At the very beginning @dogpatchlabs took me in and was base camp for all my endeavors, trials and tribulations. The special environment became home and the other startups became family and over 12 months helped bring CoderDojo to what it is today.
Dogpatch Labs was originally founded by Polaris Partners in the US in 2009 to provide a creative community for entrepreneurs to connect and share experiences and ideas as they launch their companies. The impetus behind the creation of Dogpatch was that like-minded, driven teams, working side by side in a co-working environment, will innovate faster and more effectively. By providing workspace, bandwidth, and mentorship, Dogpatch energized an outstanding community of entrepreneurs in Cambridge, New York City, San Francisco/Palo Alto and, in 2011, Dublin Ireland to achieve great things. In its four years of operation in the US, Dogpatch supported more than 300 companies of which at least 1/3 were funded. Notable Dogpatch alumni include: Localytics, JIBE, Boxever, Profitero, TaskRabbit, Recurly, Spindle (Twitter), Sprout (InMobi), and Instagram (FaceBook).
Now headquartered in the historic chq Building in Dublin, Ireland, Dogpatch Labs operates under the direction of Patrick Walsh and serves as a home for both local Irish technology startups and international companies using Dublin as a base for their expansion into Europe. The venue is an open source model with curated tenants who are considered from a pool of candidates beyond the Polaris proprietary portfolio. Noel Ruane, Venture Partner with Polaris Partners, serves as the head of the Dogpatch Labs advisory board.