Whew, we were busy laboring over Labor Day weekend, and so Dogpatch Labs we has news to share:

Dogpatch Labs is expanding to Boston

Dogpatch Labs has expanded and officially opened space in Cambridge, Massachusetts. TechCrunch has covered the announcement and we are thrilled to make the effort truly bi-coastal. If interested in being a Cambridge resident, please email us at dogpatchlabs @ gmail.com (our official announcement is here):

In San Francisco, there’s a nice big space right on the water where startups can go to enjoy a place to work, Dog Patch Labs. Polaris Venture Partners refers to it as their “frat house for geeks,” as it’s a place for entrepreneurs to come and work/hang out while enjoying free space, connectivity, coffee and food. Now Polaris is taking that idea east, closer to their homebase, with Dog Patch Labs Cambridge.

The new lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts will be located at 222 3rd Street in Kendall Square. And it won’t be meant solely for technology startups, Polaris is welcoming startups from all sectors. The idea is the same as the San Francisco wing that was opened in 2008, to help out really early stage startups, that may not be quite ready to look for investments to help out their projects just yet. More on TechCrunch

Dogpatch Labs San Francisco is Expanding

Dogpatch Labs San Francisco is expanding and has a limited number of open desks for new residents. Desks overlooking the Bay at Pier 38, in an open, high-energy environment with 100 other entrepreneurs; wifi; lunch; unlimited coffee; all at an unbeatable per desk per month rate . Alumni of Dogpatch Labs include LOLapps and Thing Labs, and current startup residents include EtherPad, Mr. Tweet, Umamibud and a few other as-yet unnamed projects. Other startups with us down at Pier 38 include Automattic, Threadsy, Social Gold, SuperSecret, Poken, SitePoint/99Designs and CoTweet.

Space is limited, so if you are interested in making a home at Dogpatch Labs San Francisco, please email us immediately at:

dogpatchlabs @ gmail.com or rspoon @ gmail.com

Dogpatch Labs Has a Logo & A New Website Coming

That’s right – the lab is official. We have a logo and our website (DogpatchLabs.com) is undergoing its own facelift and will be available shortly:

Dogpatch Labs is Now on Facebook & Twitter

You can now find us on Facebook and Twitter (@dogpatchlabs). To stay abreast of the latest news, photos and events, we encourage you to become a fan and follow us.

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Posted by: RyanSpoon | September 10, 2009

Polaris Ventures Opens Dogpatch Labs Cambridge

Cambridge MA – 9/9/09 — Polaris Venture Partners today announced that it is opening Dogpatch Labs Cambridge, which will be located at 222 3rd Street in Kendall Square.

Dogpatch Labs Cambridge follows the success of Dogpatch Labs San Francisco, which Polaris launched in 2008 as an effort to connect entrepreneurs and help founders conceive and launch startups.

“Dogpatch Labs was the perfect home for us in the very beginning when we were starting our company. The energy, vibe and entrepreneurial spirit is infectious,” said Jason Shellen, former Google exec and current founder/CEO of Thing Labs, an alumnus of Dog Patch Labs San Francisco which has received seed backing from Polaris.

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Rails Rumble 2009 concluded yesterday at 5:00pm pst. About 250 teams submitted their 48-hour projects and the early results look great (here’s an excellent write / thread on Hacker News). Judging for the event begins tonight.

Dogpatch Labs hosted a team of four (see roster below) that created FastFeud.com: a social way to create viral match-ups. FastFeud is integrated into Facebook (via Facebook Connect) and Twitter – allowing users to share content through their social graphs.


Member and designer Rob Abbott gives a tour of FastFeud and its Facebook integration:

About FastFeud.com:

This or That: it is an age old question that pertains to people, ideas, sports teams, and so on. FastFeud.com allows users to quickly create match ups that can then be shared virally through Facebook (using Facebook Connect) and Twitter. The experience is visual, exciting and fast-paced – allowing users to rapidly interact with numerous feuds.

Each match up includes a question, two contestants and images. Users are then encouraged to vote on the match up – on FastFeud.com, Facebook and Twitter. Votes are collected and winners are presented.

When shared via Facebook, users are able to post the match up and images of the two contestants directly into their Facebook feeds. When shared via Twitter, users are able to promote their match up and voting preference to their Twitter following.

Developed for the Rails Rumble 2009 contest in 48 hours by the Browseology Team and friends from Lijit and Egg Haus with the support of Dog Patch Labs.

The Team

Joe Pestro (@joepestro) – Developer for Yardbarker.com and Co-Founder of Browseology, LLC
Art Chang (@kineticac) – Developer for Yardbarker.com and Co-Founder of Browseology, LLC
Kevin Olsen (@kevinrolsen) – Developer for Lijit.com (flew in from Colorado to the SF Bay Area to work on this)
Rob Abbott (@abbott) – Founder and CEO of Egg Haus


Posted by: RyanSpoon | August 22, 2009

Pics of Rails Rumble 2009 Kick Off from Dogpatch Lab

Tonight, Rails Rumble 2009 kicked off. Here is a sneak peak of what is being worked on at the Dogpatch Lab:

Tonight, two teams will be kicking off the 2009 Rails Rumble from the Dogpatch Lab at Pier 38 in San Francisco. The two teams are competing in a nation-wide Ruby on Rails contest that lasts through the weekend (more info here).

We will have an informal kick off for the teams tonight with a pizza bash. If you are interested in touring the lab, grabbing a slice of pizza or meeting the local contestants, please drop me a note at rspoon at gmail.com.

We will have photos and videos throughout the weekend.

Posted by: vcmike | July 30, 2009

Hello Again World!

I know, I know,  the blog has been dormant for the last 8 months.

But the Lab certainsly hasn’t! We’ve been busy beavers and the place is humming. The Lab itself has grown from 5 desks to 20, going to 35 by September 1. Amongst our current residents are EtherPad, Mr. Tweet, Foul Play, Umamibud, and some as yet unnamed projects. And a bunch of cool new startups have joined us down here at Pier 38, including Automattic, Threadsy, Poken, Social Gold and CoTweet, just to name a few.

Lots lots more lies ahead over the next couple months, starting with a blog redesign.

A new member of the Polaris team, starting Monday, will be based at the Lab — more on that next week.

And, we have a really exciting new project, called theStartProject, coming this fall.

Stay tuned!

Posted by: vcmike | November 7, 2008

Welcome SeedCamp!

The SeedCamp team is invading Silicon Valley!

To help welcome them to our ‘hood, we are hosting a “pitch day” here at the Dog Patch Lab. We are looking forward to having them here!

Collaborating with the various start-up “accelerators” is something we plan to do lots of, so expect to see more similar functions here at the Lab.

Posted by: vcmike | November 4, 2008

Hello world!

We’ve been at it for nearly a year now here at Dog Patch Labs, and it just dawned on us that we should start a blog.

Stay tuned for content, if we can think of any. In the meantime check out what Dog Patch Labs is all about, and who we are.

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