The Sharing Economy: Coworking Spaces Dot City’s Landscape

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about the merits and demerits of various office formats. Some suggest open floorplans hinder productivity because of the large number of distractions in the workplace. Others say walls create hierarchy and give rise to an unhealthy competitiveness in the office. Many are proponents of working from home, while others champion the cause of needing employees to be onsite five days a week, eight hours a day.

Keeping all these aside, in recent years, a new and completely different kind of workplace has been gaining popularity, namely the kind you rent. These are coworking spaces that you can rent as an individual or as a small company. In today’s burgeoning startup culture, coworking spaces let entrepreneurs move out of their parents’ basements and work in a flexible, yet professional environment without having to deal with the high prices and various overwhelming logistics of commercial spaces.

Like any other tech hub, Sacramento has seen a variety of coworking spaces pop up in various parts of the city. In fact, three shared work spaces from Sacramento featured on Symmetry 50’s 2014 list of top 75 coworking spaces in the US – The Urban Hive at #7, Hacker Lab at #9 and Capsity at #23.

 


Here’s a round-up of some of the most exciting coworking spaces that the city has to offer:


Hacker Lab

What started as an 800 sq. ft. office by a few “geeks” (in their own words) to work on their companies has turned into a large community whose main mission is to educate people and spark innovation. They host classes, hackathons and various tech-related events and members have access to cool amenities, such as unlimited coffee from Pachamama, Gigabit Internet Connection provided by Consolidated Communications and $1,000 Web Hosting via Amazon Web Services, among others. Members include Professionals, hobbyists, students, entrepreneurs, coders, product designers, and artists. The space boasts a computer lab, various maker spaces and a yoga initiative in collaboration with Yoga Seed.

hackerlab

Address: 1715 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Website: http://hackerlab.org/

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The Urban Hive

Located in Midtown Sacramento, The Urban Hive is so much more than just a coworking space. Like most other such spots, they offer shared work spaces, private offices, and meeting and conference rooms. In addition to this, they also host TED talks, happy hours, evening functions, and offer classes, workshops, networking, and educational opportunities. Owner Brandon Weber chose to make Sacramento his home because he believes, “The story of Sacramento is still being written.” And he chose the corner of H and 20st streets for The Urban Hive because of the free parking, the quietness of the area, proximity to downtown and the great local coffee places close by (The Mill and Old Soul at the Weatherstone). The space also features spectacular art from across the country which is handpicked by Weber’s wife, Molly, while they’re traveling.

UrbanHive

Address: 1931 H St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Website: http://www.theurbanhive.com/

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Outlet Coworking

A relatively new addition to the Sactown coworking scene, Outlet Coworking opened in Midtown Sacramento in February 2015 and filled a space previously occupied by a gallery and artist studios. A tour of the space reveals quirky doors and an impressive metal peacock feature on the patio that houses a ping pong table on Friday evenings. The nearly 10,000 sq ft space offers a full kitchen and free Insight Coffee Roasters’ coffee and tea and has a variety of membership options. The space is owned by brothers Travis Reich and Harrison Reich, who are Sacramento natives, and their sister Carly Reich is Director of Operations.

Outlet coworking patio

Address: 2110 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Website: http://www.outletcoworking.com/

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Capsity

Set between Land Park and Broadway, Capsity is a California Benefit Corporation that started in 2008. They describe themselves as an “owner-occupied professional workplace” and they occupy a 4500 sq. ft. space in a building that was originally built as a US Post Office in 1949. The space also acts as a community art gallery and is home to business professionals, entrepreneurs, and designers. Membership begins at $85/month and goes up to $179 a month, with various levels of access with each plan. Owners Ricardo Robles and Jeff Louie also host game nights, movie nights, and other events in the evenings.

Capsity

Address: 2572 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95818

Website: http://www.capsity.com/

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The Trade Coffee & Coworking

The Trade opened on K Street on April 18, 2015, in a space that used to be an art studio. While coffee plays a significant role in almost all coworking spaces in Sacramento, the region’s newest entrant in the field lays a much higher emphasis on it by calling themselves “an express coffee shop, and a coworking experience.” Unlike most other spaces, though, The Trade partnered with Oakland’s Blue Bottle Coffee roasters for their cuppa joe instead of choosing local favorites. Hey, a little variety never hurt anybody! Another unique factor is that they house baked goods from Sacramento’s own Freeport Bakery. If these are not reason enough for you to give them a try, they have outdoor seating, ping pong tables, different kinds of private offices and the ability to rent the space for events, classes and conferences.

The Trade

Address: 2220 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Website: http://www.thetradecollab.com/

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