UPDATE: We're all moved in! You can see a gallery of pics of the new (finished) space right here, and a video in the comments below.
As you've probably figured out, I do what I can to help entrepreneurs get great press, work as efficiently as possible, raise angel funding, find great, startup-friendly space to work in the city, and generally be as successful as possible. Three years ago, I reviewed a new space called SOMAcentral, which then also grew to encompass a location at One Market street. I also previously reviewed a new spot called Startup HQ.
My startup, Socialize, decided to take space at SOMAcentral on Townsend st, in SOMA by the AT&T Ballpark. We've really enjoyed the vibrancy of being on a floor with 40 other startup companies.
Starting March 1st, SOMAcentral will be moving down the street to 450 Townsend, a new location even closer to Caltrain. Today, I got a first-look tour of that new spot, which is still being built out. Here are pictures and videos from that visit.
If you have a startup and you'd like to be introduced to the property manager, just leave me a comment below and I'll make an intro.
The new space is two levels + a basement. It has bathrooms and a kitchen on each level. There will be offices as well as desks available, with flexible lease durations. No word yet on pricing, but I'll add that here as soon as I know. You can likely plan on spending something less than $5k per month to get your own private office that can fit 10+ people (any fees are all inclusive and include electricity, internet service and all the coffee you can drink). The space has private "phone rooms" on each floor for calls, as well as shared conference rooms. The basement is going to be left open to hold events.
Here's a video I took of the interior:
Here are some pictures:
One of the upstairs office has a door leading to the fire escape:
The upstairs will have a lounge area that gets a ton of sun:
Here are other videos I took:
UPDATE: We're all moved in! You can see some pics below, and here's a video:
Here are a few of the pics:
Hey Daniel, thanks for this post. I'm the founder and CEO of Scholaroo (www.scholaroo.com) and we've just moved to the Bay Area and are looking for co-working space. The new space at 450 Townsend sounds great. Have start-ups moved in already? Yes, if you could message me with an introduction to the property manager that would be awesome. (I'll submit my e-mail when I register.) Hope to cross paths in SF! Cheers, Ben Kaplan
Daniel, I wasn't sure if the system shows you my e-mail, so here it is (written to avoid spam bots):
ben [at] scholaroo.com
Thanks again! :-)
Great event the other evening at Kicklabs, a startup incubator (personally I prefer SOMAcentral because of its private offices, but then again, Kicklabs has a kick-ass big blue slide you can ride from 2nd floor down to 1st!). The event also had some of the best food I've seen at a networking event, rock on.
The event was sponsored by the MIT Club of Northern California. Presenting were:
Here is video of the event:
Great event the other evening at Kicklabs, a startup incubator (personally I prefer SOMAcentral because of its private offices, but then again, Kicklabs has a kick-ass big blue slide you can ride from 2nd floor down to 1st!). The event also had some of the best food I've seen at a networking event, rock on. The event was sponsored by the MIT Club of Northern California. Presenting were: Steve Lee, Group Product Manager (Mobile Local Search & Maps) Scott Schwarzhoff, Appcelerator VP Marketing Will Stockwell, Dropbox Mobile Team Lead Jake Mintz, Bump Co-Founder Here is video of the event: //
Our first month of living in Cohousing has gone swimmingly! I have a post brewing about the fun stuff we've been up to already, but first up- some pictures of our minimalist-ish home.
This home is much bigger than anywhere we've lived before and I was more than a little nervous that it would be quickly filled with stuff and all my efforts to downsize over the last few years would be for naught. I worked my bum off before we moved getting down to the bare minimum so that we'd truly end up with more empty space in this house instead of more space filled with stuff. Unpacking was the easiest it has ever been. Completely unpacked and set up within two days, and those days were pretty leisurely. Not a single junk box of random stuff I didn't know what to do with; that's a mighty fine accomplishment! I still dream of a tiny home and am sure I'll have one someday, but right now with three adults and an almost 13 and 9 year old, it's perfect.
Onto the pictures-
The front door is just to the left of the window. There's a couple hooks on the wall where we stash our sets of keys. If I can't make it all the way upstairs with my purse it goes on a hook in the pantry closet. The large basket on the floor is where shoes are put immediately upon entering. The rainbow painting was a house warming gift when I moved into my first apartment twelve years ago. I love it and think it's perfect in the stairwell. The yellow and light is this part of the house is so dreamy.