Dogpatch describes itself as a “frathouse for geeks” and is basically a cross between an incubator and a coworking space. It’s a large office where entrepreneurs can use the desks, Internet, and phones, and hopefully bond with other startups. Unlike most incubators, Polaris doesn’t take equity in its companies — at most they pay rent (in some cases even that’s free), although residents can become Polaris investments down the road. Befitting the office’s loose structure, August 1 is just an approximate start date, with some companies moving in as early as mid-July.
To get more details about Dogpatch, you can watch my interview with Polaris’ Ryan Spoon and David Hegarty, chief executive of Dogpatch resident Hollrr, from February.
Here’s a list of the new residents, with descriptions provided by the companies themselves. Hopefully you’ll be reading more about them on VentureBeat soon.
- BitLev — Bitlev is a personal search application for users to find files across different devices and services.
- ChompOn — ChompOn is an open platform for businesses to run their own social flash sales.
- WiseStamp — WiseStamp’s email apps platform enables you to promote your interests, causes, social life or business in every email you send.
- Sponsoro — Sponsoro connects event and sponsors.
- Throwdown Hero — Still in stealth mode.
- Health Central Network — HealthCentral’s mission is to empower millions of people to improve and take control of their health and well-being.
- Movity — Search geo-data, local comments, conversations, safety stats, demographics, noise … visualized on maps.
- AllTrails — AllTrails is a member-driven outdoor enthusiast community that gives you unlimited access to trails, maps, reviews, and photos for 22 different activities including hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
- Social Times — The Social Times is a blog and content site featuring news and media regarding the social web.
- GroupStor — Still in stealth mode.