EBX: New Coworking Space Oakstop Focuses on Artistic Entrepreneurs

Posted by | Oakstop Members, Press | February 12, 2014

The Uptown Oakland co-working site aims to give creative professionals a place to invent, perform, collaborate, and make a living.

The East Bay Express just ran an article on Oakstop today, highlighting the way that Oakstop fills a unique niche in the coworking market:

East Bay Express

“It completely changes the game,” said Jennifer Johns. At Oakstop she can hold strategy meetings, host listening parties, or just work at a comfortable desk. “I wish this had been here throughout my career,” she said…

Oakstop, a 4,000-square-foot space located at 17th Street and Broadway in Oakland, is based on the same concept, except that it caters primarily to artists and creative entrepreneurs…

Oakstop is not focused on providing studio space (although it does offer that), but rather aims to give artists a place to work on the business side of their craft. Parham said he plans to provide equipment, mentorship, and training resources designed to help members advance their careers…

Other plans for Oakstop include hosting performances, art shows, and workshops, and creating a retail component, Parham said. He noted that the space is designed to complement, not compete with, existing co-working sites. He even suggested that Oakstop could share members with the nearby Impact Hub Oakland, a co-working space and entrepreneurial incubator that focuses on activism and social justice.

Read the full article on Eastbayexpress.com: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/new-co-working-space-oakstop-focuses-on-artistic-entrepreneurs/Content?oid=3836315

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