Jeannine van der Linden
Founder, De Kamer
Jeannine van der Linden is a third-generation accidental entrepreneur, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. Having immigrated to the Netherlands, she, like her elders and many other women, discovered exclusion from the employment market, which prompted her to establish De Kamer.
De Kamer, under Jeannine’s leadership, has evolved into a collaborative coworking community comprising eight locations across the Netherlands. It serves as a hub for small businesses, nonprofits, cultural and arts organizations, all united by their pursuit of economic advancement through collaboration, communication, and community.
Jeannine recognizes that numerous individuals face barriers to realizing their entrepreneurial dreams, often due to the high operational costs and conventional, inefficient business practices. De Kamer offers a flexible solution, enabling individuals to access workspace tailored to their needs – be it an office, conference room, creative studio, atelier, meeting space, or classroom – without the burden of unnecessary overheads. The workspace evolves in tandem with the growth of each business, reflecting a contemporary, user-centric approach, free from the constraints of historical office norms.
Jeannine envisions coworking as the essential infrastructure of the Future of Work, a perspective that led her to assume the role of Director of the European Coworking Assembly and become the managing partner of Open Coworking.
In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Jeannine holds the distinction of being, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, the first and only American to become part of a Carnaval Crewe in North-Brabant, a source of enduring pride.
Before her move to the Netherlands, Jeannine practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in business litigation, contract review, and litigation prevention for businesses. Her expertise extends to advising on legal matters, whether involving initiating legal proceedings or implementing strategies to proactively mitigate the risk of litigation.
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