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Hacker Dojo, finally a hangout where coders can go 24/7 (venturebeat.com)
29 points by transburgh 2905 days ago | hide | past | web | 13 comments | favorite

Hmm. $100/month to ... sit in a room with other people and bang on my laptop?

It'll be interesting if this ends up taking off.

Sure beats paying $4 to work at a coffee shop. Plus, not every coffee shop lets you bring your soldering iron or desktop computer.

Especially when now cafes are now kicking out laptop owners even if they do buy.

It seems like this would be most beneficial to coders who are working on a bootstrapped startup or those without full-time jobs; i.e., those that would find it harder to pay $100/mo.

Places like this seem to be popping up here and there...how well do they do? Is this a truly viable (in the long-term) business?

I don't think hackerspaces would be considered a real business. Most of them are non-profit and community driven. If you live somewhere with enough hackers, it makes sense to have something like this. My grandmother has a "hackerspace" for their gang of mahjongg players. All the gamers put in money to rent out a huge office where they can play 24/7.

More info here: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Hackerspaces

Hackerdojo is not a business. What is wrong with you people? This is like asking whether reading or sex is "a viable business".

Calm down. Breathe.

Hacker Dojo is a California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation. Fully tax-deductible federal 501(c)(3) status will hopefully happen when things settle down.

Technically a 501(c)(6), actually.

I didn't realize there were so many options: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/501(c)

501(c)(3) would work for the Dojo under Education, [Technical] Literacy, and Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals.

Also, being as helpful as ever, google tells me 501(c)(3) = 450,588,064,374 m/s

Okay, it's not a business. The important part of the question is whether it's viable, which is equally valid to ask of a nonprofit.

If we get 40 more members, we'll be viable. Considering that we managed to get 35 members in the last month, I think it's possible to triple that number given that there's more entrepreneurs here than anywhere else. Visit any coffee shop in silicon valley and you'll see why.

Hacker Dojo is like sex? This must be the kind of sex one has with a roomful of 20-year-old "ninjas" obsessively typing the acronyms PG, HN, YC, DHH, and RoR into their MacBook Pros. As Paris Hilton would say, that's hot.

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