Just weeks from the expiration of its current lease, Hacker Dojo has found a new home for its scrappy club of coders and makers -- but it won't be in Mountain View.
In a message sent out Tuesday, April 19, the nonprofit's staff members announced they had signed a lease for a new office space at 3350 Thomas Road in Santa Clara. If all goes according to plan, Hacker Dojo will leave its current space at 599 Fairchild Drive in Mountain View by the end of May.
The last few months have been marked by turmoil among Hacker Dojo's leadership and its hundreds of members.
Last month, the board of directors suspended a longtime staffer after learning she had racked up years of personal expenses on the nonprofit's credit card. In the days following, some members have demanded that Hacker Dojo schedule board elections and adopt stronger transparency rules.
In recent days, a splinter group has threatened to leave unless they see a "Dojo reboot" -- in other words, the resignation of the entire board of directors.
But the hacker space has survived tough challenges before. Back in 2012, the city of Mountain View nearly shut down Hacker Dojo for a string of code violations in its original Whisman Road location. A frantic fundraising campaign -- including, among other things, techies stripping down to their skivvies for a fun run -- generated enough money for the group to relocate to its current home.