May 25, 2010

The Hub SoMa: Open for business

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JD LasicaSan Francisco has a new co-working space for “radical collaboration”: The Hub SoMa.

There is poetry here: The Hub SoMa is located on the revamped first floor of the Chronicle building at Fifth and Mission. While one institution falters, another is born as a collaborative incubation space for new social enterprises. The 8,600-square-foot space, dubbed a Social Innovation Complex, will feature art exhibits, offices and large event spaces for members.

I already paid a visit to the Hub SoMa last week for a presentation by Reporters Without Borders, the international press freedom organization. Hub SoMa is a gorgeous space, one where entrepreneurs of all stripes can come together, compare notes and move forward where interests coincide. Two of the new tenants there include Intersection for the Arts and TechShop.

Thursday night is Hub SoMa’s Launch party — get your tickets for $10. 350 people have signed up so far. I’ll try to make it. Continue reading

September 3, 2009

The Hub Bay Area launches

JD LasicaThis week marks the launch of the Hub Bay Area, a co-working space that’s part of a global networks of Hubs.

If you’re not familiar with the Hub, you should be. In places like Toronto, London, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Cairo, Madrid, Stockholm, Bombay and elsewhere, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits and innovators have come together in 18 cities on five continents to collaborate and share resources. (Kevin Jones, who ran this week’s SoCap09 conference and is on the Hub Bay Area’s executive board, invited me to hold the Traveling Geeks’ tweetup at the Hub in London, but it was a bit too small for the gathering.)

The Bay Area has long had the venerable Citizen Space in San Francisco’s SOMA as well as Berkeley Coworking. Now the Hub brings coworking to another level. It’s located at the David Brower Center at 2150 Allston Way near the Downtown Berkeley BART station and across the street from UC Berkeley. The brand new building is one the Bay Area’s most advanced green building, exceeding LEED Platinum certification standards. The building also houses many local social and environmental change organizations. Continue reading