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Uber vs Lyft: Comparing Office Space

uber vs lyft

Uber vs Lyft. It’s one of the most heated rivalries in business.

Both companies compete for customers in the car-hailing space. No questions there. What’s often overlooked is that both companies are headquartered in San Francisco and are competing against each other for talent – which has led both companies to invest heavily in office space and culture to attract the best.

In this post, we compare Uber and Lyft’s office spaces, and leave it up to you to decide which office and culture you would rather be a part of.

RECEPTION AREA

First impressions last a lifetime.

The moment a potential client, candidate, or vendor walks through your doors is the moment where judgements are made.

Is this a company I could do business with?

Is this a company I could work for?

Needless to say, your reception area says a lot about your company. Which reception area gives you a good feeling…Uber or Lyft?
lyft vs uber reception area

HALLWAYS

Uber has wide hallways, and Lyft has a secret hallway that leads through a picture of Willy Wonka.
uber vs lyft hallway factor

BREAKROOM + KITCHEN AREA

With Uber’s breakroom and kitchen featured on top, and Lyft’s area featured on bottom, where would you rather have lunch?
uber vs lyft break room kitchen area

COMMON AREAS

(Top) Would you rather lounge out in Uber’s wide and expansive common area, or have a cup of coffee and relax on the couch at Lyft?
uber vs lyft common areas

OVERALL WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Because culture is directly impacted by office space, we’ll end our Uber vs Lyft post with a few images that capture the spirit of both companies. When viewing these photos, think about who both Uber and Lyft are trying to attract as clients and employees. Then, think about your office space and how your setup attracts the right people.

Which company would you rather be a part of?

UBER

Uber Conference Room Uber Office Space in San Francisco Uber Culture

LYFT

Lyft Secret Library Stacy Speer Lyft Lyft Pink Mustache

Photo Credits: eoffice, Lea Suzuki

About KEYSER

KEYSER is a cutting edge, commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents global tenants and corporate space users of office, retail, industrial, medical, non-profit, and educational space. Services include Transaction Management, Project Management, Site Selection, Space Efficiency Planning, Capital Markets / Corporate Finance, Lease Portfolio Services, Strategic Advisory Services, Incentives Negotiation, Demographics, and Subleases / Dispositions. Contact us to learn more.

Why Tech Firms Seeking Talent Invest In Office Space

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On average, people spend 54% of their waking hours at work.

This shocking fact drives the culture behind hot new tech firms. If you look at popular tech office space around the country, each unique space has a common denominator: they keep employees happy by creating a lifestyle environment that techies love, both in the office and community.

With companies competing across the globe for top talent, it’s no wonder why tech office space remains such a high focus. The more appealing the working environment, the more likely the company is to find top talent.

The proper tech office space creates a perfect recruiting tool through a few different aspects.

Develop a Strong Company Culture

With an inspiring office space comes a unique company culture. Webster’s Word of the Year for 2014 was culture for a reason.

This matters to top recruits, so it should matter to tech firms seeking that talent.

Every firm takes it’s own approach to this process. Some ideas include: Fridays off, unlimited vacation days, napping pods, bright colors, murals painted by local artists, ping pong tables, an indoor fitness facility, or an entire lifestyle campus. It’s up to you.

Access to Amazing Stimulation

Truly enticing tech firms think beyond their own walls and look into the amenities offered within the community. Tech geeks require a certain level of stimulation outside of work. And when you understand this, you can situate you office in the perfect location.

Look at coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance. Know the nearby transit centers, afterwork hot spots and shopping centers. Find out if you have Uber availability in the area. These types of thing help employees remain mentally, physically and socially stimulated all hours of the day. And that kind of happiness outside of work yields deeper happiness within the company.

Camaraderie Evokes Creativity

Many tech firms choose to have open-office environments. This type of work space is a breeding ground for creativity.

As a company that relies on innovation for success, you should do everything possible to evoke creativity among employees. That starts with encouraging camaraderie and fun. No great ideas ever sparked from beige walls in solitary confinement for eight hours a day.

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Office Decorating Ideas For Tech Startups

For a tech startup, working long hours, brainstorming, and problem solving are daily occurrences. Maintaining a creative space builds morale and fosters creativity. However, being a startup doesn’t necessarily allow for a decorating budget, but this doesn’t mean that you have to throw in the towel.

