I'm banging some work out at a cool new coffee shop called The Summit, which is co-located in a space run by i/o Ventures. Here's a story about i/o Ventures in TechCrunch. They're offering a $25k investment and 4 month incubation in their space if you apply and are selected, so give it a shot if you're looking for space (and check out my interview with Naval, co-founder of AngelList if you're looking for seed money).
It's pretty hoppin' in here and great to see another startup-friendly space in The Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. They even have a venus fly trap at the bar. Mission is definitely edgier than many other parts of San Francisco, although the street this is on, Valencia, is a bit of a contradiction of the neighborhood, as it's a very clean, trendy street. But one street over is Mission street, where literally, you'll feel like you're in a 3rd world country (i'm not even joking. If you've ever walked the streets of San Jose Costa Rica or any other 3rd world country's capital, you'll feel right at home.)
I was introduced to i/o ventures by Jim Young, an entrepreneur who was a founder of HOTorNOT among other things. I noticed that AppBistro has a banner at i/o Ventures, but I'm not sure what other startups are already here - the manager was telling me there are 4 or 5 companies but he wasn't sure of the names, although he was pretty sure that DamnTheRadio was another one of them. If you know what other companies are in the space (as well as what's good to order off the Summit menu!) please leave comments below.
Yeah, San Jose Costa Rica is definitely not a third world country. If you think it is, you should probably visit a real "3rd world" country and then make the call. Mission St . just feels like a gritty city street in the developed world, which SF doesn't have too many of. The entire Mission is gentrifying, so I'm not sure I'd call Valencia a contradiction in the hood -- it's more like Mission street is now!
List of I/O companies companies are here on the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I/o_Ventures
UPDATE: As of March 1, 2013, SOMACentral is moving to a new space (and we are too). Here's a first look.
PointAbout just signed a lease for office space in San Francisco.
We're just getting one office to start, so we have a presence out here. The place we picked is SOMAcentral, a brand new startup-friendly space right next to the AT&T Ballpark, in the SoMa district of San Francisco.
I was so impressed with the space and the concept that I wanted to share it with other entrepreneurs. Here are some pictures of the space, and I even made a video. Here are the deets:
Last week I was sitting in bed, wrapping my brain around a programming problem presented by my newest project. With no warning, someone started pounding on the wall of my RV. No identification, no verbal communication. Just banging on the wall. Within a few seconds someone else started banging on the other side.
Would you open the door? I didn't. I shut my laptop and stayed as quiet as I could. I have light blocking curtains, but I could see that flashlight beams were reaching for the edges of them.
Then I heard someone try to open my driver's side door. It's locked. Then the passenger side. Also locked. I wondered if I remembered to lock the RV door. It gets tried, too, and the intruder can't get in.