MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Hacker Dojo is equal parts shared office, lecture hall and after-hours salon for a variety of tinkerers, software coders and entrepreneurs who intend to reinvent the future. The idea for Pinterest was cooked up here. The makers of Pebble watches used the space as their West Coast headquarters. Today, however, it is threatened with extinction. City officials in Mountain View have ordered Hacker Dojo to comply with city regulations for offices or move out.
The Hacker Dojo is part office, part school and part after-hours salon for tinkerers, coders and entrepreneurs.
And so the inhabitants of the cavernous warehouse in a city of office complexes have found themselves scrambling to raise money, not for their start-ups, but to save their start-up space. A Kickstarter campaign to raise money expires Friday. (Contribute $256 and get "a box of hacker stuff.") They have already held a charity run through Mountain View -- in their underwear. A continuing charity auction offers, among other things, sex advice and financial tips for start-ups.