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Hacker Dojo, finally a hangout where coders can go 24/7 (venturebeat.com)
29 points by transburgh 2028 days ago | comments



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.

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

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

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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.

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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?

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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

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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