A Visit to TechSpace

Today we had a special meeting of our New Media Group at David Kelleher’s office. He has space at TechSpace Boston, a kind of high-tech office incubator oriented toward startups and small business:

Located in the South End, this handsome brick and beam facility consists of 20,000 square feet of office space, onsite parking, café, copy center, administrative support and concierge service available to all clients.

It’s pretty easy to get to from I-93…we got off at exit 20 onto Albany St, and drove along Harrison Ave through the SoWa district. The building itself is located at 580 Harrison Ave, though this is actually a vanity address (the real one is 715 Albany Street). As you’re driving along Harrison, look for the sign that says “580 Harrison Street Parking” if you have an access code, or park on one of the side streets / Washington St. The closest bus is the Silver Line on Washington St. The building has a big “580” on the roof so you can’t miss it. Just look up!

It’s a pretty nice space, funky in that Dot-Com way but somehow still humble. DaveK’s office was small but furnished with Internet and phone service. Apparently you can rent just a couple days a week to keep costs down (you basically timeshare an office) and visitors have access to free WiFi. There’s a pool table too. The only bad thing is that the whole facility (like Boston) seems to shut down at 5PM. What’s up with this town?

After our meeting, we ate at a place called Morse Fish Co. on Washington Street. I had some misgivings going in, but it was very good: fresh and crispy. I just had fried haddock and fries (fish and chips, basically), but you can choose from a wider variety of seafood. The fries were particularly notable: seasoned, crispy, and golden-brown. It may have been the best fish-and-chips experience I’ve had in this area, beating out a couple clam shacks and one fancy restaurant, but admittedly it’s not usually the sort of thing I eat. Definitely good, though. And CHEAP! They serve lunch all day (basically, a smaller portion than dinner) for about 6-7 bucks.

The New Media Group meeting was good too…did some debugging of one of David Cort’s projects, talked about a bunch of interesting data-vis applications using real-time capture, and touched on some 3D tools (gMax, Celestia). A couple new faces at the meeting. The non-networking network grows!