SF 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! Join us on Tuesday, August 11 on the 15th floor of 600 Cal to find out how tech’s hottest startups are using innovative workplace solutions to support their billion dollar ideas. Tickets are available here.

“Reflecting” on our recent TALK in D.C. at WeWork Wonder Bread. Photo by Erin Kelleher.

Join us in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 11 on the 15th floor of 600 Cal for a discussion about what we can learn from billion dollar startup workplaces. Tickets are available here. Top workplace experts, venture capitalists, and the designers behind 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 startups leverage social networks, and how it overlaps with the workplace.

For more on the inspiration behind the topic, check out parts one, two, and three of our recent series, “How the New Economy is Changing the Workplace”. For a recap of our D.C. TALK, held at WeWork Wonder Bread in June, click here.

Meet the panelists

Denise Cherry, Director of Design, Studio O+A

DeniseCherryDenise joined Studio O+A as a library intern while still a student and 10 years later is one of the firm’s four principals. As director of design, she has been the creative engine for many of the company’s most celebrated and award-winning projects, including Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Cisco, and Uber. Exercising design oversight over every project O+A undertakes, Denise leads a growing staff of designers and project managers while keeping an active hand in the day-to-day of creating dynamic work environments.

Chris Coleman, Corporate Real Estate Advisor and former Director of Design, Google and Dropbox 

Chris Coleman

Chris has been a driving force in workplace design and real estate strategy while working for CNN, Google, and Dropbox over the past 25 years. He has built a global portfolio that has transformed and redefined how people work, collaborate, and view office design. He joins us on this panel to share what he learned during his time advising and directing the workplace design and real estate strategies for Dropbox, a billion dollar startup, and Google, a… well, now we’re wondering if we should start planning a follow-up series about what we can learn from the workplaces of trillion dollar companies.

Everett Katigbak
, Brand Creative Consultant, former Brand Manager, Pinterest
Everett is a tinkerer, storyteller, and hacker of physical objects. Recently, as the brand manager for Pinterest, he helped build the creative team, develop the brand strategy, and bring their story to life. Before Pinterest, he was the environmental design manager at Facebook, and led the design their global campuses (most recently with Frank Gehry). Most notably, he was the co-founder of the Facebook Analog Research Laboratory, a print studio led by a rogue band of pirates determined to challenge the status quo.

Paul Singh
, Managing Director, 1776

Paul is the managing director at 1776 and a general partner in 1776’s Seed Fund. Prior to 1776, Paul was the founder of Disruption Corporation (acquired by 1776) and a general partner in Disruption’s post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. Paul has founded a few startups of his own and spent time at PBworks, AOL, and Symantec. He joins our panel to share his VC perspective on the link between workplace and a startup’s success.


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, Knoll, Condeco, MEPT, Turner Construction, and IIDA!

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

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