Intrepid Labs: Boston’s Newest Co-Working Spot for Maturing Startups
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$500 per month, while contractors and others who don’t need to leave behind equipment can rent a floating, “hot” desk for $300 per month. That $500 price tag is about double what the C3 charges, says Kasdorf. That’s on purpose, as Intrepid wants to attract growing startups with five employees and more. “That’s the pain point we’re trying to solve,” he says.
Intrepid Labs has about 7,000 square feet of open office space and a handful of conference rooms and phone booths. They provide the enterprise-level Internet connection, printer, scanner, and, of course, coffee and breakfast snacks. Kasdorf’s brother Chris is Intrepid’s office manager and community builder.
In addition to Intrepid Pursuits, the Labs houses Leaf, a roughly 15-person startup developing intelligent payment hardware and software for brick-and-mortar stores, and The Tap Lab, a social mobile gaming company that graduated from the 2011 TechStars Boston program. (I see we have a bit of a mobile cluster here.)
Intrepid has 30 desks occupied across the three startups at this point, and it expects that number to hit 50 to 60 by the end of February, Kasdorf says. It has room for 115 desks total, or under 10 companies, but plans to fill 80 desks so it can stick to its mission of giving its tenants room to grow. So, startups with five employees and more: move fast.
Like New York’s General Assembly, a big focus of the space is on startup, outreach, community, and education (though that component won’t be as structured as GA’s), Kasdorf says. Intrepid Labs is holding its first event next Wednesday, featuring One Laptop Per Child, Tip Tap, Brass Monkey, and Coachup.
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