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Why SoMA is the Best Place for Your Startup in San Francisco

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SoMA is everything you love about San Francisco rolled into one district. Stretching from the Embarcadero to Eleventh Street (between Market and Townsend), it’s a patchwork of dining, nightlife, and high-rise living favored by eager young professionals and tech titans alike. A recent influx of money and art has transformed this once-industrial zone into one of SF’s most in-demand zip codes.

If you’re one of the thousands of start-ups looking to make your mark in the city this year, here’s why you should choose SoMA.

Work/Life Balance

As a startup, there’s going to be more “work” than “life.” But when it’s time to team-build, celebrate a win, or just blow off some steam - SoMA has tons of options. Oracle Park, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Yerba Buena Gardens are a few of the more popular ways to experience SoMA culture... and for the adventurous, there’s a totally unique experience around every corner.

Easy Commuting

Located in the heart of SoMA, Caltrain Station makes it easy for commuters from dozens of Bay Area locales to get in and out of the neighborhood on weekdays. A number of buses feed into downtown SF and the outlying neighborhoods, and a thriving hospitality scene means there are plenty of funky boutiques and elegant hotels for out-of-towners.

Next-Level Nightlife

No matter what you’re into, SoMA has it. Catch live-music at Slim’s (an intimate SF favorite), see first-rate comedy at Leela Improv, or mingle with other professionals at one of SoMA’s bar, lounge, and dance club hotspots. Even if you’re just looking for some midweek or post-work drinks, there are plenty of options to choose from - from low-key & fun dives to polished & professional cocktail bars.

A Food & Drink Mecca

The SoMA dining scene is full of heart, flavor, and fun… and growing by the day. Breezy cafes, inventive farm-to-table eateries, and high concept fine-dining live on every corner. Try some of the best dim sum in the city at the beloved & unassuming Canton; feed your urge for all-you-can-eat pizza at Goat Hill Pizza; or sample the traditional American flavors of Town Hall. And if you’re into drinking local, you won’t have to look far to find a SoMA brewery or wine bar serving the Bay’s best, like the nationally renowned 21st Amendment.

Premium Living Spaces

SoMA is full of old industrial buildings that have been converted into premium living spaces with great amenities that cater to young professional renters. Choose from luxury apartments with striking city views, or get your start in one of the neighborhood’s many charming loft apartments.

Inspiring Workspaces

SoMA is home to some of the city’s most inspiring workspaces, like OnePiece Work - a global tech community founded on the idea that together, we can unlock new potential across industries and borders.

Our San Francisco location features three floors of boutique private offices, flexible workspaces, and ergonomic furniture perfect for presentations and meetings. Talent from cutting-edge industries like gaming, AI, robotics, and electric cars work side-by-side - sharing ideas and experiences. Fun fact - Lime Bike was one of our very first members! Our members enjoy benefits like guest speakers (featuring Silicon Valley’s top-tier investors), industry exchange meetings, face-to-face business seminars, and monthly breakfast & lunch mixers.

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