Square Office Slide 9 Author: Julia Benton
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.
Square Office Slide 9
The office cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and visitors can pay via Square's product, just like at the coffee bar. Healthy meals and stylish furniture make happy employees!
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Square's offices are currently located in the San Francisco Chronicle's downtown San Francisco building, using the space that used to be reserved for the Chronicle's classified department. Originally capping off at just 10 employees when they moved into the offices in 2009, Square will be moving their headquarters to Market this year, with over 400 employees in tow.
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Sleek, wooden tables allow employees to bring their laptops to work standing up. The tables were inspired by family dinner gatherings, encouraging easy collaboration. They are the perfect place to meet with a coworker when all the conference rooms are reserved.
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Conference rooms are clear and transparent, all named after famous squares throughout the world. Employees can meet in Red Square, Town Square, or Union Square. The focus rooms throughout the space are named after international currencies.
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A bookshelf featuring is the first thing employees pass by when they head into the office in the morning. What's on the reading list right now? Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, Ian Macdonald's Revolution in the Head and Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry's Method, among others.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Photographer: Julia Benton