Co-Working for Everyone: A Look at SA’s Co-Working Spaces

Photo taken at Tech Trek by Jonathan Guajardo - Editor, SA Sentinel.

Photo taken at Tech Trek by Jonathan Guajardo - Editor, SA Sentinel.

April 26, 2019 - San Antonio

Article By: Dr. Joseph Lopez - Contributing Writer, SA Sentinel

In this ever-changing economy where Americans are having to adapt to fluctuating employment, many workers have moved on to the world of consulting, freelancing, small businesses and startups.  Entrepreneurs, they are often called, this 21st-Century movement has evolved in many ways, but all have learned from the practices of 20th-Century Entrepreneurs. In San Antonio, TX this phenomenon is made visible by the plethora of co-working spaces that have opened over the past 15 years.  

The Early Days

Co-working is the term for people coming together at a space and working independently on their projects/businesses in parallel in an effort to build community and foster possible collaboration.  

Graham Weston and Nick Longo. (Photo Credit: Nick Longo Facebook page.)

Graham Weston and Nick Longo. (Photo Credit: Nick Longo Facebook page.)

I personally experienced this back in 2008 when my friends opened Conjunctured, the first co-working space in Austin, TX. I was a Ph.D. student at the time and was embedded knee-deep in the startup world. Watching the scene grow was truly amazing.

Todd O’ Neil. (Photo Credit: Todd O’ Neil.)

Todd O’ Neil. (Photo Credit: Todd O’ Neil.)

San Antonio, TX would soon follow suit with its first co-working space, C4 Workspace, founded by Todd O'Neill.  The space was located for 3 years downtown off of St Mary’s Street in Southtown San Antonio where the Filling Station Cafe currently resides.  This initial space would serve as a model for future co-working spaces that would form over the years. Todd O’Neill would go on to take his talent to Middle Tennessee State University where he would become an Assistant Professor.  He recently won the 2019 BEA Outstanding Experiential Learning award for his work with students and the community.  It is amazing to see someone who championed San Antonio in the early days of co-working go on to such acclaim.

The next co-working space that would transform San Antonio’s tech landscape is Geekdom.  Founded by Graham Weston and Nick Longo, Geekdom’s vision was to create a general hub for tech creativity and a space for tech startups to meet and co-work.  Throughout the years, they have grown rapidly. Moving from the Weston center to the Rand building, their numbers have increased from hundreds of members to over 1,800 currently. Geekdom hosts numerous tech events, conferences, 3 day start ups, cybersecurity events and much more.  


2019 Co-Working Spaces in San Antonio


I would be remiss if I did not state that Geekdom definitely has been a catalyst for the greater San Antonio creative scene and provided a model and inspiration for co-working working to expand beyond the niche startup scene.  What followed between 2010 and today is a plethora of co-working spaces that have popped up all over San Antonio and focused on communities beyond the start-up scene. This article will highlight these co-working spaces and their impact on the entrepreneurial scenes.  In addition, some local spaces that are publicly sponsored will be highlighted for their entrepreneurial support and openness to collaboration.


COST & AMENITIES COMPARISON


Community Member Cost Per Month in USD


Desk/Dedicated Office Space Per Month in USD


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GENERAL CHART KEY: O (Optional), S (Standard), N/A (Either not listed or not available)

CORE COMMUNITY KEY: A (Tech), B (Creative - Marketing & Advertising), C (Creative Media - Narrative Film, Photography), D (Artist), E (Small Business), F (Real Estate)


ALAMO CITY STUDIOS

Photo Credit:  Alamo City Studios Facebook  page.

Photo Credit: Alamo City Studios Facebook page.

 
  • Business:  Alamo City Studios (website)

  • Location:  1113 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205

  • Pricing:  $40/Month Introductory (community member)

  • Description:  Alamo City Studios is a content creation centric co-working space that facilitates filmmakers, commercial media creators and artists in general.  


ANNEX COWORKING

Photo Credit:  Annex Coworking Facebook  page.

