Q: “Bear Analytics, where are you based?”

A: “Right here in D.C. but we are virtual right now.”

That is the common dialogue when we meet people. Don’t get me wrong, it is very nice to be virtual. But we are looking to having a common workplace that we can work in every day, bring our clients to, and host workshops and events.

Welcome to @IdeaspaceDC, the future home of Bear Analytics.

We were able to get a sneak peak at our soon to be new home on Thursday (12/5) during Ideaspace’s #ProductionInTheCity event. The former boiler factory still maintains some of its characteristics, such as a 15 ton crane that sits overhead, old pane glass and lots of natural light. The space is located in the Navy Yard in SE, Washington, DC.

Aside from the large crane, the space itself was even bigger, spanning virtually the entire length of the building. A large space, looking to house the next wave of idea makers in DC. It did a great job hosting the folks of Production in The City, the local small businesses marketplace showcasing products such as:

clothing items

homemade jewelry

food products

Ideaspace, and its founders Yoshi Maisami (@Yoshi123), Dave Naffis (@Naffis), and Chris Selmer (@cselmer) had the idea of building a space not just to work, but to learn from each other through collaboration. It is great for people to connect over shared interests or even to be educated on new interests. The space will contain:

collaboration and solo working areas

conference rooms

private call rooms

recording studio

Another really great part about this space is that it isn’t just a bring your computer and work type place. It is going to have various types of shops, stations and labs for building and experimenting. It will also provide members using the space with the latest technological resources like:

3D printers

CNC routers

machines for vacuum forming and modeling

If the cool factor of working in an old boiler factory wasn’t enough, the surrounding area was cooler than we anticipated.  SE is undergoing some substantial change, boasting a host of new restaurants, street-level shops, and expansive seating along the waterfront.



We are happy to be one of the first 100 members and are very eager to settle in. Having already made some new friends at the space from the @TerrapinHackers club, and some nice people of National Council of Behavioral Health (@nationalcouncil). Ideaspace is the nest big thing in DC so look for it, February 2014.