Here are a few DIY office decorating ideas for tech startups that won’t break the bank:

1. Pick a theme for your office.
What’s your company culture? Is it bright and vibrant? Take a lesson from Tanga to pick a theme for your office that matches your company culture.

Tanga Front Desk

2. Add unique touches that inspire you.
Pick meaningful colors that help you embrace your space and photographs that either reestablish your theme or add sentiment like a family photo.

Tanga Baby Picture Wall

3. Anything on your desk can transform into decoration.
Think staplers, tissue boxes, pens, tape holders, calendars. If you’re more on the creative side, you can even make something that adds personality to your space.

Tanga Mascot Bathing in Banana Bucks

4. Add memorabilia.
Themed figurines and accessories can turn your desk into a conversation starter.

office decorating ideas for tech startups

5. Use fun fabric or wallpaper
At Keyser, the favorite quotes of employees provide a motivational backdrop in the break room.

Company Kitchen Office Space

6. Get a plant to add life to your office.
Placing plant life in the reception area greets visitors with a fresh perspective.

Goodmans Flowers

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7. Bring in the games.
The essential office decorating idea for tech startups are the games employees can play on break. Ping pong and jenga are good go to games.

R&R Partners Ping Pong Table

Keyser Building Blocks

8. Add your company values.
Remind employees about what your company stands for with values and manifestos displayed around the office.

Goodmans Vision

Tanga Mantra

Keyser Culture & Operating Principles

9. Add a meme wall.
Adding an inside joke can bring an office to life. One tech startup owner was obsessed with keeping the toilet clean. So naturally, employees started a meme wall devoted to the obsession.

Tanga Meme Wall

10. Put employees at the forefront.
Startup employees make or break the business. Pay homage to the employees who are putting everything they have into make your startup a success.

Goodmans Employees

For much larger spaces – a projector, painters tape, and your favorite color paints can be used to create cool images on the wall. Also making “statement walls” by covering certain sections of walls with unique wallpaper can tie everything together. Any way that you can personalize your space and make it feel less ordinary will stimulate innovation and lead to you loving your space.

About KEYSER

KEYSER is a cutting edge, commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents global tenants and corporate space users of office, retail, industrial, medical, non-profit, and educational space. Services include Transaction Management, Project Management, Site Selection, Space Efficiency Planning, Capital Markets / Corporate Finance, Lease Portfolio Services, Strategic Advisory Services, Incentives Negotiation, Demographics, and Subleases / Dispositions.

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Top 5 Phoenix Shared Office Space Locations

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If you are tired of working from coffee shop to coffee shop, it may be time to look into running your business from a shared office space. A shared office space gives you flexibility and lower overhead with the benefit of having a professional workspace.

Here are the top 5 Phoenix shared office spaces for entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers:

1. COHOOTS
Located on Washington Street, COHOOTS’ space provides an open, friendly environment where members can network, share resources, and collaborate to expand their business. COHOOT hosts weekly events like workshops, guest speakers, and happy hours to foster their community, social, and educational ideology. The space its self has a modern, updated design with everything a growing business needs including a kitchen, coffee shop, conference rooms, private phone booths for video conferencing, commercial broadband Wi-Fi, and a full-time community director to help with member’s needs.

2. Mod
Occupying the first two floors of a high-rise in midtown Phoenix, Mod has a comfortable, urban design with a young and creative atmosphere. Mod provides a workspace, a café, event venue, and a bar for ending those long workdays. The café receives daily raves about the delicious food and the bar has a variety of wines, beers, and food options as well. Mod has a hassle free pay-as-you-go method allowing its members full access to Wi-Fi, a technical support team, printing services, private meeting rooms, and a concierge. Mod currently has plans underway to network globally, providing even further resources and location options.

3. Regus
Regus is a huge corporate facility with over 3,000 locations worldwide. They provide rentable office spaces, business centers, executive suits, and corporate offices. Regus has co-working space, but offers businesses more privacy options than other shared offices spaces. All rentable spaces come furnished with the option of hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly memberships. The offices located on Tatum offer a friendly staff equipped to handle daily needs and concerns. The space itself has a very clean, professional, and corporate feeling.

4. Union WorkSpace
It makes sense that Union WorkSpace is creative and architecturally focused given that it’s located on the second floor of a construction and architect firm. The space has a minimalist and clean vibe open to all professionals with a custom mill and steel work desk and a Herman Miller Aeron chair. The 4-month minimum membership allows members 24/7 access to a workspace, conference room, a wireless Internet, and an on-site notary ideal for those who work unusual hours.

