On August 6th, 2013 Riverside celebrated the opening of its first official coworking space in Downtown.
Benjamin Mueller, founder and president of the nonprofit 501(c)3 Riverside.io, was working as a web communications technician in Riverside and, realizing the large number of software developers and ‘techies’ in the area, couldn’t believe there wasn’t a coworkng space already operating in Downtown. “It’s the perfect location,” explained Mueller.
Across the nation, the number of coworking spaces is rising at a rapid pace as professionals and entrepreneurs strive to get out the basements and coffee shops currently serving as their workspace. However, a coworking facility is more than just office space shared by professionals; rather, it provides the opportunities created by people who are still working independently, but share values and are interested in the synergy that can result from working with like-minded, talented people in the same space.
Although coworking spaces can be geared towards several interests and industries, Riverside.io is very much tech-focused, doubling as a hackerspace, and has found the demand to be greater than Mueller had anticipated. (Riverside.io notes that “hacking” in this sense refers to “doing creative things with technology” and not “gaining unauthorized access to computer systems.”)
“Our membership doubled within three days of opening,” said Mueller. “The benefits of being downtown are obvious and the networking doesn’t stop at the space,” explaining that often members will go grab a bite to eat or cup of coffee while they continue to brainstorm new processes or business ideas.
For just $100 per month, programmers and ‘hackers’ alike can use the shared space 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, one of the biggest advantages to being a member is the opportunity to network and collaborate with other technology professionals.
For more information on Riverside.io, visit them at 3567 Main Street or check out their website here.