Coworking spaces are a mostly recent Texas trend I picked up on last summer during the SummerMash tour stop I attended in Austin. I got the opportunity to meet and talk with Cesar Torres and John Erik Metcalf, the founders of the company, both of which ended up giving a great interview to Aaron at the Stickam booth that night.
Learning about their journey into creating a shared office space geared around web and mobile tech startups reminded me of my own history in the 90s with a similar trend – geek houses.
It seems like not long after we profiled Conjunctured back at Mashable, and John Erik gave a perfect blueprint in the podcast on how to grow your own local coworking space, they started popping up everywhere.
This post was prompted by an alert I got this afternoon about a new (third!) coworking space that has cropped up here in the Dallas area, so I decided to catalogue all the spaces I could find state wide.
Here they are, in no particular order.
CoHabitat – Dallas – What is now an almost fully formed (and fully occupied) co-working space just North of the downtown area, it’s a converted historic district house that’s been retrofitted on all three floors to support a number of different startups.
They’re still in the early stages of formalizing their online presences and relationship with the community, but I know that there is a variety of leading edge tech being developed there, including a semantic-centric search engine technology as well as a number of mobile-based app developers.
The regular Jelly events are also hosted here, as is generally something of interest to the community at large at least every other month.
Big in Japan – Dallas – Big in Japan is a sort of “secret coworking club.” Their website is a front for most of their money making ventures, which are their iPhone and Android development efforts. If you know someone on the inside, though, you can get access to work in their posh Infomart accommodations under the watchful eyes of a nine and a half foot Incredible Hulk statue and a dozen or so toy robots.
I generally stop by the space at least once every couple of weeks and meet with the folks there as well as catch up with whatever work I happen to have on my plate. It’s a relaxed environment, and the coffee flows like water.
Alex Muse, one of the culprits behind the venture, has strong ties to the Texas Angel Network – and it’s not uncommon to be in the same room with folks who are in the midst of securing their angel funding (while you wait!), something that’s always exciting to witness.
company|dallas – Dallas – This is a brand new coworking venture, one that I’ve absolutely no information on yet except for what’s currently up on their splash page:
- They’re scheduled to open for business May 20th.
- They’re located in the heart of Telecom Corridor in Richardson.
- They’ve got $20 day rates and $250 monthly rates.
Conjunctured – Austin – Even if you’re not in Texas, you’ve probably heard of Conjunctured. Just this March, I sat down with Cesar Torres to get the update on what’s new with them there, and if you don’t know what’s old with them,
Working at Conjunctured has been likened to many things, since it’s at the heart of the growing “startup district” in Austin: “like executive suites, but different,” “like a startup incubator,” and a way to “surrounding yourself with individuals passionate about their talents.”
There’s no doubt that community and the social media are at the heart of Conjunctured’s members, which include a branch office for Automattic, several designers and marketers, a number of professional bloggers, and a couple of rails developers.
Launchpad – Austin – Launchpad doesn’t have the same noteriety outside of Austin that Conjunctured does, but they’re well known to the the Austin community. I also briefly met the partners that started this venture, and while it’s a wildly different culture and caters to a different style of entreprenuer, they’re still a pillar of the local Austin community.
Whereas Conjunctured is more freewheeling SxSW style culture, Launchpad has a reputation for being a bit more planned and structured, while still maintaining the artists’ feel that’s endemic to Austin.
In addition to offering hourly rates for coworking space, they also play host to a cafe with “light healthy fare, specialty coffee drinks, and carefully selected beer and wine.”
Caroline Collective – Houston – We’re getting into uncharted territory down this far in the list. I’ve either extensive or passing familiarity with most of the previous coworking spaces on this list, but to be quite honest, while I knew there probably was a coworking movement in Houston and San Antonio, I had no idea who the players and locations were.
Caroline Collective seems to be the most popular and Web 2.0-friendly of the lot. Drop-ins are welcomed in free of charge, though at some point repeat visitors are encouraged to look at monthly plans ranging between $75/month to $300/month.
Your officemates there will include folks of the marketing, musical, blogging, designer, and app developer varieties. The location also seems to play host to community tech events on a seemingly bi-weekly basis.
KatyDock – Houston – KatyDock seems to classify itself as more of a business incubator and “accelerator,” than a coworking space, but the description given on their site seems to epitomize most of the other coworking spaces in the state:
“The Katy Dock allows Katy and West Houston area entrepreneurs – from freelancers to consultants to web developers to graphics designers – to work in a positively charged, creative atmosphere. Katy Dock has professional resources available through Katy Commerce Center and business advice and strategy through the TCWH. Most importantly, Katy Dock fosters a community that works together to help everyone grow.”
C4WorkSpace – San Antonio – For those that want to see what it takes to build a coworking space, an interesting blog to watch is the one for the C4WorkSpace – as of the time of this post, they’re still in the midst of doing the construction on the facilities for what looks like an interesting and aesthetically pleasing work area.
Their opening date appears to (currently) be June 1st, and they have a number of locals already signed up to start working together: Debi Pfitzenmaier of Pfitz PR, Gylon Jackson of Blog Training Academy, Dan Hong of emembaVET, and Stephen Vanderver.
The Creative Space – Bryan, TX – This site seems to be a well established coworking space, undoubtedly due to the nearness of College Station university Texas A&M. Fourteen inhabitants are featured on the front page, as well as a host of projects ranging from robotics to design.
Their motto is simple: “The Creative Space is a group of like-minded individuals out to make great work, together. We all work as one to push the local community through artistic and business endeavors while sharing space and cost.”
That’s all the co-working
spaces I could find in Texas, excluding of course the numerous local Jelly events. Do you know of one that I missed? Leave it in the comments, and I’ll include it in the next list I do!