photo: Rani Molla, GigaOM

Coworking spaces have become popular among startups, and they’re popping up all over the city. Our intrepid reporter spent much of the past month camping out at various coworking spaces in New York to see what the fuss is all about.

DUMBO Startup Lab

Dumbo Startup Lab

The backstory: Inspired by a visit with startups in Chile, Freddie Pikovsky, co-founder and CEO of travel magazine Off Track Planet, opened up the DUMBO Startup Lab in Brooklyn earlier this year.

Dumbo Startup Lab 2What we liked: For people in tech who live in Brooklyn — and there are a lot of them — the DUMBO Startup Lab could mean one less reason to hop a train to Manhattan. The space itself is sunny and comfortable, with views of the Manhattan Bridge. Instead of hosting office hours with people in the greater tech community, the Lab invites investors and seasoned entrepreneurs to regular demo days.

What we didn’t like: 
The 3,200-square-foot space doesn’t include any walls, so I felt more pressure to speak in hushed tones during phone calls. It has a telephone booth for some privacy, but it can feel cramped if you use your laptop. Also, the bathroom reflects the building’s industrial roots — it feels more appropriate for a warehouse than an office.

The people: As you’d expect, most of the entrepreneurs working out of the lab are Brooklynites, but it’s attracted folks from Manhattan, too. I met music app developer TwentyTwo.fm and gluten-free food subscription service GFreely.

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  1. Nicholas Paredes Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    It all started in coffee shops… The coffee shop I frequented had several mobile startups soon to exit! One of these has actually ditched their space and moved into 1871.

    The classes and camaraderie are what makes this super appealing.

  2. Great article Ki Mae. We loved having you @AlleyNYC ;)

  3. Great article. Check out openstudioclub.com for interesting spaces.

  4. We are involved in a coworking space near Union Sq with a few other start ups. It’s great for us and the connections and expertise of the coworkers are an advantage. http://www.insparq.com

  5. Comprehensive article on Coworking Spaces in NYC. Another great one to mention: SoTechie Spaces in Midtown Manhattan. Near everything awesome New York has to offer!
    http://sotechiespaces.com. Featuring FREE Coworking Fridays! :-)

  6. More Coworking Spaces to test in NYC…..here: http://www.sharedesk.net/search/list/new%20york

  7. Awesome article Ki Mae -@beyond loves working out of @Grindspaces!


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