Successful startups add employees rapidly, so designers favor flexible configurations. Handmade tables like the one on the right are suitable for sitting or standing.

Photograph by Melissa Kaseman for Bloomberg Businessweek

Successful startups add employees rapidly, so designers favor flexible configurations. Handmade tables like the one on the right are suitable for sitting or standing.

Photograph by Melissa Kaseman for Bloomberg Businessweek

Silicon Valley Startup Offices

SoundCloud
SoundCloud

Successful startups add employees rapidly, so designers favor flexible configurations. Handmade tables like the one on the right are suitable for sitting or standing.

Photograph by Melissa Kaseman for Bloomberg Businessweek
Path
Path

The foosball and pool tables that typified the startup offices of the last dot-com boom have been replaced by handcrafted wood furnishings and art. “Chalkboards are sexier than whiteboards,” says designer Lauren Geremia.

Photograph by Melissa Kaseman
Social+Capital
Social+Capital

Social+Capital Partnership wanted a dramatic entryway to set it apart from other venture capital firms.

Photograph by Melissa Kaseman
Dropbox
Dropbox

In the cafeteria, strips of sail material dampen noise from the cooling system—and evoke the idea of “cloud” storage.

Photograph by Bruce Damonte
Music Room
Music Room

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, a guitar player, requested a soundproof room for playing and recording music.

Photograph by Bruce Damonte
Lauren Geremia
Lauren Geremia

Lauren Geremia designed offices for Path, Dropbox, Social+Capital, and Asana. She also does homes for the Valley’s new rich.

Photograph by Melissa Kaseman
David Pierce
David Pierce

David Pierce owns Ohio Design and specializes in furniture. SoundCloud hired him to design its interiors.

Photograph by Melissa Kaseman