Bay Area Coworking Spaces: The Xconomy Guide

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individual investors and venture firms, and partners from firms like Norwest Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sequoia Capital, Menlo Ventures, and Accel Partners often get a “first look” at Plug and Play companies.

The Reactor

179 11th St., Third Floor, San Francisco

The Reactor is home to a variety of Web, software, and design firms. It has 2,000 square feet of office space with private desks and a 3,500-square foot common area, including a conference room and full kitchen. One intriguing recent resident was Bynamite, which built a Firefox and Chrome plugin that you can use to see what types of information Internet advertisers are able to glean about you.


795 Folsom Street

1 Market Street, Spear Tower, 36th Floor

201 Mission Street, 12th Floor (opening early 2012)

Regus says it owns the world’s largest network of flexible working and co-working centers. The Folsom Street location, in the same building with Twitter, provides a high-tech atmosphere with an attached cyber-café. Rates start at $25 per day.


181 Fremont St., San Francisco

$385 to $550 per month

Opening its doors on February 17, RocketSpace offers shared workspaces customized for teams of 1 to 30 people. It has a dedicated space called the “Mir Project” specifically for tech, media, and gaming companies—but they have to be graduates of Bay Area venture incubators such as AngelPad, Dogpatch Labs, 500Startups, Kicklabs, I/O Ventures, and Y Combinator.

Sandbox Suites

123 10th St., San Francisco

567 Sutter St., San Francisco

1900 Addison St., Suite 200, Berkeley

404 Bryant Street, San Francisco

$50-$1950 per month

[Corrected 2/21/11 with input from Sandbox Suites] With two locations in San Francisco and one in Berkeley, Sandbox Suites is one of only two coworking chains in the Bay Area (Plug and Play Tech Center being the other). In addition to open coworking areas like those found at most other coworking spaces, the organization offers private rooms set up for 1 to 6 people. Members are free to use space at all three locations. Sandbox Suites also offers 12 meeting rooms across three three locations for hourly rental by members or non-members.

[Update 8/5/11] Sandbox Suites is adding a South Park office in the startup-infested SoMa neighborhood. Here’s the announcement: “Set to open September 7, Sandbox Suites South Park will serve as a nexus for startups and independent professionals looking to establish a presence in the bustling SOMA neighborhood. Located at 404 Bryant St. on the corner of Second Street, the modern 8,500 square foot coworking space will be the company’s fourth location in the Bay Area, adding to its successful locations in SOMA, Union Square and Berkeley.”

Semantic Seed

12 South 1 St., Suite 318, San Jose

Semantic Seed, set up in 2008 by the founders of Urban Technology Ventures and Breakthrough Ventures, calls itself a hybrid co-working space and startup accelerator.  Like classic venture incubators, it provides tenants with mentorship, but unlike other incubators, it doesn’t require an equity stake. Heads up: thanks to its location in San Jose’s Enterprise Zone, Semantic Seed companies are eligible for big tax breaks.


153 Townsend St.

SOMAcentral isn’t really a classic coworking space, but rather a couple floors of very startup-friendly offics and cubicles in a modern office building. Offices with windows go for $1,500 per month, and bullpen areas and offices without windows go for $1,000 per month, according to Daniel Odio of PointAbout, one of the startups renting space there. Offices fit four to nine people. VentureHacks has an office there, as do Rapportive, Twylah, CoTweet, and StageIt.

Studio Nine

1261 Howard St., San Francisco

Cloud Nine Media is a provider of advertising and sponsorship opportunities for public Wi-Fi networks. The company has a large workspace in SoMa and is looking to rent some of it out to “creative, entrepreneurial people and small companies long on ideas but short on desk space.” Cloud Nine’s Lauren Oliver writes: “We are a fully operational small company, not just a coworking space (we just happen to be operating in a very large space).  We’re currently looking for 6-12 people to join us.” Cloud Nine is asking $375/month for shared 8-foot desks and $500/month for single desks.

Studio G

806 Winslow Ave., Redwood City

Studio G is a new invitation-only business accelerator and coworking facility founded by technology pundit, consultant, and conference producer Chris Shipley. Offering “drop-in” space rather than permanent desks, Studio G has many of the features of a venture incubator: “We help companies understand where they are on the road to success, focus their strategies, execute on their business plan, and credibly connect them [with] the investors, partners, customers and service providers that will help their businesses grow,” the organization’s site says.

Tech Liminal

268 14th Street, Oakland

11:00 am – 7:00 pm weekdays

$200 per month

Located in a former storefront in downtown Oakland, Tech Liminal was founded by Anca Mosoiu, an MIT graduate and Oakland native who’s written software for Razorfish, Sony, Juniper Networks, and Cisco Systems. The facility offers a basic desk and chair with Internet access for $5 per hour, $25 per day, or $200 per month. Configurable desks accommodate one, two, or more people. There’s also a conference room with room for up to 16 people that can be rented for $50 per hour or $400 per day.

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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: