After reading about Denver’s new tech startup center called Galvanize today, I thought it was time to revisit the Physical Atlanta Startup Village Idea post from almost two months ago. If you talk to startups in town about office space, they’ll say they want creative, loft style office space that’s in a cool area. Two of the most popular creative lofts areas are The Stove Works in Inman Park (High Groove is there) and the Carriage Works buildings in West Midtown (ScoutMob is there). The Stove Works complex is completely full and Carriage Works is almost full, showing there’s serious demand for creative space in town.
Thinking more about a physical Atlanta Startup Village, here are a few components that would be nice to have:
- In-town on the Atlanta Beltline (22 miles of old train tracks that are being redeveloped into trails, public parks, and transit)
- Loft style offices with tall, 12-20 foot ceilings and ample natural light
- Within one mile of a MARTA train station
- Walkable to several restaurants
- Rooftop patio or other outdoor component
- Great coffee shop (see Octane Coffee)
- Plenty of free parking
A physical Atlanta Startup Village would need to be a amazing place that people people wanted to be a part of in order to be successful. As great as the facility might be, at the end of the day it’s the people involved.
What else? What are some other ideal components for an Atlanta Startup Village?