BLANKSPACES, one of the original, coworking facilities in Los Angeles, is returning to Santa Monica's 2nd Street, according to CEO Jerome Chang. Chang said that its 2nd St. location will again be operating as BLANKSPACES. As part of the relaunch, Chang said that it has partnered with a new, $500K investment fund focused on mobile apps and games to help provide money to members (via Vak Sambath); will be launching a series of office hours to help with in-person, one-on-one discussions (with John Diep); and a new Mastermind series of sessions in the location (courtesy Giang Biscan).
The return comes after a long, behind-the-scenes legal issue Chang had with his partners over rebranding of the space to CoWorks. Chang's BLANKSPACES helped pioneer the coworking model, which has taken off as fast as the startup and technology industry on Silicon Beach; since launching BLANKSPACES, CrossCampus, ROC, NextSpace/Amplify, and Coloft have all appeared on the scene, providing short term co-working and office locations for the big crop of startups and other entrepreneurs in the area.