20 August 2008 ~ 2 Comments

BizDevHouse: Oakland, CA

Open House tomorrow

grand opening in 2 weeks

Did the Mayor declare this coworking week in Oakland or something while I was outta town? East Bay spaces in general and Oakland spaces in particular seem to be proliferating all of a sudden. 

There’s not just Derby Creek Coworking Cooperative on Telegraph Ave. in North Oakland at the Berkeley border fresh on the scene (where this past Monday’s orientation meeting featuring a Concord coworking space creator and a Berkeley Coworking founder is a topic for another post). It’s much more than the meeting last night at a co-creative incubator-esque social-venture shared space that’s been together since 2003 just two blocks from my home, NextNow Collaboratory. What popped up today on my radar is another new coworking space in Oaktown

BizDevHouse coworking in Oakland, CA

BizDevHouse coworking in Oakland, CA

BizDevHouse is in the lower Oakland hills/Glenview area, in what looks like a house (a la Cambridge’s BetaHouse) a block off of the neighborhood’s community-oriented commercial strip (Park Street), close to the Montclair neighborhood and MacArthur bus corridor (with frequent 24-hour AC Transit trans-bay service to San Francisco) and 580/13 freeways, one exit up from Grand/Lakeshore business district and Lake Merritt/downtown, near Piedmont and the Parkway Speakeasy theatre with sofas, and also close to the Dimond District and upper Fruitvale neighborhoods. A couple of miles from the BART subway, with a little hill-climbing involved; a similar trek from Berkeley or the downtown Oakland/Oaksterdam, Piedmont, or Rockridge neighborhoods. 

One of the BizDevHouse workspaces

One of the BizDevHouse workspaces (photos on CL)

I first learned of BizDevHouse via a MeetUp alert this morning. It officially opens September 2 (please remove all playa dust before bringing in your laptop), and seems to feature iPhone app developers and seeks Mac developers and “creative tech folks” in general. Another listing adds marketing people to the list, promising a “great place for people who can work virtually but understand the value of creative collaboration.”

 

BizDevHouse sites

BizDevHouse WordPress blog featuring just the obligatory “Hello, World” post so far: http://www.bizdevhouse.com/ 

BizDevHouse MeetUp group (featuring tomorrow’s open house): 
http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/2011/ 

Open House upcoming.org event listing: 
http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1024271/ 
Tomorrow (Thurs.), 4-8 PM 

Craig’s List ad, including photos: 
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/off/802515133.html

I’m looking forward to seeing the space and meeting the people behind it. Based on certain clues embedded in the sites linked above, I think I already know some of ‘em. 

Raines Cohen, Coworking Coach
Planning for Sustainable Communities (Berkeley, CA)

  • http://www.coworkingcoach.com/ coworkingcoach

    I just confirmed via post on the Coworking GoogleGroup it
    is folks I know: Brian and Cheryl Ball are doing this in a craftsman-style home. “While this is all new, scary, and experimental,” Brian wrote, they “know the value of meeting people and collaboration – so that’s what we’re focusing on.

    Oh yeah, and the open house will feature cookies, beer, and “the sound of a couple little people jumping around” — no word yet on whether the latter will be delivered via one of Brian’s iPhone apps or in person. ;-)

  • http://www.coworkingcoach.com/ coworkingcoach

    I just confirmed via post on the Coworking GoogleGroup it
    is folks I know: Brian and Cheryl Ball are doing this in a craftsman-style home. “While this is all new, scary, and experimental,” Brian wrote, they “know the value of meeting people and collaboration – so that’s what we’re focusing on.

    Oh yeah, and the open house will feature cookies, beer, and “the sound of a couple little people jumping around” — no word yet on whether the latter will be delivered via one of Brian’s iPhone apps or in person. ;-)