Indie Cafes as Startup Offices? Nooooooooo!

Rob Hof

Fed up with the loud music at Starbucks, Om Malik is looking for new cafes where he can get work done. His post has spurred a flurry of suggestions by well-meaning entrepreneurs seeking anywhere to work but an office.

I have one suggestion: Stay home!

It's no secret that coffee joints are the new offices, at least for startups. But is there anything worse than walking into a cafe to find a dozen people glued to laptops, usually solo and isolated with earphones, hogging the seating for long periods and turning the place into a dead zone? Sorry, but maybe some of that $50 billion VC overhang can go into real offices so the rest of us can find a seat to sip our cappuccinos in peace.

Hey, I don't mind a few folks cadging a WiFi connection--done it myself!--but I've found that it takes only a few selfish people lingering too long to turn a pleasant gathering place into a--well, an office. As Om notes, the point is to get AWAY from the office.

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