Co-working spaces: They’re everywhere! With the DAGpad open downtown, and Art Techo slated for U Street, now comes the launch of District i/o, a shared work space for baby tech companies at 19th and M Streets NW. This one came together when mother company Omnistudio‘s staff consolidated and no longer needed an office suite with six years left on the lease; owner Eileen Kessler just hopes to make up the difference by splitting the rent between 15 or so new occupants.
Officially starting yesterday, the always-open, dog-friendly District i/o (for input-output, or innovation office) will welcome a handful of “anchor” members who rent a whole desk. In addition, it offers “drop-in” memberships for people who want rights to a chair for a few hours a day, as well as a “virtual” membership for people who just sort of want to feel like part of the club.
But don’t count on serenity, says organizer and anchor member Anthony Shop, of SocialDriver. Shared office space isn’t for recluses.
“We don’t see this as just a space. We see this as building a community,” Shop says. “We don’t want it to be everybody with their headphones on, quietly working.”