Bay Area Coworking Spaces: The Xconomy Guide

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lunch to aspiring entrepreneurs.” Companies apply for free six-month stints in the space, and they benefit from frequent networking events, but Dogpatch isn’t a classic incubator—Polaris doesn’t require an equity stake in resident companies. In San Francisco, Dogpatch sublets space from Social Media, which produces rich-media Web advertisements; from what I can tell, there are also quite a few other small organizations sharing the space, which makes for a lively time.

Founders Den

665 Third St., San Francisco

Founders Den is an invitation-only operation that bills itself as a “shared office space and private club for experienced entrepreneurs and their friends.” You can only get a desk in this 8,500-square-foot facility through a referral from a Founders Den advisor, sponsor, managing partner, or existing tenant. The managing partners, who include Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, say the space is designed to appeal to entrepreneurs who would sooner work from home than join one of San Francisco’s existing coworking spaces.

Hacker Dojo

140A South Whisman Rd., Mountain View

$100 per month

Hacker Dojo calls itself “a community center for hackers and thinkers to meet, discuss, learn, create, build, and play.” Members use the space for coding, electronics fabrication, robotics demonstrations, and even quilting and baking. “Any activity that can be safely done indoors and doesn’t require heavy equipment or ventilation is encouraged,” the organization’s site says.

Hanhei Investment Co.

97 Brokaw Rd., San Jose

$100 per month

Hanhai Investment Inc. tells Xconomy that it is looking for tech startups that have an interest in China to rent space in its “plug and play” office environment. The company writes: “Today a growing number of small to mediums size businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs wish to enter the Chinese market, but more often than not lack the resources. For small businesses and developing ventures, needed resources vary greatly: experience, staff, office space, equipment, wisdom, connections, tax incentives, legal counsel, knowledge and training, funding, a professional work environment that promotes progress. Perhaps the biggest perk is that you will be in a stimulating work environment that surrounds you with mentors, investors and fellow startups companies.”

Hatchery

625 Second Street, San Francisco

$550-$650 per month, $1,500-$4,000 for private offices

Hatchery occupies a 21,000-square-foot space just two blocks from AT&T Park and South Park and a short walk to CalTrans and MUNI. Members have 24/7 access to the space, which will include up to 180 desks configured for four, six or eight users in a highly flexible format, with lockers available for storag. Twelve shared conference rooms and telephone rooms accommodate from four to 20+ people with Polycom phones and whiteboards. Other amenities include  broadband internet (wireless and wired optional) and networked printer, scanner, fax and copier, on-site management, mail-handing service, voicemail system, on-call administrative and IT support, two shared kitchens with daily free coffee, tea, water and catering services for member functions. Hatchery says its members “will include a range of industries, from start-ups to established firms, including technology and social media, legal, advertising/public relations, product development and design firms, among others” and that membership will come with “unparalleled connectivity with some of the Bay Area’s leading investors and business, governmental and philanthropic leaders, the result of the founders combined 50 years experience working across a range of industries.”

Hub Berkeley

2150 Allston Way, Suite 400, Berkeley

9:00 am – 6:00 pm weekdays

$25 to $295 per month.

Hub Berkeley has 2,000 square feet of desk and event space in the David Brower Center, a LEED Platinum-certified building that’s home to 30 social and environmental enterprises. 30 work spaces are available, but no permanent desks.

Hub SoMa

901 Mission Street, Suite 105, San Francisco

9:00 am – 6:00 pm weekdays

$25 to $545 per month

Hub SoMa has 8,600 square feet of desk, meeting, and event space in the San Francisco Chronicle building—part of the 5M project to revitalize a four-acre area bounded by Mission Street, Howard Street, 5th Street, and 6th Street. Desk space available for as little as five hours per month or as many as you want. Permanent desks available.

I/O Ventures

780 Valencia St., San Francisco

Like the next organization on the list (Kicklabs), I/O Ventures is both a co-working space and a venture incubator. Startups apply for a three-month term of residence and turn over 8 percent of their common stock in return for office space, mentorship, and investments ranging up to $25,000.

Kicklabs

181 Fremont St., San Francisco

A venture incubator run by Transmedia Capital, Kicklabs opened in June 2010 at 250 Brannan Street in SoMa, and is relocating its companies to offices managed by … Next Page »

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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  • Bob Crimmins

    Thanks, Wade; great resource. Is there a similar effort in the works for Seattle, Boston, New York, SoCal, Houston, Michigan, etc.? Here’s a theory for you: incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, etc. are both a leading indicator of regional startup growth trends and a meaningful predictor of the longer-term growth potential.

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/wroush/ Wade Roush

    @Bob Crimmins: Thanks for your comment, and I agree with your theory.

    In fact, we do have similar lists for Boston, Southeast Michigan, and San Diego. They’re part of the resource guides we call “X Lists.” Unfortunately, we haven’t had time to compile full X List guides for San Francisco or Seattle, but today’s piece is a start for the Bay Area.

    Boston: http://www.xconomy.com/boston/resources/technology-co-working-spaces/

    Detroit: http://www.xconomy.com/detroit/resources/technology-co-working-spaces/

    San Diego: http://www.xconomy.com/san-diego/resources/technology-co-working-spaces/

  • https://www.SharedBusinessSpace.com Julie Clark

    A few other great coworking space options are:

    Sandbox Suites – in SF and Berkeley

    NextSpace – in SF and Santa Cruz

    Rocket-Space is a newly opened space in SF

    I think Citizen Space is closing – check with them.

    These are all listed on https://www.SharedBusinessSpace.com which is a national listing directory of business-to-business shared offices and coworking spaces for rent. Businesses with unused offices, workstations or desk space list their extra space on this site. Others seeking a shared space with a complementary business can search the database for free.

