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Shared office space?

Finding office space for a startup that does not have funding yet can be a difficult task, especially in SF with the high rent price, and meeting in people house or bar is often not working well. There are many shared spaces/accelerators/incubators but you either have to pay $500+ for a ridiculously small table among 100 other ones in that same large and noisy space or give a substantial part or equity of your company. I am curious to know how others have been able to find a reasonable space at reasonable price to get started. I am wondering if there is an opportunity to create a platform to allow startup to self discover and arrange in renting a shared office space or a large house? Has anyone had experience trying to rent an office with other startups and has experience with some of the pitfall to avoid or comparisons with the traditional per-table co-working space?

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Shobhit Verma
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Shobhit Verma Entrepreneur • Advisor
building an adaptive recommendation engine
Why do you need space ?
If it is a small team, working from someone's house should work out.
If it is a large unfunded team then it will fail in a few months anyways.
During my early years I got a desk at HackerDojo in Mountain View for a very reasonable price but I never used it as an office space anyways. When I had meetings, I met at the other person's office or a coffee shop. It works.
A startup will never fail for lack of office space, though that can reduce the time to failure, which is not a bad thing.
There will be a time when all else is going well and you just need a space to hack and stay productive, at that time paying $500 for office space will not seem like a big deal. Do it then. Seems like you are questioning the price only because you are not there *yet* when you can derive that much additional value from the space.
Chris Palmer
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Chris Palmer Entrepreneur
Founder at BoxFox
I know the team at https://desksnear.me/en is working on an office space subleasing platform like you described Yohan. It'd be worth checking out.
Jason S. Lewis
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Jason S. Lewis Advisor
CEO at Ecospace I Denver Office Space | Tenant Lease Negotiation I Company Culture Expert
Yohan, Great questions! Check out a company called PivotDesk.The model is setup asthe airbnb for office space. It was designed to fit the exact need you discussed. Even though I co-founded PivotDesk, as an office broker for growing tech companies, I use tools outside of PivotDesk as well. LinkedIn is surprisingly very good, especially if you only want to work with people inside your network. Posting an "office space needed" update will produce surprisingly positive results. The other is Craigslist. We have a lot of our clients start there and find a small locally owned space the landlord is renting cheap to help cover their mortgage. Other sites like 42floors, SquareFoot, LoopNet, etc can be options. No matter which route you go, a good way to start is to reach out to a local office broker who specializes in technology spaces.

Sachin Agarwal
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Sachin Agarwal Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder, Braid (braidhq.com) - lightweight project and client management built into Gmail and Google Apps
Have you looked into a local public library? If you're OK with not being able to drink coffee/tea while you code, the WiFi isn't too bad and it's generally quiet if you're in a good branch.
Jamelah Henry
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Jamelah Henry Advisor
Recruitment Head at Something New Staffing & Training Services LLC
I would have to agree with Sachin and look into a local public library. I actually do that now. I worked out a deal with the libraries in my state. I volunteer for them in exchange for using their office space for my training workshops. It's a win win and they allow me to promote my business using their logo which gives me more credibility as a start-up.
David HM Spector
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David HM Spector Entrepreneur • Advisor
Product Manager at Realm Inc
WeWork is actually pretty reasonably priced and has multiple locations in SF (as well as many other cities).
Robert Freedman
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Robert Freedman Advisor
VP Hardware Development at Accomplio
These days in SF, there seems to be a wide range of options. Given the churn as companies quickly grow and move on, smaller spaces do continue to open up, but you need to be on top of it. It seems word of mouth is better than ads or Craigslist for finding space. We've trialed both Wework and Nextspace and we ended up using Nextspace for a longer term rental due to location. But both had small office options as well as desks, which were great. We've also looked at Regis, which is surprisingly ok depending on the location and vibe they are going for. Our current option is renting desks in a complementary company's offices with extra space. Not as larger as the 100+ desk factories and more of the small company vibe.
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