"The San Francisco coffeehouse is the new Palo Alto garage," declares Kevin Burton, 30, who runs his Internet startup Tailrank without renting offices. "It’s where all the innovation is happening." – San Francisco Chronicle article on "third places" become the new office.
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang from the Institute for the Future notes:
The shift from garages to cafes" isn’t really just about getting rid of offices, but instead reflects "a shift in preference away from [working in] spaces that are privately owned and isolated, to ones that are more public, that provide services, and offer the potential for fruitful random encounters and social interactions."