5. CoWorking on 15th Ave
CoWorking on 15th Ave is located off the 15th Avenue bike path just outside downtown that seems to suit their mentality of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At CoWorking on 15th Ave, members are encouraged to not only work in a spacious and easygoing atmosphere but to also participate in bike riding, hiking, and other active events set up by partnerships. There are also biyearly events that run a weeklong targeted at networking and educating its members.

About KEYSER

KEYSER is a cutting edge, commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents global tenants and corporate space users of office, retail, industrial, medical, non-profit, and educational space. Services include Transaction Management, Project Management, Site Selection, Space Efficiency Planning, Capital Markets / Corporate Finance, Lease Portfolio Services, Strategic Advisory Services, Incentives Negotiation, Demographics, and Subleases / Dispositions.

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15 Inspiring Technology Company Reception Areas

First impressions last a lifetime.

The moment a potential client, candidate, or vendor walks through your doors is the moment where judgements are made.

Is this a company I could do business with?

Is this a company I could work for?

Needless to say, your reception area says a lot about your company. That’s why we’ve compiled photos of inspiring technology company reception areas – from Airbnb to GitHub – in hopes of inspiring you to spruce up the area that influences first impressions.

GitHub

GitHub Reception AreaStepping into the GitHub reception area gives you a White House, presidential feel.

Square

Square Reception AreaStepping into Square headquarters gives you the clean, refreshed feeling associated with Square products.

AirBnb

Airbnb reception areaThe AirBnb reception area makes you feel right at home.

Facebook

facebook-reception-areaFacebook’s reception area pays homage to it’s college campus beginnings.

Lyft

Lyft reception areaYou can’t miss the pink mustached reception area that greet visitors at Lyft. It’s almost like the receptionist is working inside the stache.

Tanga

Tanga Reception AreaTanga, a small, yet rapidly growing technology company that offers daily sales & weekly specials, greets visitors with vibrant colors and movie posters in the background.

Pinterest

Pinterest Reception AreaThe Pinterest reception area matches the cluttered look of their user generated website.

Instagram

instagram reception areaThe Instagram reception area is simple with a vintage camera collection on display.

Twitter

twitter reception areaTwitter’s single headquarter location features a reception area that shows the company has grown up from it’s startup days.

Yammer

yammer reception areaYammer’s impressive reception area features art deco columns of the original building. From sealed concrete floors to high exposed ceiling, this reception area reflects the high end of the social network that Yammer represents.

Zillow

zillow reception areaThe reception area for Zillow, the leading real estate marketplace, resembles the residential homes it presents.

YouTube

YouTube Reception areaYouTube’s vibrant reception area greets visitors with video thumbnails from it’s online community.

LinkedIn

linkedin reception areaLinkedIn’s reception area with exposed ceilings showcase a professional environment.

GoPro

GoPro Reception AreaThe reception area at GoPro encourages you to be a hero.

Box

Box Office Reception AreaThe Box office reception area features a slide to ride while you wait.

What inspiring technology company reception areas have you visited? Let us know in the comments.

[Photo Credits]: Custom Spaces

About KEYSER

KEYSER is a cutting edge, commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents global tenants and corporate space users of office, retail, industrial, medical, non-profit, and educational space. Services include Transaction Management, Project Management, Site Selection, Space Efficiency Planning, Capital Markets / Corporate Finance, Lease Portfolio Services, Strategic Advisory Services, Incentives Negotiation, Demographics, and Subleases / Dispositions. Contact us to learn more.

Inside The Dropbox San Francisco Headquarters

In this post, we help give entrepreneurs an idea of how to calculate office space by using the Keyser iPhone app to reverse engineer the Dropbox San Francisco Headquarters.

dropbox headquarters san francisco

The design for Dropbox’s China Basin headquarters can be summed up into one word: innovative.

Using their core product as the design inspiration, the Dropbox workplace is, according to Custom Spaces, “a simple, well-executed container that maximizes functionality and allows for customization without compromising honest aesthetics.”

Our design reiterates our belief that all spaces – particularly the all-too-often neglected office – deserve real materials and attentive, appropriately-scaled interventions.”

Dropbox Office San Francisco

Here’s a few pieces of information about Dropbox that will help us estimate their office space needs.

