Building Droplabs: A Business Model for the Open Source Community

  • Posted on: 22 February 2014
  • By: Christefano Reyes
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:30 to 12:30

Join Christefano and Lee, two of Droplabs founders, at SCALE, the Southern California Linux Expo! They'll be giving a talk as part of the "Mentoring FOSS" track on how Droplabs was built.

Founded in 2011, Droplabs is a coworking space, classroom and makerspace in Downtown Los Angeles. Our community is made up of members who support each other personally and professionally in a positive environment.

The coworking services and developer programs we offer, like Free Coworking Days, Coders with a Cause, Mobile Device Lab and Developer Boot Camps, were made possible because of our love of open source and a passion for learning.

We'd love to see more places like Droplabs, and we're happy to talk at SCALE about how others can replicate our success — and avoid or overcome the challenges we've had over the years:

  • Identifying a space to build a location-based community

  • Traffic and parking in Downtown Los Angeles

  • Making decisions in a consensus-based organization

  • Empowering members to become leaders

  • Disrupting the coworking business model

  • Paying the bills (rent, insurance, staff, etc.)

  • … and still having fun!