Co-working and the possibilities of close collaboration.
For the full story, pick up the spring 2017 issue of Territory:OKC.
Situated on the cusp of Film Row and the Farmers Market District, StarSpace 46 is, in simplest terms, a co-working space. Entrepreneurs and freelancers pay a membership fee for the perks of a desk and office amenities. In turn, they’re daily (or weekly, as nobody’s keeping tabs) surrounded by some of the most forward-thinking minds in Oklahoma City today.
This is the breeding ground for the next computer genius, the next design innovator, the next person to create something that alters your daily life. There’s no hierarchy, no bottom line — only the willingness, and drive, to do something great.
“It’s not just a space to work. There are cheap offices everywhere,” said Tommy Yi, StarSpace 46 co-founder. “Great ideas and businesses happen when you have a cross-collaboration of people with different points of view. That’s what this is: a hub for community.”
It’s a brainchild that has evolved over a decade. Once known as OKC CoCo and The 404, this hub has since generated the likes of Monscierge, a hospitality technology brand with millions of funding dollars from Facebook and Google and touchscreens in every Hilton hotel. It’s home to the 26-year-old CTO of Nodecraft Hosting, which provides high-capacity gaming servers for people across the globe. Techlahoma, a grassroots technology community, headquarters here, and it once was the workspace of CooperHouse Creative, a branding and design studio.