Required working environments:
– Wants to continue the charged and collaborative newsroom feel of the former Dropbox open office space
– Needs to plan for projected growth that could more than quadruple staff.
– Likes team groupings of open workstations and shared common areas

Dropbox Open Office Space

Linkedin Employee Breakdown of Dropbox:
– 801 employees in San Francisco
– Information Technology = 168
– Engineering = 92
– Product = 56
– Sales = 43
– Human Resources = 28
– Operations = 23
– Administrative = 19
– Marketing = 17
– Creative = 16
– Other = 315 (the difference between the employee count and the LinkedIn estimates)

Dropbox China Basin Office

Office Space Assumptions:

Here’s where we’ll make some major assumptions for the sake of getting a rough square footage estimate from the iPhone app.

dropbox-large-offices: If cubicles are the suburbs, then Dropbox HQ is downtown. Let’s assume that with the exception of the executive offices, all departments work in confined spaces in teams of 4. Think about how a coffee shop works. That’s how we envision the Dropbox office space operating to keep the collaborative newsroom feel.

: Engineers and Product Teams enjoy a large office space that can be also used as a shared meeting space.

dropbox-small-offices: With 168 IT employees, we’ll allocate 42 “small offices” or 4200 square feet of office space to information technology.

: Each operations team shares the equivalent of standard sized office space while sales and human resources teams split the equivalent of shared small cubes.

: Since Dropbox has a distinctive look to it’s product experience and marketing, let’s assume the Creative and Marketing teams share medium sized offices.

: Admins share the equivalent of a medium sized cube, while all other employees share the equivalent of a large cube.

Dropbox Conference Room

Conference + Training Room Calculation

dropbox-large-training-roomWith several meeting spaces and informal lounges, the need for conference rooms is limited. Let’s account for one large conference room (seating 16-20 people), two medium conference rooms (seating 8-10 people) and four small conference rooms (seating 4-6 people).

Also, let’s assume that Dropbox has a large training room that can accommodate up to 150 people at once.

Dropbox break up room

Reception Areas + Fitness Room

dropbox-large-fitnessLet’s assume that Dropbox has a large reception area welcoming guests that takes up about 1,125 square feet.

Also, since we know Dropbox employees can take a break at the gym, let’s account for 1,000 square feet for a large fitness room.

Dropbox Fitness Gym

Copy + Storage Rooms

Let’s assume one large and one small copy room space for every 100 employees would equate to 8 large and 8 small copy rooms throughout the Dropbox headquarters. Let’s also make general assumptions that the Dropbox building has a couple small storage closets.

Employee Areas

Dropbox believes that all spaces – particularly the all-too-often neglected office – deserves attentive interventions. A large kitchen area with a walk up bar exists for employees to grab a bite to eat. We’ll assume that Dropbox’s bar is about five times the size of an average coffee bar space, and that the large break room is designed to seat up to half of the 800 Dropbox employees at any given time.

Dropbox Kitchen

Several wellness areas provide a relaxing escape. A couple well designed lounge areas are reserved for workers to keep their workplace environment fresh.

Dropbox Wellness Area

Server Rooms

Lyft-Large-Server-RoomLet’s allocate two large server rooms for the needs of Dropbox employees.

Submit and Calculate Totals

Bottom line: the Dropbox headquarters is more than an office – it’s an open space planned to achieve the company’s desire that everyone maintain a connection to overall density. It’s organized, but intensively active and vibrant.

Based on our office space assumptions and estimates, let’s submit and calculate the Dropbox office space needs in terms of square footage. The Keyser iPhone app will automatically calculate hallways circulation square footage, as well as load factor, usable space and the total amount of rentable square feet. This calculation is especially useful to help narrow down your office space search.

Keyser-iPhone-AppOffice Space Calculation Final Dropbox

Without further ado, here is our reversed engineered calculation of the Dropbox San Francisco headquarters: 85,002 Square Feet.

[Articles Referenced]: Custom Spaces

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Github Headquarters: An Office Space Calculation

In this post, we help give entrepreneurs an idea of how to calculate office space by using the Keyser iPhone app to reverse engineer the Github Headquarters in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco.

GitHub Headquarters

“This is a really exciting time for us. GitHub was born in San Francisco, and now that we are in full growth mode, we are thrilled to have found this new space in our home city that can grow with us,” said GitHub Co-Founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner. “We love being part of the thriving tech community in San Francisco, so we designed our new space to be more than just an office. We want it to be a resource for community organizations and events like tech talks, workshops, and more.”

