Exposed brick lines the walls. Pipes hang high over desks covered in med-tech prototypes, white boards, and dozens of computer monitors and laptops. Coders and Software engineers sit hunched in front of their individual screens, clicking away with eyes squinted almost closed, hard at work but still comfortable, at home in their surroundings.
It’s clearly not a typical corporate office: The room is bright, open, dominated by big windows and the posters of favorite bands and movies, pictures of employee travels around the world, cases of beer and Red Bull. It’s exactly what you’d think when you think of a coworking space, and it’s based in one of the country’s biggest booming metros. But this isn’t a space on the West Coast or New York City. Nope, we’re standing in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota.
At present and future
The space, specifically, is Primordial Soup (P-Soup), a “strategic design and engineering consulting firm” that invents medical devices located in the Allen Building (built in 1907) in the St. Paul’s fast-growing Lowertown neighborhood adjoining the city’s downtown.
Twin Cities Startup Week (#TCSW) ended last Friday, culminating in St. Paul’s new Palace Theater for the final awards ceremony.
Which is cool in and of itself.
And, as part of Startup Week, a “tech crawl” hosted by Full Stack Saint Paul (a public/private partnership aimed at supporting tech startups in the capital city), gave networking enthusiasts, innovators, wantrepreneurs, and anyone else a chance to look at what’s going on in the city. Along with P-Soup, the crawl visited Creed Interactive, a web design company located in Market House (next to a new food hall recently opened under James Beard-award winning chef Tim McKee), and the James J. Hill Center where classes and programs are offered weekly to help struggling and thriving startups alike.