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!
Meet Shannon Clayton, Mozilla London’s new Office Services Coordinator.
Shannon is quickly organizing the London office with team lunches, space guidelines and a friendly welcome at our front reception. Shannon’s presence could not come at a better time, as more and more events and community members flock to the beautiful London site.
Shannon joins Mozilla with 5 years of Catering and Hospitality experience. She is a trained chef (watch out for cupcakes, London!) and is working on her BA in Honours Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Shannon is politically-minded and is excited to share in Mozilla’s drive for the open web.
We’re very glad to have Shannon join our team and the Mozilla community.¬† Please stop by to say hello to her the next time you’re in London.