GitHub Secret Room

First, here’s a few pieces of information about GitHub that will help us estimate their office space needs.

Required working environments:
– Want office space to be more than just an office.
– 103 San Francisco employees across several departments ranging from information technology to creatives
– 3 Co-Founders

GitHub office work area

Linkedin Employee Breakdown of GitHub:
– 103 employees in San Francisco
– Sales = 11
– Information Technology = 9
– Human Resources = 8
– Creative = 7
– Business Development = 5
– Accounting = 4
– Engineering = 4
– Operations = 3
– Product = 3
– Other = 49 (the difference between the employee count and the LinkedIn estimates)

Github Kitchen

Office Space Assumptions:

GitHub Co-Founders officeHere’s where we’ll make some major assumptions for the sake of getting a rough square footage estimate from the iPhone app.

: Let’s assume the GitHub co-founders have the only C-Suite offices, and that the estimated 9 other GitHub VP’s enjoy Executive Sized offices.

: Engineers and Product Teams are pretty important to GitHub’s success, so let’s assume each engineer and product manager enjoys a large office space that can be also used as a shared meeting space.

GitHub Large Offices : Over eight million people use GitHub to build amazing things together. With 9 IT employees, we’ll allocate 9 “small offices” or 900 square feet of office space to information technology.

: Let’s assume that each business development and operations employee needs a little privacy and quiet to do their job effectively. We’ll allocate a standard sized office space for the 5 biz devs and 3 operations employees.

: Since GitHub has a distinctive look to it’s product experience and marketing, let’s assume the Creative team (7 employees total) have their own medium sized offices.

Workstation Assumptions:

gitHub-Small-CubesWith our office space assumptions, we made rough square footage estimates based on the GitHub engineering, creatives, information technology, executive level, business development, operations and product teams. This leaves us with the sales, human resources, finance and “other” departments to calculate office space requirements.

: Let’s assume that Sales is in a call center type of environment, and all 11 sales people and 8 Human Resources employees have their own small cube.

: Let’s assume that all 4 Finance professionals will occupy medium sized cubes.

: All “other” 37 employees will on average occupy large cube.

Conference + Training Room Calculation

GitHub Large Training RoomLet’s assume GitHub has a couple conference rooms based on their employee size. Let’s assume that one of the conference rooms is “large” (Seats 16-20 people) and one of them is “medium” (seats 8-10 people).

Let’s also assume that the training room that exists at GitHub is the extremely large room with bleacher style seating. This space is large enough to seat the entire company for an all hands on deck type of meeting.

GitHub Office Space

Reception Areas

GitHub-Reception-AreaStepping into the GitHub reception area gives you a White House, presidential feel. Because of the large feel of the room, we’ll allocate 3 large reception areas to this space.

GitHub Reception Area

Copy + Storage Rooms

Let’s assume one large and one small copy room space for every 100 employees would equate to 1 large and 1 small copy room throughout the GitHub headquarters. Let’s also make general assumptions that the GitHub building has a couple small storage closets.

GitHub Kitchen

Employee Areas

GitHub has some unique areas. A large kitchen area with a walk up bar exists for employees to grab a bite to eat. We’ll assume that GitHub’s bar is about ten times the size of an average coffee bar space, and that the large break room is designed to eventually house the anticipated 400 GitHub employees.

GitHub Lounge Space

Several wellness areas provide a relaxing escape. A couple well designed lounge areas are reserved for workers to keep their workplace environment fresh.

GitHub Lounge Space

Server Rooms

Lyft-Large-Server-RoomLet’s allocate two large server rooms for the needs of GitHub employees.

Submit and Calculate Totals

Bottom line: the GitHub headquarters is more than an office – it’s an open space that’s a resource for employees and community organizations alike.

Based on our office space assumptions and estimates, let’s submit and calculate the GitHub office space needs in terms of square footage. The Keyser iPhone app will automatically calculate hallways circulation square footage, as well as load factor, usable space and the total amount of rentable square feet. This calculation is especially useful to help narrow down your office space search.

Keyser-iPhone-App GitHub Office Space Calculator

Without further ado, here is our reversed engineered calculation of the GitHub headquarters in San Francisco: 55,334 Square Feet.

