FAQ for Startups

What is Founders Den?
Founders Den is a shared office space and private club for experienced tech entrepreneurs and their friends. We exist to create and develop relationships among Bay Area tech entrepreneurs and investors.

Private Club? How can I get in?
Find your strongest connection to the Founders Den community and have that person e-intro you! You’ll be invited for a tour, asked about your startup and your space needs, and considered for invitation. You can find a list of our team members and advisors on the People page, as well as a list of our current founders on the Startups page and all of our alumni on the Alumni page.

How are startups chosen for space at Founders Den?
When evaluating startups, our partners consider the strength of the team and idea, the supporters of the team, including advisors and investors, and whether the Den can accommodate them. We strive to find founders who will have a positive impact on the entrepreneurial community we are building.

What if I’m between startups?
Founders Den also provides a home base for experienced entrepreneurs planning their next project.

Is Founders Den only for experienced entrepreneurs?
Founders Den does focus on experienced entrepreneurs, but considers and invites startups and entrepreneurs at all stages of progress and experience, who are referred through the Founders Den community.

What does Founders Den provide?
Founders Den provides a full set of plug-and-play services for startups: 24/7 access, office furniture, high-speed Internet, conference rooms, meeting areas, printers, beverages, and more. Founders Den is a community and shared space for our entrepreneurs, partners, and advisors, offering opportunities for knowledge sharing and informal mentorship. Events held here are for our community of advisors, sponsor partners, and resident startups, and they appeal to the interests of tech entrepreneurs.

How much does it cost?
Rent at Founders Den is competitive with other San Francisco co-working spaces and varies according to the type of space rented: private offices, or desks and bullpens in our open-area workspace. Startups’ only cost is rent. There are no extra fees at Founders Den, e.g. for meeting rooms or printing.

How big are the startups at Founders Den?
Teams typically are 2-4 in number, but can be just 1 founder, or as big as 5-8.

Just 6 months?
Membership in our community of entrepreneurs lasts a lifetime, but your stay in our shared office space is limited to one 6-month term. That provides plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the networking and resources available at Founders Den!

I’m sending my team to California. Can Founders Den accommodate?
Since the focus at Founders Den is bringing great entrepreneurs together, we are unable to accommodate satellite offices for remote founding teams.

Is Founders Den an incubator or accelerator?
Founders Den is not an incubator or accelerator, and does not compete with them. Founders Den is a shared office space for startups: a co-working space. Many Founders Den startups are recent graduates of incubator or accelerator programs such as Y-Combinator.

Does Founders Den provide funding?
No, Founders Den does not provide funding or take any equity in invited startups. However, startups at Founders Den may receive or may have received seed funding from the sponsors, advisors, or managing partners of Founders Den.

Do I need to have funding in place?
Most teams invited to Founders Den are between seed and Series A via outside investors. Exceptions include a serial entrepreneur funding his/her next startup from a previous success.

Who does Founders Den compete with?
The management team of Founders Den are big fans of all the other co-working spaces in San Francisco, each of which serves a different niche in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Den’s niche is its appeal to experienced entrepreneurs who want the feel of a home office, but the community of fellow entrepreneurs and network of tech professionals.

How is Founders Den different from other co-working spaces?
Founders Den is unique because we intentionally curate the experience for members of the club. We’re selective about our startup community, focusing on experienced tech entrepreneurs and graduates of accelerator programs that want to be “in it” together as they create their companies and products.

Why are the managing partners of Founders Den working on this project?
The managing partners of Founders Den wanted to create a unique shared office space that met some unfilled needs, including a focus on experienced entrepreneurs and a curated approach to tenant selection. Founders Den is a home base for the managing partners, their friends, and startups they are advising or have invested in. By creating a physical embodiment of an entrepreneurial community at the Founders Den, the managing partners seek to enjoy the knowledge sharing and camaraderie of a shared office space, bring further efficiency to their advisory work, angel investments, and their own business ventures, as well as enjoy opportunities to meet more great startups that they may work with as investors or advisors.