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Introducing Indie Desk

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, at 01:55PM
Introducing Indie Desk

Back in February, we shared a survey put together by blogdowntown and Omgivning that asked you about your work habits and the types of collaborative spaces that you might be interested in using.

More than 260 people responded, a majority of whom were self-employed and working out of a combination of lofts and coffee shops. Roughly 80 percent said they were interested in working in a collaborative environment.

Encouraged by that response, next month we will be opening Indie Desk, a coworking space on Broadway at the intersection of the Historic Core and the Fashion District. The space is opening as a result of a partnership between blogdowntown, Indie Printing and ANJAC Fashion Buildings.

In approximately 2000 square feet, we will be offering a variety of workspaces, from cafe-style seats to workstations and even a few private desks. We're targeting freelancers, startups and anyone else who is looking for a place geared toward doing work in the company of creative people.

Those people are an important part of the coworking concept, which is just as much about building community as it is about providing a desk.

This isn't a new idea. Coworking spaces have been blooming worldwide over the last couple of years. Across town, Coloft provides a great space in Santa Monica, and on Monday Bay Area-based NextSpace will be opening up a new spot in Culver City. There are other coworking plans underway for Downtown, and the hacker-focused Null Space Labs for about a year at Olympic and Main.

That variety is a good thing.

A strong creative culture needs options in work spaces, different pieces in one big puzzle. We're excited to be able to do our part to fill in the holes.

We've set our opening date for May 16. Starting today, we're opening signups to recruit 25 launch members who want to play a role in helping us shape the details in exactly what the space offers. Stop by the Indie Desk website for a bit more information, and email us at info@indiedesk.com if you are interested in coming on board.

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