/// CEO Dick Costolo: "Twitter Is a City Company"
Twitter: It’s a San Francisco joint. That’s essentially the message CEO Dick Costolo gave onstage at the OpenCoSF conference on Thursday evening. He spoke to a crowd about how his company has evolved by being situated in the Bay Area, one of the world’s premier tech and innovation hubs. “Twitter is a city company,” Costolo said. “It’s gritty like the city.” This is, in part, due to its relatively new headquarters situated in the mid-Market Street neighborhood of San Francisco, an area typically known for its rough-and-tumble atmosphere (to put it nicely). Unlike many other SF-based technology companies that opt for locations in the SoMa district — an area rife with start-ups and shared workspaces — Twitter’s HQ is considered a bastion of development in a sketchy neighborhood. As of today, the new home base houses 1,200 of the company’s 1,400 employees worldwide, with Twitter occupying floors seven, eight and nine of the large building at 1355 Market St. Costolo says the company isn’t going anywhere for awhile; it has options on other floors in the building, which means more than enough space to scale up as Twitter continues to recruit new engineering and sales talent. “We’ve got employees from all parts of the Bay coming to work here — from Marin County, where I live, to the East Bay and the Peninsula,” Costolo said. Unlike Google, Facebook, and many other big tech companies situated 40 miles south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley, Twitter’s centralized location makes it easier for commuting and living across different parts of the city
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CEO Dick Costolo: "Twitter Is a City Company"