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Another Startup Base Camp, This One in Dupont

The floorplan. (District i/o)

Co-working spaces: They're everywhere! With the DAGpad open downtown, and Art Techo slated for U Street, now comes the launch of District i/o, a shared work space for baby tech companies at 19th and M Streets NW. This one came together when mother company Omnistudio's staff consolidated and no longer needed an office suite with six years left on the lease; owner Eileen Kessler just hopes to make up the difference by splitting the rent between 15 or so new occupants.

Officially starting yesterday, the always-open, dog-friendly District i/o (for input-output, or innovation office) will welcome a handful of "anchor" members who rent a whole desk. In addition, it offers "drop-in" memberships for people who want rights to a chair for a few hours a day, as well as a "virtual" membership for people who just sort of want to feel like part of the club.

But don't count on serenity, says organizer and anchor member Anthony Shop, of SocialDriver. Shared office space isn't for recluses.

"We don't see this as just a space. We see this as building a community," Shop says. "We don't want it to be everybody with their headphones on, quietly working."

  • drez

    Why are these locating in high rent districts?
    Where is the funding coming from?

  • http://www.thedchive.com The HIVE

    Don't forget The HIVE in Historic Anacostia! We've been open since November 2010 and are open 24/7 for members. We also have a benefit that I am not sure most of these spaces have: we are located in an Enterprise and HUBZone.

    The HIVE
    Home of Innovators/Visionaries/Entrepreneurs
    2027 MLK Jr. Ave SE

  • http://www.socialdriver.com Anthony Shop

    Drez - We chose the neighborhood for District I/O for two reasons: 1) the opportunity presented itself. 2) a lot of startups work with clients in this area, so it just makes sense for us to work close to them. As for funding - this is a breakeven venture, so no outside funding beyond that provided by OmniStudio. I hope you will stop by and check out the space!

    HIVE poster - I want to set up a time to visit your space soon. I know you will have best practices to share, and I would love to meet your members! I will reach out offline...

    Anthony Shop
    Social Driver

  • Chris

    Lydia --

    While the tech incubator idea "Art Techo" could be great for creative and economic growth right around our U Street neighborhood, the Meridian Public Charter School (PCS) mentioned in your Manhattan Laundry Building piece is just starting a $15M renovation of the Harrison School Building and 6k SF addition at 13th & V.

    Meridian PCS will be in the Manhattan Laundry Building through the academic year 2011-2012 and possibly longer from what I am told.

    -- Chris