Scott Wasserman, owner of appRenaissance, moved his office from Wayne to 309 Cherry Street, in January 2011. The space is collaborative, BizEquity and Gallery 309 sharing with appRenaissance. Co-functioning spaces like this are popping up all over Old City and Northern Liberties, with Devnuts and Indy Hall, we’re seeing a surge of commercial real estate shared as art and technology production houses. Wasserman says that the newer addition to his space, 309 Gallery, is his way of staying connected to the Philadelphia art scene. His day job of building technology based applications is more of a ‘means to an end’, while the really valuable part of his industry is the creativity and innovation that can be greatly inspired by art. What better place to be than in Old City?
The gallery has always been Wasserman’s vision for the appRenaissance Philly office (they also have a production house in Silicon Valley). While most recognized for the music app built for R5 Productions (and nominated for a Billboard Music Award in 2010), Wasserman hopes the addition of the 309 Gallery will continue to merge their applications in the Philly music and art scene. Wasserman is already building an app for First Fridays in Old City with First Friday founder (say that three times) Rick Snyderman. 309 Gallery is appropriately hosting a collaborative art show “Dead & Lovely” by Kristen Margiotta, Emi Boz and Gus Fink through May. It is open to the public on First Fridays and by appointment.