Harkening back, here's a fun photo of Founders and support staff having a champagne toast celebrating a successful kickstarter campaign! Tatiana, with a volunteer, are caught readying the office for prime time and painting the conference room "Mascarpone White" (above right).
And here are co-founders Konda Mason (left) and Ashara Akundyo (right) on opening day sharing their excitement:
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When the City of Oakland requested a proposal from us for an old bank in Frank Ogawa Plaza our first choice was to include a Pop-up HUB Oakland. And as expected, here in their temporary space at the Plaza, IMPACT HUB Oakland has brought tons of energy vision and people power to the area.
The HUB is a global co-working brand in 60 countries with an interest in helping their members innovate for social good, so we were very excited to be able to offer them a space in downtown Oakland. Organizations like IMPACT HUB Oakland are exactly what Oakland needs to strengthen its innovation infrastructure and elevate our conversations about the future of our city.
So much has happened since we joined forces! Here's the exciting timeline of events:
April - Popuphood and IMPACT HUB Oakland sign a lease at the Plaza.
May - Popuphood and IMPACT HUB Oakland move into the Plaza.
June - IMPACT HUB Oakland runs a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, raising $140,000 (!) towards their permanent space.
July - Co-working members begin working at IMPACT HUB Oakland.
September - IMPACT HUB Oakland reaches upwards of 400 co-working members.
It's been a wild ride!
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As an added bonus, we are working in style with beautiful new furniture, sponsored by Herman Miller (the HUB's global partner). Our office aesthetic is now a mix of high-low – with fun Ikea finds and iconic Herman Miller desks. Check out the beautiful space:
We're very happy to have had the opportunity to share a location with IMPACT HUB Oakland. Popuphood has really benefitted from sharing a location and we have co-sponsoring events and working towards common goals.
As IMPACT HUB Oakland's building shapes up at their permanent address, we're thrilled to have them here at the Plaza growing their unique mission, deepening their Oakland connections, and programming inspired events. They are a crucial part of the innovation infrastructure that will ultimately fuel Oakland's growth.