In 2009, having recognized the need for a more fluid, founder friendly, collaborative work environment for originators to conceive and launch new companies, Polaris Partners founded @dogpatchlabs in San Francisco.
At inception, the initiative like the fledgling startups it was trying to support was rough and ready - some desks and chairs, a few bean bags, a coffee machine, a microwave and broadband.
The thesis at the time and today has however remained steadfast – like minded, like driven teams working side by side in a co-working environment will drive innovation faster, more effectively and will form in of itself a community of entrepreneurs that will catalyze and drive the ‘at-large’ startup and technology community...
In its short history @dogpatchlabs companies have raised almost $250mn in angel and venture financing from everyone including Ron Conway to Ray Ozzie, Chris Sacca, Mike Maples, Biz Stone, Adam D’Angelo and from funds including ourselves, Polaris Partners to Sequoia Capital, Benchmark Captial, Andreesen Horowitz, RRE, Greycroft, Lerer Ventures, USV and many more.
Today, @dogpatchlabs communities exist in North America in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in Europe in Dublin, Ireland.Read more
“@dogpatchlabs brings together some of the most exciting startups around, and along with them, some of the smartest folks in the startup space”.
Raj Aggarwal, Founder & CEO of Localytics.
“At the very beginning @dogpatchlabs took me in and was basecamp for all my endeavors, trials and tribulations. The special environment became home and the other startups became family and over 12 months helped bring CoderDojo to what it is today”.
James Whelton, Founder & CEO of Hello World Foundation.
“The @dogpatchlabs community was instrumental to Spindle thinking through vision, strategy and articulating our proposition”.
Pat Kinsel, Founder & CEO of Spindle.
“@dogpatchlabs played a crucial part in helping the Dublin team get Intercom off the ground”.
Eoghan McCabe, Founder & CEO of Intercom.
“Whether its help with networking, recruiting or evolving your business model - @dogpatchlabs is an invaluable resource.”
Joe Essenfeld, CEO of Jibe.
“@dogpatchlabs blends the best of expertise and connectionns. It’s been integral to our company-building”.
Dan Burkhart, CEO of Recurly.
“The caliber of @dogpatchlabs residents is fantastic and it’s such a massive value add to be surrounded by the best in engineering, mobile and UI/UX”.
Trevor Parsons, Founder & CEO of Logentries.
“Being an @dogpatchlabs company has an amazing effect with investors and immediately elevates their perception of you and your business”.
Matthew Bellow, CEO & Founder of Yesware.
“@dogpatchlabs opened a lot of doors for us and we made amazing progress right out of the door on all fronts, especially in terms of investor connections and Industry contacts. Happy and proud to be called a ‘Dogpatcher’”.
Stephen O'Reagan, Founder & CEO of BalconyTV.
“@dogpatchlabs gives us two critical things: a home in a fantastic space in Dublin's dockland tech hub, and a community of advisors, including industry leaders, experienced VCs, angels, and other startups. As a bonus, we get good coffee, good company, and great burritos”.
Paul Quigley, Co-Founder & CEO of NewsWhip.