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Hi, I'm Matt Grommes and this is my blog thing. I write here about my journey to be a better programmer, things I build, and stuff I just think is interesting or fun.

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Cool workspaces

Ever since I first heard of the author Po Bronson's shared Writer's Grotto office space I've thought it would be extremely cool to set up a shared workspace. There's a new thing coming up called Coworking that's focussed on geeks that I would love to get into. The idea is that you get a space and outfit it with desks, chairs, couches, wifi internet access, a fridge, etc., and get people to work there instead of in coffee shops. You either pay for a day's use of a desk or longer-term. The ideal place would have the same kind of cool vibe as a coffee shop without the random crowds and noise. Cheaper than paying for a regular office, plus with other people around doing stuff for inspiration, ideas, etc.

My dream is doing programming for myself, hence the creation of Mattorama Heavy Industries, and if I get the chance to make money doing that, I'm seriously considering setting something like this up. My only fear is having to deal so much with running the space that I don't get to work on my own things but that's probably the business equivalent of premature optimization, worrying about things that won't end actually being a problem. I don't think it would take much money to get started either, which is a bonus.

For more info, check out this NYTimes article on a space focussed on writers, and this blog post about ideal working environments. If you're in Albuquerque and have think this is a good idea, please comment on this post. I'd love to hear there's a ton of interest in this type of environment here in town.

Reader Comments (6)

Hi, Matt. Yes, I do think this is a good idea. I am a web designer, programmer, and budding internet marketer here in Albuquerque.

Feel free to give me an email and start a conversation about this topic.


Aug 21, 2007 at 7:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterChris Burbridge

I have been looking for the right location at the right price to do this for a while.

Let me know if you find something interesting.

May 19, 2008 at 5:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterDandee

There are definately more people in albuquerque interested in this. Dandee and I have been thinking about starting one of these ever since we spent a few days at the Hat Factory in San Francisco. And some other people we know were fairly interested as well. I've been casually looking for appropriate spaces for a while on craigslist.

Keep me in the loop if you find a space!

May 20, 2008 at 8:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Moffitt

Hey, I know this is an old post, but I'm a full time telecommuter in Albuquerque as well. I've been thinking about trying to get out and about more and I'd love to get involved with co-working in the 'Burque...

Nov 10, 2008 at 9:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterStella Commute


I'm a work-from-home web developer in ABQ, in desperate need of something like this!

Nov 20, 2008 at 10:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterAaron W

Hey all,

Just so everybody knows

There's a group of people actively trying to start this right now -- QueLab -- check out

Sign up for the mailing list.

Feb 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterAaron W

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