I visited GangPlank today, which is the 6th coworking space I have been too. Very impressed with what I saw. If you are interested in how to build a startup community, check out the great work they are doing.
GangPlank is an office space.
Around four Five ‘anchor companies’ help pay the rent including BestPartyEver, Stealthmode Partners, Draw Backwards and Forty Agency and Integrum. All the extra space is used as a community area, where anyone can come, setup their laptop and work, collaborate, learn and share. For free.
From their site:
In its most general sense, Gangplank is a set of beliefs:
- We believe that Phoenix can be a fantastic center for innovationâ€”once committed.
- We believe that web professionals should focus on collaboration over competition, and that ideas should be shared freely.
- We believe that small businesses, micro-businesses, and freelancers, bridged together in common cause, will be the core of this revolution in Phoenix.
They also host an incubator, which has just recently launched Date Designer. GangPlank is also home to a studio. The most exciting thing about the space is the collaboration between the web professionals in Phoenix that have not had a place to work together.
They hosted Startup Weekend. They have hack nights. They reach out and show the community how to do it, and do it well. They have a lot of fun.
I look forward to spending more time there. My hat is off to Derek Neighbors and the whole team that made it happen.