Take a Tour of San Francisco Coworking Space pariSoma [Video]

July 22, 2012

12:00 pm

With 3/4ths of its population working for a startup (source: Zach’s non-empirical observation), San Francisco obviously has a substantial demand for communal office space.  And as a result, a host of coworking venues have emerged throughout this seven-by-seven-mile city, with a wide range in size, specialization, and amenities.  There is almost certainly a space to fit your startup’s needs.

Today we take a tour of pariSoma, the “innovation loft” to coworking, classes, and events nestled in San Francisco’s South of Market district.

Since becoming a member of pariSoma, I’ve been most impressed with the community’s level of camaraderie.  Every Tuesday, Jason Wohlstadter, radio and label director at Proton Radio, organizes a coworkers’ happy hour.  Last week, pariSoma’ers pitched in to capitalize on Uber’s amazing ice cream promo.  Earlier this week, there was an organized Dark Knight Rises viewing.

The venue also hosts a variety of networking events, classes, and speaking sessions.  Without checking the speaker schedule, I unexpectedly wandered into the office on a day where the founder of Second Life, Philip Rosedale, was giving a presentation.  Not a perk offered at the local coffee shop.

Many notable startups and larger companies work (or have worked) from pariSoma incluing: AwayFindBrightcoveMajor League SoccerOkCupid LabsScoop.itvchatterVidCaster, pariSoma’s parent company faberNovel, and Tech Cocktail (no link necessary).  The space also plays home to a non-profit, PR firm, and a variety of freelancers.

To get a better feel for the innovation loft, I asked pariSoma’s general manager, Amber Wolf, to give us a walk-through of the recently renovated venue.  Enjoy.

(Note: The track in the above video is “Forget What They’re Telling You” by Mike McFadden.)

Looking for a spot to get it done in San Francisco? Check out the various pariSoma membership offerings.

San Francisco-based startups: Want to be featured on Tech Cocktail?  Drop me a note at zach@techcocktail.com and let’s schedule a time to chat at pariSoma.  


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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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