By Jackie Reses, Chief Development Officer
I am so pleased to share that our New York City-based Yahoo! team will soon move into an incredible, four-story space just around the corner from Times Square. It’s thrilling for us – and really an important sign of the new direction of Yahoo! – that we’ll take over a portion of this iconic building in the heart of Manhattan, which was home to the New York Times for nine decades. We are outfitting this breathtaking new space with growth in mind: over the coming months and years, we want to grow our Yahoo! NYC family by up to 60 percent, with a special focus on expanding our engineering team.
We love the symbolism of our Yahoo! NYC team moving into the former New York Times building. There has been a revolution in how users around the world consume media. Yahoo! – like the New York Times began to do in the mid-19th century — is focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining across devices and around the world.
Currently our Yahoo! NYC team works in three different locations around the Big Apple. One of the main drivers in seeking a new space was really to bring together our team, and ensure everyone can collaboratively participate in our culture and contribute to the positive momentum.
Yahoo!’s growth in New York City is a reflection of how the city has become a global magnet for tech talent and entrepreneurism. We were so pleased to have Mayor Bloomberg join Marissa earlier today in our launch event in Times Square to help announce our new Yahoo! NYC offices. Since taking office, Mayor Bloomberg has worked to grow the local tech industry, positioning New York City as an ideal location for talented entrepreneurs to start and grow their companies.
From a personal perspective, there are few cities I love more than New York. We aim to move our team into our new space by December of this year, and it is simply awesome to think forward to that time just around the corner when the Yahoo! sign will shine over Times Square.