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Parisoma (Template:IPAc-en) is a coworking space and open incubator in the SoMa district of San Francisco founded and managed by the firm Fabernovel. In addition to providing shared work space to approximately 120 members, it also hosts events and classes related to design, business, technology, and entrepreneurship.[no citations needed here]



Parisoma was established in 2008 by Fabernovel - a digital agency founded by Stéphane Distinguin - with the help of Clément Alteresco (FaberNovel), Louis Montagne (af83), Greg Beuthin and Sean Savage The name Parisoma is a combination of "Paris" and "SoMa" as a reference to faberNovel's and af83's Parisian origins, and SoMa – the San Francisco neighborhood (South of Market) where Parisoma was located.[1] The founders were inspired by Citizen Space, one of the first coworking spaces in San Francisco, and the BarCamp movement that they also brought to France.[2] The space was envisioned as a way for faberNovel and af83 to be involved in the local entrepreneurial community in the Bay Area.[3][4]

TEDx events

TEDxSoMa, an event licensed from TED Conferences LLC, has been held at Parisoma five times since June 2008.[5] TEDx events are independently planned and coordinated conferences consisting of short, cross-disciplinary presentations "focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world."[6]

In October 2012, Parisoma hosted TEDxCity2.0,[7] an event taking place simultaneously at locations around the world.[8]

Wikipedia SF Hackathon

Participants of the 2012 Wikipedia SF Hackathon

In January 2012, the Wikimedia Foundation conducted its first-ever Bay Area Hackathon at Parisoma, with 92 attendees learning about Wikimedia technology and building applications integrated with the site. The event kicked off with a speech by Foundation VP of Engineering Erik Möller, followed by a series of tutorials on Wikipedia APIs, user scripts, and mobile apps. Self-organized teams created a number of applications using these tools, which they presented in a demonstration showcase. Judges awarded prizes to the best demos.[no citations needed here]

AT&T DevLab

In September, Parisoma in partnership with its parent company faberNovel organized the first AT&T DevLab, a day-long conference for 250 developers. Sessions included tutorials on AT&T's Speech API "Watson," Application Resource Optimization (ARO) technology, and speeches by Eric Ries (author of the best-selling book The Lean Startup), David Weekly (Founder of PBworks), Michael Owens (Founder of Notion), and Guy Rosen (CEO of Onavo). The event was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.[9][10]


Parisoma's 11th St. location since March 2011

In 2009 the space was rebranded as the Parisoma Innovation Loft, adopting a new color scheme and logo and increasing its focus on events. In 2011 the location was moved to a new 10,000 square-foot split-level loft on 11th Street, increasing the space available for coworking and events and adding an education program.[4] In July 2012 it was rebranded as simply Parisoma, adopting a new logo and completing an extensive renovation of the interior.


In March 2013, Parisoma launched a new series of startup showcase events called THINK&ACT. The second edition in May 2013 was called "Driving Revolution" and focused on innovation in driving.[no citations needed here] The event was covered on the Forbes website.[11]


In June 2013, FaberNovel (Parisoma's parent company) organized the San Francisco edition of APidays, a global series of conferences on the business of APIs. The conference featured speeches by prominent thinkers in the API world, and was concluded with an API hackathon.[12]

See also


  1. Fay, Pierrick. "Parisoma: Un Lieu de Co-working à la Française en Plein San Francisco". Teknologik. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  2. "Déplacement de Bertrand Delanoë à San Francisco". Official Portal of the City of Paris. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  3. Genevieve V. DeGuzman and Andrew I. Tang (28 August 2011). Working in the UnOffice: A Guide to Coworking for Indie Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits. Night Owls Press LLC. pp. 325–329. ISBN 978-1-937645-00-7. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Roush, Wade. "PariSoma 'Innovation Loft' is Movin' On Up: A Taste of Parisian Startup Community in San Francisco". Xconomy Inc.. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  5. "TEDxSoMa Group Detail". TED Conferences LLC. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  6. "TEDx All Rules". TED Conferences LLC. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  7. "TEDxCity2.0: A Day of Urban Inspiration". PARISOMA. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  8. "TEDxCity2.0". TED Conferences LLC. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  9. "DevLab by AT&T". AT&T. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  10. "AT&T DevLab: Learn About the Next Wave of App Development". GigaOM. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  11. Mui, Chunka. "Economic Ripple Effects of Connected, Shared and Self-Driving Cars [Infographic"]. Forbes. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  12. Williams, Alex. "Speed and Automating the Connections Between Humans and Machines in the API Economy". TechCrunch. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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