A while back, I wrote an article on Business Insider about how startups are getting tired of New York City’s overcrowded and overpriced co – working spaces. With a lack of viable options, most startups are stuck either staying in NYC, moving Brooklyn, or even going to Jersey City. However, all of those options are not that much cheaper than staying in NYC and more importantly, they do not help the startup create a certain vibe and culture with their workspace. I recently got a tour of a MAJOR effort going on at the old Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey that should spark some major tech investments in New Jersey. As a former startup founder who worked in the heart of Silicon Valley, I know the value of having a big open workspace with a campus environment. Many startups today in Silicon Valley struggle between wanting to have their startups located in the heart of Silicon Valley (Redwood City, Menlo Park, Cupertino, etc.) vs. having their startup move into the city center of San Francisco. If New York City is the San Francisco of tech in the east coast, then the new Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ is trying to become the Silicon Valley of the east coast. To understand what is going on at Bell Works, let’s begin with its history.