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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Coworking Event: Alternative Office for Programmers and Writers

You are invited to try out the San Francisco
Coworking space this comming Tuesday, September 6th!

Most people who work for themselves hack out of a
coffee shop or their homes. At first this is great,
but after awhile it gets old. You miss working around
smart people, and start slipping into bad habits, like
hacking all night and sleeping through the day.

I have created "coworking" as a solution to this
problem, an alternative office space where
self-employed developers and writers come together for
community and structure. The San Francisco Coworking
group meets Mondays and Tuesdays at a great space in
Noe Valley. I rent this space two days a week from a
women's art space named Spiral Muse
(; as you can imagine, the
space is beautiful, with a garden in the back, couches
everywhere, a full kitchen, and paintings and tasteful
decor. Plus, there's WiFi.

We meet from 9 AM to 5:45 PM, and begin the day with a
short check-in. Then, we work in the amazing Spiral
Muse house, sitting at tables or relaxing on couches
as we do our work. Even though each of us is doing
separate work, perhaps programming or writing a novel,
we can feel each others presence, run ideas by others,
or take breaks together at the "watercooler." You can
take lunch with others or alone. Later in the day we
have a 45 minute break where we do a different
activity every day, such as guided yoga, a walk to
Delores park, or how to mix a great martini; anyone in
the group can lead an activity. We end the day at
5:45 PM sharp, supporting each other in both starting
a good work day at 9 AM and ending our work in a
healthy, balanced way at the end of the day.

Room is limited to only four more people, so act soon.

Feel free to try out coworking for a free two weeks;
we ask that you make a small ten dollar suggested
donation. Afterwards, the space, activities, and
wireless is only $150 per month.

The address of the space is 3387 and 3389 22nd Street,
between Guerrero and Valencia.

Please RSVP whether you will be joining us this
comming Tuesday at

This sounds like a great idea. I alternate working out of SF and Tahoe every other week. I work out of my apartment in SF, and I have to admit it gets a bit quiet during the day.

I won't be around next week, but if I was I would definitely stop by.

I don't live in your area but I work from home a great deal, and have often thought this kind of thing would make me more productive. I'll be very interested to read how this works out!
beautiful idea...thinking about doing similar here in Manchester...any tips for successfully doing this?
Hi Guy; you didn't send your email so I'll respond here. Coworking is very new, so I'm still trying to figure out the best way to promote it and get people to come. It seems like word of mouth is the best.
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