In the past 10 years, digital tools, economic devastation and common sense have pressured companies of all sizes to cut down on the number of employees who are assigned to take care of the office. Unfortunately, jobs like cleaning the kitchen and buying more grinds for the shitty coffee maker are being offloaded onto people that have nothing to do with stocking the supply closet — like social media managers or operations staff.
Another international tech giant has put down roots in Silicon Alley. This morning, Berlin-based audio platform SoundCloud opened their New York City offices — their largest office in the United States.
In the new 5th Avenue location, engineers and audio technicians will work alongside marketing and sales staff. New York City has the kind of talent pool that allows a company like sound cloud to hire both technical staff and creative professionals, which is vital for a tech company that offers a platform for artists. Read More
Between the accelerators, coworking spaces and incubators, there are so many choices when considering where to set up shop for your startup — and the pool of options just grew. Coworking space The Yard is officially opening two new locations in sought-after NYC neighborhoods.
The new venues will be an Upper West Side location near Lincoln Center, and a NoMad location at 27th Street and 5th Avenue, right around the corner from Ace Hotel. The NoMad location is starting to take applications for spaces as of today. Read More
Square, the company that makes those little white devices that enable small businesses to accept credit card payments, has just announced they’ll be opening East Coast headquarters in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, at 375 W. Broadway.
Since expanding to the city in October 2012, Square’s New York staff have been working from the offices of 80/20, the design agency Square acquired, at 121 Greene St. The new office will enable the company’s New York team to expand to more than 350 employees, a press release said. Read More
Yahoo! is taking over New York, whether you like it or not. After the long-awaited announcement that the old school web giant had purchased Alley darling Tumblr for a cool $1.1 billion, the company held a press event in Times Square to make another big declaration: Yahoo! will be consolidating its local offices into a giant hub in the old New York Times building. It’s no Googleplex, but it’ll do. Read More
“This building would be great, but it just has too much…ceiling,” is a thing that some startup office seekers are apparently uttering in the trendier neighborhoods of San Francisco. The Wall Street Journal reports that landlords are straight up wrecking buildings to make them look “edgier,” “funky” and “fun.”
That means lots of exposed ceiling pipes, open floor plans and a kitchen stocked with organic juices and plastered with signs about the upcoming company-wide 5k. Also: a room for people to cry in, when your investors just don’t get it. Read More
If you’re a real estate broker, you might want to shift your attention from bonus-scrimping Wall Streeters to ramen-eating techies. We’ve known for a while that tech companies are sprouting up at an alarming rate. While some of them go bust, many of them raise funding, hire workers, and therefore need offices. Even if that Bowery apartment seems comfortable now, a fast-scaling web company will need its own digs before long. Read More
A few weeks ago, The Observer first broke the news that eBay closed a deal for the entire third floor of 625 Avenue of the Americas at 18th Street to use it as an outpost for Hunch, the recommendation engine that eBay purchased last November. The company finally made the announcement official today and the Read More
Not much is known about the Obvious Corporation, the new-ish, incubator-ish company that’s the brainchild of Twitter cofounders Ev Williams and Biz Stone. Their website is sparse and coy: the only companies that they are publicly known to be working with are Lift, a social network for human potential, and dialogue platform Branch. They also announced this week that they’d invested in Neighborland, a site that seeks to create meaningful connections between neighbors.
The Obvious Offices are located in downtown San Francisco, near the Powell St. BART stop, just around the corner from the Apple store, which is convenient because everyone at Obvious uses Apple products. Macbook Airs, iPads, Magic Mice and Apple wireless keyboards: Tim Cook would not be disappointed. Read More