The backstory: Less a business than a side hobby for Barbarian Group co-founder and angel investor Rick Webb, the Secret Clubhouse is in Williamsburg. Webb says he decided to launch it after looking for a place to work himself and at the prodding of a few local tech businesses that wanted a home in North Brooklyn after the Makery coworking space shut down.
What we liked: From the collection of vintage Apple computers and old-school instruments to the pool table and stocked refrigerator in the basement, it really does feel like a techie’s secret clubhouse or (female-friendly) man cave.
What we didn’t like: The space isn’t very big, so it’s easy to feel like you’re in the middle of someone else’s conversation or like the room is overhearing yours.
The people: For starters, you’ll get to meet Webb himself. He’s now a revenue and marketing consultant to Tumblr but works from the Secret Clubhouse at least one day a week. Small Girls PR and music blog aggregator Hype Machine signed up before Webb even opened up the space, and Colored Box, a stealth startup from Buzz Anderson, former director of mobile for Tumblr, is a more recent arrival. Aviary co-founder Michael Galpert’s new startup Superhuman was an early member .