  • http://AltamontCowork.com AltamontCowork

    Just a bit further east (where most of your commuters come from) is AltamontCowork in Tracy, CA. :-)

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  • http://www.parisoma.com Stephanie Ng

    Great list – though I noticed pariSoma is missing ;) pariSoma is a great space located in the SOMA district of the city and they’re offering a sale on March: sign up for 3 months and March is free! (www.parisoma.com)

    Another great resource is http://www.shareyouroffice.com where you can browse/list available office space or desks completely free!

  • http://www.co-spot.com Joanna Portllo

    I have another addition to this amazing list: CO-Spot http://co-spot.com/index.html. We’re a new space in SOMA, right across the street from both Caltrain and Muni Train stations.

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/wroush/ Wade Roush

    @Stephanie – No, I think pariSoma was on the list from the beginning.

    @Joanna – Thanks, I’m adding CO-Spot to the list now.

    @AltamontCowork – That’s pretty far east! Do people think of Altamont as part of the Bay Area?

  • http://bluedoorlab.com Gina Lujan

    Hi!
    We just opened a small co-working space in Berkeley. Check us out at http://bluedoorlab.com We are located at 2946 Martin Luther King Way Berkeley.. We are on the corner of Ashby and MLK.. Across from Bart and right in front of a bus stop.

    Check us out.. We are new and small!

    Thanks!
    Gina
    Blue Door Lab

  • http://www.parisoma.com Stephanie

    @ Wade – hmm listed on this blog post/list? Can’t seem to find it!

    @ Gina – be sure to list your new space on http://www.shareyouroffice.com to let others know about your space! And congrats on the new space!

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/wroush/ Wade Roush

    As a supplement to this article, here is a new list of Bay Area co-working spaces that belong to a network administered by Liquid Space (http://liquidspace.com/), which allows workers to make real-time workspace reservations at a variety of co-working locations.

    Pacific Business Centers – Oakland
    1300 Clay St. Ste. 600, Oakland, CA 94612, US

    Turf
    720 Market Street Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94102, US

    RocketSpace San Francisco
    181 Fremont St , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Hedge Fund Services
    1 Bush Street, Suite 1200 , San Francisco, CA 94104, US

    One Workplace – Oakland
    7220 Edgewater Drive , Oakland, CA 94621, US

    Carr Workplaces Embarcadero Center
    4 Embarcadero Center Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94111, US

    NextSpace Coworking – San Francisco
    28 2nd St 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Sandbox Suites Berkeley
    1900 Addison St. #200 , Berkeley, CA 94704

    CO-Spot
    350 Townsend Street Suite 210, San Francisco, CA 94107, US

    Pacific Business Centers – San Francisco
    201 Spear Street Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    A Great Space to Work
    San Francisco Seaplane Tours , San Francisco, CA 94133-1006

    PariSoma
    169 11th Street , San Francisco, CA 94103, US

    City Square at Oakland City Center
    555 12th St , Oakland, CA 94607

    Blue Door Lab
    2946 Martin Luther King Jr Way , Berkeley, CA 94703, US

    Tech Liminal
    268 14th St , Oakland, CA 94612, US

    101 2nd Street
    101 2nd St , San Francisco, CA 94105

    KPMG Building
    KPMG Building 55 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

    Regent Business Centers – 315 Montgom…
    315 Montgomery Street 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104, US

    Kensington Park
    450 Post Street , San Francisco, CA 94102, US

    343 Sansome
    343 Sansome , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    58 2nd Street
    58 2nd St 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    CBS Interactive Building
    235 2nd Street , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Executive Hotel Vintage Court
    650 Bush Street , San Francisco, CA 94108

    Sandbox Suites SOMA
    123 10th St , San Francisco, CA 94103

    Sandbox Suites Union Square
    567 Sutter St , San Francisco, CA 94102, US

    Rocketspace-Mobile Work Week!
    181 Fremont St , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Sir Francis Drake Hotel
    450 Powell St , San Francisco, CA 94102

    Hatchery SF
    625 2nd St, Suite 200 , San Francisco, CA 94107, US

    Millwood Inn & Suites
    1375 El Camino Real , Millbrae, CA 94030, US

    SFO Business Centers
    900 Cherry Ave. Suite 300, San Bruno, CA 94066, US

    Larkspur Hotel Mill Valley
    160 Shoreline Highway , Mill Valley, CA 94941, US

    Pacific Business Centers – Cupertino
    19925 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite 100 , Cupertino, CA 95014, US

    Rockefeller Group Business Centers – SJ
    560 S Winchester Blvd Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95128, US

    NextSpace Coworking – San Jose
    97 South 2nd St #100 , San Jose, CA 95113, US

    Pacific Business Centers – Sunnyvale
    1250 Oakmead Parkway Suite 210, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, US

    Pacific Business Centers – San Jose
    111 No. Market Street, Suite 300 , San Jose, CA 95113, US

    McCarthy Business Center
    1525 McCarthy Blvd Suite 1000, Milpitas, CA 95035

    One Workplace – Milpitas
    1057 Montague Expy , Milpitas, CA 95035, US

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Town Center
    93 W El Camino Real , Mountain View, CA 94040, US

    Hotel Zico
    200 E El Camino Real , Mountain View, CA 94040, US

    Irish Innovation Center
    189 W Santa Clara St , San Jose, CA 95113, US

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  • Milan@Critosphere

    http://www.critosphere.com/ Is a new co-working space in Fremont. Any way this can be included?

    Thanks!

  • Michelle Knoop

    Thanks for this list. Does anyone know of any shared work spaces around Novato or San Rafael in Marin County, California?
    Thanks for any tips!