[Photos By Kim Lucian]
[Articles Referenced]: Custom Spaces; State Scoop;

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Infographic: What Tech CEO’s Want In Office Space

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Tech Office Space

What do Tech CEO’s want and value most in their office space?

From location to space design, here is what five tech CEO’s had to say about their office space.

“We need the right space from which to grow the Medium team and position Obvious to focus on bringing our new ideas to life. We’re excited to get three custom floors on Market Street, in the heart of downtown. Being surrounded by like-minded peers in a creative space also serves as an inspiration.” – Evan Williams, CEO of The Obvious Corporation

“We were very inspired by city design and by cities in general—by areas where people cohabitate, come together, and share things in a quick and easy manner. We wanted to bring that same sensibility to the office.” – Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square

“Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.” – Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!

“When you’re a five-person startup, you find space you can afford and you
probably don’t have money to do anything with it. If you’re hiring away from a big tech company, it helps to be in a good location with high-quality facilities.” – Duncan Logan, CEO of RocketSpace

“We invested a great deal of time in our search for the ideal home for
Infusionsoft as we continue this next phase of explosive growth. Chandler’s Price Corridor represents a budding center for tech companies and talent.” – Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft

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Airbnb Office Design: A Tour Of The HQ

In this post, we help give entrepreneurs an idea of how to calculate office space by using the Keyser iPhone app to reverse engineer the new Airbnb Headquarters the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco.

Airbnb Office Design

On any given night, around 140,000 people are staying in Airbnb properties, which span 34,000 cities in 192 countries. Using information we gathered from a variety of articles about the new Airbnb office design, this post roughly breaks down their estimated square footage needs as it relates to their office space.

Airbnb Campus

First, here’s a few pieces of information about Airbnb that will help us estimate their office space needs.

Required working environments:
– Want office space to feel like their BnB listings
– 637 employees across several departments ranging from information technology to creatives (San Francisco only).
– 3 Co-Founders

Airbnb 3 story wall

Linkedin Employee Breakdown of Airbnb:
– 640 employees in San Francisco
– Information Technology = 121
– Engineering = 37
– Creatives = 45
– Administration = 52
– Engineering = 37
– Product = 36
– Human Resources = 41
– Business Development = 20
– Finance = 18
– Other = 270 (the difference between the employee count and the LinkedIn estimates)

Airbnb Office Design San Francisco

Culture:
In this article written by co-founder & CEO Brian Chesky, you get a pretty clear sense that culture is everything for Airbnb.

Airbnb Office Tour

Some things we take away from Brian’s article:

– The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs.
– When the culture is strong, people can be independent and autonomous.
– Culture is the foundation of Airbnb.

Airbnb Culture

Office Space Assumptions:

airbnb executive officesHere’s where we’ll make some major assumptions for the sake of getting a rough square footage estimate from the iPhone app.

: Let’s assume the Airbnb co-founders have the only C-Suite offices, and that the estimated 25 other Airbnb VP’s and C-Level executives enjoy Executive Sized offices.

: Engineers are pretty important to AirBnb’s success, so let’s assume each engineer lavishes in theOffice Space Calculator comfort of a large office space that can be also used as a shared meeting space.

: Airbnb has some very cool information technology and it’s competing against Silicon Valley to attract the right talent. Let’s assume Airbnb offers IT people the enjoyment of the equivalent of a small office space (100 square feet). With 121 IT employees, we’ll allocate 121 “small offices” or 12,100 square feet of office space to information technology.

Airbnb Reception Area

how to calculate office space: Let’s assume that each business development and finance employee needs a little privacy and quiet to do their job effectively. We’ll allocate a standard sized office space for the 20 biz devs and 18 finance employees.

: Since Airbnb is undeniably unique with a distinct look to it’s product experience and marketing, let’s assume the Creative team (45 employees total) have their own medium sized offices. Let’s also assume the product employees have slightly smaller medium sized office spaces (36 total).

That’s about it for our office space assumptions. Let’s move on to our workstation assumptions based on the Airbnb employee breakdown.

Airbnb Jobs

Workstation Assumptions:

How to calculate office cubiclesWith our office space assumptions, we made rough square footage estimates based on the Airbnb engineering, creatives, information technology, executive level, finance and product teams. This leaves us with the admins, human resources, and “other” departments to calculate office space requirements.