Photo Credit: Annex Coworking Facebook page.

 
  • Business: Annex Coworking

  • Location: 6330 De Zavala Rd #114, San Antonio, TX 78249

  • Pricing: $100 /Month Introductory (part-time `community member)

  • Description: A female co-working space in San Antonio, Annex is located off DeZavala Rd in the North Side of the city. According to their website, their space “is the perfect setting to burn through your to-do list, meet with clients, or teach your next workshop.  Coworking at Annex gives you a built-in community of like-minded and supportive women.”


CUBES AT THE QUONSET

 
  • Business: Cubes at the Quonset

  • Location: 1218 E Euclid Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212

  • Pricing: $250/Month Introductory (office)

  • Description: The Cube at the Quonset is located downtown near the Pearl and offers offices for small businesses and freelancers.  They are known for their laid back ambiance and policy that allows pets in the office space.


IMPACT GUILD

Photo Credit:  Impact Guild website .

Photo Credit: Impact Guild website.

 
  • Business: Impact Guild

  • Location:  708 West Summit, San Antonio, TX 78212

  • Pricing:  $75/Month Introductory (community member)

  • Description:  Located in a neighborhood right north of downtown, the Impact Guild is known for its commitment to growing community beyond co-working, offering workshops and “common good” events.  


GEEKDOM

Photo Credit:  Geekdom website.

Photo Credit: Geekdom website.

 
  • Business: Geekdom

  • Location: 110 E Houston St 7th Floor, San Antonio, TX 78205

  • Pricing: $50/Month Introductory (community member)

  • Description: Geekdom is a large co-working space located downtown in the Rand Building.  It is known for having a tech startup centric environment, along with hosting large events.  


KEY COWORKING

Photo Credit:  Key Coworking website .

Photo Credit: Key Coworking website.

 
  • Business: Key Coworking

  • Location: 1520 W Contour Drive, San Antonio TX, 78212

  • Pricing: $75/Month Introductory (community member)

  • Description: A business-to-business co-working space that emphasizes collaboration, sustainability, and networking. According to their website, they are “dedicated to cultivating an environment where experienced entrepreneurs can nurture their businesses, build effective teams, and increase their business capacity.”


LAUNCH SA

Photo Credit:  LaunchSA website.

Photo Credit: LaunchSA website.

 
  • Business: Launch SA

  • Location: 600 Soledad St., San Antonio, TX 78205

  • Pricing: Free

  • Description: Located in the San Antonio Central Public Library, Launch SA provides free support and advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them scale their enterprises.


LIFTOFF

Photo Credit:  LiftFund Facebook .

Photo Credit: LiftFund Facebook.

 
  • Business-  LiftOff

  • Location-  2014 S Hackberry, San Antonio, TX 78210

  • Pricing-  $25/Month Introductory (community member)

  • Description-  Located on the Southeast side of San Antonio, LiftOff is a coworking initiative backed by the LiftFund, a non-profit that advocates for small business development.


SPACE ON THE FLY

 

Business: Space on the Fly (website)

Location: 85 NE Interstate 410 Loop #301, San Antonio, TX 78216

Pricing: $40/Month Introductory (community member)

Description: Space on the Fly is a unique co-working space that focuses on the real estate industry.  Their website says they offer co-working for Brokers, Real Estate Agents, Appraisers, Inspectors and more.  


VENTUREPOINT

 

Venture Point - Stone Oak

 

Venture Point - Medial

 

Venture Point - Broadway (Coming Soon)

Business: VenturePoint

Location: Stone Oak, Medical Center, Broadway (Coming Soon)

Pricing: $148 /Month Introductory (community member)

Description: With 2 locations (Soon to be 3), VenturePoint offers coworking around the greater San Antonio area.  Known for hosting entrepreneurial events and workshops, VenturePoint has been around the San Antonio coworking scene for many years.  


If you know of a co-working space not included in this article, please contact us below so we can add them to the listing. Also if there are any errors or corrections in regards to available amenities, please message us below so we can update the article.