We held another meetup on Tuesday 11/27 12 pm at Uptown Espresso.
We first met with Chandra to go over our business plan. We got some valuable feedback from her that we will incorporate. Thank you, Chandra!
This week's meetup crowd ran a little late, so for the first hour we went back and forth between introductions and location search.
We had 5 people attending, two new to our meetup group.
Regarding location search, we still did not hear back from the property manager for our 'dream' location at the Junction. Stefan sent out a letter to the building owner, but rumors are the space is already rented out.
We toured 2 different spaces on 35th Tuesday morning. One suitable for an office space, but floor plan and location less ideal. The other space was very dark and scary, graffiti on walls, formerly housing a marijuana dispensary.
For our ongoing search, we narrowed down our wishlist to
- on or 1 block off California, Alaska, Admiral, Harbor, Morgan or 35th
- close to one of the junctions and walking distance to lunch places
- floor plan: 2 work rooms for 5 to 10 desks each, 1 or 2 separate meeting space(s), kitchen with common area/lounge, bathroom
- SF 1500 and up for ca. $10/SF (new office buildings are around $25-30/SF)
- easy parking
We received some ideas for other spaces by email and at our meetups. Please keep your eyes open. We contacted about 10 spaces between White Center and Alki and toured 7 so far. We are committed to find something great. And with a ton of luck we might still be able to secure the Junction space. We can make it happen in 1 to 2 weeks after we found a space that would work. We talked about looking for interim sites with month-to-month to get started even if we can't find the right space now.
We also talked about the possibilities to start work related problem solving sessions.
We would like to get member commitments but are aware of the chicken-egg-dilemma. We would like to know how many people are in, but without knowing about the location and details, it's clear to us it's hard to commit just yet.
Our next Tuesday meetups is scheduled for December 4th at 12 pm at Uptown Espresso. Please stop by for updates, networking, a feel for your future desk buddies and throw out some of those fancy business cards.
Christine and Stefan, Co-Founder