Airbnb plans temporary downtown San Jose office amid Bay Area expansion

SAN JOSE — Airbnb, which seeks to revolutionize vacations and
getaways, intends to open a downtown San Jose office, the company
said Wednesday.

Airbnb said it wants to tap the world-class tech workforce in
the San Jose area.

“The South Bay provides a strong talent pool to support our
business and we look forward to growing our team,” Ari Balogh,
Airbnb’s chief technology officer, said in comments sent to this
news organization on Wednesday.

Airbnb, which describes itself as a community-driven hospitality
company, said it would open a new, temporary office in San Jose as
part of a broader commitment to grow its workforce and presence
across the Bay Area.

Word of the Airbnb presence in Silicon Valley also was floated
in a LinkedIn post by Joy Zhang, who is listed as head of the AI
lab for Airbnb.

“Airbnb is opening an Airbnb Product Development office in
the South Bay, starting with a temporary location in San Jose,”
Zhang stated in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday.

The temporary location in San Jose will be at Riverpark Tower at
333 W. San Carlos St. The Airbnb offices are opening through an
arrangement with WeWork, a co-working titan that recently
re-branded itself as We Company.

“The WeWork Riverpark Tower location will serve as a temporary
office while the company looks for permanent space in the South Bay
in 2020,” Airbnb said in the email.

About 50 Airbnb employees will work at the new location. The
company didn’t disclose the size of the future Silicon Valley
workforce or how many permanent locations might be pursued in the
South Bay.

“The new space is expected to open in the first quarter of
2019 and the company is actively recruiting to fill some of those
open roles, including positions in engineering and recruitment,”
Airbnb said.

Airbnb described the downtown San Jose location as the beginning
of a broader company commitment to grow its footprint in the South
Bay in the coming years. Airbnb said it wants to create
high-quality jobs that support the region’s tech industry.

The new office space will be part of Airbnb’s network of 34
regional offices on five continents worldwide.

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Airbnb plans temporary downtown San Jose office amid Bay Area expansion