Co-Working: Mind-Melding Places For Solopreneurs

By Roger Showley
The San Diego Union-Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The Co-Working concept is taking hold in San Diego where women in business can rent a desk for $500 per month in a warehouse or commercial building and work alongside other individual entrepreneurial “soloprenenurs.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune

First came home offices where new ideas turned into a small business.

Then Starbucks became the place to work on a laptop and network with neighbors and clients.

Now a new concept –“co-working” or “shared workplaces” — is taking hold: Rent a desk for $500 per month in a warehouse or commercial building and work alongside other individual entrepreneurial “soloprenenurs.”

The sharing economy has produced this growing type of office in San Diego and around the country to the point where an estimated 40 percent of companies are thinking about adopting it in some form themselves.

“This is perfect — exactly what we were looking for,” said Ryan Johnson, 24.

He’s one of five venture-capitalists at Israel-based OurCrowd, who work at DeskHub, a 15,000-square-foot co-working space in Little Italy.

He previously operated out of his apartment and now is able to invite dozens of angel investors to monthly meetings. Once in a while he picks up tips from other DeskHub companies for possible investment opportunities.

“We love the ability to network with other entrepreneurs and startups,” Johnson said. “There are days when the main room at lunch is just crazy — people having conversations, people touring around. It’s a cool environment. You’re always talking to somebody new. I hear people making connections and introductions I’m sure they would not have found if they weren’t at DeskHub.”

Jay Chernikoff, 36, started DeskHub in Scottsdale, Ariz., almost two years ago, when he was shifting from tech to real estate and needed a flexible workspace.

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