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HUB Oakland is a community of change-makers helping each other do what we love while making our city and our world a better place!

Check out today's article on the front page of the Business Section of the San Francisco Chronicle:

THANK YOU! WE'VE HIT OUR REACH GOAL!

Now that we've raised $120,000, we'll commission a beautiful mural dedicated to the People & History of Oakland as well as our Kickstarter backers!

One of the coordinators will be our friend Miranda Bergman, who was also one of the artists who painted the historic mural at the Women's Building in San Francisco:

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO BACK THE CAMPAIGN:

Backers of $60 or more get a HUB Oakland T-shirt! Some higher levels also get a limited edition hoodie.

(Note: T-shirts will be distributed at our Hubwarming Party and will also be available at our office, but will not be shipped. Women's tees are available too, but not displayed yet.)
(Note: T-shirts will be distributed at our Hubwarming Party and will also be available at our office, but will not be shipped. Women's tees are available too, but not displayed yet.)

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WHAT IS HUB OAKLAND?

HUB is Where Change Goes to Work

Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring co-working space, entrepreneurial incubator and community of socially engaged people. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the world, we cultivate, support and connect purpose- driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world. 

We are locally owned by Oakland residents, while connected to a growing network of more than 50 Hubs across the globe! Come join our community of startups and nonprofits who are changing the world.

We Don't Just Work Together, We Grow Together

Members work from Hub Oakland, attend and produce events, run their own bootcamps, exchange ideas, access funding and mentorship, find co-conspirators and partners, participate in social networks, present their artistic expression, build campaigns, launch companies, protype the future.... all within a member-driven, hosted environment dedicated to accelerating possibilities for a better world.

Place Matters 

Hub Oakland will be located in the heart of Uptown Oakland on Broadway between 23rd and 24th Streets. Oakland’s thriving historic Uptown/Downtown Broadway corridor is home to an eclectic mix of entertainment venues that include trendy restaurants, art galleries, the beautifully renovated Fox Theater and nightclubs. Hub Oakland will also be located in the heart of the world class Art Murmur near the 19th Street BART station. 

Space Matters

We are excited to be working with gardnerDESIGNlab in the design of the space and Flynn Architecture. Our 16,000 square foot space will include: dedicated offices, collaborative space, open quiet space, conference rooms, team rooms, beautiful mezzanine, full kitchen, art gallery, meditation & yoga space.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE SPENT?

We have already raised $700K, but we need another $100K to cover the rest of the substantial construction costs (mezzanine buildout, architect fees, building permits, etc.)

But if we raise even more than $100K, we can make the space even more beautiful!

For $120K: we'll create a stunning mural on our wall outside, with the theme sourced from the community and voted on by our backers!

For $135: we'll also create a lovely parklet out front!

WHO ARE WE?

Our team is entrepreneurial, experienced, and diverse.

TO OUR FRIENDS: THANK YOU!

We wouldn't be able to do this without our community. The following organizations are doing great work, so please give them your support!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest risk we face is an extended delay in opening our space. We are currently looking at an October grand opening, but if the construction timeline slips, we could be opening our doors right smack in middle of the holiday season when people are winding down from a year of hard work to save the world. This would cut into our revenues at a time when we need to be ramping up.

To hedge against this possibility, we are opening a small temporary location (at 1423 Broadway, starting in May) to grow a critical mass of members and supporters who will move with us when our new space is ready.

FAQ

  • The HUB network is more like an association. While each HUB shares the same name and a unified vision for the business model, each HUB is actually like a start-up. HUB Oakland is a group of individuals coming together with the vision to bring a HUB to Oakland so as to address the unique and diverse needs of the city. This group is responsible for financing and getting the HUB up and running on their own.

    By crowdfunding the buildup of our new space, we are turning to the community, locally and beyond, for support. We are transforming the way things are normally done. We are turning from corporate backed franchise growth, to a bottoms up, community sponsored and curated space for action and change. We are co-creating a sharing economy.

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  • Coffeeshops have been the go-to places for independent workers for a long time. For $5-$10 you can sit in a crowded and noisy space as long as you want. Your need for social interactions are met to a certain extent, as the environment is more socially stimulating than in your home.

    However, beyond that, there is little more that working there offers. The HUB is all about community. It’s a space that brings together like-minded people. You are sure to find similar interests and aligned missions with HUB members. The biggest value being the collective experiences and insights of those in the space, ready to share and help others with their challenges, to collaborate and co-create.

    The HUB provides networking opportunities to make the community stronger and facilitate creation of new projects and businesses.Educational offerings prove personal and professional self-development opportunities. Entrepreneurs and changemakers sharpen their skill sets, empowering themselves to bring their projects to light.

    Lastly, event programming held at the HUB, free or discounted to members brings the community together around issues of interest and adds to the space, making it much more than just a coworking place.

