By Katt Taylor ‚Äď 29 April 2015
Parts of MozPDX are getting a fresh coat of paint!¬† Souther Salazar has signed on to paint two murals: one in the work station area and second one in the kitchen.¬† These murals are sure to brighten our workspace and inspire creativity. Below are pictures of his 7.62 cm tall “sketch” of the mural destined for the back office. We are very excited to watch as his creations take shape!
Picture Update: Progress on PDX Mural
19 May 2015
Salazar will be putting the last few finishing touches on tonight! Stay tuned for final pictures and a sketch of the kitchen mural!
On April 29, 2014 Mozilla launched Firefox 29!!
To celebrate the hard work and success of many teams, each of our spaces celebrated with a special Firefox 29 Launch Cantina! Following the new “hamburger menu” we served make your own sliders, french fries, and milkshakes.
Take a look at the photos from around the globe!
Mozillians all over the globe celebrated the holidays with an end of the year Cantina.¬† These gatherings gave Mozillians a chance to toast the many accomplishments of 2013 and look forward to the future of Mozilla. Each office had a wide array of food, drinks and activities making for a wonderful party.
Mozilians in Paris holding up their gifts from the holiday exchange!
MozPDX sharing a holiday meal together!
MTVers enjoying their Cantina
Londoners played many games of Firefox fusbol before heading out for a night of ice skating!
Mozillians in Vancouver enjoying the night!
SF Mozillians celebrating the end of the year
MoTo’s toasting to a wonderful 2013 finale
Similarly, our Mozillians all across the globe celebrated International Privacy Day with somewhat eerie eyeball cupcakes that represent our concern over the lack of privacy on the web and how someone is always watching you! Take a look at the photos of the delicious cupcakes below.
Mountain View cupcakes
San Francisco cupcakes
Toronto cupcakesNo comments
2013 Year in Review
2013 was another “monumental” year for WPR, the MozSpaces extended team, and Mozillians around the world. ¬† We continued to execute on our overall MozSpace Strategy (established in early 2011) with grand openings of 3 new MozSpaces (Paris, SF 1&2 and Portland). We locked and loaded a huge collaborative planning and construction effort on our largest project to date (New Mountain View – 331 Evelyn).
Through it all, we executed pretty flawlessly on our plans and our budget (hitting our construction target dates and move-in dates for these 3 spaces).¬† Most importantly, we produced minimal disruption for the nearly 300 Mozillians who received a new space in 2013!¬†¬† However, not everything was perfect per our master plans. We encountered an extremely long delay in our planned Berlin location (The Factory) due to construction hold-ups by the Berlin developer (landlord) which forced Mozilla to wait for its completion.¬†¬† Once this building is complete in 2014, we are still planning on executing our MozBerlin interior construction plans.¬†¬† All in all, 2013 was one of our most exciting and best years yet in the WPR and MozSpace world.
On April 2nd, MozParis opened in the beautiful 9th Arrondissement. This historic building (built in 1778) mixes the striking architecture of the 18th century with modern day luxuries. It is said that Marie Antoinette herself once inhabited this beautiful building. The space combines work stations for up to 50 people and a large community hall that can host up to 150 for events, meet-ups and work weeks.
After months of competitive bidding, behind-the-scenes planning and unlimited hours of construction, MozSF expanded onto the 1st and 2nd floors formerly known as the Gordon-Biersch restaurant.¬† On June 10th the floors officially opened to accommodate our planned Mozillian growth and team requirements.¬†¬† We could almost hear the huge collective sigh of relief from the packed 7th and 3rd floors!¬† In addition we now have many more new conference rooms with Vidyo capabilities and new Event, SF Commons, and Mozilla Community (public) spaces.¬† We’ll continue our tradition of “open planning” for the “Mozilla Community Space” as we begin to focus on¬† an intended use for this “old Starbucks area” so we can fulfill our commitments to Mozillians, SF and our global MozSpace vision and strategy.
¬†We removed the old Gordon Biersch sign……
….and constructed our new Mozilla monument to celebrate our amazing history and the efforts of all Mozillians past, present, and future!¬† Sneak peek (Our official celebration of this monument is being scheduled for February 4, 2014)
Our intense 2013 build-out efforts continued into the summer of 2013 as we proudly opened MozPortland in the Pearl District on July 22nd.¬† This MozSpace, which can house ~45 Mozillians is in the restored Brewery Block building and has a vibrant and diversely talented group of Mozillians working there and having fun in the space.¬† The office is located blocks away from Powell‚Äôs, breweries (it is Portland after all) and the iconic food trucks.
We will literally touch history in Berlin.¬† The Factory, where part of the Berlin wall once stood, will be a new tech hub.¬† Some of the soon-to-be neighbors will be: SoundCloud, 6Wunderkinder, Four Sektor, Toast, Urge iO, Views, and Silicon Allee. Aligning with the Mozilla mission and history, the building will have an ‚Äėopen source‚Äô look and feel with a restaurant, basketball courts, and shared spaces (all to be built by the landlord).¬† The building design was conceived to foster relationships within the Berlin technical community. Construction is planned to begin in Q1 2014 with an expected grand opening in Q4 2014. Stay tuned for updates. We are excited about our final “MozSpace” of MozBerlin.
Looking ahead to 2014 ‚Ä¶ Finishing our Original 2011 MozSpaces Strategic Plan:
In 2014, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on our 3-year journey and completing our original 2011 MozSpace Strategic Plan to provide a global footprint of¬† highly effective and productive collaboration and community areas for our global and highly distributed Mozillians.¬†¬† What began as only 1 real “Mozilla Space” in 2011 will have blossomed to nearly a dozen “Moz Spaces” of various sizes, each with their distinct localized culture, and anchored by familiar Mozilla “basics” of workspace, collaboration space, communication technologies, and overall logistics (food, drinks, events, shipping).
The grand openings of our new Mountain View space for ~300 Mozillians (our 4th generation of a Mountain View MozSpace) and our Berlin MozSpace will be highlights in 2014.¬† We will continue our active communication and collaborative planning to be fully transparent so we create the spaces together as Mozillians.
Just as our online surveys, focus groups, Wiki info, and Brown Bag presentations contributed to the future of MV2014 and our prior 2012 and 2013 spaces, we will turn our collective and collaborative focus on how to make the spaces we’ve built HUM in order to maximize our potential and our opportunities.
Here‚Äôs a link to the Mana page where you can see LIVE footage of construction and check in for all the latest updates. Watch as the place beings to really take true MozSpace shape… https://mana.mozilla.org/wiki/display/INTRANET/MV2014%3A+331+E+Evelyn+Ave+-+New+Office+Space
Loved Reading This?¬† Check Out Last Year’s Review!
2012 Year in Review:¬† https://blog.mozilla.org/places/2013/01/23/workplace-resources-year-in-review/No comments
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‚Äôs 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.
WPR‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúDuke‚ÄĚ 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 KATU.com and KOIN.com)No comments
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!