Plan it.¬† Execute it.¬† Manage it. ¬† WPR continued our Mozilla Spaces quest in 2012.¬†¬† We opened new doors, signed new office space leases, organized events, and implemented new programs in our efforts to always stay one step ahead of our worldwide activities.
We began our Mozilla Spaces strategy in Jan, 2011 at a time when our only true “Mozilla Space” was downtown Mountain View, California which seemed inconsistent with our worldwide community, user base, and overall growth strategy.¬† In late 2010 and early 2011, we weren’t effectively promoting worldwide community collaboration, productivity, and events.¬† We knew we could do better.¬† We started.
We brought in a world class team of experts and opened San Francisco and Toronto in the summer of 2011 and upgraded New Zealand (Auckland) in Q3 2011.
By early 2012, we were hitting our stride and opened our doors in 4 new spaces including London and Taiwan in Q1, Vancouver and SF 3rd Floor in Q2, and added temporary workspaces for Portland, Paris, and Berlin as we continued to plan those futures.¬† Speaking of planning, each new space is planned with extensive analysis using key requirements for current and future talent, community strength, leadership, projected growth needs, and of course overall financial guidelines.
As we closed out 2012, we were operating 8 true Mozilla spaces on 4 different continents.¬† Looking forward into 2013, we are excitedly planning for grand openings in
- Paris (March/April)
- SF Floors 1 and 2 in May/June (ex-Gordon Biersch space)
- Portland (summer)
- Berlin (fall)
- Expanding our Taipei, Taiwan for a 3rd time with it’s focus on FFOS growth.
Moving and shaking in the Bay Area in 2012 and 2013
What started as a modest 7th floor San Francisco Moz Space (+ a cool deck) quickly transitioned to the need for more space.¬† We added the 3rd Floor in 2012 and signed a coveted and competitive bidding for Floors 1 and 2 (the ex-Gordon Biersch restaurant space).
Meanwhile, in Mountain View, we decided to consolidate our 4th floor back to floors 2 and 3 as we contemplated the final year of our current 5 yr lease.¬†¬†¬† The ensuing moving and shaking was a bit disruptive but in true California style we shook it off, stayed strong, and carried on.
We are currently actively planning version 2.0 of Mountain View with a launch date of Q1 2014.¬† We’ll be very excited to share these plans with everyone very shortly.
Organizing Mozilla Events:¬†
In 2012, your beloved WPR dept. coordinated hundreds of events including…
- Halloween Cantinas
- Fourth of July Fireworks
- Over 50 Workweeks
- Turkey Feasts
- Cocktail hours
- PR Soirees
- Holiday Buffets
- Birthday parties
- Networking events
- and more!
And We Implemented New Support Programs
- Service Now allows you to easily submit WPR requests.
- Car Services are available to travelers in London and Vancouver.
- Centerstone software allows us to efficiently manage moves, spaces and seating plans.
- San Francisco’s pilot bike program allows Mozillians to cruise the Embarcadero in style.
- Security Guidelines and procedures give us a safer workplace.
- Travel tips and tools give us easier travel along our way.
Thanks to everyone for your input, support and patience as we learned and grew together in 2012. We look forward to working with you and continuing to build strong Mozilla Spaces Foundations in the 2013!
Mozilla’s bike program was launched in San Francisco in May on the streets of the Embarcadero. These bright orange bikes with Firefox¬† panniers and branded helmets encourage San Fran employees to enjoy their beautiful city in style and health.
WPR was happy to help launch this program that we hope which we hope to grow to other Mozilla destinations in coming years.
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