Last week we shared the news of our new home in New York City. Today, we’re thrilled to be moving into our brand-new global headquarters in the heart of the city where SoundCloud got its start: Berlin.
Our new HQ will be home to over 200 employees working in all kinds of functions: product, engineering, design, community, finance, brand, legal, people, and more. That’s a lot of folks to cater for, so the state-of-the-art interior in our space in this former brewery has been designed from scratch in line with the company’s needs and values. The result: an environment where we can all learn, collaborate and share knowledge.
Home is where our music’s playing, so we made sure to include top-class AV equipment as well as a dedicated recording studio for employees and community members to use. Staying connected with our other offices is super important, so there’s plenty of space for visiting team members coming in from NYC, London and San Francisco — plus meeting rooms named after neighborhoods in their cities like Tribeca, Shoreditch and Mission to keep us all close.
And we’re not just keeping it to ourselves: we’ve designated plenty of space for a crowd and we want there to always be something happening. We can’t wait to host local organizations for hackathons, talks, conferences and more in order to foster great collaborations within the surrounding Berlin tech community.
It’s been just over a year since we let you know that SoundCloud was setting up shop in New York City. Now, we’re thrilled to share that we’re setting down real roots in the concrete jungle where dreams are made. This week we’re opening our very own first official space on 5th Avenue by 18th Street, right in the heart of New York’s media and content industries.
Welcome to SoundCloud New York City!
Creativity has always been at SoundCloud’s heart, so it’s been clear to us for a while that our biggest home in the US needed to be at the center of the creative industries: music, publishing, arts and audio. Between our music partners in Los Angeles and London, and our tech colleagues in San Francisco and Berlin, New York City is a perfect home for growing the US SoundCloud team.
Here’s where the lunch magic happens.
Want to be part of it? Great! A year ago, our NYC team was just two people in a tiny temporary office; since then, we’ve grown to 20, with plans to double our numbers by the end of 2014, led by our CBO Jeff Toig. If you’re in sales, marketing, music & audio content, product, or engineering, keep a close eye on our jobs page for opportunities. Ready to level up? Get in touch: we’re looking for the cream of the crop.
Could one of these desks be for you?
On Thursday of this week, we’ll be shutting down the option to go back to the Classic view of SoundCloud. We appreciate that this change is one that some of you would rather we not make, but to enable us to focus our energies on creating a more unified SoundCloud experience, it’s a necessary step.
There are an incredible number of complex engineering issues involved in running two SoundClouds at a global scale. As we’ve grown, the difficulties of keeping both sites stable and communicating with each other have also grown. With this transition, we are choosing to build for the future in a newer, more stable code base over maintaining aging code.
More than a year ago, we launched Next SoundCloud. At this point, many of the features from Classic SoundCloud have been moved over or relaunched, including Upload, Messages, and Stats. We are committed to improving existing features and are constantly developing new ways for people to discover music and audio and to connect artists with their audience.
Our dedication to the SoundCloud community remains our core value, right where it’s been since we launched back in 2008. We can’t emphasize enough how grateful we are for your passion and dedication as members of the SoundCloud community. You’ve been an integral part of making SoundCloud what it is today and you inspire us. We’re looking forward to everything that comes next.
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