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Should I move into a hacker house?

I'm thinking about moving into a hacker house in San Francisco, they offer mentoring and training with a focus on Mobile apps for $800 a month.

Can anyone give me pros and cons of this?

Is this a good or bad deal?


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Andy Keil
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Andy Keil Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Does that include living expenses? Because that's insanely cheap if it does.
Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Does that include rent? How many others live there? Average rent in SF is $3-4k/month, right? So take the average in the house's area, divide by the number of people... The mentoring and training is doubtless useful too, but I wouldn't pay $800/month for that alone.
Michael Brill
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I doubt that includes living expenses. But assuming it covers a desk - that's worth $400-$500. Being surrounded by a bunch of developers who have an expectation that they're going to share knowledge, and to even have some more formal mentoring/training... depending on the level you're getting, that's worth much, much more. So $800 seems like a pretty decent deal to me - IF you're really getting the mentoring/training vs. being the weird guy sitting alone in the corner.
Michael Cole
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Thomas, things you might ask if they offer are:

Mastermind groups: A group of 4-5 people, over several weeks, take turns putting their group attention on each member's idea/business. So you get an hour's work of brainstorming/feedback, but showing up for 4-5 weeks in a row.

Accountability groups/Standup: Similar but different. Basically say what you're doing to do, then people in the group hold you to it. Daily meeting to get great way to get feedback on your realism and productivity.

Demo Days: Similar to Accountability groups, but ever 2-3 weeks you give a demo of what you're working on.

What is the hacker house offering?

If it's just being around "talented people", their best talent may be selling, instead of hacking.
Thomas Jay
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Yes the $800 covers rent, office and basic house supplies, not food. It is 10 minutes from the Financial District off Muni next to UCSF Med Center with lots of places to eat near by.

There are places for 10 people, I would be the first of a new batch so its empty now but there are others who have applied, I have been accepted, its month to month with training and mentoring as well as access to some investors in the bay area.

http://www.saddlehousesf.com/
Michael Brill
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I'd first talk with a few ex-cons first to see whether the top or bottom bunk is better. At least you can see how they can get away with only $800 (I really thought that was some number to get you in and then maybe eat you?).

Seriously, it's hard to say without knowing your alternative... would you Airbnb your existing place, etc.

My general inclination is that you should do it. It's not a money thing, but rather being able to spend some concentrated time with nerds half your age. Whether or not it lives up to its technical promise, the anthropological value to you will likely be worth it. If it sucks, then you've lost nothing except perhaps a bit of sleep.

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