New hostels for techies are cropping up in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Crammed into odd spaces with futons, young programmers, designers, and scientist who have not yet achieved Facebook-level riches are finding inspiration in hacker hostels.
Mostly men in their 20’s and as many as 10 are crammed in a two-bedroom apartment. Potential candidates are highly pre-screened and for the right person, the environment is highly desireable. Justin Carden, a 29-year old software engineer is staying in a hostel in Menlo Park while working on a biotech startup talks about the place as if it were Stanford. “The intellectual stimulation you get from being here is unparalleled.”
Interesting Factoid: In the 60’s, researchers at the Stanford Artificial Laboratory slept in the attic while waiting for their turn on the shared mainframe computer.