Bay Area Coworking Spaces: The Xconomy Guide

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RocketSpace on Fremont Street. Transmedia funds 2- to 8-member startups in areas like social gaming, mobile apps, and online advertising, in return for an equity stake that varies depending on the size of the company and its term of residence.


972 Mission St., 5th Floor, San Francisco

$2 per square foot or $300 per month

Mission*social is intended specifically for social enterpreneurs and enterprises—companies working in some way for the public good. Dedicated work space for social enterprises is available for about $2 per square foot, while solo workers can rent desks for $300 per month. Drop-ins are free.


28 Second St., San Francisco

$50-$1545 per month

Nextspace’s SoMa location is an offshoot of its original operation in Santa Cruz and provides business services in addition to the usual workspace, Internet connections, and conference rooms. The company charges $50 per month for a mailbox, $235 per month for “cafe” membership, $475 per month for the “workstation” level, and $1,545 per month for a dedicated office. Freelancer Deborah Gage profiled Nextspace for Xconomy last October.


2169 Misssion St., San Francisco

$80 per month

Not so much a coworking environment as a non-profit, collaboratively run hackerspace, Noisebridge is nonetheless used by people pursuing all manner of software and hardware projects, with a special emphasis on free and open-source software and “the crossover of art and technology,” according to the organization’s wiki. Members pay dues of $80 per month ($40 for “starving hackers”) and there’s a community meeting every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm.

Parisoma Innovation Loft

1436 Howard St., San Francisco

(moving soon to 169 11th St.)

$50-$500 per month

Owned by Paris-based faberNovel—a sort of French equivalent of product design shop Ideo, but with a focus on user experience engineering—Parisoma opened three years ago in a funky third-floor space on Howard Street. The space is now crammed full of entrepreneurs, so it’s a good thing that the organization plans to move around the corner at the end of this month to a much more elegant and modern space currently occupied by the Great Places to Work Institute.  Prices range from $50 per month for a mailbox to $100 a month for 1-day-a-week access, $275 per month for full-timeaccess, and $500 per month for a dedicated desk. (The 11th Street space will also feature private offices for $1100 to $2000 per month.) I recently interviewed Parisoma manager Julian Nachtigal and will be writing up an article soon.

Plug and Play Tech Center

440 N. Wolfe Rd., Sunnyvale

540 University Ave., Palo Alto

370 Convention Way, Redwood City

The diversity of small, independent coworking spaces in San Francisco and Berkeley is missing in Silicon Valley, where Plug and Play dominates the market. Over 280 companies rent space at its six locations (three are in Los Angeles); a variety of leases are available, from cubicles to private offices to lab space. Plug and Play isn’t an incubator, but it has relationships with … Next Page »

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Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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20 responses to “Bay Area Coworking Spaces: The Xconomy Guide”

  1. Bob CrimminsBob Crimmins says:

    Thanks, Wade; great resource. Is there a similar effort in the works for Seattle, Boston, New York, SoCal, Houston, Michigan, etc.? Here’s a theory for you: incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, etc. are both a leading indicator of regional startup growth trends and a meaningful predictor of the longer-term growth potential.

  2. Wade RoushWade Roush says:

    @Bob Crimmins: Thanks for your comment, and I agree with your theory.

    In fact, we do have similar lists for Boston, Southeast Michigan, and San Diego. They’re part of the resource guides we call “X Lists.” Unfortunately, we haven’t had time to compile full X List guides for San Francisco or Seattle, but today’s piece is a start for the Bay Area.



    San Diego:

  3. A few other great coworking space options are:

    Sandbox Suites – in SF and Berkeley

    NextSpace – in SF and Santa Cruz

    Rocket-Space is a newly opened space in SF

    I think Citizen Space is closing – check with them.

    These are all listed on which is a national listing directory of business-to-business shared offices and coworking spaces for rent. Businesses with unused offices, workstations or desk space list their extra space on this site. Others seeking a shared space with a complementary business can search the database for free.

  4. Just a bit further east (where most of your commuters come from) is AltamontCowork in Tracy, CA. :-)

  5. Great list – though I noticed pariSoma is missing ;) pariSoma is a great space located in the SOMA district of the city and they’re offering a sale on March: sign up for 3 months and March is free! (

    Another great resource is where you can browse/list available office space or desks completely free!

  6. I have another addition to this amazing list: CO-Spot We’re a new space in SOMA, right across the street from both Caltrain and Muni Train stations.

  7. Wade RoushWade Roush says:

    @Stephanie – No, I think pariSoma was on the list from the beginning.

    @Joanna – Thanks, I’m adding CO-Spot to the list now.

    @AltamontCowork – That’s pretty far east! Do people think of Altamont as part of the Bay Area?

  8. Gina Lujan says:

    We just opened a small co-working space in Berkeley. Check us out at We are located at 2946 Martin Luther King Way Berkeley.. We are on the corner of Ashby and MLK.. Across from Bart and right in front of a bus stop.

    Check us out.. We are new and small!

    Blue Door Lab

  9. Stephanie says:

    @ Wade – hmm listed on this blog post/list? Can’t seem to find it!

    @ Gina – be sure to list your new space on to let others know about your space! And congrats on the new space!

