In the most rapidly transforming urban centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, WeWork has officially opened a 75,000 square foot collaborative work space. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at 75 E Santa Clara Street in San Jose’s central business district, rallied WeWork members, WeWork staff, and the mayor’s office, including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
“WeWork will be a great fit for our downtown and its growing number of startups, tech companies, entrepreneurs, and young professionals,” says Mayor Liccardo.
According to Liccardo, WeWork’s investment in San Jose will add to Silicon Valley’s growth and success in the years ahead. Many entrepreneurs are attracted to the space already, including ABC Accelerator, which helps “the best international startups scale globally,” says Ana Lukner, managing director of ABC Accelerator’s Silicon Valley office.
“WeWork connects the biggest community of startups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in the world, and that’s why we are honored to announce our partnership with WeWork,” says Lukner. “We know that together we are establishing a great partnership and creating an entrepreneurial community in San Jose.”
Built in the 1970s, WeWork Valley Towers is the coworking company’s first foray into Silicon Valley. The office space occupies five floors of the historic building and is conveniently located downtown near public transportation and San Jose State University.
“We’re very excited for WeWork to have its first Silicon Valley location join the growing San Jose business community,” says Elton Kwok, WeWork’s Bay Area lead. “WeWork’s unique brand of community will increase the growing creative corridor in downtown San Jose, and we’re excited to bring even more businesses and creators into the area.”
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