Jelly: Give coworking a whirl at HIVE
Coworking, according to Wikipedia, is a style of work which involves shared office space but independent activity. It typically attracts telecommuters, freelancers, and others who don’t work in a traditional office, but are sick of working at home or in coffee shops and crave a more collaborative atmosphere. I recently tried out coworking for myself at Jelly, a bimonthly day-long coworking event held every other Friday at HIVE (770 11th Ave. in downtown San Diego).
Patrick Crowley (@mokolabs) initiated the local instance of Jelly, which originally met in his apartment. Jelly itself started in New York City in 2006 and has spread to several cities worldwide; Patrick first encountered it in Sydney, Australia. When HIVE opened as a coworking space in March 2009, he thought it would be the perfect place for Jelly in San Diego.
The atmosphere at HIVE is Ikea loft chic, with white laminate furniture, poured cement floors, exposed brick walls and a tall, two-story space. Indie rock plays faintly in the background as your fellow Jell-os type away on their laptops. It’s a kind of postmodern business Zen, only occasionally punctuated by exclamations of “Dammit! Kicked off Internet again.” (HIVE really needs an industrial-strength router.)