The days of entrepreneurs toiling away at home or in a cramped, dark office to launch a new business have gone the way of the Motorola StarTac™. Welcome to Station, a co-working space for innovation and entrepreneurship, and Houston’s tech community hub.
Housed in 25,000sf on the 23rd and 24th floors of 1301 Fannin (in the former Deutsche Bank trading floor space), Station connects entrepreneurs with the mentors, talent, co-working space, accelerator programs and investors they need to launch high-impact, high-growth start-ups – with floor to ceiling windows that offer an unparalleled view of the city, stretching all the way east to the San Jacinto Monument.
“Imagine you’ve just quit your job or gone off to start your own business,” says JOHN “JR” REALE, co-founder and managing director of Station. “A view like this on a beautiful day or evening is really inspiring.”
Inspiration is only one part of the equation. Studies show that start-ups succeed if they have access to experienced mentors, diverse talent and leadership, practical education and an active network. Station features all this and more: expert volunteer mentors (81 as of press time), an experienced and knowledgeable team (with Reale and another co-founder, GRACE RODRIGUEZ, at the helm), insightful programs and a proactive work environment that fosters connection and collaboration.
“Co-working isn’t new, and it’s a growing real estate trend,” says Reale. “Our value is in the mentorship aspect – the experience and knowledge that successful real-world entrepreneurs are bringing to our community – with no financial upside for them.”
In a testament to its success, Station has come a long way in a short time. “We launched at Surge in Midtown in March, and in a month we had already reached capacity,” says Rodriguez. “So, after an intense search, we found this space and moved in October 31,” she adds. They now have 131 members, many of whom come in every day.
Reale sees the location as ideal to building high-tech start-up density in the city. “Excited is an understatement,” he says. “We always wanted to be between Downtown, Midtown and Montrose, to build that central tech density you find in coastal communities. Station will be Houston’s access point for innovation and talent.”