Private Spaces to Public Spaces: Coffeehouse > Garage

"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."

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