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Alex Hillman is the co-founder of Independents Hall (colloquially known as IndyHall) a “coworking space and community” in Philadelphia. IndyHall is home to designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, small business owners, telecommuters, marketers, videographers and game developers, amongst other industries. I spoke with Alex […]

Alex Hillman is the co-founder of Independents Hall (colloquially known as IndyHall) a “coworking space and community” in Philadelphia. IndyHall is home to designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, small business owners, telecommuters, marketers, videographers and game developers, amongst other industries.

I spoke with Alex about his motivations for bootstrapping IndyHall, the experience of running the community, his hopes for the future and advice for others. Incredibly, Alex recorded an extraordinary and engaging 30 minutes of video for us, telling the fascinating story of IndyHall’s history and future.

We edited together some highlights on the background of IndyHall, along with plans for the future of Philadelphia’s coworking community as a single video here for readers who want a brief introduction to the IndyHall story.

You can find the full set of questions, answered as short video clips, over on YouTube:

Incidentally, the relaunch of the IndyHall web site site just a few days ago is noteworthy in its approach to cohering and aggregating the community of coworkers in the city, providing a platform and a voice for their agenda.

If you’re interested in the experiences of coworking community founders, you should also check out our earlier interview with Stephanie Booth, founder of Lausanne’s Eclau coworking community.

Like Stephanie, Alex’s insights and experiences are invaluable. Do share your own experiences of coworking or founding a coworking community in the comments below.

  1. hi imran
    our coworking story is a year in milano, and a month since we started a coworking networ which contrbuted to the opening of three more cowo spaces in our city.
    we also started a little community on the web, callled nomadwork, trying to get a common platform for whoevere is interested in cowo.
    that’s:
    http://nomadwork.ning.com
    our space is at:
    http://coworkingmilano.com
    and our network:
    http://coworkingproject.com
    thank you!
    max

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  2. Hey Max, do get in touch (imran@ali.name)..I’d like to know more about how a city supports multiple coworkign communities.

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  3. Great post, Imran – this is a great one.

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  5. [...] the first generation coworking spaces, such as IndyHall, Old Broadcasting House and others, enter maturity while new locations and communities begin to [...]

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