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Cloud Databases with CTO of Akiban

Posted on 28. Mar, 2012 by in Developers, Events, SOMA

Boston based startup will describe their work on an open source, relational database named the Akiban Server. The goal of this technology is to unify the robust modeling and declarative nature of SQL with the object mapping capabilities of a document store, in a scalable architecture.  The core technology implements a new logical construct called table-groups that use relationships and usage information to mirror application objects. Table-groups inform the physical construct that interleaves related table data, effectively pre-computing most joins. Thissignificantly improves query performance for operational workloads and allows developers to access relational data as objects.

Speaker Bio:
Ori Herrnstadt is the founder and CTO of Akiban. He has been involved in developing large scale operational database systems since his days in the Israeli Military. After experiencing similar problems of large-scale operational systems in healthcare, ERP, CRM and modern web applications, he began developing the Orthogonal Architecture. In 2009, he founded Akiban Technologies to accelerate the development of this technology.

We’ll also be providing pizza and drinks for attendees, as well as Akiban swag (USB drives, coffee mugs, t-shirts..etc). Our meetup groups are always a lot of fun with lively conversation throughout, we hope to see you there!


Event Date: April 10, 2012

Location: Citizen Space SOMA

RSVP for this event here:

Become Master Teacher on Skillshare!

Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by in blog, Classes, Coworking, Events, Internships, Japan, Jobs, SOMA, Startups


Skillshare, a marketplace of classes to learn anything from teachers in your community, is now looking for Teacher & Account Executive in San Francisco.



Since I was interested in becoming teacher myself, I decided to have an interview with Stevie who is the community manager of Skillshare. I’d like to share some of the tips she gave me to become master teacher in Skillshare.

Gaining a trust from students

In order to attract students in Skillshare, teacher has to have credibility. How can I earn that trust? Stevie told me that teaching is the only way to construct the good relationship between your students. Get endorsement from people who liked the class and be open to critical feedbacks to improve yourself to become Master Teacher.


However it is sometimes hard to take the first step. For those shy teachers Skillshare organizes class on designing the classes which staff of Skillshare will kindly walk you through picking a class topic, designing your first class, and all the other steps you need.

Building course for your class and create community

Another important concept of Skillshare is “course”. Many other P2P teaching platform just offers intermittent contents but Skillshare encourage teachers to create course with different level of difficulty so that students can improve their skill with continuous support from same teacher.


Becoming Master Teacher


You can also earn the trust by becoming Master Teacher.

Here are some of the criterias you have to overcome.

- Should apply or be nominated by the Skillshare team
– Have taught several amazing classes with EVEN MORE lined up
– Have lots of loving feedback from students
– Have a detailed & personalized profile that links to Twitter, Facebook, and beyond
– Are capable of receiving 15+ endorsements per quarter

Stevie emphasize the importance of endorsement because after all, it’s the student who decides the best teacher in the campus!


Skillshare’s mission is to transform education by empowering teaching and democratizing learning. Every human being is natural teacher!  Transform every place to school! (They even once had class in subway, teaching “how to talk to stranger). I’m sure the future of Skillshare will replace the traditional education system with high tuition.


You want to help accomplish this mission? Skillshare is looking for Account Executive who could help recruit great teachers. For more information, click here for more information about this role.



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Go Fund Yourself! FailChats

Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by in blog, Coworking, Events, Funding, SOMA, Startups

Last night over 70 people gathered to hear a panel moderated by Charles Hudson, a Venture Partner with SoftTech VC, talk about their experience bootstrapping, learning the importance of accountability, deciding what were the important metrics of success, and how to survive when things don’t go as well as hoped.

Christine Herron, Director with Intel Capital, Trevor Cornwell, the founder and CEO of appbackr inc., Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of IndieGoGo, and George Revutsky, the founder and CEO of MyNextCustomer all spoke eloquently about their experience.

We learned that mom can be the best angel investor when you need to get through that little hump, but be sure your arrangement has clear terms. We learned about risk, and the importance of maintaining strong relationships both personally and professionally.

