In a story titled Downtown Tucson continues to thrive, local workspace and community hub Gangplank Tucson gets a minute or two on the nightly news, on KOLD 13 TV.
Video here (yours truly makes an appearance at 0:32).
Via Gabe Luethje.
You’re invited to Gangplank Tucson’s grand reopening May 22nd, 2013. The new space is smack-dab in the middle of downtown Tucson, across from the Main Library, at 100 N Stone Ave, Suite 110. (Previously in southern Tucson, near the airport, in the Bookman’s warehouse building.)
I’m excited! The local incarnation of the flagship Gangplank in Chandler, Arizona has even more potential now—in this central location—to be the hub for all things open web in Tucson.
What is Gangplank?
Gangplank is a non-profit, collaborative workspace without physical or financial barriers providing resources and education for local entrepreneurs and businesses. Focused on economic and community development, we seek to unite the creative class, bringing together diverse minds to create something greater than the individual and drive entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
Big news in the Tucson coworking scene this week. My favorite coworking spot, Spoke6, is changing hands with founder and owner Tim Bowen handing over the reins to the excellent folks at GraphicFusion.
No major changes planned, according to GraphicFusion—our bi-monthly WordPress meetups will continue to meet there. (Next WordPress meetup is Wednesday November 7th, 7–9 PM.)
Coworking at PIE (short for the Portland Incubator Experiment) was a highlight for me during a month spent in the lovely green Pacific Northwest. I shared a desk area with Automattic colleagues Daniel and Andrew, going in twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. PIE is a glorious twistup of coworking, startups, tech heads, and advertising executives.
The vibe is energetic and the people are interesting, the inside feels airy and spacious due to high ceilings, natural light, and white desks and tables.
If you’re in Portland I recommend you swing by and check it out.
As I happen to love coworking spots, I’m adding here a brief review as if it were a full-on coworking spot. It’s not, but what the heck—I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
The day-to-day folks at PIE are busy cranking on their apps and services, meeting with partners and clients, and more. I didn’t expect to make instant friends going in, but thought I’d meet more people. I ended up with my headphones on a lot and head down in code and work.
A quick welcome tour and more conversation with the regulars would have been nice bonus—and would give this space 5 out of 5 stars in my book. In this sense it’s less like other coworking spots I’ve experienced. I was disappointed that over 8-10 visits only one person approached and asked me who I was and what I was doing there. Spoke6, my home spot in Tucson, does a much better job in this respect, though in all fairness Spoke6 is set up differently and is fully dedicated to coworking.
All in all, PIE a sweet place to work, and next time in Portland I’ll be back for another slice.