Shared-workplace concept launched in Parker

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A Parker entrepreneur is counting on community collaboration to blast his latest venture into the stratosphere.

Actually, Brian Dickman is hoping to go beyond with Deep Space Workplace & Event Center, a place in downtown Parker that enables home-based business owners to get into an office setting. Deep Space utilizes the co-working concept, which encourages cooperation and idea-sharing among those stationed within.

Dickman, the founder of Deep Space and a handful of tech start-ups, has ideas as expansive as the final frontier itself. He wants to use the center as a business hub by day, but by night, he wants to turn the spacious lower level of the Victorian Peaks building into a breeding ground for young techies interested in STEM education, or science, technology, engineering and math.

Dickman’s development design company, Cleverlike, Inc., was based out of an office in Centennial with similar-minded colleagues before moving to Parker earlier this month. The “symbiotic” relationships that developed benefitted everyone and promoted business success.

“We worked together on projects and it was just a collaborative, fun work environment,” he said. “Everyone really enjoyed the atmosphere.”

Not all workers based out of Deep Space are expected to engage in team-building conversations. They will find the most value in getting out of the house and away from distractions.

“It was really nice to not have to be working home alone, or dealing with the dogs, the kids, the to-do list, the refrigerator, the loneliness, the boredom and stuff like that,” Dickman says. “It’s good to get up and get out of bed and get to an office, then go home and spend time with the family. It gives you good work and life balance.”

An office setting can also legitimize a home-based business, particularly during visits with clients or when the business address is listed on Google Maps. A dedicated workspace costs $400 per month and shared workspaces are $250 per month. Dickman points out that the costs are far less than those associated with renting out a high-dollar unit for one company.

He and co-founder Mona Daniels believed Parker would be the ideal place to open a centralized workplace. It eliminates the need to commute far from home, wasting time and money in the process. Deep Space also contains the necessary tools to work efficiently, including high-speed Internet connections, copiers, a meeting room, lounge-friendly furniture, white boards and a presentation stage. The unit was previously occupied by a nightclub and an antique shop.

The décor suggests a light atmosphere based around a space theme. Minutes after Dickman points out a geeky binary clock, “Weird Science” movie poster and homemade paintings of Pac Man characters hanging on the wall, his phone’s ringtone comes alive with an eerie-alien sound effect from a 1950s sci-fi thriller.

Deep Space opened for business May 1 and currently has six people based there. A grand opening planned for 5-9 p.m. May 16 is combined with a robotics open house for local clubs (more information here). The kids who will take classes and gather for projects at Deep Space will be known as Space Cadets, Dickman said.

The basement, with a capacity of 500, will be a good spot for robotics exhibitions in the future, as well as brainstorming sessions leading to competitions.

“My experience with technology, learning about computers from a young age and going to trade shows, it made a big impact on my career and where my life has taken me,” he said. “I thought it would be great to create that in this community, to bring in the expertise and programs and learn things together.”

For more information or rent out the space for meetings or birthday parties, visit deepspace.me or call 720-675-7932.

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