Move over Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach is where tech startups are choosing to set up shop! Spreading all the way from Playa Vista to Santa Monica, major technology companies have moved in and opened offices. Since quite a few companies are coming in at once, many startups choose to share space with other fresh companies in incubators and accelerators.
WeWork, which is a home to early stage tech startups, has just opened its doors in Downtown Santa Monica and we couldn’t be happier to have them. Whether you are self-employed, a small business or part of a startup, WeWork has space for all of your needs! With a friendly staff that is always available, I highly recommend this workplace to fill your creative needs.
The office, located at 520 Broadway, has a relaxed and easy feel to it right when you step in. Brown leather booths line the kitchen/common area and a huge fridge and coffee maker (that brews micro-roasted coffee, of course) sit to the left of the room. To create different offices for all the companies inside, WeWork separated different sections with sliding glass doors. It’s an awesome way to maintain that effortless and open feel they pride themselves on!
I personally work with a startup that resides inside WeWork and there’s never a dull moment. They put on weekly events that erase that dreadful feeling you used to have going into the office. The other week, they provided complimentary massages for employees and Tuesdays are often celebrated with Taco Tuesday parties.
Companies inside WeWork range from non-profits, to tech and even music. I’m part of the Growth Team with Brilliant Bicycle Co. Brilliant makes more affordable bikes that are delivered straight to your door! These stylish bikes can be customized to your liking, while keeping a simple and elegant design. Two different styles, six vibrant color choices and a range of speeds and sizes lets you choose exactly how you want your bike. Our Astor bike is great for everyday riding and starts at $299. Plus, we offer great accessories ranging from helmets to bells. Oh, and don’t forget your basket!
Wilcox Weaver, an agent at Warpath Group, decided WeWork would be a great fit for the management company. He decided to rent a desk at WeWork and absolutely “loves the environment and atmosphere.” Wilcox says it’s perfect and has everything he needs to preform his daily work duties; a printer, place to put his laptop and a phone. Simple enough! War Path reps some pretty great artists, including Crizzly and Lucky Date. Make sure you check them out!
If you’re looking for a temporary spot as your freelance work continues to grow or you need a place for you and your coworkers to brainstorm, I highly recommend WeWork in Santa Monica. I’ve seen a few startup incubators and nothing compares to the positivity and creative juices that flow in this office. WeWork is opening a new location off the Promenade in early September that will house another 100 companies. When I spoke to the Deputy Head of Community, Adam, about WeWork’s vision it became clear to me that it goes deeper than “just a place to work”.
“We aim to create a world where people work to make a life and not just a living,” he said. “We want to empower creators around the world by providing space, community and services.”
Here are their prices, just in case you’re interested: