Was looking at the details of TechDwellers, a space for startups that was recently launched by Seattle-area developer and venture capital firm The Benaroya Company.  It’s located south of downtown Seattle in the Georgetown neighborhood, and boasts amenities including free high speed Internet, free parking, mail service, 24/7 access, and conference rooms/event spaces. Rates run $19.75/square foot/year for private office suites; $295/month for dedicated co-working desk space.  Dan Shapiro, who founded and served as CEO of Ontela, the mobile imaging company that merged with Photobucket, located his new company Sparkbuythere.  A short-term lease at a space such as TechDwellers looks like a good step up from the founder’s basement before a company knows what type of space it may want (and what it can afford) long-term.  Given the downtown Seattle parking rates, and the limited bus schedules late at night/early morning when developers often head home, the free parking may turn out to be a big Shapiro.jpgadvantage.

Speaking of Dan Shapiro, he posted a piece on his blog with his views on the ever-touchy topic of splitting founder equity.  It sparked a flurry of comments at GeekWire and Hacker News.  No matter how you come out on how to split equity, it’s a conversation co-founders should have very early on.  It won’t get easier over time, so better to get it sorted out in the beginning.