: Let’s assume that Sales is in a call center type of environment, and all 30 sales people have their own call center cube.

large cubes: Let’s assume that all 41 Human Resources professionals will occupy medium sized cubes

: All “other” 242 employees will on average occupy large cube.

Airbnb HQ

Conference + Training Room Calculation

airbnb large conference roomLet’s assume Airbnb has multiple conference rooms based on their employee size. Let’s assume that three of the conference rooms are “large” (Seats 16-20 people) and one of them is “medium” (seats 8-10 people). Let’s also assume that the majority of meetings take place in living rooms instead of conference rooms – just like you would experience at home.

Airbnb Leather Chairs

airbnb plazaLet’s also assume that the training room that exists at Airbnb is the extremely large town square / plaza type of space in the center of the building. This space is large enough to seat the entire company for an all hands on deck type of meeting. For smaller training sessions, let’s assume there are four small training rooms that seat up to sixteen people at a time.

Airbnb Office Sf

Reception Areas

Calculate Reception Area Square FootageThe Airbnb welcome mat that greets visitors appears to be quite large. In looking at the diagrams within the Keyser app and comparing them to the Airbnb pictures, we’ll allocate two large and two small reception areas for visitors.

Airbnb office headquarters Airbnb Office Address

Copy + Storage Rooms

how to calculate copy room spaceLet’s assume one large and one small copy room space for every 100 employees would equate to about 6 large and small copy rooms throughout the Airbnb headquarters. Let’s also make general assumptions that the Airbnb building has a few small storage closets that are filled floor to ceiling with Obama O’s and Cap’n McCain’s.

Airbnb Cap'n Mccain Obama O

Employee Areas

airbnb-coffee-barJust like the listings on their website, Airbnb has some unique areas. A large kitchen area with a walk up bar and multiple large break room sized areas exists for employees to grab a bite to eat. We’ll assume that Airbnb’s bar is about twenty times the size of an average coffee bar space.

Airbnb Kitchen Airbnb Kitchen Space

Several wellness areas provide a relaxing escape. A library room for focus work with several rooms designed for workers to keep their workplace environment fresh.

Airbnb Office Couch Airbnb Office Decor Airbnb HQ SF

Server Rooms

Lyft-Large-Server-RoomLet’s allocate two large server rooms for the needs of Airbnb employees.

Airbnb TV Airbnb Office Headquarters

Submit and Calculate Totals

Bottom line: the new office for Airbnb is more than an office – it’s a home for the employees and culture of Airbnb.

Based on our office space assumptions and estimates, let’s submit and calculate the Airbnb office space needs in terms of square footage. The Keyser iPhone app will automatically calculate hallways circulation square footage, as well as load factor, usable space and the total amount of rentable square feet. This calculation is especially useful to help narrow down your office space search.

Keyser-iPhone-App Office Space Calculation Airbnb

Without further ado, here is our reversed engineered calculation of the Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco: 169,538 Square Feet.

[Photos By Emily Hagopian]
[Articles Referenced]: Custom Spaces; Inc;

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Lyft Headquarters: An Inside Look At The Office

In this post, we help give entrepreneurs an idea of how to calculate office space by using the Keyser iPhone app to reverse engineer the Lyft Headquarters in San Francisco.

Lyft Walrus Mustache

Using information we gathered from a variety of articles about the Lyft headquarters, this post roughly breaks down their estimated square footage needs as it relates to their office space.

First, here’s a few pieces of information about Lyft that will help us estimate their office space needs.

Required working environments:
– 2 co-founders
– 350 employees across several departments ranging from information technology to support (San Francisco only).
– Room for pink mustaches

Lyft Headquarters San Francisco

Linkedin Employee Breakdown of Lyft:
– 608 employees (an October 2014 article from ReCode mentioned that there were 350 employees. Since many of the employees listed on Linkedin are drivers (and don’t need physical office space) we’ve taken ReCode’s Lyft employee estimates from just the San Francisco area. We’ve also created an “other” category for employees that are uncategorized).
– Information Technology = 44
– Engineering = 31
– Sales = 30
– Public Relations = 25
– Creative = 36
– Marketing = 22
– Human Resources = 47
– Other = 115 (the difference between the employee count and the ReCode estimate)

Lyft Headquarters  - SF

Culture:
In this Recode article, reporter Nellie Bowles describes Lyft as a “startup wonderland, with secret rooms and Nerf guns and lots of Lyft logos.”

