Welcome to Secret Clubhouse, a new co-working space in Williamsburg.
Since opening in September of 2012, we've become a home to start-up companies like Hype Machine, Gotenna, Brooklyn Computer Club, and Ooh La La Records, as well as a number of entrepreneurs and freelancers. We have 35 dedicated desks in total.
We strive to be an active member of the Williamsburg tech scene; once a month, in our 800-square-foot basement lounge, we host the North Brooklyn Breakfast Club tech Meetup group. Tenants get the opportunity to attend at present at these events, and can also use the lounge for their own events, meetings or projects.
We do things a little bit differently here at Secret Clubhouse. We’ve got vintage computers, analog synths, weird art, parlor games, pool table, booze. What’s not to love? With the fully stocked kitchen and 24/7 access (among other things), you probably won't need to leave.
CMJ Music Marathon is descending upon New York this week, and we’re gearing up to bask in the glow of live music all week long. Here’s where some of our music-minded coworkers will be posting up, and what we recommend seeing this week…
The rear of a Northbridge gym - which became the secret...
The rear of a Northbridge gym - which became the secret clubhouse for the Comanchero bikie gang in WA - has won a reprieve from demolition after an application was made to convert the illegal building into a lodging house complete with a “reading room”. (via Secret clubhouse spared demolition - The West Australian)
ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE OUR BROTHERS DOING WELL.
"Hype Machine, an outstanding music discovery and streaming service recently left the Yard for a..."
Hype Machine, an outstanding music discovery and streaming service recently left the Yard for a place called the Secret Clubhouse, and when we discovered this well kept secret, we knew it was our new home. The Secret Clubhouse is filled with music companies like The Hype Machine and Ooh La La Records, as well as freelance tech, video, and media types. Not to mention that they have, on display, every Apple computer from the Commodore 64 to the Macbook Air and every music system from the 8-track to a multi-disc CD changer. Plus we can kick back and have a good time thanks to the pool table and rack of guitars in the basement. Check out some of the photos on their blog.
So we’re living in Secret these days… and loving it. We’ve committed to being here for the foreseeable future thanks to the office, the location, and a super cool CEO who has made some great investments. If you’re in the neighborhood, pay us a visit!
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, with a tiger...
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, with a tiger tapestry and a pile of Care Bears.
GET YOUR HEAD AROUND THAT.
Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
1) A signed Pixies poster; 2) Brainstorming names for...
1) A signed Pixies poster; 2) Brainstorming names for what became the Barbarian Group; 3) 3 beautiful Portlandia prints.
And a lot more!
"In many ways, it’s never been easier to start a company. Bootstrapping is often a viable choice, but..."
In many ways, it’s never been easier to start a company. Bootstrapping is often a viable choice, but some businesses are almost impossible to launch without capital. There are endless books and blogs from the viewpoint of VCs espousing philosophies about how to raise venture capital, but the actual process from Day One of making the decision to raise money is still a black hole, left to private meetings, phone calls, and known to a relatively small population.
Designers and technologists often have little or no experience dealing with investors, and even learning a new vocabulary to talk with VCs is often the first stumbling block. Join us for an evening with drinks and a veteran panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors and VCs features Allison Goldberg (Time Warner Investments), Ryan Freitas (About.me), Rick Webb (Quotidian Ventures, Barbarian Group), Gino Zahnd (Cozy, Flickr, Kosmix, Splunk) and John Bragg (Cozy, Kosmix).
This will be a good time. The first time my good friend Ryan (Co-Founder of the recently re-independent About.me) and I will be on a panel talking about tech. Honestly, I wish this panel was like 4 hours long. But it’s not. It’s only an hour. Or so. And it’s in the evening. And it’s cheap. You should totally come. We’ll go get a drink afterwards. It’s in the village. Maybe we’ll go to Destination afterwards.
Mallory & Will in the snow outside of Secret Clubhouse (by...
Mallory & Will in the snow outside of Secret Clubhouse (by Scott Beale)
Check out Secret Clubhouse in the New York Times!
“At Secret Clubhouse, a communal working space near Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, the co-founders of the digital marketing company Small Girls PR never have to worry about paying the electric bill. They did not have to buy the long white desks they share with other young entrepreneurs. If they want coffee, the machine downstairs is always stocked. And there is always someone else to talk to.
For the founders, Mallory Blair, 24, and Bianca Caampued, 28, working at Secret Clubhouse — one of several communal, or “co-working,” spaces that house the budding technology and new media community in north Brooklyn — has freed them to expand their business. But with four part-time employees and more on the way, they are starting to think about finding a space of their own.
“We want to stay in this area for sure,” said Ms. Blair, who like Ms. Caampued also lives in the neighborhood. “We could be anywhere, but we choose to be in Brooklyn because that’s where everything’s happening.””