If it's not a name brand yet, it's about to get big. Square, the company that creates little plastic credit card readers that you can use on an iPhone, iPad or other mobile devices to accept credit card payments, is headed by Twitter-founder Jack Dorsey, who is planning to move its offices in San Francisco this year to accommodate its overwhelming growth. The tech company's look reflects the aspirations of their innovative product-- Square glass conference rooms and open conversation cubes are sleek and transparent, reminiscent of their polished product design and usability.
The Square coffee bar serves both delicious drinks and is a convenient place to test out new Square products and features. Instead of paying with cash, customers swipe their card with the iPad register, making the entire business process clean and easy for both the business and consumer.
Square was born out of an incident when Jack Dorsey's friend, a glass blower from St. Louis, lost a $2,000 sale because he couldn’t take credit cards. Thus, Square's phone readers were created to make sure individuals and business owners never miss a sale again. Glass blown pieces by Jim McKelvey are scattered throughout the office, including this yellow bowl and orange design in one of the open meeting areas.
Square approaches their current office design the same way they approach their products, with a focus on aesthetics and details. You won't find many desks or cubicle spaces: instead Square prefers long tables, glass rooms and open, padded cubes to foster collaboration among teams. Big windows and tall ceilings make for a bright, open office.
The elevator opens on the second floor to Square's clean, white reception area. Framed sketches of the conceptual Square designs by CEO Jack Dorsey and friends hang on the wall, bringing the growing company back to humble roots.