I recently stopped by Dogpatch Labs, the San Francisco incubator space run by Polaris Venture Partners. The venture firm recently exported its self-described “frathouse for geeks” concept to Cambridge, Mass. and New York, but San Francisco is where the idea began in 2008.

Basically, Dogpatch is a cool space (the San Francisco location is on Pier 38) where entrepreneurs can rent desk space with a bunch of other startup folks. There are lunches, talks, and other community events. And even though it’s owned by Polaris, you don’t have to be or to become a Polaris portfolio company to get in.

I interviewed Polaris’ Ryan Spoon about life at Dogpatch Labs. For an entrepreneur’s perspective he introduced me to David Hegarty, chief executive of just-launched product recommendation site Hollrr, known as the “Foursquare for Products.”

(Sorry for the shaky camera. I’m buying a tripod before I do another video, I swear.)


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