TALK Preview: What Can We Learn from Billion Dollar Startup Workplaces?

Your company may not be valued at over $1 billion, but that shouldn’t stop you from designing your workplace like it is! Find out how tech’s hottest startups are using innovative workplace solutions to support their billion dollar ideas. Join us for TALKs in Washington, D.C. on June 23, Chicago on July 30, and San Francisco on August 11. Tickets for Chicago are available here, with details about San Francisco to follow.

The TALK will be held at the WeWork Wonder Bread Factory location in Washington, DC. Image via
The TALK will be held at the WeWork Wonder Bread Factory location in Washington, D.C. Image via

Join us on Tuesday, June 23 at WeWork Wonder Bread for a discussion about what we can learn from billion dollar startup workplaces. Tickets are available here. Top workplace experts, venture capitalists, and representatives from billion dollar startups will address what types of space best support a culture of collaboration, engagement, and ideation, how technology is integrated into spaces to support innovation, how these billion dollar startups leverage social networks, and how it overlaps with the workplace.

Meet the panelists

Jim Allegro, Principal, FOX Architects, and Spotify HQ Project Lead


Jim is a founding partner of FOX Architects and possesses nearly 30 years of experience and passion for office space design. He joins us on this panel specifically to discuss the design work he has led for billion dollar startup Spotify. Additionally, during his career he has managed corporate interiors projects for law firms, nonprofits, consulting firms, other technology companies, and the federal government. Not only does Jim guarantee leadership involvement throughout the duration of his clients’ projects, but he also uses his extensive experience to assure the highest quality design and client service.

Harry D’Andrea, Managing General Partner, Valhalla Partners

Harry is a managing general partner for Valhalla Partners, a D.C. area-based venture capital firm. In a career spanning 35 years, Harry has served as CFO for established and startup companies, both private and public. At Valhalla, he is responsible for the operations of the firm and manages five of the firm’s investments. He joins us specifically on this panel to shed light on the link between workspace and the success of these highly valued startups’ business strategies.

Carl Pierre, Head of D.C. Operations, City Lead, WeWork


Carl runs and manages all D.C. operations for WeWork, a New York-based startup that specializes in curated co-working spaces and recently made headlines with its $5 billion valuation. WeWork currently has over 20,000 members using its 30+ locations around the world, and members range from early-stage startups to bigger corporate entities like GILT and Red Bull. This “double perspective” on the topic—his work at a billion dollar startup combined with the fact that WeWork provides workspaces for many other emerging companies—made Carl a no brainer for the panel.

Emily White, Head of Talent & Culture, Optoro

Emily brings 7+ years of human resources experience to Optoro. In her role, she is responsible for leading the company’s talent and culture function, which strives to revolutionize human resources the same way that Optoro has revolutionized the way retailers approach their excess and returned inventory. Emily and her team identify, develop, and reward Optoro’s exceptional talent, while also serving as stewards and champions of the company’s culture and core values. She joins us specifically to discuss how workspace plays into these efforts at an emerging, highly-valued startup like Optoro.


6:00-6:45 PM Doors open + Networking over refreshments
6:45-7:45 PM Panel discussion + Q&A
7:45-8:00 PM More networking

Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Get tickets now to snag your seat!

A special thank you to our event sponsors, AgilQuest, Humanscale, FOX Architects, Shen Milsom & Wilke, WeWork and IIDA, The Commercial Interior Design Association!

If you are interested in sponsoring this TALK, or another upcoming TALK, please email [email protected] for sponsorship details.

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