  10. Wade RoushWade Roush says:

    As a supplement to this article, here is a new list of Bay Area co-working spaces that belong to a network administered by Liquid Space (, which allows workers to make real-time workspace reservations at a variety of co-working locations.

    Pacific Business Centers – Oakland
    1300 Clay St. Ste. 600, Oakland, CA 94612, US

    720 Market Street Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94102, US

    RocketSpace San Francisco
    181 Fremont St , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Hedge Fund Services
    1 Bush Street, Suite 1200 , San Francisco, CA 94104, US

    One Workplace – Oakland
    7220 Edgewater Drive , Oakland, CA 94621, US

    Carr Workplaces Embarcadero Center
    4 Embarcadero Center Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94111, US

    NextSpace Coworking – San Francisco
    28 2nd St 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Sandbox Suites Berkeley
    1900 Addison St. #200 , Berkeley, CA 94704

    350 Townsend Street Suite 210, San Francisco, CA 94107, US

    Pacific Business Centers – San Francisco
    201 Spear Street Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    A Great Space to Work
    San Francisco Seaplane Tours , San Francisco, CA 94133-1006

    169 11th Street , San Francisco, CA 94103, US

    City Square at Oakland City Center
    555 12th St , Oakland, CA 94607

    Blue Door Lab
    2946 Martin Luther King Jr Way , Berkeley, CA 94703, US

    Tech Liminal
    268 14th St , Oakland, CA 94612, US

    101 2nd Street
    101 2nd St , San Francisco, CA 94105

    KPMG Building
    KPMG Building 55 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

    Regent Business Centers – 315 Montgom…
    315 Montgomery Street 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104, US

    Kensington Park
    450 Post Street , San Francisco, CA 94102, US

    343 Sansome
    343 Sansome , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    58 2nd Street
    58 2nd St 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    CBS Interactive Building
    235 2nd Street , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Executive Hotel Vintage Court
    650 Bush Street , San Francisco, CA 94108

    Sandbox Suites SOMA
    123 10th St , San Francisco, CA 94103

    Sandbox Suites Union Square
    567 Sutter St , San Francisco, CA 94102, US

    Rocketspace-Mobile Work Week!
    181 Fremont St , San Francisco, CA 94105, US

    Sir Francis Drake Hotel
    450 Powell St , San Francisco, CA 94102

    Hatchery SF
    625 2nd St, Suite 200 , San Francisco, CA 94107, US

    Millwood Inn & Suites
    1375 El Camino Real , Millbrae, CA 94030, US

    SFO Business Centers
    900 Cherry Ave. Suite 300, San Bruno, CA 94066, US

    Larkspur Hotel Mill Valley
    160 Shoreline Highway , Mill Valley, CA 94941, US

    Pacific Business Centers – Cupertino
    19925 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite 100 , Cupertino, CA 95014, US

    Rockefeller Group Business Centers – SJ
    560 S Winchester Blvd Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95128, US

    NextSpace Coworking – San Jose
    97 South 2nd St #100 , San Jose, CA 95113, US

    Pacific Business Centers – Sunnyvale
    1250 Oakmead Parkway Suite 210, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, US

    Pacific Business Centers – San Jose
    111 No. Market Street, Suite 300 , San Jose, CA 95113, US

    McCarthy Business Center
    1525 McCarthy Blvd Suite 1000, Milpitas, CA 95035

    One Workplace – Milpitas
    1057 Montague Expy , Milpitas, CA 95035, US

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Town Center
    93 W El Camino Real , Mountain View, CA 94040, US

    Hotel Zico
    200 E El Camino Real , Mountain View, CA 94040, US

    Irish Innovation Center
    189 W Santa Clara St , San Jose, CA 95113, US

  11. serenity10389 says:

    Can you include this to your list?

    Cebu’s first coworking space complete with state-of-the art technology and great networking hub providing entrepreneurs a perfect place to build their business, meet with like-minded individuals and achieve their personal goals.

    Name: Location63

    Address: 2/F Hyundai Bldg, AS Fortuna Street, Mandaue City, Philippines

    Tel: 032-345-1735

  12. Is a new co-working space in Fremont. Any way this can be included?


  13. Michelle Knoop says:

    Thanks for this list. Does anyone know of any shared work spaces around Novato or San Rafael in Marin County, California?
    Thanks for any tips!

  14. dg717manager says:

    We run a coworking space on Market and 3rd called DG717 which house a lot of start-ups from Asia.

  15. missrogue says:

    Citizen Space was cofounded by Tara (me) and Chris only. Brad was involved in the Hat Factory (with Chris and I) and coined the term Coworking. Tara and Hillary Hartley sold it to Toby Morning.

  16. Marie says:

    One coworking space you should check out is a hidden gem in Chinatown, SF. They have a great community and space. There community consists of creatives, freelancers, and social impact organizations. They also reside on the second floor of a historic building in Chinatown. Check them out at

  17. Jeffrey Adams says:

    Make sure you look into Runway Incubator, located on the 4th floor of the Twitter Building in SOMA. 30,000 square feet of open communal co-working space. With over 80 startups currently housed creating a combined valuation of over 600 million dollars! It’s worth looking into: