Working from home? It?s estimated that as many as 44 million of us do now. Today, creative types are flocking to co-workspaces, where collaboration is as central to the work process as a power strip with available outlets.
Newly opened in Hollywood, Io/LA (it stands for Input-Output Los Angeles) is a 8,800-square-foot loft meant to bring tech and entertainment communities together. Started by Myspace co-founder Aber Whitcomb, musician-producer Donovan Leitch and actor-producer Chris Gartin, here $395 a month gets members all-hours access to printing stations, conference rooms and more. Additionally, there?s a Shark Tank-like element: Members can apply for a business incubator spot that wins them $25,000 in seed money and a mentor.
Working Village: Station is a 4,500-square-foot co-working space just blocks from Santa Monica beach. Here, the front desk hands out beach cruisers, beach chairs and 4G wireless cards for working sur la plage. Started a year ago by Newport Beach tech investor Brad Pantoskey, the place has conference rooms, private offices for up to four people and open tables (basic access from $29 per day to $399 monthly). Users include everyone from interior designers to lawyers, and they cross-pollinate: 75 percent of users report working on projects together.
Io/LA is eyeing East Coast expansion while Working Village: Station will soon spread across L.A. You?ll never be beholden to the Coffee Bean for human interaction again.