Starfish Network Opens a Community Hub to Connect the Bay Area Blockchain Ecosystem

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The SOMA space supplements the social infrastructure of co-working with educational and developer-focused event programming.

Starfish Mission is a dedicated space for the Bay Area blockchain community to come together for growing and learning. Our mission is to provide a hub for the networks and companies of the blockchain ecosystem to connect via coworking, value-driven events and education.

The Starfish Network is opening Starfish Mission, its flagship blockchain focused co-working community in the Bay Area to serve as a hub for development, education, and collaboration across the industry. Located at 1535 Mission St in the heart of San Francisco, the Starfish team’s vision for the space extends beyond a co-working environment to include regular outreach and opportunities for education and growth through regular events for the wider community.

Starfish’s programming for events supports learning and encourages collaboration through events such as an April talk with Satoshi’s first contributor to Bitcoin and the Ethereum Design Jam. Upcoming networking opportunities, lectures and workshops include a weekly Galactic happy hour, weekly peer-to-peer Solidity training, and a San Francisco Design Week summit on the convergence of blockchain and AI in retail tech. This focus on community development initiatives includes partnerships with leading blockchain developer education organizations Oakland Blockchain Devs and Peerbuds to educate developers. The Starfish Network also plans to expand its footprint and education initiatives to other US cities in the near future.

“Both the ethos and name for Starfish arose from Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom’s seminal 2006 text on decentralized organizations ‘The Starfish and the Spider,’ which highlights the regenerative, resilient nature of leaderless structures,” said entrepreneur, investor, and Starfish co-founder Alicia Ferratusco. “These ideas are spreading pervasively with the rising popularity and possibilities of blockchain, and we aim to provide a platform to support that growth within and beyond the blockchain community.”

To reinforce its commitment to diversity and inclusion and ensure that as the blockchain community matures it includes those values in its organizational culture, Starfish is beginning an industry-wide diversity and inclusion survey And building a blockchain-enabled art gallery into the design of Starfish’s processes and physical space. The organization is also dedicated to being an experimental ground for blockchain tech by accepting several cryptocurrencies and actively using blockchain technologies for the day-to-day operations of their space.

Features of the Starfish Mission Space:

Approx 6,000 square ft of open space, including area with floating desk and chill-out loft area
Office Space - Capacity for 80-100 members
40 desks in private offices
40 floating desks and 18 fixed desks with current setup
Classroom that fits 20+ people
Four dedicated conference rooms, including two sound-insulated multi-use VR/conference rooms
Amenities Including:
Full-service kitchen
Lockers and bike storage
Full bathroom with shower
Amenities for events including A/V equipment (speakers, TV screens etc.)

About Starfish Mission:

Starfish Mission is a dedicated space for the Bay Area blockchain community to come together for growing and learning. Our mission is to provide a hub for the networks and companies of the blockchain ecosystem to connect via coworking, value-driven events and education.

For more information, please visit http://www.starfish.network.

Keep up to date with Starfish on:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/starfishmission/),
LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/starfish-network/),
Twitter (https://twitter.com/starfishsf), and
Slack (starfishcommunity.slack.com).

For more press and customer information contact press(at)starfish(dot)network.

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