 95 rooms and incorporates the ruins of a 100-year-old stone villa formerly belonging to Scottish missionary Dr. Duncan Main.

In 2015 the group opened its first co-working office - naked Hub - at Fuxing Lu in Shanghai, China.[5] In November 2016, naked Hub earned $33 million (USD) in a funding round led by Gaw Capital Partners.[6] By the end of 2016, there were 6 naked Hubs operating in China. In May 2017 the first naked Hub opened in Beijing. In July 2017 the first naked Hub opened in Hong Kong.[7]

In 2017 the group launched Bula, an online platform connecting instructors to students to spaces to meet in.[8]

In April 2018 it was announced that naked Hub was merging with co-working rival Wework.[9]

References[edit]

  1. "Going Green in China: Naked Home Village". Wall Street Journal.
  2. "China's Green Shoots of Ecotourism". The Guardian.
  3. "LEED Scorecard". United States Green Building Council.
  4. "The Couple Who Rebuilt a Scotsman's Castle on a Chinese Mountain and Made It a Centrepiece of Eco-tourism Resort". South China Morning Post.
  5. "Shanghai's Co-Working Scene Gets Naked at Xintiandi". Mingtiandi.
  6. "Gaw Capital Leads $33M Round In Chinese Co-Working Space Firm Naked Hub". China Money Network.
  7. "Naked Hub Unveils First Hong Kong Co-Working Centre in Sheung Wan". Mingtiandi.
  8. "The gym comes to you in the sharing economy". China Daily.
  9. "Wework is Acquiring China's Naked Hub for 400 Million". Bloomberg.


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