Office #7 in the 7×7
Today we are excited to mark the opening of Uber’s new global headquarters at 1455 Market in San Francisco’s Mid-Market — our 7th office in the city’s 7×7 square miles since our founding 4 years ago. We are pleased to be continuing our growth and investment in our home city, a global leader for innovation.
With this investment, we start calling Mid-Market home and are happy to be a part of the ongoing economic revitalization of this neighborhood. Our new 88,000 sq. ft. space at 1455 Market Street includes room for 590 people today — with a lease for an additional 132,000 sq. ft. over the coming year, for a total of approximately 220,000 sq. ft.
Our new office has been developed to reflect our company’s culture and includes open plan seating, collaborative meeting spaces, and a ¼ mile track around the floor for “walk and talks”. The space also celebrates the 118 cities around the world that we call home, with city grids etched on art installations, conference rooms named after Uber cities and maps on screens throughout the office. In the new office, we have also worked to minimize our environmental footprint with state of the art energy management systems and cutting edge energy efficient features.
As part of this move, we have opened up a dedicated driver center. We’ve heard a lot from our Uber SF partners about wanting easier ways to reach our team including parking and streamlined access to the office. With a new dedicated driver center in Potrero Hill, we are aiming to better connect with our partners and help make getting started with Uber, attending office hours and safety education processes more seamless.
The story of the new HQ office in San Francisco is also the story of how we develop office space in Uber cities around the world. From Chicago and New York City to Singapore and Paris, we build out spaces within the urban centers, supporting local revitalization efforts whenever possible, while creating space for our quickly growing local teams.
We’ve come a long way from our first space in San Francisco—a small cube for four people in the Financial District, subleased from another local start-up called Zozi. San Francisco is where it all started and this city has played a tremendous role in this company’s life. Thank you, San Francisco.
We have developed a new pilot program – Xchange Leasing – which is a leasing option administered by an Uber subsidiary and designed to fit with the flexibility that drivers value most. The Xchange lease is one of a kind, and offers value that traditional auto leases do not provide. Unlike most multi-year leases that have high fees for early termination, drivers who participate in Xchange for at least 30 days will be able to return the car with only two weeks notice, and limited additional costs. The program allows for unlimited mileage and the option to lease a used car, with routine maintenance also included.
A new report conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reveals that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people are making better choices that save lives.
New technologies are creating opportunities no one could have imagined. To understand Uber’s place in that trend, we commissioned a survey of our driver-partners and put together a comprehensive analysis.