Co-working is not a new thing, it’s been a trend we have been watching for quite sometime and many people do it everyday across the country. On Thursday, September 1, Study Hall DC (SHDC) made its debut in DC. SHDC is a collaborative co-working session focused on enhancing community between its entrepreneurial minded members (not all of whom are tech-related). So basically it’s co-working with a focus. The co-working session was brought together by Adam Zuckerman, Lisa Byrne, Rachael King, Dan Berger, Shana Glickfield, Dennis Bonilla, Phillipe Chetrit, and Dustin Canter.
Though I was supposed to go, a crushing pile of work was a bigger priority. However, I heard the first event met the organizers’ expectations. Around 50 people attended, of whom 80%+ were at the CEO/ founder/president level (most of smaller companies). Some folks from the startup world were on hand to answer questions and help out, including 3 vc’s, 2 angels, a seasoned startup lawyer and a corporate real estate broker. Peer advisory groups are in the works for those who attended. Attendees can then connect online after the event, but most likely they will also connect in the traditional social channels of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Since the event was basically a work session, it had little or no cost $8 to put on, as it was just a co-working session. Verizon donated some space in their DC office, while Network Solutions donated the domain and hosting, and the $8 went to a Quizno’s sub to a friend who checked people in at the door. It’s great to see DC taking to the trend with some organized co-working sessions like SHDC.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Byrne.