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  • A day in the life at the HUB: Imagine waking up and heading to ‘go to work.’ You arrive at the HUB, head to the communal kitchen to grab a cup of coffee or an espresso. You grab one of the many seats in the large space. There are meetings being held in the conference rooms. You check out the large calendar on the wall to see what workshops, classes and events are going on in the space that day. You get to work, and when you feel like taking a short break, head over to the host’s desk to ask her for a recommendation of someone who has worked with your topic of interest. She introduces you there in the space and you grab lunch with your new friend. In the evening, you attend a networking Wine Down or a speaker panel in the event space.

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  • Entrepreneurial opportunities aren't equally accessible, and we want to counteract that problem. We are committed to serving low-income people, which is why we've set up a scholarship fund that you can contribute to (via the Sponsor and Hero levels).

    HUB membership fees help us pay our collective expenses... it's an enormous workspace that needs to cover rent, utilities, staffing, member services, etc. Yet it's much cheaper than most office space because our aim isn't to turn a big profit, our aim is to serve our members, our city, and our world.

    We have membership levels for as little as $50/month, and our mark of success is that you will learn and get the support that you need to grow your business. It is really an investment in yourself and your business.

    Scholarship applications will be available after the campaign is over. Thank you for the question!!

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    ❀ FRIEND ❀ Every great oak starts with a seed. You'll get updates about our build-out and be the first to hear about our grand opening.

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    ☺ FAMILY ☺ Our Community Wall will display the faces of hundreds (or thousands!) of backers, including yours! (You can also stay anonymous.) We'd love to thank you in person with a ticket to our "We Did It Party" when the campaign is over and two Day Passes to Hub Oakland! (Don't want to wait? The first 250 backers at this level will get to use their Day Passes at our Pop-Up location starting in June.) (Don't live here? Party with us on Livestream and save your passes for your next visit!)

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    ♨ HUBWARMER ♨ Be the first to see the space as soon as it's ready, and help us make it feel like home! At our Hubwarming, we'll bring in guest speakers, serve local food & drink, and take a big Group Photo that will be hung on the Community Wall. We'll also hand out Gift Bags with lots of goodies, including a HUB Oakland tshirt.

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    ♨ HUBWARMER PLUS ♨ Be the first to see the space as soon as it's ready, and help us make it feel like home! At our Hubwarming, we'll bring in guest speakers, serve local food & drink, and take a big Group Photo that will be hung on the Community Wall. We'll also hand out Gift Bags with lots of goodies, including a HUB Oakland tshirt. Plus everything in the FAMILY☺ level!

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    ✎ 50 HOURS COWORKING ✎ Don't have an office? Ditch the cafe and join us! At only $2 an hour, you don't just get coffee, tea & wifi, but you also get an amazing community. You can use your 50 hours anytime within our first three months once we open doors in October. (This is normally $175!) You'll also get our Founder Rate for the rest of the year if you continue your membership or upgrade. Plus everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ✎ 75 HOURS POP-UP COWORKING ✎ Early bird special for our first backers! Join us in our temporary Pop-Up location in downtown Oakland! Your 75 hours is good to use anytime within two months from the time you activate. (This is normally $235!). If you continue your membership, our special Pop-Up rates will apply. Plus everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ✢ 6 MONTHS CONNECT ✢ Already have an office but want to be part of our community? For less than a buck a day, our Connect Membership gives you access to free community events, lower priced workshops, and our online network of 5,000+ global members. (This is normally $180!) Plus everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ♡ SPONSOR A HUBBER ♡ This is what this movement is all about: helping each other give our gifts to the world! Gift a 50 HOUR COWORKING membership to someone who you believe in, or donate it to our scholarship fund. As a thanks for your generosity, both you and the recipient will get everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ✎ 100 HOURS COWORKING ✎ Same as "50 HOURS COWORKING" above, but with 50 extra hours that you can use within our first three months. (Normally $295!)

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    ♡ SPONSOR+ ♡ Same as "SPONSOR A HUBBER" above, but you'll be gifting an extra 50 hours to the recipient.

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    ❏ HOST AN EVENT ❏ Rent out our main space for your event! Fully equipped with a stage, projector, and seating for 250. We'll also throw in 1 staff member. (This is good through the end of 2014, and normally $900!) Plus everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ✎ 200 HOURS COWORKING ✎ Same as "50 HOURS COWORKING" above, but add 150 hours that you can use within the first three months. (Normally $590!)

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    ✪ ONE HOUR LEGAL ADVICE ✪ Receive a Certificate to redeem with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC). What do you call lawyers who help people cooperate, barter, foster local economies, and build resilient communities? SELC is at the forefront of a revolution in the legal system and society as a whole. Receive one hour of legal advice pertaining to your needs, ranging in everything from entity formation, contracts, and permits to social and micro enterprises, worker coops, nonprofits and land trusts. You'll be subsidizing SELC's private office at HUB Oakland, where they will offer legal services by donation. You will also receive everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels (Normally $500!).

