I Left My Staff in San Francisco

To grab local talent and impress customers, Silicon Valley's tech companies are increasingly opening offices in the city by the Bay

Autodesk software engineer Hawkeye Parker would have to drive more than 20 miles north, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County, if he worked at his company's headquarters in San Rafael, Calif. Instead, 37-year-old Parker takes a seven-minute train from his home in San Francisco's bustling Mission District to the design-software maker's outpost on the city's eastern edge. The dress is casual, the office plan open, and the commute quick. "It's an engineer's place to work," says Parker. "I want to live in San Francisco. So there's kind of a symbiotic relationship there."

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