Mozilla Paris: Finally United

Mozilla is excited to announce our newest office opening in Paris!

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By doing so, we continue our mission of keeping the Web open and accessible to all by investing in our people, places, and leading products. All our Mozilla spaces are designed for use by our worldwide Mozilla Community (both paid staff and community volunteers) to hack, code, design, research, create, engage and contribute to the Mozilla mission.

Our new Mozilla Paris space combines working areas for up to 50 people and a vibrant community space designed to host up to 150 people for our Mozilla community events, meetups, and work weeks.   We’ve incorporated the same leading technologies, amenities and designs as our other unique Mozilla Spaces around the world, all with a unique Paris feel.  After all, it is Paris!

Historic Building

We found a historic building that first and foremost met our space needs and vision and also needed a unique tenant to care-take, preserve, and protect the original architecture.   In fact, the building’s architectural details have remained untouched in this heritage building and Mozilla is proud to join the ranks of distinguished inhabitants leading back to Marie Antoinette herself.

Mozilla’s occupation of this space carries with it certain custodial preservation responsibilities which, in part, is how we were able to secure this heritage space at a very affordable market price versus other options in the area.

Mozilla Spaces Goals

Our overarching goals for all our Mozilla Spaces remain the same:

  • Increase participation by providing opportunities for interaction, learning and collaboration with Mozilla;

  • Attract, recruit, and retain paid staff and volunteers in region by extending Mozilla experience;

  • Increase Mozilla mind share and influence within local communities.

Paris Mozillians will finally be united under one (18th century!) roof beginning in April.  It’s a stunning and unique addition to our collection of MozSpaces around the Globe. (note: we didn’t need to paint or do anything to the gold leaf walls – that’s how the space came!).

We hope you find a chance to visit and help us create, collaborate, and contribute to the Mozilla mission……and, of course, enjoy everything Paris!

More pictures!

Boxes have arrived, and the team is busy packing up our two former temporary offices in preparation for the move. Our space planning and support teams are in Paris this week as we set up and facilitate the move between the three sites. Working diligently this week and through the weekend, the WPR team (led by Rob Middleton, Lori Jashinsky, Lisa Gray, and Shannon Clayton), Desktop team (Tim F, Guillermo, and newest member Guillaume C), and IT teams (Zandr, Ravi P) will ready the new site for employees on Tuesday, April 2.

Work Area

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Community – Kitchen Area

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Key dates for Paris Office:

  • Move-in begins Friday, March 29th

  • 1st Day in Office – Tue, April 2nd;  Final construction details, polishing, and office bug fixing happening throughout remainder of April
  • Grand opening public event celebration – June 10th

Lots of Questions:

As a reminder, our office openings typically generate lots of questions, press and blogger attention.  If you are contacted by anyone interested in learning more about our new Paris office and plans for Mozilla in France, please forward inquiries to press@mozilla.com, per the usual media inquiry process.  We will be inviting local media, our community, and others to our scheduled June 10th grand opening soon.

We know many of you already have questions surrounding the opening and operating of this space.  A regular rolling set of communications has already begun with all our Paris Mozillians to help them plan, pack, and move in next week.   We’ll also be communicating to our partners, vendors, press, and several others shortly.

We’ll also be posting lots of updated Paris Office information to answer most every other internal “how to” question in the next few days.

Thank You’s!

More huge thank you’s to our amazing Mozilla teams responsible for making these Mozilla Spaces possible including our extensive Mozilla Spaces team (Mozilla WPR, Rosen Realty Group, CRE Group, ISG, and several other external partners), Mozilla Desktop team, Mozilla’s IT and Networking teams, and of course our current Mozilla Paris community of employee and contributors.

Enjoy! and Have Fun!

Amusez-vous et profitez-en!

The Entire Mozilla Spaces Team!

Map:  http://goo.gl/maps/fFx8P