Benjamin’s Desk celebrated innovation last week with a cocktail party on “The 8th Floor,” its new work and party space at 1701 Walnut Street. Benjamin’s Desk is a coworking space for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs and startups on Rittenhouse Row.
Individuals and companies can rent space at the Desk from $99 a month to $1,100 plus for full-size companies. The atmosphere is similar to a think tank, with lots of people from different companies working alongside each other. At any given time conversations and ideas can flow from one work station to another, and a new innovative idea is born.
The newly-acquired eighth floor will welcome the first “smart-space” in Philadelphia, featuring Nest thermostats, seven flat-screens, Philips Hue lighting and streaming video, all of which can be controlled by an iPad. The space can be rented for events to outside vendors. Eventually it will have a roof deck.
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Benjamin's Desk Opens The 8th Floor
From left: Michael Maher, co-founder of Benjamin’s Desk, Councilman At-Large David Oh and Jenn Maher, co-founder of Benjamin’s Desk. Michael said Benjamin’s Desk gets its name from the most famous Philadelphian, Benjamin Franklin, who he calls the nation’s first entrepreneur.
Denethia Durgin and Shelton Mercer, CEO of TwitChange
From left: Vicki Pohl, director of catering at Garces, and Janet Binswanger, director of catering development at Stephen Starr Events. The evening's food was catered by Starr Events.
Alexandra Golaszewska of Alexandra Go LLC and Bill Decker of The Hub
From left: Cori Moskow of Gloss PR, Sharief Elgamal of DayBlink Consulting and Ilana Waber of Gloss PR.
From left: Lindsey Barnett, former Eagles wide receiver Fred Barnett, Dr. David Thomas and Tiffanie Standard
Tiffany Haley and Jeffrey Pastva. Young Architects Forum (YAF), an organization Jeffrey belongs to, designed the eighth floor as well as the forthcoming roof deck.
From left: Wayne Kimmel of SeventySix Capital and Director of Benjamin’s Desk Ben Franklin and Chad Stender, director of operations for SeventySix Capital. (In 2012, Philadelphia Magazine named Wayne one of the “Top Innovators” in the Philadelphia region.)
From left: Yuriy Porytko of SmartInvest Ventures, Marc Siry of Comcast NBC Universal, Eamon Gallagher of Weber Law LLC and Jeff Shiau of The Hub. Comcast Business has recently partnered with Benjamin’s Desk.