Monday, January 7, 2008

Can the Collaboration Space Continue?

Bill Warner tells me he is planning to leave the Cambridge Collaboration Space that he started back in 2002.

His goal was to create a work environment where small start-ups and solo entrepreneurs could rent space and enjoy turn-key infrastructure. Warner, the founder of Avid Technology, served as the benevolent landlord, and his tenants have included serial entrepreneur Yonald Chery, Eric Peters (one of the early employees at Avid), Eliot Mack of Cinital, Michael Wissner, Paul English (a co-founder of Kayak), and John Lert of CasePick Systems.

Warner says he never was able to make the space a profit-generating venture, but he reckons that there's about a 50 percent chance that a group of tenants, led by architect Philip Dowds, will take over the lease and keep the space going.

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Blogger Nabeel said...

We've all seen a fair share of flexspace, co-working, and incubation concepts and universally they seem to have real trouble getting (and staying) profitable. It is a tough business. Cambridge Innovation Center seems to be one of really a handful of exceptions nationally.

I hope they find a way to push forward even if Bill is moving on.

January 12, 2008 10:46 PM  

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