Dogpatch Labs Cambridge Moving to New Kennel—But Will Still Be in Kendall Square

1/14/11Follow @gthuang

Dogpatch Labs Cambridge, the tech startup incubator run by Polaris Venture Partners, is moving out of its space in the American Twine Building on Third Street, Xconomy has learned from multiple sources. The original tip came from a Dogpatch resident who shall remain nameless.

After being contacted by us, Paul Jin, founder of Plummelo and a fellow Dogpatch resident, confirmed, “What I know is that we’re moving.” Jin said he didn’t know where to yet, but that “they said it’s towards Kendall Square.” It sounds like the big move will happen around the end of January. “I know that our lease is up at the end of the month,” Jin said.

Could Dogpatch’s new home be in the Cambridge Innovation Center, or one of the buildings around there? Polaris declined to comment on the record, and we haven’t heard anything definitive yet from others. But it sounds like the new space could be closer to the cluster that includes the CIC, Cambridge Center, and Microsoft N.E.R.D. (Gus Weber talked with us this week about leaving N.E.R.D. to join Dogpatch Labs, starting on Monday, but he said nothing about Dogpatch’s move.) Stay tuned…

Dogpatch Labs opened in Cambridge in September 2009, with the goal of cross-pollinating ideas and practices from entrepreneurs across different disciplines. It expanded in April 2010 by renting more space from Allurent, the online shopping software firm that shared its office space. Meanwhile, Allurent reportedly shut down last month, but Boston-based Jenzabar has acquired its assets, and an unspecified number of Allurent employees are moving to Jenzabar’s office in Boston’s Back Bay.

Recent Dogpatch startups have included Baydin, peerTransfer, RelayRides, Textaurant, Energesis Pharmaceuticals, OsComp Systems, and play140.

Robert Buderi contributed reporting to this story.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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