“Startup Culture” refers to the work-world movement towards individuals that work in a collaborative environment, sometimes forming teams that become Startup companies. Startup culture is built on talented free-agents who are looking for meaningful jobs that fit seamlessly into their lives.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson released his budget memo this week, which included plans for an “innovation district” in the rail yards, focused on nurturing start-ups, business accelerators and incubators. (article here)
Coworking spaces are already popping up all over the midtown and downtown areas. If you haven’t heard of coworking, it’s the new office structure for startups and entrepreneurs. Think of it like a gymn for business, members pay a monthly fee to use the usual office amenities (internet, printer, kitchen, etc) without having to rent an entire office.
Sacramento and Davis share a dozen of these alternate working spaces:
Urban Hive – recently rated #7 coworking space in the nation
Capsity – a “California Benefit Corporation” coworking space
Hacker Lab – – a coworking space that’s part workshop with community access to a large “tool library.”
Outlet – the newest addition to midtown, a converted art gallery
Suite 2:10 – Christian ministry focused coworking space
Regus – a nationwide coworking membership service with 4 locations in Sacramento.
Davinci – virtual business solutions, allowing you to work from home but create a big office image by using a downtown business address, receptionist, and conference rooms.
Davis Roots – a start-up business accelerator that offers a nine month mentoring program and launch in exchange for equity in the new venture.
Davis Makerspace – heavily focused on building, more of a community workshop
Additional support for the startup community comes in the form of networking and educational events, such as Sacramento Startup Weekend and Startup Grind, both sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs. “Hackathons” are events where individuals gather to pitch ideas and brainstorm solutions together.
On a government level, the City of West Sacramento is partnering with Code for America to advance the regional food system.
And on a business level, California Safe Soil is a startup with a plant in West Sacramento that converts restaurant food waste into usable soil amendments in three hours. Composting, on the other hand, takes six months. (article here)
Being this close to Silicon Valley, the startup culture was bound to reach us eventually. Thankfully, it hasn’t brought with it the exorbitant cost of living that Bay Area dwellers have to live with.