Breather is a flexible workspace provider based in Montreal, Canada., Breather was founded by Caterina Rizzi and Julien Smith, the company's CEO. The idea came from Smith when he traveled and found himself working in various coffee shops. Smith is author of three books and often traveled for public speaking events. He founded the company as a way to let people find a quiet space. Breather had a soft launch in Montreal before expanding to New York City. As of 2019, the company had more than 500 private workplaces available in 10 major cities., As of June 2018 the company has raised a cumulative $122.5 million in funding., In January 2019, the company announced that Julien Smith would step down as CEO. He was replaced by Bryan Murphy, a former eBay executive.