MozPDX opens in the Pearl

August 26th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

IMG_6998Our newest MozSpace opened on July 22 in Portland. The city’s 27 employees now have a roomy space to call their own.

Built in the lovingly restored Brewery Block building in the Pearl District, this MozSpace, like our others, is centrally located  and easy to get to by transit or bike.  Iconic Powell’s City of Books is located one block away, as well as dozens of restaurants, retail stores and breweries within a short walk.  The office is an easy 5 minute stroll to a massive cluster of food trucks. Suffice it to say that lunch and happy hour options will not be a problem for Portlandians.


The Portland space has 39 workstations and 9 conference rooms as well as a large community area for events and workweeks. It also boasts a groovy bike shed area, shower and plenty of storage space.IMG_7018

WPR’s newest team member, Samantha Verbeck, is keeping Portlanders content with a plethora of healthy snacks and drinks. And of course there is the the classic Mozilla coffee bar with beans hand delivered by active Mozilla contributor and owner of BrewPony coffee, Jonathan “Duke” Leto.

Mozilla has deep roots in Portland’s leading open source community.  We are excited to double down in the heart of the fastest growing technology community of startups on the west coast.   There’s an amazing energy happening here in this intersection of technology, mobile, startups, and open source.  Come visit us whenever you are in the area.



For even more reading pleasure, we received an incredible amount of positive news coverage since our launch.  Check it out below:

GeekWire Here’s why Mozilla picked Portland to open its first offices outside Silicon Valley  7/22/13

Silicon Forest Mozilla plans to mosey into new digs 7/19/13

Portland Business Journal Mozilla CFO: Portland is a key market 7/19/13

Portland Business Journal Mozilla, maker of Firefox, to open Portland office 7/18/13

Oregonian Mozilla will expand Portland office, expand staff and lease space 7/18/13 (article also picked up on local TV news websites and

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Mozilla at 15 years

June 06th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events


Kicking off several months of celebrations across the Globe, Mozillians in Mountain View and San Francisco enjoyed cupcakes and champagne in celebration of all that Mozilla has been and will become.

For 15 years Mozilla has led the industry in the fight for an open web. Read more about our celebrations here and stay tuned for information about Moz15 events at the MozSpace near you.

What do you hope to see in the next 15 years at Mozilla?





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San Francisco New Space Is Ready!

June 06th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

The San Francisco office is ready!   We are firing up all engines for yet another exciting move as we continue to expand our presence in the Hills Bros building.

After months of collaboration, design, feedback, and construction, final iterations of the floor and seating plans were published on Friday May 30th in preparation for the massive move this Friday,  June 7  through  Monday, June 10th.  As usual, we will have post-move support during the week of June 10 as everyone cozies into their new

The two new floors in San Francisco will provide increased capacity for work stations in one of our fastest growing offices. Additionally, we have designed collaboration and innovation areas as well as a beautiful community space with patio access to the Embarcadero. Our main lobby, reception desk, and community space  will also be moving to the ground floor for an awesome upgraded experience.  We have a lot to show off including a new Team MeetUp Event Space and even a space that will be eventually open to the Public during the day.   Of course, don’t forget about our 7th Floor Outdoor Deck!

Stay tuned for more photos, local press coverage, and an official SF Ground Floor Grand Opening information in the weeks ahead!





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Paris Grand Opening!

June 06th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

In the weeks since the move into the beautiful office at 16 Boulevard Montmartre, a bevy of checklist items and finishing touches have been completed, with a few more to go before our official public Grand Opening events during the week of June 10th.

Our Mozilla Paris employees are finally under one roof, able to entertain team meetups, workweeks, visitors and events in a space that is truly unique.

We’re looking forward to celebrating all the hard work and dedication that went into making this historic piece of Paris a part of Mozilla’s own history.

Hopefully you have seen the beautiful photographs of the Paris office that were published in the Journal du Net upon the office’s opening. A far cry from more traditional office spaces of yesterday.

We hope to see you in Paris soon!

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Packing at our former Paris Offices

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 Packing at our former Paris Offices

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Mozilla Paris: Finally United

March 27th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

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


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


Community – Kitchen Area


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, 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!



Workplace Resources: 2012 Year in Review

January 23rd, 2013 | Category: Miscellaneous Tidbits,Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

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.

Paris 2

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).

This is probably the best view in the city.

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 FireworksIMG_4574
  • Over 50 Workweeks
  • Turkey Feasts
  • Cocktail hours
  • PR Soirees
  • Holiday Buffets
  • Birthday parties
  • Meetups
  • Networking events
  • Hackathons
  • 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.Cristina
  • 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!


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