In the ongoing war for tech talent, Google is opening up an office to house about 200 workers in San Francisco’s Mission District, according to The Financial Times, citing unnamed sources.
The article says that the Internet giant plans to use a 35,000 sq. ft. former printworks to house startups that Google has acquired. It isn’t clear from the FT if Google, which is based in Mountain View, has leased or bought the building.
If true, Google’s move is the latest in the ongoing effort by Silicon Valley based tech companies to woo workers who are based in the city or other cities.
There are the shuttles of course, but they have become targets for protesters demonstrating against a range of issues from evictions to income inequity. Earlier this year, Google tried a ferry service but put it on hold. Facebook has started a ferry service to bring workers from the city to Menlo Park, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Google already has a large office in San Francisco in the South of Market area and is opening up a new office in South Park for the Google Ventures team.
The question is where is this trend going? Will some firms, mid-size to even large, follow the parade of startups and just relocate their headquarters to the city someday rather than opening up more and more outposts there?
Above: Google sign. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)