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Box was running out of space.The super-hot enterprise software company (formerly known as Box.net) helps employees store and share information, like documents and video files, and access that information from any kind of device — PC, tablet, or smartphone.
At the start of 2011, Box had 125 employees. When we visited last August, Box was already bursting out of its old space with 240 people. Since then, it’s grown to 400, fuelled by an $81 million round of funding and sales to big customers like Procter & Gamble (18,000 seats).
This week, Box finally got some breathing room. It moved into a huge and modern new space in Los Altos, just south of Palo Alto.
We paid a visit yesterday morning, and it looks like the kind of place you move when you’re done moving — a true headquarters building with Silicon Valley perks like a keggerator, pool table, and hammocks.
Not to mention an amazing slide.
But this huge banner set us straight. This building used to house Rambus, a computer memory company. Box took over last year, but it took a while to gut the interior. (If you're wondering, the hotel is around the back.)
Here's the lobby. That's a silhouette of CEO Aaron Levie, who's known for wearing bright orange tennis shoes on stage.
It's two-story spiral tube, like something you'd see at a water park. Kind of terrifying, actually. I'll have to try it before i leave.
Because this is the 10x conference room. They have a bunch of pencils and scissors that are 10x normal size there. The name comes from a phrase Box uses to describe its goal for each new release -- it should be 10 times better than the last one.
A sad little unicorn, yearning to be free. (Actually, this is going to be the swag cage, filled with giveaways. The unicorn is just temporary.)
Another unicorn by the podium in the cafeteria. The unicorns were inspired by a speech that the founders gave to motivate their employees in the early days. They hadn't prepared very much, so they just got up and started riffing about evil enterprise software snuffing out the life force of the happy little unicorns (employees).
Box saved one of its old billboards from Highway 101, the main road through Silicon Valley, and put it up in a hallway.
Andy Kiang (product) and Johnny Au (design) are having an impromptu conference in the second floor lounge.
The sales team is hardcore. Here's account executive Eric Lomori with the gong used to ring up big new sales. They also have video screens with up to the minute sales stats and leaders. (They asked us not to take pictures of those.)
Here's another conference room named after the San Francisco Giants, a Box customer. The room is decorated in Giants colours, orange and black.
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