by April 1, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

"Work District"

WorkDistrict at 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Nick Barron. Follow him on Twitter @nbarron; email him at nick[AT]

There was a time, not long ago, when a co-working space amounted to desks, WiFi and complimentary coffee, but a newcomer to DC’s shared office scene is taking co-working and jacking it up a notch.

WorkDistrict, at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, offers co-working space, computer coding classes, and potential resources for companies interested in raising money through crowd funding.

On the learning-to-code front there’s CodeDistrict, WorkDistrict’s answer to what they say is demand from the community to learn how to program websites and mobile applications. You don’t need to be a WorkDistrict member to take a class.

The first CodeDistrict class is coming April 20, and will cover the basics of developing a mobile application for Apple’s iOS platform. (iOS is what your iPhone and iPad use.)

Then there’s the potential crowd funding piece for WorkDistrict. Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), a firm working to make crowd funding a reality in the U.S., is one of the founding members of WorkDistrict.


WorkDistrict CEO Patrick Menasco. (Luis Gomez Photos)

More Than a Work Space

In fact, WorkDistrict CEO Patrick Menasco explains the idea behind WorkDistrict was firstly crowd funding.

“The vision was to focus on crowd funded businesses,” Menasco said. “While awaiting the SEC regulations (implementing crowd funding), we’ve focused on pure co-working, as well as the new educational play with CodeDistrict.”

Once the federal government allows crowd funding, Menasco expects WorkDistrict members to benefit from the co-working space’s relationship with CCA.

“If and when those regulations come out, we will provide informational resources to help startups with their crowd funding efforts,” Menasco said.

And what about the co-working space itself?

It’s 3,000-square-feet with work from DC artists on its walls, private offices, a kitchen, free coffee and, of course, WiFi. Current members include CCA, Fission Strategy and the technology think tank TechFreedom.

WorkDistrict offers three membership options: Drop-in, Monthly and Private Office.

For organizations and freelancers looking to work in a communal, urban environment, WorkDistrict may be a good fit.

“Our environment is communal, with members open to sharing their products, ideas, experiences,” Menasco said. “We’re young, urban and edgy, centrally located and cheaper than any other nearby co-working space.”

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by March 18, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


RidePost team Marty Bauer, Blair Decker, Robert Pearce and Nik Budisavljevic. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Nick Barron. Follow him on Twitter @nbarron; email him at nick[AT]

Innovation is happening in how you get from point A to point B, and a company now in a DC startup accelerator, RidePost, wants to help you cover long distances while having memorable experiences.

RidePost lets you do two things: Make money off the empty seats in your vehicle by making them available to travelers headed where you’re going, and grab a ride with someone traveling to your destination with an open spot in their vehicle.

There are 2.3 billion car trips in the United States each year, according to RidePost co-founder and CEO Marty Bauer, 80% of which are single occupancy. RidePost wants to create inventory out of all those empty seats.

“That’s where we see ride sharing,” Bauer said. “Capitalizing on people taking the same trip every day who have empty seats.”

Getting There

Drivers can make a little money, and riders can get where they’re going more affordably than through other transportation options. The basis of the idea, getting money from those riding in your car, isn’t new, as anyone who’s taken a college road trip with friends can attest.In fact, it’s on a college campus that RidePost started, at the University of South Carolina, where Bauer and co-founders Blair Decker and Nik Budisavljevic were graduate students.

Bauer came back from a stint in Europe, where he traveled by taking car trips with strangers, thinking there may be an opportunity to enable large numbers of people to do the same in the U.S.The three founders started RidePost in Greenville, S.C., and were soon joined by Robert Pearce, who left a good paying job in Charleston to give RidePost a shot as Chief Technology Officer.

RidePost was accepted late last year into The Fort, a startup accelerator run by Fortify Ventures out of 1776, the new startup epicenter run by Evan Burfield.

Getting to DC was a goal for RidePost, who sees DC and its proximity to other East Coast cities as a key part of their company’s success.

Now having moved to DC, it’s up to the RidePost team to realize their company’s vision of getting large numbers of people to use RidePost.

If the company’s successful, one day your trip to Philadelphia may be via RidePost and not a discount bus line.

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