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Expanded co-working space at Cambridge Innovation Center opening today

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 13, 2011 02:46 PM

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I dropped by the newly-expanded co-working space at Cambridge Innovation Center this morning. That's where entrepreneurs and consultants who don't necessarily need private offices can rent a desk for $250 a month. And it's also home to two "neighborhoods" — one where angel investor Bill Warner offers advice and educational programming for entrepreneurs, called the Anything Goes Lab, and another called iCollaborative, geared to students working on start-ups and funded by Battelle, the non-profit independent R&D firm. Both of those require that you apply and are admitted. With Anything Goes, members still pay the $250 monthly fee; with iCollaborative, Battelle will cover the cost for up to 30 students.

The new Cambridge Co-Working Center (C3) space is just under 5700 square feet — about twice as big as the original co-working area, which opened in 2009. (As HubSpot co-founder Dharmesh Shah notes in the comments below, the fourth-floor real estate was formerly the home of his digital marketing start-up — until HubSpot outgrew it.) The new "czar of co-working" at the Cambridge Innovation Center is Sidi Gomes, an entrepreneur and alum of Harvard's Graduate School of Design. There's a champagne toast planned at 4 p.m. today to inaugurate the new space.

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Sherry Zhao, who is overseeing the iCollaborative space. She says six students have already won admission to it.

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Near the entry to C3, a flat-panel TV with videogame consoles and comfy seats.

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Aside from the Aeron chairs, most of the furniture comes from IKEA.

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I am pretty sure I could eat $250 worth of the complimentary Oreos every month.

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There are bunkbeds for those who need a refreshing nap after a late night of user interface design. "Naps are a very high-productivity thing," Warner says.

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A blackboard calendar will be filled with two months' worth of upcoming events. The rolls of brown paper in the middle are intended for sketching schematics and group brainstorming.

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Entrepreneur Nick Tomarrello of Escapist was responsible for outfitting the Anything Goes Lab.

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