Zipwhip has taken over the fifth floor and part of the fourth in the Elliott Bay Office Park in Seattle, with sweeping views to the west of the water. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)
Looking across the street at Elliott Bay and the water’s edge, Zipwhip CEO John Lauer swore he saw some orcas recently from his office in the startup’s new Seattle headquarters. In a walk around the 75,000-square-foot space in the Elliott Bay Office Park, it’s Lauer who is having a whale of a time putting the finishing touches on a home that is finally Zipwhip’s own.
“I love this buildout and this space we’ve got. It’s amazing,” Lauer said during a tour this week, six weeks after the 10-year-old text-messaging business moved north of downtown to Lower Queen Anne. “And we thought we had a good view last time, now we have an even better view. I’m loving it.”
Zipwhip — and its 275 employees — had outgrown space it was subleasing from Real Networks in the Home Plate Center across from T-Mobile Park. A survey of employees found that many lived in neighborhoods at the north end of town, so the new building, which used to be home to Holland America, made sense. Zipwhip has taken the entire fifth floor and half of the fourth, and there’s room to grow.
Across Elliott Avenue is Seattle startup Outreach and the vacant former home of F5 Networks, which just left the neighborhood for a fancy tower of its own on Fifth Avenue. Further north is Expedia and its massive new waterfront campus. The mini tech hub of sorts appears to be booming, even as the old Seattle Post-Intelligencer globe has stopped spinning atop former waterfront offices just a couple blocks away.
The landmark Seattle P-I globe can be seen to the …read more