[Noisebridge-discuss] Who's In Charge of Noisebridge?

William Sargent will.sargent at gmail.com
Sat May 5 22:53:12 PDT 2012


There's around 40 members, and a number of people that donate without membership.  Membership dues are $80 a month, although there are "starving hacker" and "benevolent patron" options.  Noisebridge costs $160 a day to run.

As for the why; well, Noisebridge is a fun place to hack.  If you think about how much you would spend at a cafe, a tech shop, a library or at a co-working facility (or even going out for drinks over a month), Noisebridge isn't that big of an expense.  I also Borderlands Cafe, Mechanics Library, Citizen Space / Parisoma... but Noisebridge benefits strangers.

Will.

On May 5, 2012, at 10:39 PM, Cameron Hackett wrote:

> I'm a little new to Noisebridge, and I still just don't understand how this works. Is Noisebridge organized by anyone? Who's in charge?
> 
> It seems like the place is totally open to anyone on a drop-in basis for free. But, who pays for the rent then?
> I get the sense that the freeloading visitors are much more numerous than the paying members, but it's hard to tell what the ratio is.
> 
> I guess I'm just curious why people continue to put in what I would presume is a lot of money into a system that tends to benefit strangers.
> Sounds like charity.
> 
> Thanks,
> Cam
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