We’re not as cool as Hackerspace
August 11, 2011 by Terence LEE
At least, that is Co-Working@dolphnSIX’s marketing spiel anyway. Neither are they as trendy as The Pigeonhole or FounderHQ. Rather, Co-Working@dolphnSIX offers a no-frills home office in Eastern Singapore with enough facilities to run your startup and get work done, if you don’t mind travelling to Joo Chiat Place.
At S$200 (US$165) a month for a seat or S$300 (US$247) for two seats, the place offers necessities like Wi-Fi, power points, phone lines, whiteboards, printers, and so on. They’ve even thrown in extras like a tripod, spare camera, and microphones, as well as can’t-do-without things like a microwave oven, fridge, whisky and a stove to last you through an all-night Hackathon.
Payment is done on a monthly basis, but you get free goodies like a wireless mouse if you sign up for three months or more. And yes, you can pick either six cans of Red Bull or Nescafe Gold.
So how does Co-Working@dolphnSIX stack up against the cooler cats it is determined not to be? For one, The Pigeonhole is more of an indie-hip coffee joint; which is not ideal if you’re looking for an environment to yell at your co-founder on a regular basis. But it’s good for holding events like SGE’s Q&A with presidential hopeful Dr Tony Tan.
While Hackerspace (see interview with co-founder) does offer a dedicated desk, setting up shop there is a heftier financial commitment with three months of upfront payment and a minimum of a six-month commitment. Plus, you have to fork out S$512 for a dedicated desk to call your own or S$256 for a shared desk. But for that price, you get to feel cool and own a membership card.
FounderHQ, which is launching on August 14, offers the most attractive price proposition at S$180 per month for early birds. Applications are still open, although they’re selective on who they admit. Affiliated to Founder Institute Singapore, the co-working space also serves as a startup accelerator of sorts with entrepreneurial workshops and activities for participants, and opportunities to interact with investors.
Another option that entrepreneurs can consider is of course SmartSpace, which also offers dedicated work desks. They have a potpourri of membership options — hourly, daily, monthly, quarterly and yearly.
Term memberships are only open at certain periods of the year. Also, if you’ve yet to incorporate a company but are planning to do so, SmartSpace offers to assist you in the process as part of its suite of services.
Last but not least, there’s BASE at muvee, which offers office space at S$500 a month.
In any case, it’s great that Co-Working@dolphnSIX has decided to locate itself in the East, which should attract the unfortunate souls staying in Pasir Ris or Tampines. With FounderHQ manning the West and the rest holding up in Central Singapore, I’m just waiting for someone to set up shop in the oft-neglected Northern parts.
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Terence writes mainly about technology trends and startups in Asia. He believes in crafting smart content: Not just a regurgitation of text, but well thought-out pieces that serve the reader using a combination of data, design, narratives, analysis, and visual impact. His articles have been published on Venturebeat, Yahoo!, Straits Times, Today, and The Online Citizen. He also co-founded NewNation.sg, a satirical news site covering Singapore affairs. Engage him on LinkedIn and Twitter.Read other posts by Terence LEE