Friday, July 06, 2012

Markets in Everything: Hacker Hostels

SAN FRANCISCO — "From the outside it’s just a beige three-story building in a quiet residential neighborhood. But inside, in a third-floor apartment, there are enough Ikea bunk beds to sleep 10 people, crammed into two bedrooms. The living room is bare except for a futon, a tiny desk and laptop power cables strewed across the hardwood floor like a nest of snakes.

This is not some kind of dorm, but a “hacker hostel.” It’s one of several in the Bay Area that offer short- or long-term stays for aspiring tech entrepreneurs on the bottom rung of the Silicon Valley ladder, those who haven’t yet achieved Facebook-level riches. These establishments put a twist on the long tradition of communal housing for tech types by turning it into a commercial enterprise. 

The San Francisco hostel is part of a minichain of three bunk-bed-stuffed residences under the same management, all places where young programmers, designers and scientists can work, eat and sleep."

HT: Dan Greller 

4 Comments:

At 7/06/2012 10:02 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"... part of a minichain of three bunk-bed-stuffed residences under the same management, all places where young programmers, designers and scientists can work, eat and sleep"...

Almost sounds a bit like boot camp...:-)

 
At 7/06/2012 11:22 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Whether you stay in a tres bunker or tres etoile, it is a probably worth packing...

your own travel router,...

especially in a hostile hacker hostel.

Thus, you can connect either to wireless or ethernet, with your own password and encryption settings on the travel router.

 
At 7/06/2012 1:08 PM, Blogger Anonymous Bosh said...

Back to the gender-wage gap:

Quick! Who is more prone to choose/enjoy/pursue the Hacker Hostel lifestyle, boys or girls?

 
At 7/06/2012 2:07 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Anon Bosh,

I always appreciate when I lazily read a story for its face value and somebody snaps me in another (valid) direction. I'd love to see the demographic information.

 

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