Check out the photos on our facebook page, and look out for our next FailChat in the coming months!!




Holiday Party 2k11!

Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by in blog, Events, SOMA

@CitizenSpace Holiday Party 2k11

All year long, Citizen Space has been a treasure trove of awesome new ideas, innovations, and has been the new home of a ton of super cool, creative endeavors.  Although we’re all-casual for the whole year, the workspace has seen many all-day and all-nighters, and let’s face it: in such a collaborative space, work becomes fun and fun becomes work and before you know it, you’re always working!

So, to give thanks to all of our members, various event sponsors, community partners, and all of our Citizen Spacer’s from the Bay Area (and afar) for a year’s worth of hard work, innovation, and collaboration with Citizen Space…..We’re throwin’ a party!

On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, we’re hosting the @CitizenSpace Holiday Party 2k11 at our SoMa, SF location.  Come unwind and network with some of the awesome people that all, in some way or another, are a part of of the Citizen Space #coworking network!  There’s going to be some drinks, snacks, games, tweets….and dessert.  Although we will have some things supplied, please do feel free to show us your best holiday treat cooking- you won’t hear us complaining!

The party will take place from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  We are located at the intersection of 2nd Street & Harrison, building #425.  You will enter through the loading dock.  

Register for @CitizenSpace Holiday Party 2k11 in San Francisco, CA  on Eventbrite

Hope to see you all there!  Let Matt know if you have any questions:

PS- Matt’s even going to bake a batch of festive vegan holiday cookies.  Will it be….dark chocolate chip?  Half-baked brownies?  Or maybe even Macadamian Nut? Tweet your ideas to @CitizenSpace, and I’ll make the best one.

Citizen Space is the world’s first coworking space, located at 425 2nd Street in the SoMa district of San Francisco.  The idea of Citizen Space is to take the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and the best elements of a workspace (productive, functional), and combine them to give indie workers the chance to have their own, affordable office space.  Citizen Space was built on the coworking philosophy.  Our residents (past and present) range from: software engineers, web developers, social media consultants/strategists, graphic designers, product designers, public relations specialists, and sustainable web hosting entrepreneurs.  Check us out today! 

Part-time Experience Manager (San Francisco)

Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by in blog, Classes, Events, Internships, Jobs, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, SOMA

We love what we do — and it shows! Citizen Events is the new division of Citizen Space which creates and runs “fun and educational experiences for people” across the world. From events like Route to India cooking classes & Wine Tastings to Photography classes on weekends to Entrepreneurial events, your job is to dream up amazingly fun and educational experiences for fun smart people to do near their city. Each city has 1 full-time Experience Manager who creates the events and manages a part-time staff of Experience Coordinators to ensure that our events and classes are incredible.

As a part-time Experience manager you are responsible for the execution of our events from concept to execution. Whether you are handling talent booking, location scouting, customer registration, giving a welcome speech, or initiating a dance party, you are engaging with our customers and making sure that everyone is having a great time. Experience Managers should be smart, dynamic, friendly, and full of life — they are the heartbeat of our new division!

Passion combined with healthy doses of contagious energy, smarts and fun — then sprinkle in a sense of humor — that’s us! Basically, we’re the ones you take home to meet Mom.

What does an Experience Manager do?

• Books locations, talent, sources experience partners, works with our re-seller network to book dates, publishes events and classes to our sites
• Acts as the “face” of Citizen Space throughout the course of the event: engages with everyone while still maintaining full control of the event, from logistics to safety
• Pays attention to every detail and ensures that each event is run seamlessly
• Ensure that our customers are having fun and enjoying the event
• Manages event coordinators for each experience assuring quality control of experiences and classes


• Four-year Bachelor’s degree
• Dynamic, engaging and exciting personality
• A great sense of humor
• Consistently fun with a strong work ethic
• Preferably 2+ years of professional experience
• Demonstrated social leadership in various facets of life
• Ability to be “on” for a full day or weekend
• Flexibility – you have to be willing to run a Hackathon event one weekend and a cooking class the next week, followed by a beer tasting the week after

This position can quickly become full time for the right candidate!

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