TechShop · ProductDev

TechShopSF...Useful or Not-So-Much?

Emily Baum CEO / Founder at Keyrious

January 14th, 2014

Is anyone a member at TechShop SF? I would love to learn about  your experience there. Thanks :)

Alison Lewis CEO/Creative Director

January 15th, 2014

I am  member and have  corporate membership. 

It's helpful for now and then projects and if you need a place to build for one day or to use some equipment. If your planning to really build something for a number of days; it is VERY difficult. 
 
It does not have a place to do any multi-day production and you are often fighting for equipment, especially the laser cutters. Like all places the equipment goes down; this is OK for hobbyist or doing your own project on your own time, but can prove to be challenging if again you have quick turnarounds or clients with tight deadlines. 

The classes are good, people nice, it's management of accounts is run poorly, though they are friendly and do respond. I've been a member since the beginning and it's helpful for my team when we need something done. The community there is usually pretty friendly too and you can find help. 

There are good workshops, classes, and people. What is it you want to use it for? 

Shannon Code Chief Architect

January 14th, 2014

I was a member of TechShop Durham and oh boy it was worth it. Many businesses were launched out of what was learned and created there. - Dev Tester & breaker of things.

Robert Whitson Business Development Executive at Axine Water Technologies

January 14th, 2014

I've been a member on and off at TechShop. Given what you get, it's a steal for a monthly membership, which I believe is somewhere around $130/month. Similar to other places, you need to be certified on a machine in order to use it. 

The classes offered through TechShop are also great. The instructors are generally available for inquiries outside of class as well.