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    ♡ SPONSOR & LUNCH ♡ Gift a 200 HOUR COWORKING membership to someone you believe in, or donate it to our scholarship fund. You'll also have LUNCH WITH ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS, receive a limited edition HUB Oakland HOODIE, and both you and the recipient will get everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ❏ HOST AN EVENT + FULL CONCIERGE SERVICE ❏ Let us provide Full Concierge service for your next event in our beautiful space, equipped with a stage, projector, and seating for 250. We will take care of EVERYTHING (food, drinks, photographer, music, etc.) within your budget and lend our Events Team to make sure your event goes off with a bang! (This is good through the end of 2014, and normally $1500!) Plus everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ✎ COWORKING & COACHING ✎ Early bird special - You get everything in our 2 MONTH UNLIMITED COWORKING level, plus a two hour ENTREPRENEUR COACHING SESSION with Ahmed Rahim, founder of Numi Tea!

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    ✪ DINNER WITH VAN JONES ✪ An intimate dinner with Van Jones (Obama White House advisor, CNN contributor, author, and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream). Dine with Hub Oakland co-founders and several guests at a private home in Oakland. This special evening will give you the opportunity to meet the co-founders and talk with Van Jones over a gourmet organic home cooked meal. (Tentative date: November 7th, 2013 - subject to change.) Plus a limited edition HUB Oakland HOODIE and everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ✪ HERO ✪ - Gift a 2 MONTH UNLIMITED COWORKING membership to someone you believe in, or donate it to our scholarship fund. You'll be invited to our HEROES DINNER, hosted by HUB Oakland's founders, community leaders, and some very special guests. You'll also receive a limited edition HUB Oakland HOODIE, and both you and the recipient will get everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ✪ YOUTH HERO ✪ - We'd like to invite you for a site visit of YouthHUB, where you can interact with the future changemakers of Oakland. YouthHUB is a partnership between United Roots Oakland, YouthSeed and HUB Oakland to bring the spirit of collaboration, innovation & entrepreneurship to young people. There are also opportunities for sustained mentorship if that interests you. You'll receive everything in the FAMILY☺, HUBWARMER♨, and HERO✪ levels (including our Heroes Dinner)!

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    ✪ DINNER WITH PAUL HAWKEN ✪ An intimate dinner, for you and a guest, with Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and prolific author (most recently of Blessed Unrest). Bring your Big ideas, curiosity, conversation and appetite as we gather around the table to share in a locally sourced gourmet meal.

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    ✎ 6 MONTHS UNLIMITED COWORKING ✎ Same as "2 MONTHS UNLIMITED COWORKING" above, but add 4 months. (Normally $2,500!) Plus a limited edition HUB Oakland hoodie!

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    ✎ 1 YEAR UNLIMITED COWORKING ✎ Same as "2 MONTHS UNLIMITED COWORKING" above, but add 10 months. (Normally $5,000!) Plus a limited edition HUB Oakland hoodie!

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    ✪ HERO HEADQUARTERS ✪ We have 12 conference rooms. Each one will have its very own theme, which will include a name, art, furniture, etc. YOU get to help us choose the theme of the room you adopt, and will be involved in the process of creating an inspirational place for Hubbers to meet. You'll also get 4 free hours of meeting time in your room per month for a year. Plus everything in the FAMILY☺, HUBWARMER♨, and HERO✪ levels (including our Heroes Dinner)!

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    ✸ SUPERHERO ✸ Thank you, do-gooder! You'll be subsidizing the rent of an organization's private office for a whole year! Thanks to you, they'll get a third off the normal price. You can help us pick an organization, and we also have a few lined up (Generation Waking Up & Sustainable Economies Law Center). And if you'd like, we'll place your name or organization as a sponsor on the office door. You'll also get seated with community leaders and special guests at our HOSTS TABLE at our HEROES DINNER. Plus a limited edition HUB Oakland HOODIE and everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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    ☯ LIFETIME MEMBER ☯ For the cost of a 2-year membership, you can be a lifetime member of Hub Oakland! Our home is your home - we'll give you a key and you can come and go as you please. We'd also love to hear about what makes YOU come alive over a private dinner cooked personally by our cofounders (Kristin bakes a mean brownie!). If you don't live in the area, we'll throw in a flight to Oakland (U.S. residents only), and we'll take you on a tour of our space. You'll also get seated with community leaders and special guests at our HOSTS TABLE at our HEROES DINNER. Plus a limited edition HUB Oakland HOODIE and everything in the FAMILY☺ and HUBWARMER♨ levels!

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