I’ve just become aware of this group through Tony at New Work City. Allow me to formally introduce myself. I am the President & COO of an organization called WIMP: Web & Interactive Media Professionals.
We started out as a meetup.com group 3 years ago to try and bring web and digital media industry folks together in our area. Sonoma County is a big place, mostly rural, about an hour or so north of San Francisco. While we’re pretty darn close to one of the big technological hubs of the world, we really don’t have the infrastructure the city or Silicon Valley has so most people like us were all spread out and largely unaware of each others’ existence.
After only a few years we actually have a community of over 400 local Wimps, many of which are self employed. As you can imagine the concept of having a coworking space is the next logical step. We also plan on starting up WIMP chapters in other areas of the world too, but that’s a topic in of itself
I’m basically in the information absorption stage at this point. We’ve obviously got the community in place. We’re going to start doing popup coWIMP (hah) events where we hop around to different cafes and things to see how many folks are able to translate theoretical interest into physical proof of concept. We’ve got a few different options on the table for spaces in Santa Rosa so it’s kind of exciting to be at a point where it really looks like it’s going to happen.
I look forward to getting to know everyone here and learning from your successes and failures!
President & COO | WIMP