Some things we take away from the Recode article:

– Want the office to feel like you’re entering a pink mustache
– Want the office to have an open working environment
– Want to fill the office with funky fun – the same experience as their riders have when using the service

Lyft Outdoors

Office Space Assumptions:

Lyft Executive OfficesHere’s where we’ll make some major assumptions for the sake of getting a rough square footage estimate from the iPhone app.

: Let’s assume the Lyft co-founders have the only C-Suite offices, and that the estimated 16 other Lyft VP’s enjoy Executive Sized offices.

: The engineers work collaboratively, so let’s assume 4 employees Lyft Large Officesfor every Large office space. 31 engineers with 4 team members per space would equal 8 large offices.

: Lyft has some very cool information technology and it’s competing against Uber and Silicon Valley to attract the right talent. Let’s assume Lyft offers IT people the enjoyment of the equivalent of a small office space (100 square feet). With 44 IT employees, we’ll allocate 44 “small offices” or 4,400 square feet of office space to Lyft Small Officesinformation technology.

: Let’s assume that each marketing and public relations employee needs a little privacy and quiet to do their job effectively. We’ll allocate a smaller, medium sized office space (in Lyft lingo, a smedium office) for the 22 marketing employees and 25 PR employees.

Smedium Office: Since Lyft has a funky, distinct look to it’s product experience and marketing, let’s assume the Creative team (36 employees total) have their own medium sized offices.

That’s about it for our office space assumptions. Let’s move on to our workstation assumptions based on the Lyft employee breakdown.

Lyft Office Space

Workstation Assumptions:

Lyft Support With our office space assumptions, we made rough square footage estimates based on the Lyft engineering, marketing, information technology, executive level, creative and public relations teams. This leaves us with the sales, human resources, and “other” departments to calculate office space requirements.

: Let’s assume that Sales is in a call center type of environment, and all 30 sales people have their own call center cube.
Lyft Medium Cubes
: Let’s assume that all 47 Human Resources professionals will occupy medium sized cubes (batting taxi unions can’t be easy).

: All “other” 97 employees will on average occupy large cube (73) and small cube (24) spaces. This estimate accounts for the “other” employees who may occupy a larger space, and those who may occupy a smaller space.

Stacy Speer Lyft

Conference + Training Room Calculation

Although the photos don’t show us, let’s assume Lyft has multiple conference rooms based on their employee size. Let’s assume that two of the conference rooms are “large” (Seats 16-20 people), two of them are “medium” (seats 8-10 people) and four of the conference rooms are “small” (seats 4-6). Let’s also assume that a training room exists at Lyft, and that it seats at least 50 people.

Lyft-Large-Conference-Room Lyft-Medium-Conference-Room Lyft-Small-Conference-Rooms

Reception Areas

Lyft Reception AreaYou can’t miss the pink mustached reception area that greet visitors. In looking at the diagrams within the Keyser app and comparing them to the Lyft pictures, we’ll allocate one large reception area for visitors.

Lyft Pink Mustache

Copy + Storage Rooms

Let’s assume one large copy room space for every 100 employees would equate to about 4 large copy rooms throughout the Lyft headquarters. Let’s also make general assumptions that the building has a few small storage closets and a standard file room.

Lyft Large Copy Room Lyft Small Storage Closet Lyft Storage Room

Employee Areas

As we can see from the photos, Lyft has some unique employee areas. A dining area with multiple large break room sized areas exists for employees to grab a bite to eat. Several wellness areas provide an escape for a possible nap. And, a Willy Wonka portrait hides a secret library…

Lyft Secret Library Willy Wonka Lyft Secret Library Lyft Coffee Bar Lyft Secret Library Lyft Wellness Areas Lyft Break Room

Server Rooms

Lyft-Large-Server-RoomLet’s allocate two large server rooms for the needs of Lyft employees.

Submit and Calculate Totals

Based on our office space assumptions and estimates, it’s time to submit and calculate the Lyft office space needs in terms of square footage. The Keyser iPhone app will automatically calculate hallways circulation square footage, as well as load factor, usable space and the total amount of rentable square feet. This calculation is especially useful to help narrow down your office space search.

Keyser-iPhone-App How big is the Lyft San Francisco Office

Without further ado, here is our reversed engineered calculation of the Lyft headquarters in San Francisco: 66,100 Square Feet.

[Photos By Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle + Nellie Bowles / Recode]
[Articles Referenced]: SF Gate; Recode;

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